1 – HSBC Arena
2 – Dunn Tire Park
A – Waterfront District
B – Chippewa Street
1 – HSBC Arena
2 – Dunn Tire Park
A – Waterfront District
B – Chippewa Street
Charlotte is a growing town, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.
The town is a little spread out, although Bank of America Stadium and plenty of bars and restaurants are right downtown.
Charlotte hotels and bars are relatively inexpensive, but flying in and out of town can be pricey. The good news is that it is a USAirways hub, so there are lots of flights.
For a little ACC basketball, head up the road to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University.
Check out JOHNNY ON THE SPOT to see how other sports fans rate Charlotte!!
The food in Charlotte is pretty standard; there is no specific type of food the town is known for. There are good local restaurants to choose from, however. Check out the Restaurants and Bars page for the best offerings in the Queen City!
Paramount’s Carowinds theme park is located only a few miles from Charlotte, right on the South Carolina border. Admission is about $35; be sure to check their web site for dates of operation.
There is usually some sort of festival or similar activity going on in town on weekends, particularly in the summer; check Charlotte.com for information on your travel weekend.
Charlotte is a young city, and there is plenty to do at night in terms of bars and restaurants. The Uptown area is loaded with bars, and South End has some good options as well.
Check the Restaurants and Bars page for more info.
Charlotte is pretty much a car-rental town. The cost of a cab from the airport to downtown, plus the further expense of cabbing around town, makes a rental car worth it.
Charlotte has a very nice climate; it is warm in winter and hot in summer, although not unbearably so. Check the City Weather page for historical temperatures and precipitation.
Pulled Chicken is a delectable addition to your tailgate that is surprisingly easy to make. Use this recipe to make great pulled chicken sandwiches!
Time Required: 60 minutes prep time
Skill Required: Minimal to moderate grilling skills needed
|2 Regular-sized bottles of BBQ Sauce|
|6 Boneless skinless chicken breasts|
|Salt, pepper, your favorite chicken seasonings, Cajun seasoning|
|Season six boneless, skinless chicken breasts to taste, and grill slowly until fully cooked, brushing with your favorite BBQ Sauce. It is very important to grill slowly to maintain juiciness.|
|In a pot, mix two bottles of barbecue sauce, salt, pepper, and spices to taste, and one cup of water, and bring to a boil while stirring constantly to prevent burning. Lower heat to simmer and stir occasionally while pulling chicken|
|Pull the chicken breasts apart into long shavings with two forks (but if you get tired after doing this for two or three, feel free to wash hands thoroughly and manually continue)|
|Add the chicken to the pot of BBQ sauce and stir until chicken is drenched. Continue to simmer while stirring occasionally for 25 – 30 minutes.|
|Serve on buns and enjoy!!|
1 – American Airlines Center
2 – Cotton Bowl
A- West End
B – Deep Ellum
C – Lower Greenville/Lakewood
Below are links to web sites that will help you get some more information on Kansas City….
Kansas City Star
City Information Links
Teams, Colleges, and Arenas
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Comets
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Wizards
Kansas State University
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Argosy Riverside Casino
Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino
Isle of Capri Casino
Kansas City Fountains
Negro League Baseball Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The area around Target Center is known as the Warehouse District.
There are many bars and restaurants within a few blocks.
|Brother’s Bar & Grill |
American 430 1st Ave N (lower level) Brother’s is a large sports and college-oriented bar, with drink specials every night. There are pool tables and a dance floor, and the food is typical bar food.
|Loon Cafe American|
500 1st Ave N The Loon Cafe is a full-fledged restaurant by day, and a packed bar by night. The food is of a wide variety and is very good, and there are plenty of beers on tap.
Dance 15 South 5th St. Banana Joe’s is a dance club with a tropical flavor. There are several dance floors with different types of music playing, and occasionally there are live bands.
| O’Donovan’s |
Irish/Live Music 700 1st Ave N O’Donovan’s is an authentic Irish bar featuring live music nearly every night. The menu, both food and beverage, is decidedly Irish, and the crowd is a mix of young and old.
