Nightlife & Music

Best Bars To Celebrate Your Birthday In Charlotte

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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Everyone deserves to have a night out on the town, whether it includes getting trashed or just having an old-fashioned good time with friends. Some bars have more perks than others when it comes to birthdays, so treat yourself to only the best on this special day. These are Charlotte’s favorite bars for birthdays, but they’re perfect for just about any occasion that doesn’t involve grandma.

The Flying Saucer
9605 N. Tryon St. Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 717-8179

Serving as a mecca for college students in the area, The Flying Saucer offers a great selection of beers on tap. If staff knows it is your birthday, it’s fair to expect a free beverage, at least. Join the UFO club for a small fee, and try as many beers as you’d like, earning credits up until you are in the Ring of Honor, which gets you a plate up on the wall. Live music, pool tables and a quaint, cozy atmosphere promise the perfect birthday celebration.

Picasso’s Sports Cafe’
222 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 376-8767

230 E. W T Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 595-9553

Picasso’s Sports Café has been a No. 1 sports bar in the Charlotte area for years now. Not only does it provide TVs to watch sports on, but also arcade games, shuffleboard, karaoke nights, trivia nights and even live music from time to time. The staff at both Charlotte locations will likely embrace the good times with you as well. If it’s your birthday, they might even offer a free drink or two.

Whiskey River
210 E. Trade St. A-208
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 749-1097

Atop a nightclub in Uptown Charlotte, Whiskey River provides what every club needs: a dance floor, bars and a mechanical bull. Owned by Nascar driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., this nightclub is one of the top places to celebrate any event. Not only does it boast an ideal location — center city Charlotte — the area’s favorite artists come to play there all of the time. If you are looking to just chill and relax, or have a rowdy night, this place is ideal. Enjoy your birthday in the best setting available to you in the EpiCentre in Charlotte.

Related: Best Places For A Chic Birthday Celebration In Charlotte

Angry Ales
1600 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-3663

What makes a great bar are three key factors: location, atmosphere and people. Angry Ales offers all of these. The Montford Drive area is a hot place to be on the weekends, especially for any type of celebratory event. Angry Ales is one of the first bars at the top of the strip, offering a comfortable, spacious patio even on winter nights with heaters. TVs are distributed throughout the bar as well for big games on your big day.

1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 523-3500

Another Montford Drive favorite, Brazell’s Premium Pub sits right on the strip. It may be a small bar, but it has all any bar needs: inside and outside bar, small dance floor, small patio out front, large, heated patio in back and a nice layout. Staff may not hand out free drinks for birthdays, but it definitely stays packed for those just wanting to relax after work to those wanting to go out party for a celebratory event.

Related: Best Nightlife Spots For The Younger Than 21 Crowd in Charlotte

Lee Griffin, 27, resides in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Communications in 2007, Lee has been working full-time as an Administrative Assistant, and writing part-time for The Examiner. Outside of working, Lee loves to discover new music, travel when she can, and learn more about photography. Her work can be found at

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