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Best Sports Bars In Charlotte

August 28, 2014 8:00 AM

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What makes a sports bar great? Sometimes it’s not based on the size of the room or the number of TVs on the wall. The best sports bars are notable for the fervor of their fans and the warmth of their welcome. They send out a vibe that invites customers to come in and have a beer, to cheer for their team or talk about the latest game. The bars on our list are spots where you’ll meet other folks who care about sports and are always ready to talk about the upcoming season. For additional suggestions, see the related article: Watch Sports For Free: Top 5 Sports Bars In Charlotte or the other related articles below.
Beantown Tavern
130 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 849-2023

With a name like Beantown, you can be sure to find plenty of Red Sox and Patriots fans at the bar. Beer, liquor and food specials are offered seven days a week. The menu offers a lot of variety, and even a few Boston specialties, including a lobster roll sandwich, authentic New England clam chowder, a grilled fish platter and Boston-style calzones. Hint: If being in the presence of lots of Red Sox memorabilia makes you see red, this might not be the place for you.

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Hickory Tavern Metropolitan
1100 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 170
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 334-5155

There are good reasons why Hickory Tavern was the runner-up in ESPN’s hunt for the best sports bar in North America and got the nod as the best local bar in Charlotte from The Bleacher Report. This locally grown chain of neighborhood pubs has a winning play book, blending just the right mix of craft beers, specials and sports enthusiasm with good food, great service and plenty of TVs. The Metropolitan location, newest of the tribe, is Hickory Tavern’s showplace with a spacious interior and a big patio offering stunning views of the city skyline right next to the Metropolitan’s outdoor stage. Big sporting events bring out the cheerleader instinct in the staff, with great games and giveaways, plus even more food and drink specials.

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Icehouse South End Bar And Grill
2100 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 375-1128

This club in the Atherton Mill complex seems huge, but it’s standing room only on fall Saturdays when the South Carolina Gamecocks take the field. Carolina fans follow every play on 30 huge screens that dominate the room from every angle. New York Giant fans gather at Icehouse as well, along with the backers of many other teams since all games available are shown on screen. This is a favorite stop for Panthers and Hornets fans, both during and after games, thanks to its location near the LNYX light rail line. The list of beers is extensive, with bottles chilled on ice, and the menu is a cut above your average bar food, featuring chef-designed specials. The big covered patio, enclosed in winter, has its own bar, TVs and free WiFi.

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Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill And Pub
1524 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 370-1177

Buffalo Bills fans are some of the most loyal and avid out there, and Charlotte has plenty. Lebowski’s, owned by a Buffalo native, is a friendly gathering spot for those from Upstate New York, and a comfortable spot for anyone who wants to watch games and talk sports. The menu is pure Buffalo, from authentic wings and haddock fish fry platters to the city’s best beef on weck sandwich, constructed from lean, thin-sliced beef dipped in au jus and piled on a real Kimmelweck bun topped with caraway seeds and salt. The specialty drink here is the White Russian, a tribute to the film “The Big Lebowski” and available for $4 all of the time, but the bar also stocks a long list of beers from around the world with lots of local crafts on tap.

Tilt On Trade
127 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 347-4870

Strategically placed near the city’s professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey venues, this relaxed spot in uptown is a popular spot with sports fans celebrating victory (or mourning defeat) after games. Cigars are available (with a patio out back to enjoy them), drinks are strong and there’s always something on special. Big game days feature free buffets, especially when the Seattle Seahawks take the field. Tilt sponsors numerous local sports teams as well, from bowling and ultimate to basketball and volleyball, and it is the official bar of the Charlotte Rugby Club, resulting in a loyal crowd of sporting patrons.

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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

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