Beer, Sports and Nightlife: A Guys' Weekend in CharlotteEpiCentreThe EpiCentre in Uptown Charlotte is filled with restaurants, bars and nightclubsWelcome to this installment of the Summer of Now series: Your guide to some of the incredible mountain towns, urban cities and coastal beaches in North Carolina, complete with travel deals. Get to know Charlotte below.Why should ladies have all the fun with their girls’ trips (to Winston-Salem, for example)? The guys sometimes need to get together, too, for an exciting weekend away. And Charlotte is your destination.Prepare for a three-day trip filled with beer, sports and nightlife. Start by booking accommodations at one of several hotels in Uptown Charlotte, such as Aloft at the EpiCentre and The Westin on the light rail line, and you all will be in the center of the action.Pour Up Not only does North Carolina have the most craft breweries in the South, but Charlotte’s beer scene is quickly becoming one of the leaders. There are now more than 20 craft breweries around the city, with more than half of them located in the South End and NoDa neighborhoods. In South End, veteran Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) moved to a spacious location a few years ago, complete with a large taproom offering a full food menu, and a biergarten that attracts crowds several days a week. Since then, many other brew-inspired venues have opened within walking distance of OMB: Sugar Creek Brewing Co., Good Road Ciderworks, two distilleries – Great Wagon Road and Doc Porter’s – and Queen Park Social, a grownup funhouse across the street. You'll need to pace yourselves (drink responsibly) as you hop through this district.Make Birdsong Brewing the first stop during your brewery hop through the NoDa neighborhoodEat Up Between all the good times you’re having, you must make time to eat, and North Carolina’s largest city doesn’t disappoint. You can’t come here and not try the barbecue, right? Seek out Mac’s Speed Shop, Queen City Q and Midwood Smokehouse, to name a few. If you’re looking for a metropolitan vibe to help set the tone for the night, try Soul Gastrolounge, where small plates and cocktails pair well with the music from the DJ who plays nightly beginning at 9 p.m. While City Lights Rooftop promises just what its name implies, along with drinks and appetizers that complement the incomparable views of the skyline.Play Up Take in a pro sports game no matter what time of year you’re visiting. The Carolina Panthers of the NFL, Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and Charlotte Knights of MiLB all play in Uptown, and their game schedules combine to run fall through summer. But when your crew wants to be more than spectators, plan an outing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, with activities such as rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, biking trails and more.The whitewater center offers outdoor adventures you might not expect to find in an urban cityParty Up Choosing where to party will probably require several rounds of rock-paper-scissors, due to the great number of options that are near your Uptown hotel alone. Notice the bright lights of the EpiCentre entertainment complex, which is home to more than a dozen bars and nightclubs (such as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River and Bubble lounge). On the outskirts of Uptown, the AvidXchange Music Factory features live music and comedy venues and nightclubs. If you guys want to check out another trendy neighborhood, head to Montford Drive in south Charlotte, where both sides of the street are lined with hot spots frequented by locals.Enjoy all the area has to offer by mixing and matching activities and events to your particular interest. Be sure to check days and hours of operation for each venue. Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver.Travel Deals for This TripMeal Deal at Four Top RestaurantsFree Appetizer - CharlotteMore FROM VISITNC.COMThere’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.A Tale of Two Towns’ Adventures: Boone and Blowing RockVisit the neighboring mountain towns in the High Country, where you’ll enjoy hiking and water adventures by day, and local brews with sunset views by night.Explore the Tastes and Adventures of Raleigh and DurhamStay at a boutique hotel, dine at top restaurants or take a food tour. Plus, explore a museum park and state park during your visit to the neighboring cities.Wineries, Spas and Nights Out: A Winston-Salem Girls’ TripEscape to Winston-Salem for a few days with the busy women in your life, treating yourselves to great wine, amazing meals and a little pampering.