Its summer go out on the lake! Lake nightlife feels more like a vacation than a night out (its also a vacation from cover charges, dress codes, and VIP segregation). This is the perfect weekend to set sail for your favorite watering hole. Here are six great options.
Reggae on the Lake: This evening yacht cruise features live reggae music, Caribbean hors doeuvres, a cash bar, drink specials and prizes. Meet at 9:30 p.m. at the Galway Hooker Pub (17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius). Cruise runs from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. $40. 704-377-2782.
Mingling on the Green Concert Series: Birkdale Village (8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville) hosts this outdoor event every Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Birkdale is Lake Normans equivalent of the EpiCentre, with great hangouts like Red Rocks, Bad Daddys Burger Bar, Corkscrew, Eez, Brixx, and Fox and the Hound. A flash mob even broke out one time while I was there. 704-895-8744.
Montford Island Bar Crawl: OK, so this isnt at the lake, but its too summer-y to leave off the list. You pick up your passport at Brazwells (1627 Montford Drive) between 7:30-9 p.m., and then set sail for four other ports of call: 10 Park Lanes, Duckworths, Andrew Blairs, and Angry Ales. At 12:30 a.m., one lucky crawler will win a trip to the Bahamas. $5. www.rockhouseevents.com.
Blue Monday: The 80s cover band a local favorite is performing at the Rusty Rudder (20210 Henderson Road). The popular lakeside restaurant/bar will host live music from Scott and Woody on the Tiki Deck. Never any cover, ever. 704-892-9195.
Two other Lake hotspots
Saeeds Bar & Grill (20832 Catawba Ave., Cornelius): Situated right behind a Sunoco station (I didnt believe there was actually a bar in the back of a gas station until I went), this is my favorite weekend spot on the lake. Saeeds sponsors karaoke every night of the week, with thousands of song options. 704-896-3633.
T-Bones on the Lake (3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie): This is basically the Lake Wylie version of the Rusty Rudder. 803-831-0170.