BlackFinn American Saloon, EpiCentre's newest venue, is the up-to-date sports bar that Uptown has been lacking.
The Scene: BlackFinn's goal is to be a neighborhood pub. Knickknacks scream Americana – wooden fish on the wall, sailing paraphernalia and, of course, beer signs.
It's divided into four areas. Street level is the Pub Room, with seven large flat-screen TVs, two projection screens and individual TVs at each of the four booths. General Manager Gregg McConnell says the Pub Room is for after-work parties, Tuesday trivia nights and music on Wednesdays.
Also on that level is the less raucous dining room, which seats about 70 and has a projection and two flat screens.
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Upstairs is the main bar, which holds about 350 people, including about 60 in the private Pearl Room. McConnell boasts that patrons are able to see three or four TVs at all times, no matter where they stand.
The staff wants to get the Pub Room and dining room running smoothly before opening the biggest area daily. Until then, the main bar is open Thursday-Saturday nights, and on Sundays and Mondays when football starts.
Bar service was quick and friendly the nights I stopped in.
The Music: From the sweet sounds of Panthers football to blaring Top 40.
The Crowd: Bar managers hope to make it a destination for business meetings for the over-35 crowd, but I expect it to skew younger at night when the 18-35 demographic migrates from Whisky River and Suite.
Details: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. 210 E. Trade St. blackfinncharlotte .com.