For Charlotte natives, a bar scene is not complete without good company, tasty nibbles, and most importantly, live music. Spacious venues like the Ampitheatre populate the Uptown and smaller alternative haunts are scattered throughout the city. There is all types of music to be heard, from jazz to hip hop, as new talent arrives in the ‘Queen City’ at an exponential rate. Read on to discover the best live music venues in Charlotte.
Imagine a bar filled with pirate-themed decor, a beer fridge cluttered with stickers and a live music band playing 12 inches from your stool, and you’ve imagined the Snug Harbor. This hipster hangout sheds all the pretension that often goes along with Plaza Midwood, instead promotes community and camaraderie – and not just because the crowds are packed shoulder-to-shoulder most evenings. The Harbor hosts local bands of every genre, from neo-grunge to pop, and also offers weekly music specials. ‘Knockturnal’ features the best of underground hip hop and electronic artists, and ‘Bone Snugs-N-Harmony’ karaoke is a fantastic night to spend among friends. This venue is 18 and over except during the ‘Shiprocked’ D.J. set on Thursday’s, which is 21 and over. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St, Charlotte, NC, (704) 561-1781
The Evening Muse
On a corner street in NoDa surrounded by galleries and boutique shops is The Evening Muse, an intimate live music venue. The interior is snug and inviting: string lights hang from the ceiling and exposed brick walls are dotted with local artwork. This spot opened its doors in 2001 and has since been going strong, hosting over a thousand independent, original music and comedy acts. Bands from the Charlotte area as well as touring groups are playing all kinds of music; however, The Muse is best known for hosting superb acoustic sets. Open mics are every Monday, a full bar is available, and it’s only a $5.00 cover charge at the door for all ages. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St, Charlotte, NC, (704) 376-3737
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