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Best Bars To Watch UFC Fights In Charlotte

April 19, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Renee Wright

Photo Credit: Renee Wright

Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts rank among the most popular pay-per-view events and are a major draw for bars that can ante up the stiff broadcast fees required to show the fights in public. The mixed martial arts format offers fans plenty of excitement, watching the best fighters in a number of different martial arts styles – including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, judo, wrestling, Muay Thai, and karate – compete within an octagonal cage. Bouts are held world-wide, but typically air on Saturday evenings in Charlotte, with a pre-game show before the 10 p.m. opening bell. Look for Bud and Bud Light specials at bars during the UFC fights, as the beers mogol sponsors the broadcasts.
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Buffalo Wild Wings – Charlotte Uptown
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 971-9464
www.buffalowildwings.comPrice: Free
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Located next door to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, this bar has walls covered with crumpled sheet metal, racing memorabilia and plenty of televisions to watch the UFC fight, including six 120” giants. Bud Light is on special on fight nights. On Fight Nights, the huge bar area is full of fans enjoying wings tossed in one of Buffalo Wild Wing’s 16 signature sauces along with their favorite brew. Add a side order of ribs for a UFC-worthy feast. Other area Buffalo Wild Wing locations, including Matthews and University also air UFC fights. This is also a great place to catch anything from a Panthers game to a Duke game.

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Fox & Hound – Charlotte Uptown
330 N. Tryon St.,
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-4113
www.foxandhound.comPrice: $5
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

With three floors of party space and some 50 TVs, including ten 82” projection screens, the Fox and Hound in Uptown is one of Charlotte’s largest and best equipped sports bars. Located in Uptown Charlotte, this spot provides the perfect location to view the fights. Saturday specials available during UFC fights include $3 Bud and Bud Light Aluminums, $3.50 Bud and Bud Light Big Beers, $5 Monster Bombs and $5 Cazadores Margaritas. The food and beer specials here provide more than enough to last through all five rounds of a UFC championship fight. The fun vibe and and fellow UFC lovers who pack this bar every night a bout is scheduled will keep you around for an extra beer are two after the fights are over. Take the family and enjoy a few rounds of pool in between MMA bouts.

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Hickory Tavern – Ballantyne
12210 Copper Way Ste 212
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 295-9009
www.thehickorytavern.comPrice: Free
Hours: Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This homegrown North Carolina chain was runner-up in the Best Sportsbar in North America competition. The Ballantyne location carries the UFC fights on its 32 TVs. In addition to the usual bar food specials, Hickory Tavern also offers a varied menu of everything from salads to steaks to bar food. Select craft, import and domestic beers are on special each month, so you’ll never get bored with the opportunity to try something new each time you visit to catch a fight. Several other Hickory Tavern locations also air the UFC bouts, including Mallard Creek, Steelcroft and Birkdale. When there aren’t any UFC fights scheduled, Hickory Tavern is still a great place to go to catch a Carolina Panthers game, take the family for a bite to eat or catch a ballgame on TV.

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Tilted Kilt 
13230 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 910-5353
www.tiltedkilt.comPrice: $5; no cover if you arrive before 8 p.m. on fight night
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Best known for its waitresses clad in mini-kilts, this club conveniently located off I-77 South is also a fine sports bar with 36 TVs, including two giant projection screens. This is the perfect venue to kick back with a beer and enjoy the company of fellow MMA lovers. Vodka Red Bulls are on special for $4.50 on fight nights. The Tilted Kilt menu carries on the Celtic theme with its Irish nachos and Drunken Clams steamed in beer. On non-fight nights, enjoy Monday night trivia, poker tournaments and live music on Friday nights.

Related: Best Beer Selection/Beer Halls In Charlotte

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Baileys Pineville
8500 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 541-0794
FacebookPrice: $5
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This local hangout in South Charlotte boasts an avid horde of UFC fans. With 24 TVs, including 5 large projection screens, everyone has a clear view of the action. Specials during UFC fights include $3 Bud and Bud Light Aluminum cans, $3.50 Bud and Bud Light Big Beers, and $5 Jager shots and Monster Bombs. Bailey’s is known for its slow-cooked, hickory-smoked racks of baby back ribs and for having the best bar food around, but its the fun and lively atmosphere that keeps the customers coming back.

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