Pitching itself as an effort to contribute to the funkiness to Charlotte’s art community, a new bar and event venue called the Dirty Hippie will open Oct. 30 on South Boulevard.
The bar, at 5028 South Blvd., will have a menu of cheap cocktails, local craft beers and coffee, according to the shop. Nightly events are planned to include live music, free movies, open mic and bingo hosted by drag queens. The venue will also be available to rent for private events.
Dirty Hippie’s grand opening Oct. 30 will feature live music starting at 6 p.m., followed by DJs, dancing, and drink specials.
According to its Facebook page, the venue is looking to hire a barista, a door person and a bartender.
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Dirty Hippie is owned by twin brothers and local artists Tyler and Vinny Trierweiler, whom customers might recognize from their brief stint on MTV’s reality show “True Life.” The two previously operated a Dirty Hippie coffee shop in Grand Rapids, Mich., that has since closed.
Tyler Trierweiler said he and his brother are artists who focus on “abstract and surreal-type art.” They’ve been in Charlotte for about a year, although their stay in North Carolina wasn’t planned.
“Our RV broke down when we were on a road trip ... so we spent a year in Asheville just exploring life there, and we kind of just came to Charlotte on a whim as well,” Trierweiler said.
The bar’s arrival in Charlotte comes as many locals bemoan the loss of Charlotte’s eclectic, homegrown businesses as construction of offices and apartment buildings booms.
“Recent closures of long-running venues have created a void in the community. Founders of The Dirty Hippie hope to fill the need in Charlotte for an eclectic venue that welcomes eccentricity,” the store’s management said in a statement.
Here is a list of the nightly events Dirty Hippie will host:
▪ Monday: Free movie night
▪ Tuesday: Open mic night
▪ Wednesday: Open paint studio
▪ Thursday: Free ‘white trash’ buffet
▪ Friday: Live music
▪ Saturday: Special events
▪ Sunday: Bingo hosted by drag queens