If your summer vacation time is too short – or just plain nonexistent – try stepping out for a little staycation. Destination: Charlotte nightlife. You’ll see you can have just as much fun right here at home.
Unlock Your Passion Party at Bubble Charlotte (210 E. Trade St.): Tacori and Windsor Jewelers are bringing out the girls’ best friends and hosting a ladies’ night to benefit local charity All We Want Is Love. 7-11 p.m. $10 donation at the door includes your first glass of champagne, beer or wine. 704-733-9427.
Summer Bash at SIP (200 N. Tryon St.): To introduce its new fresh handmade cocktail menu, the venue is turning into a beach bar equipped with an underground Tiki bar – and beachwear is encouraged, so it’s the perfect destination after a day out on the lake. Plus, they’re giving away passes for the U.S. National Whitewater Center and Carowinds. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. 704-334-3315.
The Charlotte Singer/Songwriters and Poets Circle at Crown Station Coffee House & Pub (1425 Elizabeth Ave.): In a laid-back show, a variety of local artists will share their stories, poetry and songs with the audience. 7:30 p.m. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 980-224-8020.
Beer Olympics at Prohibition (200 N. Tryon St.): Let the drinking games begin! Bar athletes will compete in rounds of flip cup, beer pong and quarters. Go for the gold – or cash, rather – with more than $500 in prizes. 7-11 p.m. No cover. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your team.
Marvelous Beyonce After Party at Vapiano (201 S. Tryon St.): Like Jay-Z said, “After the show it’s the after party” – and this is the Beyonce concert after-party, with live jazz from 5th and York. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before midnight. 704-332-2440.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio – mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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