North Carolina Night Clubs
Nightlife in North Carolina is definitely a sought-after experience.
It boasts some of the most interesting and unique nightclubs in the
country. Spend one night in North Carolina drinking and dancing in some
of its most exciting entertainment venues with your choice of music,
whether it could be house music, garage, salsa, hip hop or heavy metal.
Excelsior Club in Charlotte traced its origins in a small house in
Charlotte's Washington Heights neighborhood. Founded in 1944 by Jimmie
McKee, a black philanthropist, political activist and businessman,
Excelsior has been an institution of the city for over sixty years,
originally serving to the Black community's entertainment and social
needs, with famous performers such as Jame Brown, O'Jays and Nat "King"
Cole, frequenting the club. The club has been a favorite meeting place
for politicians in order to reach Charlotte's Black community. The club
has also formed the Excelsior Humanitarian Organization (ECHO) in 1989
to raise money and support the citizens in need. Located in Beattles
Ford Road, the Excelsior Club boasts its modern exterior and ambient
interior. Nowadays, it caters to a wider range of patrons, black and
white, you and old.
The largest nightclub in Raleigh and the oldest in North Carolina, The
Longbranch Saloon & Entertainment Complex, is located at Creekside
Drive. It started out in a small portion of a building which expanded
into a huge complex that is currently housing four clubs in one
building: the Longbranch Saloon, Club Extremes, The Karaoke Bar and The
Disco Bar. Each bar has its own dance floors and DJ's. The nightclub is
open for members only, who are 18 years and older, although patrons
under 21 aren't allowed to possess and consume alcohol. The bar also
enforces dress codes: no to ball caps, ratty shirt and tank tops, baggy
pants, military uniforms, athletic wear and flip flops. Longbranch has
been attracting the best talents, with over 350 Nashville entertainers
already performed in Longbranch for the past 25 years, including Chris
Cagle and Confederate Railroad.
The four clubs cater to groups with diverse taste in music: country
music , retro, top 40 club hits and swing. The club also offers dance
lessons for those who don't know how to swing those bodies and bootees. Catering to Raleigh's Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Community is the
Legends Nightclub Complex located at W. Hargett Steet. Just like the
other clubs mentioned above (and like any other clubs in North Carolina,
as required by the law) Legends require its patrons to acquire
membership to enter. There are no strict dress codes, although shoes are
required and no sunglasses allowed. It has seven nightly events:
"Lipstick Drag Review" on Sundays, "Gothic Night" on Mondays, "This or
That Night" on Tuesdays, "College Night" on Wednesdays, "80's Night" on
Thursdays, Drag Shows on Fridays and Dance Show on Saturdays. The place
also accommodates private parties and functions.
Other night clubs in North Carolina: Club Odyssey in Winston Salem,
Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, Ibiza Night Club in Wilmington and Ambis 1
Nightclub in Raleigh.