What can Carolina Panther fans do when they want to watch a game but can’t afford the time or money to see the action in person? The answer is easy: neighborhood sports bars.
There are over 80 sports bars all across the Charlotte region, but it is important to locate the best bar with the best environment to fit your Panther needs. Because there are so many transplants from the East and West Coasts, it isn’t unusual to find a neighborhood bar that roots for one of the enemy NFL teams. For instance, Dixie’s Tavern (located uptown at 301 East 7th Street) is consistently rated as one of the best sports bars in the city – but it advertises itself as the ‘Charlotte Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.’ This is not good if you want to catch a Panthers game.
If you want a home away from home field, we’re-all-in-this-together Panther party atmosphere, try one of these favorite places in the Queen City.
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Whiskey River is owned by NASCAR phenom Dale Earnhardt Jr. and this huge complex has it all. Join rowdy fans for Sunday Sidelines and enjoy lunch and drink specials while watching the Carolina Panthers on the big-screen TVs. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll and a whole lotta attitude! But mostly, it’s football fever at its finest.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grill
911 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Dilworth Neighborhood Grill hosts NFL Sundays on its many flat screens all around the bar. It serves a full menu of hearty bar food, as well as drink specials. This place is popular with the locals because of the murder mystery dinners it runs. Spoiler Alert: Be sure to stay upstairs in the bar area where the Panthers dominate the scene. Otherwise, you might end up in the Baxter Basement where (gasp!) they cheer for the New York Jets.
Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill
1524 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill serves a meal which it refers to as the Buffalo Trifecta (a beef slider, six wings, a Haddock fillet and fries). Do you think you can handle it? This bar gets very crowded on Sundays and Mondays for football, but it makes the game that much more fun. Fans can expect almost a dozen local craft bars on tap and in bottles, as well as the signature 12-ounce white Russians.
1936 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
This honkey-tonk biker’s bar is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte. “Man vs. Food” visited this spot recently to try and chow down on the famous burger and fries platter. Come for the Sunday brunch and stay for all the Sunday NFL games broadcast in style on its various flat screens. You’ll be jumping like a jackalope with Panthers’ excitement.
The Hickory Tavern
2005 E. Arbors Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
With locations all across North and South Carolina, The Hickory Tavern is community oriented and ready for game time. Featuring the Pro Football Pick ‘Em Tournament, weekly prizes and plenty of drink specials, the Arbors Drive location in Charlotte is one of the most popular locations for Panther fans to gather. Grab a chair and a burger and have a great time.
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S.L. Schmitz is a published author and more of her work can be found at Examiner.com.