The AvidXchange Music Factory is an entertainment venue near Uptown Charlotte. There are multiple bars, restaurants, clubs, and concert venues located in one complex. World is one of the nightlife clubs at the Music Factory open on the weekends. The club focuses on hosting Electronic Dance Music concerts and other related events. I had the opportunity to visit World recently for a weekend EDM show featuring Tritonal.
I have been to the nightclub before when it was known as Label. New management took over the nightclub last year and made improvements in security and customer experience. Many of the events held at World are EDM concerts. You can except fast-paced music, flashing lights, confetti, and other visual effects. The opening act typically starts between 10 and 11 p.m. with the main act coming on around midnight. The concert usually ends around 2 a.m. There are three types of tickets available for shows. General admission tickets give you access to the floor space of the venue with bars on either side and bathrooms behind the stage. These tickets are the least expensive option with prices varying by show. You should expect to spend $20-40 for a general admission ticket. Prices vary depending on the popularity of the artist. The next level of ticket available is for the VIP area. This area is above the floor space on the right-hand side of the venue. You get a bird's eye view of the concert along with a separate bar and bathroom just for VIP ticket holders. These tickets range from $10-30 more than a general admission ticket. The third option to attend a show is to buy a service table service for a group of people. This is much more expensive than a normal ticket, but it does include alcohol, mixers, a private seating area, and table service for your group. It is common to see people celebrating a birthday or special event when purchasing a table service package.
Over time I have purchased floor and VIP tickets depending on the artist and pricing. I almost always buy a VIP ticket because it is less crowded and a better view of the show. However, you do not get the same vibe from the crowd and have much less space to move around in the VIP. The floor space is a better option for those that want to jump, dance, and be fully immersed in the show. World is one of the more intimate venues I have been in to see popular EDM artists like Hardwell, Blau, and Borgeous. The size of the venue allows you to always have a good view of the artists and visual effects. I am thankful to have a concert venue in Charlotte that brings my favorite EDM artists to town.
I spent the last weekend in uptown Charlotte with friends and family. Many of us visited the 7th Public Street Market for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The market is a great location for reasonably priced food and beverages while in uptown. There are two shops at the market that sell local crafts and wine in case you want to shop a bit. A light rail station sits conveniently outside the building for quick and easy access to Charlotte. Out of the 13 vendors inside the market, my personal favorite is Bonsai Fusion.
Bonsai Fusion sells sushi, poke bonsai, and bonsai burritos. The poke bonsai are similar to a poke bowl you would order at other restaurants. Each poke bonsai is priced at $8.50 for a small and $14.50 for a large. Bonsai burritos are basically a poke bowl with sushi rice wrapped inside a tortilla. The Chop Chop, pictured below, includes sashimi fish, carrots, lettuce, jalapeno, beets, and spicy mayo. I also like to add soy sauce to the wrap as I eat it. Each burrito is $11.00 and come in various configurations.
The 7th Street Public Market is open daily with varied weekend hours. If you are planning to drive, you can get parking validated for the first 90 minutes with any purchase. Just make sure you park in the 7th Street Parking Garage. I hope you give Bonsai Fusion a try during your next trip to Uptown Charlotte.
One of my main hobbies when I am not tied up with work, school, and other responsibilities is playing Magic: The Gathering. Magic is a trading card game that has existed for 25 years. I was introduced to the game in 1995 when a neighborhood friend brought over a starter deck they had purchased to show my brother and I. We barely understood the rules of the game at that time. Slowly, we build a card collection and decks to play against each other at home and with friends. I have played off and on over the years taking a large hiatus from 2005 to 2013. I entered back into the game with the release of the Theros set and never looked back.
One of the fun ways to customize a card game experience is to use a playmat. While not required, playmats help keep surface areas clean and come with many different illustrations and colors. Players like to use mats with popular Magic card artwork or ones that they received at a tournament. My favorite playmat is the one shown above that was illustrated by John Avon. The image is of dragon flying around the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. I acquired the playmat because of my love for Kyoto, Japan. John has done commissions for large Japanese tournaments incorporating various Japanese landscapes and locations. The created artwork is used for playmats, deck boxes, mouse pads, and other giveaways at the tournaments.
