Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., +1 704 358-9200, . Long-lived movie theater-turned-music house on Elizabeth Ave. near Uptown. Hosts a variety of acts, and is well-reputed as one of the city's most intimate atmospheres.
Lava Lounge, 1420 Elizabeth Ave., +1 704 376-3347. Tue-Thurs 8PM-2AM, Fri-Sat 8PM-4AM. By far the hippest place to go for post-dance chillout. This is literally a lounge, though the small dance floor is often quite active. DJs play a diverse array of music while hookah smoke floats in front of live candles. A very low-key, exotic vibe. Cover charged only after 2am on Fri. and Sat. ($5).
Lupie's, 2718 Monroe Rd. (follow 7th St. away from Uptown until it changes to Monroe Rd.), +1 704 374-1232. One of the best-loved restauarants in Charlotte, for a variety of reasons. A highly diverse crowd (from families to punk rockers) and casual atomosphere allow anyone to feel at home; the low prices and oversized servings make sure you won't go home hungry. The menu is somewhat limited, but most items are commendable; experiment with the three varieties of chili or the daily specials if you're not sure what to order.
Cajun Queen, 1800 E. 7th St., +1 704 377-9017. Set in a refurbished century-old home, this is one of the jewels of the Elizabeth neighborhood. Very good Cajun cuisine is only one of the attractions; the artsy decor and live jazz bands (upstairs) add to an attractive atmosphere. The service is on-and-off because the restaurant is usually busy. Dinner only.
La-Tea-Da's, 1942 E. 7th St., +1 704 372-9599. A quaint coffee-and-tea cafe in the Elizabeth neighborhood. Very close to where 7th St. turns into Monroe Rd., La-Tea-Da's is surrounded by other excellent restaurants and unique shops.
Fig Tree, 1601 E. 7th St., +1 704 332-3322 . Continental cuisine with French and Italian influences. Located in a restored 1913 bunglow in the heart of the neighborhood, this is a slightly pricey but well-reputed option for fine dining.
Carpe Diem Restaurant, 1535 Elizabeth Ave., +1 704 377-7976.
Hawthorne's NY Pizza, 1701 E. 7th St., +1 704 358-9339. One of the cornerstones of the neighborhood, this pizza place rarely has a quiet night. Though parking can be a little frustrating during peak hours, Hawthorne's is one of the few good NY-style pizza joints in Charlotte.
NOFO on Liz, 1609 Elizabeth Ave., +1 704 444-9003.
Volare Ristorante Italiano, 1523 Elizabeth Ave., +1 704 957-3685.
Central Piedmont Community College - The main branch is located just southeast of I-277, though there are others scattered around the area. CPCC has been noted as a relatively high-quality community college, and has increasingly integrated itself into the life of the city (though the central campus itself is still a bit bland). Recently, the college constructed a major new theater building, with a landmark statue on its front lawn.