Party over here? Party over there? No need to be confused — just take a peek at five places that locals like to check out when it’s time to shake their groove things.
Tempo Charlotte: Tempo (pictured right) is a nightclub designed for unpretentious fun. Friday and Saturday nights are usually packed, catering to a “grown and sexy” audience that ranges from late 20s to late 40s. Tempo also regularly hosts live performances by neo-soul artists like Bilal, Anthony David, and Joi, among others. 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-391-8909. tempocharlotte.com.
Apostrophe Lounge: Located just outside of Uptown in Charlotte’s historic Southend section, Apostrophe provides a cozy, intimate atmosphere for the city’s partygoers. Pop in and take a sip of one their featured cocktails and dance (or chill) to the sounds of old-school hip-hop, R&B and today’s biggest hits. 1440 South Tryon St. 704-371-7079. www.apostrophelounge.com.
935: Looking to get your groove on to the most current and cutting-edge hip-hop and R&B music? Then check out 935. The club is a modern, mammoth-sized nightspot that plays host to a 20/30-something crowd who are not afraid to let their hair down. 935 South Summit Ave. 704-334-4935. www.club935.com.
Excelsior: A historic meeting place for local African American movers and shakers, the Excelsior is a nightclub that’s steeped in tradition. Serving a mature clientele, this is the place to go for a late-night fish fry, live entertainment and a downhome-flavored good time. 921 Beatties Ford Road. 704-334-5709.
NC Music Factory: If you’re in the mood to club-hop, play it safe and visit the NC Music Factory. The sprawling facility — housed inside a renovated textile mill — is home to a number of bars, clubs, restaurants and music venues. Park for free and walk to spots like Butter, Halo, Osso, The Saloon, Wet Willie’s and more. 1000 Seaboard St. 704-987-0612. www.ncmusicfactory.com.