Uptown nightlife first started at this collection of buildings at College and 6th streets and now it seems Northside (formerly known as North End Station) is set to change nightlife as we know it.
A variety of concepts will be opening up here and the first on the list is Flight. It’s a concept that, while familiar on the surface, will be anything but.
Located in the old Republic space, Flight occupies around 10,000 square feet of Northside station and is just massive. The concept is a beer & music hall. Think picnic/public/social tables lining the venue, a gigantic 70+ foot bar and a stage for live bands.
The vibe will be similar to a beer garden (but indoors) and this is perfect for Uptown. I have to note that the bar is from one giant tree from Morehead that was reused.
For as much love as the breweries get outside of Uptown, that vibe and atmosphere is not replicated in the center city. What strikes me most about Flight (besides the clearly punny name, North Carolina = first in flight, beer flights, get it?) is just how different and familiar it will be.
Food will be locally focused (as will the beer and with 80 taps, there will be plenty of it) and offer beer garden style food but without the heavily German influence.
Multiple skylights will bring in tons of natural light and this place will be all about the social atmosphere. Bring friends, make friends and hang out as friends. That seems to be the overall goal here.
Music will be a large component, as the stage is certainly sizable. The plan is to bring in quality acts as well as some national bands as well. YOU WON’T NEED TO TALK LIKE THIS TO THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU but the music won’t be confined to the background either (think a great live band at a brewery patio). The space is huge and there is a lot of careful thought going into the design and acoustics.
To those like me that can’t stand covers, have no fear. Flight will not charge a cover (Note: National acts will require a ticket) and the plan is to be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week. Perfect.
Flight is going to bring some much needed variety into Uptown by combining the relaxing nature of a social beer hall with the experience of having a great live band in a venue actually built for it.
Can’t forget to mention the outdoor patio. Along College there is a great outdoor space that bring a whole new dimension to Flight. Indoors has its own vibe and outdoor will add an additional component and great street presence.
Stay tuned for more. They plan to open in April and we will bring you further details and pictures as they get close to opening.
Northside Station is owned by partnership of David Furman, Jon Dixon, and Aaron Ligon; and LCRE Partners provides the leasing. Huge shout out to them for the work they are doing here.
Note: The partners behind this project read as a who’s who of great Charlotte locales:
- Mike Libretto (Libretto’s Pizzeria)
- Jason Astephen (Draught, Prohibition)
- Andy Henson (Angry Ale’s, Southside)
- Mario Flynn (Pint Central)
- Tim Dolan