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After Dark: Critics' Picks


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1440 S. Tryon St.


Amélie's French Bakery

For those 4 a.m. munchies, Amélie's is the best place to check out -- the sweets are très délicieux. Fresh fruit tarts, their signature 5-layer Petit Fours, ganache cups, pecan sticky buns, éclairs ... yum! And, oh yes, they also serve soups and sandwiches. We don't know who this Amélie chick is, but she's good people in our book!

2424 N. Davidson St.


The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

A repeat winner. Is any place in Charlotte ever going to come close to snuffing out the Saucer? Any takers? Because we can't recall the last time someone else won this category. They keep their vast selection fresh, unveiling new brews from all over (they have 82 beers on tap and more than 120 in bottles) and are the only game in town for some of their stock, such as the recently debuted Duvel Green.

965 N. Tryon St., Suite A


Cosmos Cafe

The bartenders at this Uptown spot have been mixing their magic for more than a decade. Of course, there's the signature Cosmopolitan (which has thankfully outlived its Sex and the City stigma), but you'd be remiss if you didn't venture down their martini list to sample other creative concoctions like the Fruit Loop and the Sweeteani. With a new Ballantyne location you now have your choice of where to get your gimlet on.

300 N. College St., Suite 101

8420 Rea Road


Dammit Janet!

In a recession, it's best to stick with the cheap stuff; i.e. beer. Yet most clubs offer this "cheap" beverage at anywhere from $3-$6 a bottle. At this 1970s spot, though, all domestics are $1.50 to $2 and imports run $2.50. That may not quite reflect '70s prices, but hey, we'll take 'em.

3746 N. Davidson St.

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