A lot of people may claim that Charlotte isn't a sports town, but if you've ever been around a crowd of fans watching a big game, you might just be inclined to think otherwise.
There's nothing better than watching a big game around dozens (or even hundreds) of other fans, and while just about any bar or restaurant around town will have the game on, there are only a few spots that should really be known as THE spot to watch a game.
Whether it's a Panthers game, a Hornets game, a big international soccer match, college football Saturday, March Madness, or the MLB, there's no shortage of great places in Charlotte.
Some of these places have specialty foods, some standard pub fare, but not place on this list has sub-standard grub. Also, EVERY place on this list has decent drink selections (some more than others of course).
This list isn't in any particular order, and there is a notation on each as to what that bar specializes in.
01 of 07
911 E Morehead St
Charlotte, NC 28204
On Morehead Street outside of Uptown, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is a two level sports bar that's "neighborhood" to be a cozy favorite. If you're out to watch multiple games at once, this is where you want to be, as there are TVs just about everywhere you look.
If you're a Panthers fan, this is THE place to be, as it's the official home of the Charlotte chapter of the Roaring Riot, the largest unofficial Panthers fan club. This place gets jumping on Panthers gamedays, and you're not going to find a bar that has more dedicated Panthers fans.
Roaring Riot travels to every single Panthers game, and any members that aren't traveling can be found here.
One word of warning here though. Parking is limited, but take the time to find a spot. Do NOT park off premises, as your car will get towed by companies on the prowl. If you're actually going to a Panthers game, this isn't a bad option either, as they provide free... parking and a free shuttle to the stadium.
02 of 07
601 S Cedar St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Draught is in the shadow of Bank of America stadium, so if it's a Panther's gameday, you'll likely hear the road of the crowd outside before you see it on TV.
This place offers up some of the more unique dining options around, like duck tacos. Chicken and waffles and Salmon and dill Benedict are great choices if you're looking to switch up your normal gameday fare. The house nachos here are one item you can't miss.
Draught is considered Uptown, but its probably a little too far to walk to from your office. But you absolutely can't beat the ambiance on their outdoor patio on gamedays.
During Panthers games, there is a more limited menu than their normal offerings, and the place does get packed pretty quickly since you're just a Cam Newton toss away from the stadium. When it comes to college football, this is a Clemson bar, so don't be surprised to see a sea of orange if you walk in on a Saturday in the fall.
As a side note,... there's a great event space downstairs if you're ever having any sort of special party like an engagement or a big birthday.
03 of 07
140 Brevard Ct
Charlotte, NC 28202
As the name implies, Courtyard Hooligans is an Irish bar, so it's likely Charlotte's best bar to watch soccer. Their World Cup viewing parties are absolutely epic, with hundreds of international fans piling in.
The drink selection here is pretty strong from what I've read, with lots of local breweries to choose from. It's a small place with no frills, but that often makes for some of the best sports watch parties doesn't it?
This is a soccer fist bar, but of course, you're going to find a crowd there watching just about any sporting event. Courtyard Hooligans is one of those joints with few windows, so once you step inside, it's easy to lose track of what time it is outside.
You might feel like you're in a small bar in Dublin with football (soccer) on the TV and the owners walking in with their shin guards still on, but you're sure to get a legitimate Irish experience here at Courtyard's.
This is a great destination... for dinner and drinks before or after a Charlotte Knights game since it's located so close to BB&T Ballpark.
04 of 07
210 E Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Blackfinn is in the middle of Uptown, so you're not far from the action if the Panthers are at home, and it's the perfect option for watching some March Madness at lunch. It's a fun, upbeat, young bar, and that can make for some super fun football watching.
This bar is located in Charlotte's "Epicenter" complex, meaning there's going to be A LOT of people around. There's no outside space here, which can be kind of a bummer on a nice weather day, but since you're here for the action on the field/court/ice/pitch/track, that's certainly not a dealbreaker.
When the Panthers win, there's nothing like walking out of the Epicenter while people file out of the dozens of other bars around.
You want to sit back and analytically watch a game? Probably not your spot. But if you want beer flying and high fives after every touchdown, make your way here.
The food here at Blackfinn is typical pub food, but it's done well.
It... can certainly be a pain to get in and out of Epicenter at times, but Blackfinn makes it worth it.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
201 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28244
Like a few others on this list, Carolina Ale House is located Uptown, so you're in the middle of the action for Hornets or Panthers games.
The only knock I've seen about this place is that the arrangements of the TVs can make it a little tricky if you're trying to watch multiple games at once. But if you're just sticking to the hometown team, this is a can't miss spot.
The food here is moderately priced with decent portions, and the barbecue looks to be a favorite. They throw some pretty big "official" watch parties here, and it's been called a "mecca of sports watching" in a few online reviews.
Carolina Ale House has some pretty unique drinks that you won't find anywhere else, but they also have plenty of beers on tap as well. Their happy hour specials seem to be pretty well priced, so if you're watching a game after work, you might want to make this your go to spot.
06 of 07
330 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
There are A LOT of TVs here. TVs on top of TVs. Watching multiple games (every game even) at once? This is where you need to be!
The beer selection at Duckworths has been called one of the best on Charlotte, and they've got just about anything you'd want.
When it comes to food, the hoagies and cheesesteaks are easily the standout at Duckworths. I've heard more than one Philly native say this is the closest thing to home they've found when it comes to cheesesteaks. The fact that this place started as "Duckworths Cheese Steakery" when it was over on Park Road should be an indication at to where their food is focused, but the menu here is expansive and you'll find something for just about any taste (the garlic fries.... get them).
There's no patio at Duckworths, but you can sit near the big windows by the front if you want to feel like you're outside. The Uptown Duckworths has what's called "The Cellar," which... will take you back to the speakeasies of the roaring 20s.
There is another Duckworths location in Charlotte, but if you want to be where everyone and everything is, head Uptown.
07 of 07
200 E Bland St,
Charlotte, NC 28203
All American Pub is in south Charlotte, which means it's young, aggressive, and fun. If you want a place to legitimately enjoy watching with a crew of people you just met, this is where you need to be.
This place is absolutely packed for Panthers games, and the crowd tends to stay for the later games as well. Want to watch a ton of games you barely care about with people you barely know? Come here and you'll enjoy it.
If you plan on watching a Panthers game here, you'll need to get there early to make sure you get a table (like 11 a.m. for a 1 p.m. kickoff). You'll find plenty of other fans here too, so it's sure to be a good time.
All American is right next to a light rail spot, which makes it a good destination if you think you might not be able to drive when you leave.