One of the required supplies for players to have is game dice. Players use dice to keep track of various game states and actions that occur. My dice are carried in a drawstring bag depicting sumo wrestlers. My fiance's mother gave me the bag as a gift after she attended a sumo wrestling event in Japan last year. It works perfectly for carrying dice and goes well with my Japanese playmat.
The most important supplies that players use for trading card games is deck sleeves. Different people have their own personal tastes, but I enjoy using the Japanese KMC Hyper Matte Black sleeves. They have held up well over time and I use them with all of my competitive decks. Having the same sleeve across multiple decks makes it easier to share and swap cards among them. The cards pictured above are park of my Standard format deck that I have played with since the release of the Dominaria set. The green and black cards have treated me well with great finishes in multiple tournaments and weekly events. The company that manages the Magic card game releases new card sets every three to four months. With the next set release in October, the Standard format will change again keeping the game fun and interesting.
Legion Brewing opened their brand new restaurant and taproom last week in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. There has been a lot of excitement and anticipation for the newest brewery location. The actual building two-story building is located just behind the Piedmont Tower Center across from the Harris YMCA Express. The wood ceiling, walls, and brewery tanks give create an inviting atmosphere for customers. I really liked the attention to detail in the decor. Their restaurant area resembled a inviting home-like atmosphere that complimented their farm-to-table menu options.
The downstairs area of the location contains a taproom and full service restaurant. While I did not try their food, the large pretzels and dips were very popular. They offer a large selection of Legion beers along with some wine options. I also saw other local beers available in cans. The upstairs area contains a smaller bar with plenty of space for mingling. There is a back room behind the upstairs bar for private parties and general use.
A great outdoor patio circles the building for customers to enjoy. They had a few corn hole games setup for general use. I did not see anyone serving drinks or food outside. All of the customers outside had to go inside to order drinks at the taproom bar. The restaurant was very crowded and on a wait for a table. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of staff running the bars and serving in the restaurant area. The place looked well prepared for serving a large crowd. Once they have a grand opening in October, I would like to go back and try some of their food options. You should definitely stop by Legion Brewing's newest location next time you visit the SouthPark area. You will not be disappointed.
I went to one of Charlotte's newest restaurants, Let's Meat, for my birthday last month. Let's Meat KBBQ is a Korean BBQ restaurant where you grill meats and vegetables at your table. It is an authentic experience for enjoying Korean BBQ. If you have never tried a grill-your-own restaurant before, it can be a little overwhelming. Knowing what you are getting into and having a great server will go a long way.
The menu at Let's Meat may look overwhelming, but it is fairly straight forward. For $30 a person, it is all you can eat for 2 hours. You can choose from a variety of meats and side dishes. Some of the meats are marinated and others come as expected. Examples of meat options include varieties of chicken, pork, streak, and shrimp. The side dishes are also enjoyable. Some examples of side dishes are brown rice, salad, and picked vegetables. You can order three meats at a time to cook. This may seem like a restriction, but the grill can only hold so much at one time.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. They have a large variety of Asian alcoholic beverages that come in different flavors. Craft beer and wine are available for those interested in typical alcoholic beverage options. I would recommend trying some of the more interesting beverages as they were better than expected.
Using the grill can be challenging for your first time. Ask your server for cooking tips when you order different meats and vegetables. You are given a pair of tongs and scissors to assist with cooking. I would suggest not sharing a grill with more than three other individuals. Having five or six people sharing one grill makes it challenging to feed everyone in a timely manner. However, cooking and socializing with friends over Korean BBQ is a fun experience. If you love meat and Asian cuisine in general, definitely give Let's Meat a try. Even if you are a vegetarian, they have plenty of options for you as well.