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Old 03-13-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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My friend and I are visiting downtown Charlotte on St. Patrick's Day. Can anyone recommend some places downtown that typically have an older (35+) crowd?
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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Normally I would suggest Ri-Ra but not on St. Patrick's Day. I don't think anything, except maybe the bar at the Ritz or maybe Vida at the Epicenter, will not be crawling with college kids and young people.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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I was afraid of that....
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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The Ritz?
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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Yes. There's a gorgeous bar at the Ritz Carleton. It's sometimes crawling with "pros" but a great, if a bit pricey, place to go for a glass of wine after a long day.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Sounds like an interesting place, but I think we're looking for something a little more casual, and perhaps without the "pros" :-)
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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The parade starts at 11 am, followed by the festival. 60,000 people are expected. You'd be better off in NoDa, Central or Elizabeth (not Kennedy's!). Google Growler's Pourhouse in NoDa. Not far from uptown but I doubt (can't say for sure) it would be too rowdy. Revolution Pizza is a few blocks north of Growler's and has great pizza and a good beer list.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Thank you for your recommendations....you've been very helpful!
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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I LOVE Uptown Chalotte during St Pat's day -- and I'm a bit older than you are. Here's our game plan -- First stop -- St Patricks day parade, if you take a look at their website (www.charlottestpatsday.com) , you can see that the prade ends right where the beer garden begins. For the past 3 years we just watch the parade from there, it's not the perfect place to watch, but there's beer. After that, we go to Connolly's on 5th (check out their facebook page) they have a tent set up with food and beer and a lot of the pipe and drum bands come by and play, including the Charlotte Fire Dept, they are a crowd favorite. Connolly's has a great crowd -- all ages. After that, we head back down to the festival to drink more beer and watch the Irish dancers. That typically takes us into the late afternoon, and after that we either go back to Connolly's (they will have bands all day) or wander around from bar to bar - that way you can step in and see if it's right for you or not. But bottom line -- I think it's one of the best days of the year!
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Sit outside on McCormick & Schmicks' patio.....a good way to people watch and the metal railing keeps the drunks out of your personal space
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