Ink N Ivy Opens In Charlotte: Eat, Drink and Be Social

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By now Charlotteans have been in high anticipation of Uptown’s newest eatery and hotspot. Well, the wait is finally come to an end. Stealing away all the attention in the Third Ward these days, The Bottle Cap Group celebrates the grand opening of its latest innovative concept with Ink N Ivy. For most of the year, construction has been underway as artisans’ hand painted designs on floors and walls reflective of Tattoo inspired art — hence the name Ink N Ivy.  Overlooking Romare Bearden Park, a massive outdoor patio was being built out to strategically become a venue in its own, soon to be renowned as the most expansive entertainment deck space in Uptown. Tripling as a restaurant, bar, and lounge, the interior boasts a personality that’s sleek and vivacious with punk inflections. With an aesthetic embodying tattoo culture, the atmosphere is classy yet laid-back. Chandeliers and wood slab tables bring on the elegance while a motorcycle mounted on the wall and French bulldog sculptures hovering above supply a unique edge. The ivy-stenciled black ceiling and dark flooring add to the eclectic vibe while leopard-printed booths, graffiti, and wall art balance the flare.

A chef-inspired menu features American cuisine with an upscale twist. Comprised of everything from entrée favorites like Filet Mignon and Lobster Empanadas to bar classics like wings and infused salads. It’s probably fair to say, though, that Ink N Ivy’s main attraction is the raw bar positioned in the center of the excitement and available throughout the day. Additional menus include a late-night line up, weekly “blue plate” specials and a brunch selection. Chicken N’ Waffles and Shrimp N’ Grits alongside other dishes that are encouraged to be paired with Bloody Marys or Mimosas are offered on weekends. The cocktail list is customized with the “Pick Your Poison” theme. The Poison Ivy and the Ink well are just a few of the quality drink creations that complement the ink and ivy motif nicely.

From the front patio to the main dining space in back and the colossal 6000 square foot open air deck, the details are visually appealing. Separated from the rest of the restaurant as “The Vine”, the back patio features Victorian furnishings with plenty of seating for dining or drinking, its own full bar, multiple television screens in addition to table tennis and cornhole stations. A heated tent during the winter months and a projection screen in the works creates the perfect atmosphere for game days or date night movie concepts. All of this sits just above beautiful green-space scenery and the action at BB&T ballpark. With it’s prime location just two blocks away from Bank of America Stadium and countless other west side amenities, it’s no wonder that this spot is the new talk of Uptown.

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