queen park social

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).

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o-ku pop-up

I’ve been to clothing pop-ups but never food pop-ups! When I heard of this event, I just had to be there. Two of my favorite things combined into one event, sushi + beer!

O-Ku Charlotte teamed up with Unknown Brewing for an exclusive 5 course dinner pairing. Specialty sushi + craft beer brewed for this event made for an evening full of flavor and happy company. I always enjoy seeing all of the familiar faces from the Charlotte social food scene at events like these. :)

O-Ku Charlotte

Based out of Charleston, SC O-Ku has expanded to Atlanta, GA and to SouthEnd’s Atherton Mill here in Charlotte. Their menu is traditional with a mix of contemporary sushi offerings. All can be accompanied by their craft cocktails and sake, meant to represent and celebrate Japanese culture.

They pride themselves in their ability to feature seafood from some of the finest fish markets in Hawaii and Tokyo while also using local and seasonal ingredients. Fresh, local & seasonal is what we like to see here in Charlotte #amiright?!

Unknown Brewing

Unknown Brewing is all about living a life of freedom, fun and going beyond your boundaries. Having a positive outlook stems from doing what they love… making really great beer. They aren’t afraid to try something new, unique or different when it comes to their recipes.

Step into the Unknown” and #livewithoutboundaries is the motto among the Unknown team.

For this event, they brewed some super interesting recipes! Sake Beer, a Wasabi Stout, Cucumber Kolsch and Sriracha Amber.

Sushi & Beer Pairing

Pre-Meal | Edamame + Pre-Game Session Ale
Course 1 | Spicy Scallop Hand Roll + Ginger Wheat
Course 2 | Salmon Lemon Roll + Wasabi Stout
Course 3 | Yellowtail Carpaccio + Cucumber Kolsch
Course 4 | Tuna Tataki with Asian Pear + Sriracha Amber
Course 5 | Spicy Tuna Hako Box with Squid Ink Rice + Sake Beer


Samurai Show

For the last course pairing, we were treated with a short sword-fighting routine performed by Feint and Parry Stage Combat. Even though it was only a few minutes, it was an exciting way to end a night of great sushi and fantastic beer.

Two “actors” came out and started play-fighting as if one was training the other (pictured). It seemed as though everyone was thinking “Is this just a play about Samurai’s, what’s going on here?”. Then, the twosome left the stage and were replaced with professional looking Samaurai’s, face makeup and all. I understood them to be a representation of the future selves of the other two. They were very serious and had legit metal on metal sword fights. I was sitting front row and had my fingers crossed the entire time that they kept tight grips, yikes!

It was such a fun evening, a huge thank you to everyone! A special shout-out to Aly and Laura from Phase3 Marketing, you two are awesome.

Connect with O-Ku Charlotte and Unknown Brewing to see what’s next!