A year rocked by financial meltdowns the world over was also a year in which two popular LGBT, Queen City nightspots met their end. Thanks to a new group of owners at one, and an Uptown club owner’s dream of a new gay dance club, the two nightlife losses are being replaced.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “Loss and gain in Charlotte’s nightlife scene”

  1. Wow. I had the chance to read this advertisement…., I mean ‘story’ in the print version today. While it’s all fine and good that the two new bars in Charlotte are advertising with this paper, I can’t recall the last time that I read such a biased article…..and especially by the Editor! We are all happy to see new bars and clubs open, especially ones that stay true to gay dance music. Unfortunately the writer basically has just written a big ad for these two new bars while intentionally slighting others. One example is him taking the time to go into how crowded they are supposed to be on New Years, which is just disgustingly obvious promotion. It comes as even more of a punch in the stomach that David Stout, who is also a long time writer and employee of Q-Notes is working for one of the bars that is being hyped up so much. Hmmmm.
    The writer also failed to mention some of the other existing gay bars in Charlotte by name, which would only be fair and there certainly aren’t enough to take up that much space to type! If I were one of those businesses, I don’t think Q-Notes would see another dime of my money. Near the end of the article, the writer even suggests that Petra’s ‘pulled back’ on their hours of opening leaving some mysterious, huge gap of after-work places to go. This is sad since Petra’s only pushed back their opening 1 hour: hardly a missed opportunity that’s needing immediate attention.
    Oh, and not everyone wants to risk New Year’s on a brand new spot until they’ve gotten familiar with it, especially when the cover to get in is so high. There are other gay bars in Charlotte that will have plenty of people for a lot less cover. Apparently the writer also doesn’t know that ‘bar hopping’ on New Year’s is a pretty expensive thing to do.
    It’s great that new bars are opening, but please don’t disguise a blatant advertisement as a news story, especially when your paper has ties to them through employees and staff. Happy New Year!

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