Go see the Panthers play
The hometown Carolina Panthers play at the world-class Bank of America Stadium (formerly Ericsson Stadium). This National Football League team made the Super Bowl in 2004, narrowly losing to the New England Patriots 32-29. It was only their second winning season in franchise history, but nevertheless was impressive for such a young team. Personally, I'm a Minnesota Vikings fan. If you've never been to an NFL game, this is a great stadium, although the ownership is way too conservative and the environment is not as good as many other NFL teams' stadiums around the league. Men can't take their shirts off and the insane behavior that you see in Green Bay, Oakland or Kansas City, is not tolerated at the stadium. Unfortunately, it seems like the Panthers organization thinks the NFL stands for "No Fun League."
Alive and lively
The Flying Saucer is located in the University area of Charlotte, which means a lot of college kids like to come here. But, the place is definitely a lot of fun. My favorite bar- the atmosphere is neither intruding or boring.... it's just very friendly and very fun. :-) casual clothes
My favorite of them all
There are two Cajun Queens, but stick with the original on 7th Street. As you can see by the picture, it's located in what used to be a large home, which gives it a cozy feel. If you want a romantic dinner, eat downstairs, preferably by one of the fireplaces. There is a bar upstairs and a large eating area featuring the 7th Street Gator Band, a group of Dixieland characters who are all in their sixties or seventies. They have a loud brass sound and they're open to taking requests. Crawfish Etoufee. The steaks are also great.
Great diner in Plaza-Midwood
Penguins is a classic fifties-style diner in the heart of the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, an up and coming area that is full of eclectic people and places. This place is cheap and good and open late if you get the munchies. They have good burgers, barbecue sandwiches and really good banana pudding.
"Continuum" by Ben Long in the entryway to the Transamerica building invites you to stare and try to figure out what the artist is trying to say. Let me know if you figure it out. It has something to do with the endless cycle of life and death.