Nightlife & Music

Best Bars With History In Charlotte

October 24, 2013 8:00 AM

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There are a number of things that make a local pub or bar something special, whether it is the beer, the food, the service or the entertainment. Sometimes the location or the building holds a special significance as well. The bars listed here, while all having something in common, all have something that sets them apart from the rest. Get a dose of history with your next brew at one of these Charlotte bars.

Alexander Michaels
401 W. 9th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 332-6789
www.almikestavern.comTouted as your neighborhood bar, Alexander Michaels occupies the historic Crowell-Berryhill Store that opened in 1897. According to owner Steve Casner, the bars were made from oak doors that were part of the Independence Building and the beer cooler is circa 1920. Offering a significant lunch and dinner menu as well as a great selection of beer and wine, Alexander Michaels is one of the most interesting bars in Charlotte.
The Double Door Inn
1218 Charlottetowne Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 376-1446
www.doubledoorinn.comThe Double Door Inn is more than just a neighborhood pub or standard bar and that distinction comes from the wide variety of music that is offered. Established in 1973, The Double Door Inn is one of the oldest live music venues in Charlotte. A number of musicians and bands have made their way through the Double Door Inn, including a visit by renowned guitarist and singer Eric Clapton. The atmosphere has been called laid back and personable and the vibe of the music resonates through your soul.
Valhalla Pub
317 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 332-3273
www.valhallapub.comThe Valhalla Pub gives you the feeling that you are back in the time of the Norse and Vikings and the bar even suggests that you bring your own breast plates and horned helmets when visiting. The pub garners its name from the “Hall of the Slain” in Norse mythology and the dark ambiance makes one feel as if they were on a crusade, only this time for great beer and Scandinavian-style food. An all-day brunch and a late-night snack menu is also available for patrons making Valhalla one of the most popular pubs in Charlotte.Related: Best Places to Eat Before the Game

The Fig Tree
1601 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 332-3322
www.charlottefigtree.comThe Fig Tree is located in the historic Lucas House which was once a middle class suburban area during World War II. The Lucas House is also across from Independence Park, one of the first public parks in Charlotte. It has a menu features fine dining options including escargot, foie gras, elk chops, filet mignon and a chocolate-covered peanut butter banana mousse. The wine list is extensive and has wine and champagne from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa and many other places, as well as a good selection of blends.
The Milestone
3400 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 398-0472
www.themilestoneclub.comThere have been a number of adjectives used to describe The Milestone including dirty, dark, grungy, loud, obnoxious and above all else, rocking. Since 1969, this club has hosted some of the biggest names in music including Bo Diddly, Henry Rollins, Dead Milkmen, the Go-Go’s and hundreds of other local and national touring bands. Situated in an old historic house that was converted into what is essentially one of the oldest dive bars in Charlotte, The Milestone is a haven for those looking for great bands, cheap beer and typical bar food.Related: Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations in Charlotte

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