Oktoberfest may be around the corner, but these local establishments serve schnitzel and German draft beers on the regular. It may take a few steps outside city limits, but these restaurants are known for serving Charlotte residents German classics done right. Whether it’s Hickory, Pineville or heart of Queen City, this guide will help Charlotte residents find an Oktoberfest fix nearby.
12101 Lancaster Highway
Pineville, NC 28134
Waldhorn offers authentic German cuisine, whether it’s for the famed Sunday brunch, schnitzel for dinner or an appetizer of potato pancakes. The Sunday Brunch offers 23 food options and 10 desserts to fulfill any German craving. For dessert, enjoy the black forest cake or vanilla ice cream topped with peach schnapps. Nightly drink and dinner specials, including half-priced beer liters, are available for night owls who choose to skip breakfast.
920 Hamilton St
Charlotte, NC 28206
For a classic beer-garden feel in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, VBGB serves up atmosphere and draft selection. The soft pretzel accompanied by a microbrew beer provides a casual meal in a chill place to socialize with friends. Step outside to the large patio for games of cornhole and giant-sized chess board. Check out one of VBGB’s 4-3-2-1 specials which include deals on drinks, shots and food. Rotating specials include $5 cornhole competitions, $2 beers and live music. Visit the beer list to view draft selections, which rotate nightly.
3120 N Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205
If you are searching for bratwurst and a pretzel in the heart of NoDa, Growler’s marks the spot in this neighborhood. Growler’s serves up German munchies to accommodate your American pint. Try the beer cheese with your $3 pretzel for a small tasty snack. Weekly specials include $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $5 oyster shooters and sausage Saturdays. Growler’s uses its 1936 refurbished hand-pump beer engine to craft draft selections along with its beer food. The casual NoDa scene provides a nice cozy place for a snack and beer, down the street from uptown nightlife.
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403 Highway 70 Southwest
Hickory, NC 28602
Just outside of the Queen City, you can find this German gem. The short drive outside of city limits offers family style cuisine with homemade delicacies. It’s worth trying the best schnitzel and pancakes in the area. Owner and Chef Ulf Menzel, with more than 10 years of culinary experience, aims to bring German family dining to the restaurant table. Since its opening in 2006, Old German Schnitzel Haus has found plenty of admirers in Hickory and Charlotte, but featuring more than 20 beer varieties and international ambiance, Old German Schniztel Haus, it’s hardly had to work for it.
9605 N Tryon St, Ste A
Charlotte, NC 28262
To get a unique American twist on German tradition, visit The Flying Saucer. In close proximity to UNC Charlotte, it offers a large beer selection and specials such as pizza topped with bratwurst — a student favorite. The U.F.O Club, which attracts ample area fans, allows regular visitors to keep track of how many brews they’ve tasted and also receive prizes. For an upbeat atmosphere in the university area, join the U.F.O. Club and get a pint with friends. Check out Captain Keith’s beer blog for local events and fundraising efforts to keep pints full and good times rolling.