A full wine glass, your favorite heels and your best girls. Nothing’s better than a girls’ night out. Wait, you haven’t got one on the calendar yet for this month?
Turns out the only not-so-great part about girls’ night out is actually planning it. We’ve made it easy with a beginning to end guide of activities, restaurants and cocktail spots for your January GNO. All that’s left to do is invite your crew!
We’ll try to update this post all month as new news comes in, and if you know of something that fits, please comment with it below!
GLO+BLO Then Sip
Start at GorgeousGLO SouthPark: The ultimate GNO includes a pop-up style market, skin safety discussions and, best of all, 50% off all spray tans and blowout services during the event. RSVP on Facebook. 4724 Sharon Road.
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Make time for happy hour at Reid’s Fine Foods: Post shopping and primping, stop by Reid’s SouthPark for a winter cocktail (one spiced hot tea, please!). Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. 4331 Barclay Downs Drive.
Browse the Gallery Opening Reception of Coup de Foudre
Welcome a new exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery: Gather girlfriends for the opening reception of Coup de Foudre, featuring William McLure, McKenzie Dove, Kim Fonder and Kinuko Hoffman.
Dinner, Phantom of the Opera and Drinks with a view
Dine at Angeline’s: Grab a big table at Angeline’s, Uptown’s newest destination for modern Italian fare. Order from the menu of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and small plates. Book your table online. 303 S. Church Street.
Toast to the town at Merchant and Trade: Return to 303 S. Church Street, but this time, travel 19 floors up. Toast to girls’ night with sweeping views of Uptown and Romare Bearden Park. 303 S. Church Street.
Namaste and Sip Uptown
Exhale with NC Yoga Bar at the Mint: As part of the Mint’s Free Wednesday Evenings program, drop in for a one-hour yoga class with NC Yoga Bar. First class is from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m and the second class is from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Mint members enjoy yoga for free, guests are $10/class.
Dine or sip at The Westin: Post-Savasana, head to JP Charlotte where Chef Josh Kitchens prepares flatbreads, steaks and other American fare. If you’d prefer something to sip on, browse the SOCO Bar bites and cocktails menu. 601 S. College Street.
Shake it up at a Mad Men themed cocktail class
Mad Men Cocktail Class: Take happy hour into your own hands with a cocktail class led by instructor Sean Dean. This Mad Men themed class will have you and your girlfriends mixing up Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds and Ernest Hemingway’s Daiquiri. Keep the party going with the Liberate Your Palate Pop-Up Bar Takeover in the upstairs lounge until 11 p.m. $65 per person, purchase your tickets here. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nest Restaurant and Bar, 505 E. 6th St.
Paint your Pet at Pints & Palettes
Tap into your inner artist at Bold Missy Brewery: Creating a custom piece of art featuring your pet is easier than ever with the help of the pros at Pints and Palettes. Send a photo of your pet to [email protected] after purchasing your tickets for a step-by-step tutorial to follow during the class. $40 tickets include materials, your personalized tutorial and your first pint. Purchase tickets here by January 15. Must be 21+ to participate. 6-9 p.m.
Explore Uptown’s Art Scene
Crawl from museum to art gallery: Discover Uptown’s culture on a budget during this month’s Uptown Crawl with free admission to art galleries and museums and free trolley rides from stop to stop. 6- 9 p.m.
This month’s participating galleries include:
- New Gallery of Modern Art
- Sozo Gallery
- Projective Eye Gallery
- McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Indulge in dinner and an exhibit opening at SOCO Gallery
Celebrate SOCO Gallery‘s first dual solo exhibitions: The Gallery will celebrate the opening of two exhibits featuring artists Anne Lemanski and Brad Thomas. Lemanski’s Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit features mixed-media sculptures and prints, while Thomas’ Hold These Truths features mixed media paintings and sculptures. 6-8 p.m. 421 Providence Road.
Dine at Aix en Provence: After the opening, you and your girlfriends can discuss the works over Southern French, Northern Spanish and Northern Italian fare. Reserve your table here. 545 B Providence Road.
Talk Books and Beer at Final Draught
Curious about the “gig economy?” Hear from Charlotteans who have made the leap from side hustle to main gig. The discussion, led by Amy Chiou, director of Queen City Forward, will be led by panelists Kimmery Martin, Charles Thomas, Austin Light. Light bites will be served with beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase here.
Get To Know Your Whiskey in South Charlotte
The Whiskey Club at Ballantyne: There’s no way whiskey is just for the guys. Discover the history of Jack Daniel’s through the Single Barrel Collection at the Ballantyne. Try Single Barrel, Single Barrel Rye, Single Barrel Barrel Proof and Sinatra Select. Plus, tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery through Virtual Reality. $65 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
Style with a Purpose
Choose an Uptown spot for Charlotte Restaurant Week: There’s no better time to try a new culinary hotspot. Start the evening with dinner at a participating Uptown restaurant. Popular options include Sea Level ($35), Essex Bar & Bistro ($35), 5Church ($35) and BLT Steak ($35). View the full list here.
3rd Annual Fashion Breathes Life Gala: Turn your girls’ night out into girls give back at this fun evening supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Mint Museum plays host to prominent designers showcasing top fashions, a live and silent auction and an elegant dining experience. Buy tickets. 500 S. Tryon Street.