Unplug and Be Social at SouthEnd’s Newest Hotspot
Queen Park Social’s mission is to encourage you with unlimited ways to have fun and “Be Social” that you’ll forget to check your phone. Disconnect to Reconnect.
A New York City inspired boutique entertainment house has opened its doors on Yancey Road in lower SouthEnd. Neighbors to Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, The Broken Spoke, Good Road Cider Works, Great Wagon Road Distillery and Sugar Creek Brewing makes this area a true destination for young professionals.
Georgia born owner Joe Lariscy has, with partners Reid and Daniel, crafted a social gathering place with multiple activities to enjoy under one roof. After living in NYC for over seven years working in finance, Joe finally had the opportunity to be an entrepreneur. His inspiration for Queen Park Social started back in New York when he visited the Brooklyn Bowl on a regular basis, which was located across the street from Brooklyn Brewing.
“We feel will are a great complement on Yancey to the entire neighborhood which continues to bring more and more entertainment in the Historic SouthEnd.” – Joe
Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, colleagues, kids, or your entire family. Queen Park Social is a laid back party atmosphere meant to lift your spirits and enjoy life in the QC.
Location Location Location
It all starts by picking where you want to hang out. A spacious front patio with a few mounted TV’s, succulent plant bowls on large tables, comfortable chairs and tables gathered together and a bar stool table overlooking the lawn of OMB. For outdoor activities besides lounging, head out to their large grassy back yard, fenced in underneath the Queen Park cinema sign. Moving around to the different spaces is encouraged! The list of games include darts, skeeball, basketball hoop, foosball, corn hole, bowling, floor and table shuffleboard.
“We are matching fun, trendy restaurant bar with some upscale boutique elements you will see more in places like NYC or LA.” – Joe
Designed with you in mind whether you want to come with friends for drinks, having a birthday party or corporate event in their private room, each area has its own appeal to match your plans. Enjoy cocktails on the plush leather couches in the game room or sit at the indoor bar in any one of their teal leather rivet bar stools or high tables.
Food, Drink and Live Music
Joe teamed up with Carlos and Terrell to build a Gastro-Pub / Tex-Mex menu, offering about 40 items ranging from brussel sprouts and tacos to burgers and desserts. You might think with such an emphasis on fun and games that the menu would be overshadowed but that’s not the case here. Sauces, fries and waffle cones are made fresh daily. Specialty cocktails and draft list keep you coming back for more. There’s something for everyone.
If the fun, games, food and artwork wasn’t enough to get you here, their upcoming live music events are set to start this summer. They will soon be a hotspot for you music lovers.
No matter where you are in the 18,000 square foot space you’ll see homage paid to the 1960’s industrial warehouse by keeping the structure intact and its original elements. Decorated with newspaper style movie advertisements for 90’s favorites like E.T., Sixteen Candles, Clueless, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fletch and more.
“Today everyone is on their cell phone constantly. We are “throwing it back” to a simpler time where social interaction literally happens in person, over great food and drink with fun activities.” – Joe
Many of you have seen artwork around Charlotte by our talented local artists Matt Moore and Matt Hooker. It’s no surprise that they partnered up with a few other artists to create a massive mural taking up the entire sidewall of the bowling alley, appropriately worded “Be Social”. With a comic book style theme created with spray paint and acrylic, it begins at one end with a plug that’s been disconnected from an outlet showing electricity sparking outwards onto and throughout the words, lighting up the entire phrase. This incredible video by Reel Talk CLT captures the mural coming to life.
Insider Fun Facts about Joe
Favorite thing about the city: So many great breweries, the White Water Center, Joel Bunkley the Band of One
Favorite late-night snack: Dominos
Biggest lesson learned so far during the opening process: Some classic clichés that ring especially true, trust your gut, enjoy the process. Oh and try to “unplug” once in a while!
Describe QPS in no more than three words: Boutique entertainment house.
Is there one element about QPS that is more of a passion than another: Personally, I have a particular obsession with ping pong and skeeball (much better at the former).