Looking for a go-to Charlotte sports bar to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Here are the 17 best sports bars in our city.
People’s choice: In a recent survey sent to around 50,000 daily Agenda newsletter subscribers, our audience voted these as the best sports bars in Charlotte: No. 1 Selwyn Pub, No. 2 Ed’s, No. 3 Duckworth’s, No. 4 Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, and No. 5 Moosehead. Selwyn Pub won by a landslide, doubling the votes of Ed’s which came in second place.
Note: The sports below are listed in no specific order (this is not a ranking).
Laid back Charlotte classic popular with the country club crowd in Myers Park
Why we love it: The frat-tastic bar in the heart of Charlotte’s wealthiest neighborhood knows exactly what it is and who it appeals to.
What we’re drinking: $5 Transfusions. The dead simple mixed drink — vodka, ginger ale, and a splash of grape juice — has been the same budget-friendly five bucks since the bar opened in 1990.
Mind-boggling number of TVs on a mission to make Charlotte a cheesesteak town in Uptown
Why we love it: The tap wall features a whopping 150 beers.
Super bowl special: $3.95 drafts (some exclusions apply)
Cheesesteak options: 7 different sandwiches — from the original Philly to the fajita chicken Philly — along with 8 cheese options (including Cheez Whiz).
Casual bar on Montford with three distinct seating areas (front dining, back bar, and back patio)
Why we love it: Satisfying bar food, a premium back patio, and a $4 Bloody Mary bar every weekend.
Super Bowl specials: $2.50 Bud Lights, $2 Mimosas, and of course their $4 DIY Bloody Mary bar. And they’ll have $5 burgers during the game.
Big restaurant and bar with a Spacious patio and roll-up garage doors for an indoor/outdoor setting
Why we love it: It’s a major game day destination where fans pack in to rally before home Panthers games (just down the street from Bank of America stadium) or watch away games.
Casual all-day neighborhood bar in South End
Why we love it: QC Pour House holds the middle ground between breweries and high-end cocktail bars without veering too hard into party bar territory.
Setup: It’s reminiscent of VBGB’s indoor space with a huge bar, picnic tables, and a walk-up food window. Like VBGB, there are no servers — just bartenders and kitchen staff. There’s seating for 92 at picnic tables, the bar and high tops, plus some central drink rails where groups can stand and gather. Bar seating along a wall of open windows overlooking Tremont also creates an airy indoor/outdoor atmosphere in the absence of a patio. You’ll also find a dozen TVs for game day.
Chill watering hole known for its legendary wings on Montford
Why we love it: Old school. And so many regulars. Don’t forget its chill rooftop seating area.
Favorite wing order: Half Uncle Donnie’s, half Bee Sting. Choose from 10+ sauces, including blood orange ghost pepper and PB&J.
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Neighborhood hangout with plenty of TVs and a spacious patio in Dilworth
Why we love it: Ed’s suffered a little identity crisis when it rebranded to Bourbon N Burgers in 2017. Regulars flat out rejected the new brand and ownership quickly course corrected, rehanging the Ed’s sign within 60 days. The customer is always right.
What we’re drinking: A bucket of beer on the patio. Looking to get weird? Order their mimosa tower
Irish Pub with TVs inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs
Super Bowl specials: It’s a Kansas City Chiefs bar, so they’re going crazy. Tyber Creek Pub will have Boulevard beer (brewed in Kansas City), $4 KC shots, and $7 Don Julio. They’re also roasting an entire pig and serving Missouri-style BBQ with sides. Expect halftime giveaways too.
South End spot with huge crowds of young people on game day
Why we love it: Located right on the light rail and not far from Bank of America stadium, it’s a great spot to rally with fellow Panthers fans.
Super bowl special: $2 mimosas, $4 bloody Marys, $5 tall boys (Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra)
What we’re drinking: Drunken’ D. The grown up spin on Sunny Delight is a frozen citrus cocktail served in a nostalgic Sunny D-style bottle. On special for $5 every Monday.
No frills Dilworth neighborhood restaurant and bar with great wings
Why we love it: It’s the perfect neighborhood joint with awesome wings. It was recently remodeled.
South End Pub with great indoor and outdoor space located near the light rail
Why we love it: Fun back patio and 20 TVs. Order their beef on weck sandwich and gold rush wings. They’re also the go-to bar for Buffalo Bills fans and University of Michigan alumni.
Two-story restaurant with a rooftop deck in Plaza Midwood
Super Bowl special: Whiskey Warehouse is offering $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar, $5 Tito’s and $2.50 Bud Light. They’re also doing a boneless wing special: $34 for 48 wings or $65 for 96 wings.
View: Top Shelf, the rooftop bar, has a jackpot view of Uptown.
Classic American restaurant with tons of TVs and a solid menu
Super Bowl special: All you can eat wings for $19.95 (fine print: dine-in and during the game only, while supplies last)
Background: Hickory Tavern has a been a neighborhood hangout and sports bar for over 20 years. They now have 27 locations across the southeastern United States.
Irish pub with a late-night party vibe and several different areas to watch the game
Pocket rooftop: There’s a sneaky little rooftop patio overlooking the courtyard at Hearst Tower.
Neighborhood hangout with a huge patio in Montford
Why we love it: The come-as-you-are party bar is always a good time with a sprawling front patio and outdoor bar.
Casual rooftop bar located between BB&T Ballpark and Bank of America Stadium in Uptown
Why we love it: It’s a new(ish) casual option (no dress code, no elevator lines) among Uptown’s swankier rooftop options. And while it may not be soaring 20 floors up, the view from atop the single-story building is pretty impressive.
Super Bowl specials: $40 Super Bowl buffet (includes two drink tickets, wings, hot dogs, and mini pizza pockets) or a $20 Super Bowl platter with nachos, tenders, fried pickles, and Asian glazed cauliflower. Drinks specials include $13 buckets of domestic cans and $20 buckets of seltzers like White Claw and Truly.
Fancy drink: Strawberry Honey Smash ($10) — Deep Eddy’s vodka, fresh citrus, strawberries, honey, and a sugared rim.
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Old school neighborhood restaurant and bar in Myers Park serving Charlotte since 1933
Bring the kids: The family-friendly spot (yes, there’s a kids menu) knows parents need a bar escape, too — even with little ones in tow. Most of the time, kids and parents sit on the right side of the restaurant and the left side is more adult.
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