Charlotte Beer Garden, a sprawling three-story bar with a whopping 436 beers taps, will open the last week of February in South End. The facility, comparable in size to the new Pins Mechanical, is the first sister site to the original Raleigh Beer Garden.
Location: The exact address of the 16,663-square-foot bar and restaurant is 1300 South Tryon Street. It’s near other South End staples like Midnight Diner, All American Pub, and Hoppin’. Note: There is no parking, so plan accordingly.
Hours: For the first few weeks, limited hours will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily and after that, it’ll be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Tap count: 436, making it the “largest draft beer selection in the world” according to a statement from CBG. For comparison, Pour, Charlotte’s largest self-serve bar, has 118 taps. Due to the CBG’s volume and the rate of turnover, CBG will rely on a mobile app that’s constantly refreshed on iPads instead of printed menus.
Ordering tip: Beers will have corresponding menu numbers. For quicker service, ask for the numbers instead of the beer as it makes it easier for the bartenders to find it on the large tap walls.
Cocktails: The cocktail lounge is located on the ground floor, next to the giant tree. Prices range from $9-$12.
Service situation: Bar seating is open. Tables are seated by a hostess and will have dedicated servers. Reservations are available on weekdays only using OpenTable.
Background: The owner is Niall Hanley, who operates eight Raleigh food and drink venues under his umbrella Hibernian Hospitality Group. What’s next? Hanley says he has plans for more beer gardens in other cities as well as another bar concept here in Charlotte.
Layout: It’s huge. Charlotte Beer Garden has four bars on three levels. Inside the 16,663-square-foot bar and restaurant, you’ll find seating for 501. All outdoor spaces are dog friendly. The rooftop and rooms are available for private parties as well as complete buyouts.
First floor: The ground level has two bars — an indoor-outdoor local beer bar and a separate craft cocktail bar with a tree going up a two-story atrium. The local beer bar, which Hanley calls “an homage to North Carolina beer,” will have 190 taps along a back bar that extends outside onto the patio. The front area is dedicated to a cocktail bar with lounge-style furniture positioned around the base of the tree.
Second Floor: Another bar, this one with 220 taps featuring beers from all over the world. This area will be set up like a traditional beer hall and cater to sports. There’s also a small private event space (30 people) and a balcony overlooking South Tryon.
Third Floor: The greenhouse-style, partially covered rooftop bar with 24 taps will be the main attraction this spring. It’s got picnic table seating and will be dripping in plants, shrubs, and vines. Look for CBG to add fire pits, lawn games like cornhole, and possibly even some axe-throwing lanes.
Food situation: CBG has a full kitchen. The menu is divided into six parts — appetizers, poutines, pizzas, salads, burgers/sandwiches, and entrees. Dishes range from tuna wontons to fried shrimp to filet medallions (full menu below).
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