Uptown Minneapolis Bars & Restaurants
Uptown offers a change of pace from the downtown bar scene. Many bars feature local bands, and the area is more of a local hangout than the Warehouse District.
American 2911 Hennepin Ave. S Williams is a pretty standard bar featuring over 70 beers on tap and hundreds in bottles.
Food is available, and there are also free peanuts and popcorn.
| Uptown Bar & Cafe|
American 3018 Hennepin Ave. Uptown offers live music most nights featuring local bands. They serve up a very good breakfast Bloody Mary as well. There is also an outdoor patio when the weather is nice.
|Liquor Lyle’s Irish 2021 Hennepin Ave. S Liquor Lyle’s is a very popular bar with a mixed-ages crowd. The happy hour specials are excellent, and the drinks reasonably priced overall.||Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues American/BBQ 3001 Hennepin Ave. S Famous Dave’s is a franchise BBQ restaurant serving up great food, including award-winning ribs. There is live blues most nights, and the bar is open late every night.|
U of Minnesota Bars & Restaurants
There are several bars and restaurants surrounding the University of Minnesota.
|Sally’s Saloon and Eatery American 712 Washington Ave. SE Sally’s is located in the heart of the University, and features occasional live music and frequent drink specials.||Big 10 Restaurant & Bar Sports 606 Washington Ave. SE The Big 10 Restaurant & Bar serves up great subs, burgers, and wings, and also plenty of brew.|
St. Paul Bars & Restaurants
St. Paul is a mainly Irish community with several bar and restaurant offerings.
|Patrick McGovern’s Restaurant & Pub Irish 225 W. 7th Street Located one block from the Xcel Energy Center, McGovern’s is a great place to head before or after an event. They serve up good food in a nice atmosphere.||Alary’s Bar Sports 139 E. 7th Street Alary’s is a sports bar located within a mile of the Xcel Energy Center. Despite its location in the heart of Vikings’ country, it is a Chicago Bear’s bar.|
|Half Time Rec Irish 1013 Front Ave. Located a mile or so west of downtown St. Paul is the Half Time Rec. The bar features a standard Irish pub with pool and darts, as well as a second room featuring live Irish music several nights a week. A great place to hang out or listen to music.||Sweeney’s Saloon & Cafe American 96 Dale St. N Sweeney’s features an outdoor patio, and is especially popular in the summer. They serve up standard American bar food as well.|
Mall of America Bars & Restaurants
The Mall of America is located in Bloomington, a few miles south of downtown Minneapolis. It is an impressive place, featuring an amusement park and hundreds of shops on four floors. Home plate from the old Metropolitan Stadium is located on the amusement park floor. There are several bars and restaurants inside as well.
|Hooter’s American Hooter’s is a pretty well-known establishment. The food is decent, but most people show up for the wait staff.||Jillian’s Sports Jillian’s is a huge bar complex featuring numerous TV’s, games, pool, and even a bowling alley.|
|Player’s Bar & Grill American/Sports Player’s is a sports-oriented bar & grill with very good food at reasonable prices.|
Arena is located right downtown, adjacent to Jacobs Field.
The home of the NBA’s Cavaliers and the AHL’s Barons, as well as the Rockers of the WNBA, the arena seats 20,562 for basketball games.
The arena is surrounded by many downtown bars, so having a few drinks and somE food before the game is convenient.
As for parking, park in the street if you can, otherwise use a city garage. Most hotels sell parking in their garages.
1 – Knight’s Castle
2 – Carowinds Theme Park
3 – Charlotte Coliseum
4 – Bank of America Stadium
5 – Cricket Arena
6 – Halton Arena (UNCC)
7 – Lowe’s Motor Speedway
A – South End
B – Uptown
C – Southeast Charlotte