The dude’s guide to a weekend in Charlotte

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There’s nothing quite like a weekend spent with your bros.

Kicking back a few cold beers, crushing some burgers, hitting a few golf balls.

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We know quality guy time is important so we rounded up some of the manliest spots Charlotte has to offer.

It’s time for a dude’s weekend of epic proportions.

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First thing’s first – you’ve got to keep your crew entertained. Here are a few different ideas, depending on what level of activity you’re interested in.

If you want a high tech, luxury driving range experience…
The place: Top Golf
Cost: $5 membership and then bay rentals starts around $25/hr
Why it’s cool: This ain’t your dad’s driving range. All the balls are tracked with a microchip so you can turn it into a competition. Plus, you can enjoy nachos and beer while you do it.

If you’re feeling rugged and outdoorsy…
The place: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Cost: $5 parking and then $59 for a day pass (includes access to most activities)
Why it’s cool: You might get to see one of your bros get thrown out of a raft. Upgrade to the Rodeo Rafting option and you definitely will.

If you want kick back and get pampered (but in a dude way)…
The place: Emerson Joseph
Cost: A full service haircut runs $44 and up (includes a scalp massage and hot facial towel)
Why it’s cool: This place is like a manly version of a spa day. They offer a ton of different services ranging from haircuts to massages.

If you’re looking for motor-fueled adrenaline rush…
The place: The NASCAR Driving Experience
Cost: $99 and up for a ride along, $199 and up to drive the car yourself.
Why it’s cool: You get to ride around Charlotte Motor Speedway and quote every line from Talladega Nights.

If you just want to chill and watch some pro ball…
The place: Carolina Panthers @ Bank of America Stadium
Cost: Prices vary by game
Why it’s cool: Nothing beats the feeling of being right in the action. Plus, it’s an excuse to go all out on a tailgate.

If you want to perform a show stopping rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”…
The place: Jeff’s Bucket Shop
Cost: A few bucks for a membership
Why it’s cool: It’s a dive bar with the perfect atmosphere for some bro bonding. Order a round of PBRs and relive your glory days.

If you want to spend some of your hard-earned cash on some flashy new hardware…
The place: ECJ Luxe Boutique
Cost: Free (to look)
Why it’s cool: They have an insane collection of watches and the boutique itself will make you feel like you’re on the set of HBO’s ‘Ballers’.

Check out ECJ Luxe Boutique this Thursday, 9/28 for their Waches + Brews event. It’s free and includes food, beer sampling, and giveaways. Get the deets and RSVP here.

Alpina Seastrong Diver (on left) & Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph (on right)

It’s not a proper guys-only weekend without a round (or more) of drinks. We’ve nailed down some of the top picks categorized by your mood.

Your mood: You want to day drink but you need to pace yourselves (you’re not in college anymore)
The place: Hyde Brewing
Address: 2911 Griffith St.
Cost: $$
What to order: A beer flight

Your mood: You want to relive nights hanging out in your parent’s basement playing NBA Jam and eating your bodyweight in Bugles
The place: Abari Game Bar
Address: 1721 North Davidson St.
Cost: $$
What to order: A local craft beer

Your mood: You feeling more craft whiskey than craft beer
The place: Great Wagon Road Distillery
Address: 227 Southside Dr.
Cost: $$$ but tours of the distillery are free
What to order: The ‘Broken Spoke’

The mood: You want to pretend like you’re Don Draper for the night
The place: Stoke
Address: 100 West Trade St.
Cost: $$$
What to order: A ‘Stoke Fashioned’

The mood: You want to sit on a patio and watch some football with a few good ol’ boys
The place: Selwyn Pub
Address: 2801 Selwyn Ave.
Cost: $
What to order: A PBR

The mood: You want to escape the typical Charlotte scene and line dance to Copperhead Road
The place: Coyote Joe’s
Address: 4621 Wilkinson Blvd.
Cost: $
What to order: Tequila shots

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time (on left) & Blancpain Villeret Complete Calendar (on right)

An endless smorgasbord of food is pretty standard when you hang out with your friends. From steaks to BBQ, these are the places you need to hit up.

Your mood: You want to go to an old-school burger joint that serves up greasy burgers and milkshakes
The place: Zack’s Hamburgers
Address: 4009 South Blvd.
Cost: $
What to order: A cheeseburger with a side of onion rings

Your mood: You want a juicy steak and you’re willing to drop some cash
The place: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Address: 210 East Trade St.
Cost: $$$
What to order: A prime dry-aged New York Strip with Fleming’s potatoes

Your mood: You want good sushi and you want a lot of it
The place: Ru San’s
Address: 2440 Park Rd.
Cost: $$
What to order: All-you-can-eat sushi buffet served during lunch

Your mood: You’ve spent the day drinking in South End and you’re getting hangry
The place: Seoul Food Meat Co.
Address: 1400 S. Church St.
Cost: $$
What to order: Fire chicken and ramen mac ‘n cheese

Your mood: You want a Ron Swanson, no-fuss style steak
The place: Beef ‘N Bottle
Address: 4538 South Blvd.
Cost: $$
What to order: A 16 oz. choice cut sirloin and a loaded baked potato

Your mood: You want Irish-pub style fare with a cool, rustic vibe
The place: Workman’s Friend
Address: 1531 Central Ave.
Cost: $$
What to order: Fish and chips

Your mood: You just need some quick fuel before you go out
The place: Food Truck Friday @ Sycamore Brewing
Address: 2161 Hawkins St.
Cost: $
What to order: A ‘Pig Mac’ from Papi Queso

Your mood: It’s been a long night and you want to eat a slice of pizza the size of your face
The place: Benny Pennelo’s
Address: 2909 North Davidson St., Suite 100
Cost: $
What to order: A slice of their ‘Pepperoni’ with lots of parmesan

Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph

Cheers to you, dude’s.

(This content was co-created with ECJ Luxe Boutique.) 

Cover photo and other photography by Nicole Du Bois Photography

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