The 10 Best Bars In Charlotte, North Carolina

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Billiards and snookers | © Derbeth/Wikicommons
Shay Lee

Charlotte’s restaurants and bars are waiting to be explored, offering some spectacular meals and beverages. Listed below are 10 of the best bars in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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1. Jackalope Jacks

Jackalope Jacks

Jackalope Jacks is one of Charlotte’s best nighttime hangout spots. The outside patio is perfect for sunny days and clear nights. Because they want their customers to have a great time, they offer pool tables, karaoke nights, and trivia nights throughout the week. Monday is trivia night starting at 8pm and customers can play Jackalope trivia on Tuesdays. For those who love to sing, karaoke night is every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Jackalope Jacks serves a mix of American, German, and Mexican cuisines alongside a great range of drinks.

1936 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 347 1918

2. Courtyard Hooligans

Bar, Pub, Beer, Pub Grub, American

Specializing in sports, beer, and providing adventuresome times, Courtyard Hooligans welcomes locals and tourists to experience the unexpected. This international sports pub features a large selection of imported and craft beers and a full liquor bar. Every day, visitors can enjoy European soccer matches while they dine with friends. Customers can also organize a private party here. Courtyard Hooligans has a great atmosphere for bachelor/bachelorette celebrations, birthdays and corporate parties. The second floor’s Private Party Room can accommodate 50 guests in its 700 square feet space. Guests won’t have to worry about anything because the bar provides the food, drinks and decorations.

3. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Sushi

Sushi Toppings
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The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is the first restaurant and bar in Charlotte to serve both burgers and sushi in one place. The sushi menu is fresh and innovative. If customers choose to have a burger, the quality of their burgers matches that of the sushi. Their hearty burgers are made with fresh ingredients and have bold flavors. A Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar you can choose from a variety of drinks, from hand-spun milkshakes to premium sakes, craft beers, wine, and exotic martinis. When you visit, try a ‘burgushi’ – the option allows diners to have a burger and sushi on one plate.

4. Dog Bar

Bar, Beer, American

Dog Bar is Charlotte’s dog-friendly bar. In 2005, J.P. Brewer opened this place with the belief that dogs should be treated with as much care as people are treated. Dog Bar is a place where dog owners can unleash their pets in a fenced environment, similar to a dog park. Dogs can run and play indoors and outdoors under the shaded patio. During the summer, the patio is cooled with a misting system. In winter, the patio is enclosed and heated to keep dogs warm. While their dogs play, customers can enjoy live music and choose from an extensive beer and wine list. Dog Bar is the perfect place for dog lovers to meet those with a common interest and share their pet stories.

5. Tilt on Trade

Bar, Pub Grub, American

Tilt on Trade invites locals and tourists to be a part of its fun and friendly nighttime atmosphere. This bar is locally owned and offers a casual environment where guests can come and relax, drink, and eat. Tilt on Trade is the best place to watch the Carolina Panthers. The bar features electronic darts, a spacious dance floor and an in-house DJ. For guests who like enjoying their drinks outdoors there is a back yard where they can sample the bar’s food, have some drinks and dance. There is a full porch with rockers, beer pong, and giant Jenga. Guests can also organize their own parties here.

6. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

In 2007, Frank Scibelli and Dennis Thompson opened the first Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Charlotte. The restaurant was an immediate success due to its simple yet well executed burgers, like their American burger. Since both food critics and customers raved about their burgers Bad Daddy’s began to thrive in the city, and in 2012 the restaurant expanded to other cities in North Carolina. Aside from premium burgers, customers can enjoy an impressive list of cocktails. The three best cocktails on the menu are Mama’s Margarita, Daddy’s Strawberry Dark n Stormy, and Bad Betty.

7. Bar at 316

Bar, Beer, American

For more than 20 years, people from all over the city have been having fun at Bar at 316. The famous bar was created by a group of friends who met having drinks in a bar. Their aim was to create a place where people could relax, enjoy performances, and have a choice from a large liquor selection. The Bar at 316 is a place for friends who enjoy seeing live performances while having a drink. This bar doesn’t serve meals, but patrons come to try quality beers and many other drink options. For customers who just want to unwind after work, there is a room with a Wii and other games. Music-lovers are welcome to their karaoke night, which is held every Tuesday and Sunday.

8. The Scorpio

Nightclub, Beer, American

The Scorpio opened in 1968, which makes it the longest running nightclub in the city. The club welcomes everyone, but caters particularly to the LGBQT community. Each night there is a show starting at 11.30pm, and the last Sunday of each month features a talent show, where visitors can showcase all of their talents. This show is great for aspiring artists and usually accommodates 10 performers at a time. The Scorpio requires each act to run no longer than four minutes. Sunday night is the most popular night at the club because DJ Rage N Ray, a famous local DJ, plays the crowd’s favorite tunes.

9. Sidelines Bar

Bar, Beer, American

Sidelines Bar’s extended name is Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards. This is a great place to hang out with friends in a welcoming atmosphere. Guests are guaranteed to have a good time thanks to the great drinks and the pool games. Patrons can decide to become members of Sidelines Bar, yet free pool is also offered to non-members. Each night customers can enjoy drink specials, darts, foosball, giant Jenga, and sport games showing on large screen TVs. The Carolina Panthers is the major team in North Carolina, and guests are welcome to watch their games at Sidelines Bar.


Draught invites its guests to taste craft beers, cocktails, and daily lunch specials. They feature local, domestic, and imported brews. The lunch and dinner menu is updated seasonally, and their dishes are made using local, organic, and sustainable foods. While dining and drinking, customers can watch NFL, NBA, and MLB games on 32 HD TVs. Hockey and soccer games are also featured during the season. A great thing about Draught is that it is located behind the famous Bank of America stadium, close to many of the city’s tourist attractions. When they leave the bar, patrons can take a walk down Cedar Street and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

601 S Cedar St, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 375 7566

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