I arrived in Charlotte transporting a FEDEX trailer enroute to Atlanta. The Pilot Truck stop, albeit small, is only a short uber ride to downtown. Since I got in late, I was glad to find a pub that was open late. Cowbell Burger and Whiskey Bar – it was like walking into a time warp. The decor is 60s-80s.
The Cowbell was rocking that night with awesome 80s hair band videos playing on MTV. I got the quintessential Open-faced beef patty, melted Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, brown gravy, grilled sourdough bread. The dish was paired with loaded garlic fries.
Charlotte has been going through a major revitalization and a huge influx of millennials have moved in. Millennials born between 1980 and 2000 are gentrifying the city. This generation value experience over possession resulting in a younger work force and a vibrant night life
On tap, I sampled through the Brews of the Carolinas. Started with the Sugar Creek Big Oh IPA (ABV 7%), then the Legion Juicy Jay IPA (ABV 6.4%) and finally the Sycamore Sun Grown Light Lager (ABV 4.8%)
I soaked in the 80s music, enjoying Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard and Tom Petty. Soon I had my fill and was ready to band my head on dance songs of 2020s.
Didn’t have to go far. SIP is not typical bar and nightclub. They don’t have beers on draft. They specialize in cocktails They take classic cocktail up a notch by creating a unique blend of flavors.
The basement turns into a dance club. Drinks are moderately priced at $6 for a vodka special.