Watching sports on television is an American tradition, besides being one of the most inexpensive entertainment options around. While you could spend extra to have all of the games on your home TV, many sports bars pick up the tab for NFL, NBA, college ball and other sports broadcasts and line their walls with high-definition big screens that make you feel like you’re right there with the athletes. To sweeten the experience, most bars offer specials on drinks and food that may make going out cheaper than staying home. Here are some of the best deals at sports bars around Charlotte.
1627 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
A longtime go-to spot for watching games, the venerable Pressbox received a major makeover during its transition to Brazwells Pub, with a great new heated patio and a more open layout. However, it remains an excellent spot to catch the game, with plenty of well-placed TVs and money-saving game-day specials. Wings are the thing here, served by the pound with your choice of homemade sauces, and are half price on Sundays. During weekend games, enjoy Brazwells build-your-own bloody mary bar for just $4 per drink.
Courtyard Hooligans Soccer Bar And Pub
140 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC 28202
Although the focus at this Brevard Court bar is on international sports, including soccer/football and rugby, you’ll also find screens and fans tuned in to NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and MLB action. EPL La Liga and European Champions League matches are big events here. The extensive beer menu is, as you’d expect, heavy on imports, with 20 or so available, along with some local crafts and a few mass-market domestics. Daily specials make this place a find, including everyday prices of $3 on Coronas and Yuengling pints and $5 on Guinness drafts and selected shots.
210 E. Trade St.,
Charlotte, NC 28202
This huge facility in the EpiCentre has some 75 TVs tuned to sports lining its walls, so the sporting event – from horse racing to golf, the NFL and of course bowling – that suits your fancy is likely to be available. The food here comes from Libretto’s, a famous name on the Manhattan dining scene for many years, and includes authentic New York-style thin-crust pizzas plus many Italian specialties. Be sure to ask about game-day drink and food specials. If the action gets slow on the screen, you can always get active yourself by bowling a few frames on StikeCity’s 18 high-tech lanes.
Tavern On The Tracks
1411 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Sports are this South End tavern’s reason for being and it provides an enthusiastic home for fans of Buffalo and the University of Michigan, complete with Labatt Blue beer. Even when the Bills and the Wolverines aren’t playing, fan frenzy runs high at the Tavern, with games broadcast on numerous screens, both inside and on the outside decks. During the summer, New York Yankee fans gather here. Daily food and drink specials, including a daily shot special, make this a great place to celebrate a win, or mourn a loss.
1221 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
This successful Plaza-Midwood spot has spread out to occupy its entire building, including a fabulous rooftop patio with views of the Center City skyline. You can watch sports everywhere in the Warehouse, even the roof, on many big screens, including some 80-inch HD monsters. The menu here features local foods and brews, with brunch served until 2:30 p.m. on weekends and a $3 bloody mary bar on Sundays. Whiskey is the real deal here, with $4 Jack Daniels pours everyday as well as awesome prices on whiskey flights and pitchers of whiskey cocktails.
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 Examiner.com.