Construction is well underway on Charlotte Beer Garden, a sprawling three-story bar with plans for enough taps to chase Guinness World Records.
The South End venue with a rooftop bar and a giant tree growing in the middle is targeting an opening by the end of the year at 1300 South Tryon Street. It’ll be the first sister site to the buzz-worthy Raleigh Beer Garden.
The original Raleigh Beer Garden, which opened in Glenwood South in 2015, has earned global press and three Guinness World Record titles for its mind-boggling selection of beer.
RBG wears the crown for most different beer brands on draft tap (203), most varieties of beer on draft tap (369) and largest tap takeover, which they earned just this past weekend when Wicked Weed commandeered 177 taps.
The final tap number for Charlotte isn’t set, but they’ll push the limits like in Raleigh with upwards of 400 lines. For comparison, Pour, Charlotte’s largest self-serve bar, has 118 taps. Taco Mac, a sports bar chain that recently closed its Charlotte location, had 200. Nothing else even comes close.
You can expect to find taps crammed into every inch of available wall space at Charlotte Beer Garden along with some open glass viewing walls to show the inner workings of the complex web of tubing.
Due to the volume and the rate of turnover, they’ll rely on a mobile app that’s constantly refreshed on iPads instead of printed menus.
Charlotte Beer Garden will have four bars on three levels, including an indoor-outdoor bar that opens to a large patio fronting South Tryon, a greenhouse-style covered rooftop bar and a cocktail bar.
Hanley has a background in horticulture, so plants, vines and trees are a focal point in the design. Like Raleigh, CBG will house a huge tree growing through the first two floors in a central atrium. And every window in the building is retractable so the entire space can be opened up when the weather is right.
Here’s a breakdown of the layout.
First Floor: The ground level has two bars — an indoor-outdoor local beer bar and a separate craft cocktail bar. The local beer feature, which Hanley calls “an homage to North Carolina beer,” will have about 150-160 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. The cocktail bar will also serve bottled beers and choice drafts.
Second Floor: Another bar, this one with about 200 taps open to beers outside North Carolina, is located on the second floor along with a room for small private events (about 30 people) and a balcony overlooking South Tryon. This area will be set up like a traditional beer hall and cater to sports.
Third Floor: The greenhouse-style covered rooftop bar with another 25-30 taps will be the main attraction. It’ll be dripping in plants, shrubs and vines with lawn games like cornhole and possibly even some axe-throwing lanes. It’ll also have fire pits and, for now, views of Uptown — at least until the development next door starts to take shape.
CBG will have a full kitchen with a menu of bar bites, wings, burgers, salads and pizzas. It’ll be similar to the Raleigh menu, which you can see here, with some tweaks.