Greensboro’s Ten Best bike nights…
106 College Rd., Greensboro; 336.851.0133; plumkrazys.com
Bike night is on Wednesday at Plum Krazy’s, where they serve the faithful with beer and drink specials, but really every night is bike night at this longstanding Greensboro establishment, located at the corner of Market Street and Guilford College Road, next door to Easyriders Cycle Shop. The bikers love this place so much that when it tried to shift concepts a couple of years ago (anybody remember Coyote Wild?) the brethren rose as one to protest and bring back the original PKs. It stands now as it always has: the premier biker bar in Greensboro.
Hooters of Greensboro
3030 High Point Rd., Greensboro; 336.852.4600; hooters.com
Sure we write a lot about Hooters in our pages, but it’s no fault of our own ‘– the name just seems to keep popping up in our coverage. The flesh cafÃ© and the biker community have formed something of a mutual admiration society, with plenty of motorcycle parking in the front and lots of biker gear for sale in the gift shop. Bike night is on Tuesday, and it’s one of those short-and-sweet deals, running from 7 until 9 p.m.
4016 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro; 336.855.9024; christiescabaret.com
Christie’s decided to get into the bike night game just a few weeks ago and things are going swimmingly. Among the amenities for bikers are free and easy parking, a relaxed dress code and free admission to everyone with two wheels between their legs. An unidentified woman with an alluring voice said over the phone: ‘“We’re bringing them in. But people will do anything to get in this place for free.’”
Green’s Supper Club
4735 US Highway 29 N., Greensboro; 336.621.3444, greenssupperclub.com
Bike night has been up and running at the Supper Club for about a year, according to manager Nancy Roberts, offering 30-cent chicken wings and karaoke, and routinely filling the oyster bar on Thursday nights. And because good motorcycles run upwards of $20,000, you’ll find a semi-professional crowd here. ‘“It’s just people who have bikes,’” she said. ‘“They work regular jobs and ride for fun’… we don’t get too many outlaws.’” It might turn ugly, though, when it’s time to decide who gets to karaoke to ‘“Born to be Wild.’”
Brassfield Shopping Center, Greensboro; 336.288.3334; hamsrestaurants.com
According to Dana Kyle, assistant manager for the Ham’s at the Brassfield Shopping Center, bike nights on Wednesday are as popular as ever. ‘“They stay here all night,’” she said. Ham’s offers beer specials (bikers seem to love Miller Lite) and Jager bombs for the outlaws who still like to tie one on, and they fill the square barroom to capacity. ‘“We’re working on getting some bands in here,’” Dana said, ‘“some rock and different stuff so they won’t get tired of it.’”
2901 Oakland Ave., Greensboro; 336.854.3001
Tequila is the sacrament of the biker culture, it seems, so it’s natural and fitting that a place named for the agave juice draws a congregation of the Harley faithful. There’s no actual set day and time for bike night here at Tequila’s, but the place is popular all week long with drinkers, pool shooters and others with wind-mussed hair. This joint has become a part of the biker culture in the Triad, serving as a terminal (or at the very least a popular stop) for runs long and short.
Red Eye Grill
309 W. Fairfield Rd., High Point; 336.434.8605
They’ve been buzzing about a bike night over at the Red Eye for some time now, and plans have finally been cemented to begin in two weeks. The official bike night will be on Sunday, and it’s gonna last all day. ‘“The bikers, they like to run on Sundays,’” said General Manager Mike Justice. ‘“They always like to wind up somewhere, and we want them to wind up on the patio at the Red Eye.’” The patio is still under construction as of this writing, but the event has already begun. ‘“We’ve got a two-acre parking lot out there,’” Mike said, ‘“and this past Sunday we had over two hundred bikers here.’”
Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken
4630 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.650.0290
Bikers know good eats (though they’re not afraid to use their fingers) and Ted’s chicken, by all reasonable accounts, is indeed kickin’. The Harley folks ride in on Thursdays around suppertime to get their hands on some bird, in all its juicy and succulent incarnations ‘— grilled, fried, nuggeted and winged out. This is one of the big ones, and a lot of bikers like to hit this spot before they head over to the Metal Rebel (see next entry) to bring on the late evening hours.
2105 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem; (bar) 336.724.1402, (bike shop); 336.703.0805 metalrebelcycles.com
We don’t normally include Winston-Salem events in our pages, but for the bikers we’ve expanded our coverage area just this one time ‘— besides, we know a real biker will ride for as long as it takes to get to a good bike night, and this is one of the best. The Metal Rebel is kind of like a church in the name of the Harley, the heavy metal and the rebel flag, with industrial steel walls and gobs of Southern-fried paraphernalia all over the place. It’s big enough to draw maybe 500 bikers a week and friendly enough that you’ll know them all after going out there for a month. The Rebel is also a custom bike shop where they can build you a chopper and also work on your Harley with extreme competence.
Big Ed’s Chicken Pit
105 W. Peachtree Drive, High Point; 336-869-7584
The Saturday afternoon biker deal at Big Ed’s Chicken Pit is not what it used to be, according to Clay Jones, husband of the restaurant’s owner, Elizabeth Jones. ‘“We would have maybe eighty bikes on a Saturday,’” Clay recalled. ‘“The guys seemed to enjoy coming by ‘— every body made a pit stop. They would have a great time right out here in the parking lot.’” But even the bikers succumbed to the indignities of time. ‘“The groups kind of broke up,’” he said. ‘“Some moved away; some sold their bikes [and] some still come in with their families for dinner at night.’” But we still give props to the Chicken Pit for their contributions Back in the Day.