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Alive After Five returns, and you should go

It’s that time of year again…the rooftop of the EpiCentre will be packed with people enjoying Alive After Five starting on April 7 and lasting through Aug. 25 each and every Thursday. The parties start at 5 p.m.

But have you felt burnt out from AA5? Or are you still mad that it switched locations from the old spot at Wells Fargo Atrium?

Reasons to check it out:

There’s a new look

Rooftop 210 has gotten a fresh look featuring a main stage and tables under hanging lights. Plus, AA5 also has a Beer & Wine Garden in The Plaza. For a little over $10, you can sample five local craft beers and wines of your choosing.

Bands

The Rooftop main stage has some incredible bands come through every Thursday night. From the cover bands that tribute Zac Brown, Bon Jovi and Journey to the more popular ‘wedding reception’ bands like Breakfast Club and Sol Fusion, you won’t be disappointed in what music they have to offer.

The downstairs Plaza Stage of the EpiCentre also features smaller local bands.

Check out the full list of bands here.

AA5 VIP

Did you know Alive After Five has a VIP section? It’s located on the SUITE patio so you and your friends can relax away from the crowded spots of AA5 — still with a great view of the stage and skyline.

With the purchase of your VIP bands, you get some drink tickets for beer/wine as well as some appetizers from an EpiCentre restaurant like Libretto’s, Vida Vida or Enso Sushi. But get there early because once it runs out… it’s out. Prices for the VIP bands are kind of expensive, so ‘expense’ them with your company or save it for a time when you know the main AA5 area will be packed.

A pre-destination before your night life begins

AA5 gives you a place to start your night off right before you head out for your main plans uptown.

Whether it’s before a Knights baseball game, a date night on 5th Street, or concert at Time Warner Cable Arena, AA5 is that beginning spot for you to network and socialize.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants to visit after Alive After Five is over with specials on Thursday night. Also, you can hang out at Tin Roof on their outdoor patio to listen to some great country or rock live music.

Just go

Even if the selection of beers (hope you like Bud Light!) and prices of alcohol aren’t ideal in your budget, Alive After Five should still remain part of the Thursday after-work meet up spot for uptown workers and Charlotte nightlife lovers.

AA5 continues to have new features like a big screen projector for games to special events like beer/wine tastings or casting calls for ‘The Bachelorette.’ And with 21 Alive After Fives happening this year, there are plenty of chances for you to fit the event into your plans.

Sign up for the AA5 newsletter or follow AA5 on social media for the latest concert info, special events and weather cancellations.

See you there.

Photos: Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer

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