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Posted: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008

Lowering the noise, raising the fun

By Sarah Aarthun
Published in: Nightlife
  • Gossip with girlfriends or make a business deal over a bottle of wine at the smoke-free Dean & DeLuca Wine Room in SouthPark. During the summer months, the patio fills up with couples in their 30s and 40s enjoying the weather and checking out the luxury cars pulling up to Upstream. 6822 Phillips Place Court #G.

    Other options

    Wine Vault. 9009 JM Keynes Drive. #1.

    Press Wine/Food. 333 W. Trade St.

  • Villa Antonio in Ballantyne Village offers live music nightly, but Friday and Saturday are its most popular nights. The bar area turns into a dance floor with couples and groups of girlfriends grooving to a mix of jazz, blues and oldies. The crowd turns slightly younger about 1130 p.m. when a DJ starts spinning Top 40 hits and the smoke machines and disco lights turn on. 14825 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 100.

    Other options

    M5 Modern Mediterranean. 4310 Sharon Road,

    near SouthPark mall.

    Capital Grille. 201 N. Tryon St., #100.

  • Still looking for more ideas?

    The Adventures After 40 meet-up group holds several events a month, including wine tastings, comedy shows and whitewater rafting excursions. Sign up at http//social

    Chai Expectations matchmaker Laurie Berzack hosts occasional mixers for Jewish singles in their 30s and 40s. www.chai

    Fundraisers and events at the Levine Museum of the New South uptown attract an older, well-heeled crowd looking to mingle.

  • Grab a big group of friends and take over a few tables at Howl at the Moon, the new rock 'n' roll dueling piano bar at the EpiCentre uptown. Fill the musicians' tip jars with song requests from your youth and the 20-somethings will head straight for the door. 210 E. Trade St. (third floor). $7 cover.

    Other options

    The Evening Muse. 3227 N. Davidson St.

    Cover charges vary.

    The Jazz Café. 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite 103.

  • The Excelsior Club in west Charlotte always remembers to include its patrons approaching middle age. Thursdays are Dirty Thirty Thursdays for ages 30 and up and includes a complimentary buffet until 1130 p.m. Similarly, Grown Folks Saturday nights are also reserved for the 30-and-up crowd. Doors open at

    7 p.m. 921 Beatties Ford Road. $10 cover.

    Other options

    Coyote Joe's. 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. Ladies free on Wednesdays, cover charges range from $3-$10.

    Sir Edmond Halley's. 4151-A Park Road (in the Park Road shopping center).

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    If you're over 40, the thought of beer-splattered floors, thumping hip-hop beats and stumbling 20-somethings is probably last on your list of how you'd like to spend your Saturday night.

    But just because you're of that certain age – single, married or otherwise – doesn't mean you have to give up partying altogether.

    Charlotte has plenty of fun places where you can celebrate being 40 and fabulous with your fellow grown-ups – and still be home by midnight to pay the baby sitter.

    Click on the choices to the right to get our tips on where the over 40 crowd can be spotted.

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