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Best Bars With Drinking Games In Charlotte

August 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Charlotte has many different kinds of bars, but only a select few have traditional drinking games in them. These games spice up the entertainment value and attract people wanting a little activity in their night to these local hot spots. What’s more fun than grabbing drinks with friends? Drinking with friends while playing games, of course.  Time flies when you’re having fun at any of these Charlotte bars.

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The Blind Pig
453 E 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(980) 819-9942

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Located in the NoDa (North Davidson) part of Charlotte, The Blind Pig is strategically placed near other bars, concert venues and restaurants. Besides providing drinks and regular bar fare, The Blind Pig also provides drinking games as well, including beer pong, shuffleboard, skee ball, pool, darts, a punching bag, classic board games and more. The atmosphere is known to be laid-back and fun for everyone, with lots of variety to keep everyone entertained all night long. Many come into this bar and experience more entertainment in one place than they would find by hitting up multiple typical uptown bars. The Blind Pig offers a unique twist on nightlife by bringing the child out in everyone.

 Best Bars With Drinking Games In Charlotte

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Thomas Street Tavern
1218 Thomas Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-1622

Located in the Plaza-Midwood area of Charlotte, Thomas Street Tavern has been around for years and is a local staple. There is always a great mix of people here, from hipsters to bikers, and the awesome patio provides the perfect spot for people watching. Thomas Street Tavern’s patio also provides lots of options for entertainment besides just drinking by the outdoor bar. Here you’ll find foosball, pool, ping pong, cornhole (a game where you toss bean bags or sacks filled with corn into a raised platform with a hole in it) and of course, plenty of TVs for sports watching. The staff is friendly and the neighborhood bar feel keeps people coming back, so it passes with flying colors as a top bar in the area for drinking games and entertainment.

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Picasso’s Sports Cafe
Uptown: 222 S. Church St. #101
Charlotte, NC
(704) 376-8767

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Picasso’s Sports Cafe has become one of the top sports bars in Charlotte. It has two locations: one in Uptown and another in University. With TVs everywhere, free shuffleboard, video games and weekly poker games, this sports bar isn’t just a good spot for game watching; it’s also a great place for game playing. Karaoke has also become a weekly event at the University Picasso’s and both locations are always packed for Panther games. Picasso’s has a casual, laid-back atmosphere with  friendly staff who treat you like family, and are always up for making your visit entertaining and fun-filled.

 Best Bars With Drinking Games In Charlotte

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Gin Mill
1411 South Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 373-0782

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The Gin Mill has been in Charlotte for 15 years, settled right next door to Amos’ Southend, a popular venue hall uptown. The crowds come here before and after concerts at Amos’, but a regular professional crowd can be found here even when there are no shows going on. The rooftop area offers corn hole, and Gin Mill will host the occasional tournament for those who want to show off their corn bag tossing skills. Inside there is a shuffleboard, Foosball table, video games, and darts to play as well. Plenty of entertainment for those that come out to partake in this top bar of the Charlotte scene.

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The Kilted Buffalo
8625 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 892-7571

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Since July 2010, The Kilted Buffalo has been a well known hotspot in Birkdale Village with a unique twist––the bar offers a full-service, upscale men’s hair salon next to the bar. While this is a guy’s salon, the ladies enjoy the pub just as much as the fellas. Located just north of Charlotte, the neighborhood sports pub has various games available to its guests. Come in to challenge a friend to a game of shuffleboard or darts, try your hand at Shut the Box dice game, or grab a partner for a game of corn hole. Friday is the best night to stop in to The Kilted Buffalo, as it’s a triple threat with pint specials, live music and pub games.

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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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