Food & Drink

Best Bar Food In Charlotte

January 24, 2011 1:41 PM

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Of the number of reasons one frequents a bar, a gourmet meal is not often one of them. Bars are many things to many different people and finding a spot where the fry chef’s skills are impressive is huge plus. When you find a cool place to hang out with good bar food too, you’ve found your second home. Here are four Charlotte pubs where the environment is matched by the menu.

Ri Ra Irish Pub

208 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

A meeting place in the heart of Charlotte’s banking district since 1997, Ri Ra Irish Pub features a bar and other elements from an authentic old Dublin pub. Boasting several local awards and highlighted by live music and other interactive entertainment, Ri Ra’s menu is a major reason for its repeat clientele. The menu is based on an “Irish bistro,” fusing trademark Irish dishes with traditional American fare. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Thomas Street Tavern

1218 Thomas Avenue
Charlotte, N.C. 28205

Drawing on the chic Thomas Avenue aura, Thomas Street Tavern offers live music, a patio, billiards, several televisions for sports fans and a laid-back atmosphere. The popular neighborhood hang out is located in a refurbished area and known to attract a diverse crowd. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 2 a.m.

Tavern On The Tracks

1411 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28203

A South End destination, especially for Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and University of Michigan football fans, Tavern On The Tracks offers a classic bar menu with a twist. The twist is that the salads are fresh and leafy, and the burgers and wings are cheered by Bills and Wolverines alike – no matter what the score may be. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Moosehead Grill

1807 Montford Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28209

At Moosehead Grill, what you see is what you get. Few frills are on the menu or in the lounge area, just a classic bar atmosphere. The tasty food has created a mass of regular customers, who often select between popular dishes such as blackened wings, burritos or burgers. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

– Jeff Hawkins
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