Things to do

Your guide to the AvidXchange Music Factory, from concerts, to drinks, to dining

Courtesy of AvidXChange Music Factory
Courtesy of AvidXChange Music Factory

The AvidXchange Music Factory (formerly called the NC Music Factory) has solidified itself as one of Charlotte’s premier entertainment and social locales for the new crop of power millennials taking over the Queen City scene. With a plethora of exciting restaurants and bars (not to mention three of Charlotte’s concert venue dynamos), easy access to garage and surface-lot parking and the leisure of walkability, the AvidXchange Music Factory is poised to be the IT place for low-key patrons and high-profile Charlotteans alike.   

Ready to check it out? Here’s your guide to the Music Factory:

Music and event venues

ROC’s Jazz Bar 

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd

Sip on a signature cocktail while listening to some of the region’s best jazz performers at ROC’s Jazz Bar. A perfect place to cut a rug on an exceptional date night or scat some jazz over an after-show drink with friends.

Tip: Keep an eye out for events like Rewind Wednesday with old-school music, and Feel Good Fridays, with featured artists.

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd

A true staple in Charlotte’s entertainment scene, the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre draws huge names for concerts and events, from Beck’s music, to Adam Sandler’s comedy. Head over to their website for full listing of events and ticket info.

Tip: If you want to get fancy beyond the lawn seating, there are premium box seats with food and beverage service.

The Fillmore 

820 Hamilton St.

Modeled after the original Fillmore in San Francisco, this music venue continues to attract legendary groups and still maintain its historic demeanor. The space also attracts networking and festival events. See the complete list of events here. 

Tip: 2018 events and shows include Local Brews Local Grooves — Local Beer and Music Festival, and Modest Mouse.

The Underground

820 Hamilton St.

If you are searching for a low-key venue with a big music scene – here it is. The Underground draws local bands and national tours from across the genres. See the complete list of events here.

Tip: Musicians performing here in 2018 range from Andy Grammer to Stars.

The Fountain Plaza 

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd

This multi-purpose outdoor pavilion hosts a plethora of events throughout the year, from local talent to nationally recognizable names, to corporate events and festivals.

Tip: There’s a bar in the heart of the courtyard that serves drinks during events.

The Comedy Zone 

900 NC Music Factory Blvd B3

The Comedy Zone not only rivals but exceeds most other comedic entertainment venues in the area. The intimate setting puts you fans face-to-face with celebrity performers while laughing the night away. 

Tip: The venue hosts special shows throughout the week, from comedy brunches to comedy competitions. Check out the schedule here. 

Dining and drinking venues

Factory Café

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd

If you want food, fun and friendly service then look no further than the Factory Café. This relaxed, bistro-esque concept serves up a classic menu with Southern-inspired comfort foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tip: Try the Monte Cristo, thank me later.

VBGB

920 Hamilton St.

Craft beer lovers, unite. VBGB is the ultimate spot for those of us that really want to rally around a local, cold beer and have good conversation. No domestics or bottles allowed, and they even have a frost rail that keeps your brew cold while you check-in on Facebook. Wine is served as well, and dogs are allowed on the patio. When the weather is nice, you can likely catch a volleyball game on the outdoor sand courts, too.

Tip: The German-inspired food menu is incredible – try a Jumbo Gourmet Pretzel with freshly made beer cheese.

VGBG at AvdiXchange Music Factory
Courtesy of AvdiXchange Music Factory

La Revolucion

900 NC Music Factory Blvd B1

La Revolucion is an authentic palate-cleanser to Americanized Latin cuisine. The atmosphere, wildly-creative menu (as well as traditional dishes) and stunning tequila offerings are sure to make you feel like you are in the heart of Mexico City …sombrero and all.

Tip: Make a trip out on a Salsa Tuesday. Not only are there $2 beers and $2 tacos, you will get to see some incredible Salsa dancers get down.

La Revolucion at AvidXchange Music Factory in Charlotte NC
Via Instagram @larevolucionclt

Small Bar 

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd

Take a dip in this dive-bar vibe for a good time with friends. The beer is cold, the vibe is chill and the prices don’t require a small loan.

Tip: Check out their wicked drink specials and grab a seat on their patio — the Uptown skyline view is begging you to whip out your phone and take a selfie.

Wet Willie’s

900 NC Music Factory Blvd

Expect a lively, casual atmosphere with all of the signature, colorful daiquiris paired with tantalizing pub fare.

Tip: Having a bad day? Pull up a stool and try the Attitude Improvement, a better outlook in just a few short sips.

Club venues

WORLD Nightclub

900 NC Music Factory Blvd B6

This distinctive club/meeting venue concept is making a big name for itself. While it serves as a chic, crowd-pleasing club on the weekends, the idea is to also open up the opportunity for corporate meetings (and other events) throughout the week.

Tip: A revolving DJ list offers awesome sets that will keep you dancing through the night.

8.2.0

820 Hamilton St.

Charlotte’s own little slice of heaven, 8.2.0 is an upscale karaoke lounge and vintage game Arcade that intertwines heavy NYC influences with Charlotte’s own local identity. Bonus: Can you find the “secret” entrance to the speakeasy-style room when you’re here?

Tip: Grab a slice of pizza from the Pizza & Pomme Frites Eatery and get ready for some fun with karaoke.

Club One

950 NC Music Factory Blvd

Now this is what I call a true VIP experience. The modern touches of technology matched with a sophisticated eye for detailed design sets the tone for any millennial to feel like a million bucks. The space is equipped for both DJs and live performers.

Tip: Make sure you follow the red carpet to the Top-Shelf Bottle Bar before hitting the dance floor on the lower level (go down the “grand staircase”).

Ready to visit the Music Factory?

AvidXchange Music Factory: 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd.

Parking in the surface lot and the garage onsite may come with a $5 fee that fluctuates depending on events. Most venues can validate your parking ticket (hint: VBGB).

Featured photo: Courtesy of The AvidXchange Music Factory

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