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Best Bars To Watch Super Bowl 2014 In Charlotte

January 23, 2014 8:00 AM

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English football fans celebrate in a barIt’s safe to say that on Sunday, February 2, 2014, every television in every bar in Charlotte will be tuned to Super Bowl XLVIII scheduled this year to be played in the chilly confines of open-air MetLife Stadium. The East Rutherford, NJ venue, otherwise known as the Meadowlands, is not covered with a dome, and this will be the first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl in NFL history. Organizers in New Jersey and at NFL headquarters have their fingers crossed, but, except for those lucky enough to score tickets, fans in Charlotte can look forward to watching the game in the cozy comfort of one of Charlotte’s many sports bars, surrounded by cold beers, hot wings and lots of TV screens. Here are some suggestions on great spots to watch the action. See the related links for still more sports bars ready for Super Bowl viewing.
All American Pub
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 370-2000
www.allamericanpubclt.com

South End’s All American Pub and its adjacent Oak Room emerged as favorite spots for partying before, during and after the game during this year’s Panthers season. San Francisco 49er fans have made this their special hangout as well. A blow-out Super Bowl party will celebrate a great year on the gridiron. All-American has plenty of room for fans to spread out, with three huge rooms and over 30 giant TVs. Order up some of the pub’s killer wings or some hot dog sliders dressed Carolina style, and settle in for the game.Related: Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Charlotte

Dillinger’s Taproom
214 N. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 375-6412
www.dillingerstaproom.com

Formerly Stool Pigeons, Dillinger’s repositioned itself as a sports bar for craft beer lovers with 50 brews on tap, including plenty of local suds. A wall of TVs dominates one end, with a long bar, fronted by more TVs, occupying the long axis of the club. Fans here cheer for the Raiders and the Dolphins, but most especially for the Panthers in their stadium just down the street. There’s always a craft draft on special along with a menu of 50 sandwiches, all available “overstuffed” with French fries, coleslaw, tomatoes and Swiss cheese added to your choice of filling inside slices of toasted ciabetta bread. And the overstuffed option costs $1 less than the original sandwich.

Jocks And Jills Sports Grill
4109 S. Stream Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 423-0001
www.jocksandjills.com

Located just off W. Tyvola Road, Jocks and Jills is a survivor from the days when the first incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets played basketball across the street at the old coliseum. Its continuing popularity is built around its dedicated “all sports” atmosphere, cheap beer specials and a solid menu of American classics, such as jumbo wings, half-pound burgers and baby back ribs that are “fall off the bone” tender. More than 60 HDTVs are arranged to ensure that there’s not a bad seat in the house and the walls feature a collection of memorabilia from Charlotte sports history. The Cleveland Browns fan club makes its home here, so the regulars won’t have any skin in the game when you come to cheer on your favorite team.

Picasso’s Sports Café
230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 595-9553
www.picassossportscafe.com

The winner of multiple awards as Charlotte’s best sports bar, Picasso’s is one of the city’s favorite spots to watch the game, with a couple dozen HDTVs plus a giant projection screen tuned to the action. Picasso’s is noted for its food, winning awards for both its pizzas and its large, crispy wings, considered by many to be the best in Charlotte. The pizza dough is made fresh in-house daily and turns up in various incarnations including the popular pizza rolls stuffed with your choice of fillings. This branch of the longtime Charlotte favorite is located near the corner of N. Tryon and W.T. Harris Boulevard, across from the University branch of Carolinas Medical Center. A second location is in the Center City at 222 S. Church Street.

Steamers Sports Pub
1513 Pierson Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 568-9273
www.steamerssportspub.com

Just off Albemarle Road on the east side of town, Steamers is the go-to spot for many fans wanting to watch their favorite teams. With 100 TVs and several viewing areas, Steamers is able to get your game on screen and will even turn up the sound so you can hear as well as see the action. On NFL Sundays, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami and, of course, Panthers fans all have their special cheering sections. There’s an outside patio with TVs as well, for the smokers in the crowd. The menu at this family-friendly spot is unusually varied for a sports bar with a long list of subs, quesadillas, stuffed baked potatoes and seafood joining the usual wings and burgers.Related: Best Bars To Watch UFC Fights In Charlotte

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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