Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Charlotte Ritz-Carlton plans The Punch Room (goodbye Urban Sip)

Feb, 14 is the target date for the Ritz-Carlton's new -- well, let's let the release describe it: "The Punch Room will evoke the legendary, sometimes notorious beverage dens of yesteryear. Dark and glamorous, its moody setting will reflect steel, metallic, gold and black design accents ... include stylish chandeliers and plush sofas ... (and have) a curated music vibe of blues, soul and doo wop." Perched on the 15th floor, it will offer beverages (and make use of "an on-site cocktail carbonator"), wines and spirits, a punch bar, and a few light dishes.

Hours will be 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. No reservations will be taken, but you can wait to get in on Fridays and Saturdays (the Room holds about 40, and some spaces will be held for hotel guests) in the lobby lounge.

201 E. Trade St., at Trade and College;