If its bright lights, big city you want, Charlotte's Uptown district is sure to please. The vibrant spirit of the New South is alive and well here, with music, food, festivals, dancing, and museums among the regular attractions in Uptown. Nightclubs feature a variety of musical genres, from rock to acoustic to jazz and beyond. World-famous recording artists regularly perform at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Uptown. The South is famous for its great food, and the Queen City has plenty to offer up. From breakfast at Coffee & More to lunch at Ri Ra Irish Sandwich Bar and a French dinner at Bentley's On 27, Uptown offers a big splash of food and fun. If it's something hip you desire, many Charlotteans point to Cosmos Café in Uptown as the place to be. The cafe features European-inspired dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and made-to-order sushi. What can be said about a place dubbed Bad Dog Burgers & Brew
? If it's traditional Southern chicken you prefer then try The Coffee Cup, a cinder-block building with Formica-topped tables located near truck companies and warehouses that's been serving meals here for decades. On the other end of the scale of things to do in Charlotte, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center features Broadway productions that tour nationally. The Duke Power Theatre, Moving Poets Theatre of Dance, and Opera Carolina are all here as well. Whether in Charlotte on business or leisure, you can choose from among 48 theaters, galleries, museums, and recreational venues as well as some 30 annual events.