The Double Door Inn
A Charlotte institution for good music and good times
On December 22, 1973 the Double Door Inn opened for business in the picturesque Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. Owner Nick Karres original intention was simple: provide a comfortable and safe place for locals to hang out, have a drink and enjoy a good time. It wasnt long before music made its way into the unassuming pub however, and as the saying goes: the rest is history.
At first the stage was a fertile ground for local singer/songwriters. Then Nick had the chance to host the Dixie Dregs and this would be the show thatd hook him. The Dregs would also contribute to the Double Doors fame as a great room to play by spreading word of the new club to other artists.
Soon bands like The Nighthawks, The Thunderbirds and Roomful of Blues were regulars on the calendar and as fate would have it, blues music became the clubs niche. Others that would help lay the foundation for this local mainstay included Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Dixon, John Hammond, Junior Walker, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and Bob Mar..