Charlotte has been very good to me since I arrived here almost two weeks ago from El San Diego. While the weather hasn’t exactly been consistent or that noteworthy (it went from 60 and sunny to a literal blizzard in 24 hours!), the nightlife has been and there’s been no problem finding quality company for a few drinks on any given night around town. And really, if you’ve got the right company, it doesn’t matter what else is going on. The right people can make anything fun.
Oh and there’s also Yuengling here in Charlotte! CHEAP Yuengling, at that. I’m talking under $3 in some cases.
In the past week and a half in Charlotte, I’ve done “Superman” by Eminem for karaoke (it was Valentine’s Day and seemed appropriate) at this joint called Fox & Hound, met a dude with one of the gnarliest beard/hair combos of all time and shared plenty of drinks with family, a pretty girl or two and of course, said dude with the gnarly mane. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over how easy it is to meet people when you’re in a new city. Generally, people want to talk and make new friends just as much as you! Don’t underestimate the power of just saying “Hello, what’s your name?” to someone and going from there. Chances are that if they’re in the bar, they’re open to talking to new people and names are usually a great place to start.
And also stay open to meeting new people yourself, even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. It’s impossible to know who you might meet and where that relationship might go if you’re not staying receptive to other people whenever you go out.
Case in point: one night Max and I went downtown planning to just grab a beer or two, keep things chill and head back home pretty early. We were feeling so recluse that Max didn’t even change out of the sweatpants he’d been wearing all day (read: week) to go out. After a little confusion at what we suspected was a gay bar, we hit up this place All-American Pub in the southern part of downtown Charlotte, which has ended up being one of our favorites. Not long after we sat down near the bar, placed drink orders and a Big Tex Burger for myself, complete with guacamole, bacon and grilled onion, two very pretty girls walked into the bar, strolled past us and caught our attention. But, not exactly feeling up to the task, we hung low, sipped our drinks and waited for my food.
Apparently they noticed us too, because not 15 minutes later, one of the girls approached our table and dropped possibly the worst line to open conversation at a bar of all time:
“Hey, do you guys know any good bars around here?” Uhm… this one?
Anyway, the point is that hilariously bad pickup line aside, we ended up hanging out with them all night and having one of the most memorable nights of our time here in North Carolina. We’ve even been able to link up with one of the two girls a couple of times since then! Once you get over the initial nervousness of approaching someone, the rest is downhill and could end up turning into a relationship that you’ll take with you long after you’ve said goodbye. But first you gotta say hello.
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