I don’t like to gamble, at least in the common let’s-make-the-casinos-richer sense. I do occasionally gamble and use Hotwire for hotel bookings, though- and sometimes I hit the jackpot. On a recent trip I spun the wheel on Hotwire and landed in the historic Dunhill Hotel in the Uptown district of Charlotte, NC. The Dunhill is a great hotel, smallish rooms, but nicely appointed, and the rate was pretty good- but the big win was in the tiny lounge.
The bartender (let’s call him Pete, because that may have been his name- but it is a bar, so my memories of the evenings are a bit fuzzy) was great, he seemed to know everyone and learned new customers names and preferences quickly. Although tiny (just seven stools around an L-shaped bar) it was adequately stocked and a very comfortable place to spend time at the end of the day. You can even get great food served at the bar from the adjacent Harvest Moon Grille.
As with all great bars, your fellow patrons really make the place, and the Dunhill’s clientele appears to include a bewildering mix of interesting characters, from local business people, to former NFL players, to roadwarriors, to “southern gentlefolk”- a great mix of characters to complement the great service, genteel décor, and general southern charm.
This is a hotel bar, in a downtown business district, so don’t expect too many bargains- but you will actually get something for your money here.