NoDa’s Abari Game Bar is hosting the North Carolina State Pinball Championship on January 20, with the winner of that heading to Nationals in Las Vegas. Head over to cheer on the competitors, and use it as inspiration to return with a bag of quarters to see if you’ve got any hidden pinball talent yourself. Loser buys drinks.
Brunching every weekend is costly, but Red Clay Ciderworks has a unique option to counter that. From noon until two on January 21, stop in and enjoy PepperBox Donuts, plus eats from local food truck Queen City Sliders. It’s totally free, but you’ll definitely want to buy a couple of hot mulled ciders to wash it down.
Since 1985, Cajun Queen has brought authentic New Orleans cuisine to Charlotte. Situated in a 100-year-old house, the restaurant serves up reasonably priced dishes like étouffée and shrimp and grits (entrees start at $17.95), as well as live jazz seven nights a week. It’s dinner and a concert combined. And be sure to ask to be seated in the band room when you make your reservation. It's the move (plus your date will think you're super cool and understand jazz).