Charlotte Magazine recently released their 2011 Best of the Best. Gay-owned or gay-friendly businesses weren’t excluded.
South Ends’ Marigny won best dance club. The magazine writes: “With its abundance of lounges, bars, and a concert venue, South Endâ€™s growing nightlife district had a void until Marigny Dance Club opened last year. Itâ€™s a place where you can dance like nobodyâ€™s watching. But at this popular gay nightclub people are watching: the dance floor fills up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and this is a place to be seen. You donâ€™t come here to stand aroundâ€”if the bass doesnâ€™t move you, the light show will leave you hypnotized.”
In the Voters’ Choice awards, Plaza-Midwood’s Dish won in the Comfort Food category.
Dish and Marigny were just two from among dozens of LGBT-friendly or -popular restaurants, nightclubs, bars and other businesses listed in the magazine’s 2011 awards.
Gay spots weren’t immune to Charlotte’s gag Worst of the Worst. Writer Sarah Crosland dishes on “Worst Joke by a Strip Club”: “This was a close race. Uptown Cabaretâ€™s ads for the best wings â€¦ and breasts and thighs in town was a contender. And Twin Peeks was in the running with its punny name. But the â€śMeat our Dancersâ€ť joke up for months on Chasersâ€™ marquee takes the crown. ”