Although the population of dive bars in Charlotte is dwindling due to the rise of more upscale bars in the Uptown, a select few remain. These dives are trademarked with NASCAR memorabilia, locals warming the stools, and bar games. Most reside in the ‘hipster’ neighborhood of Plaza Midwood and are popular with a much younger crowd. Check out these dive bars for a casual, affordable night on the town.
The welcoming atmosphere of Hattie’s Tap and Tavern is just about unbeatable in Charlotte. Large for a dive bar, Hattie’s exterior consists of an outdoor patio with a cornhole course next to a beautiful hand-painted mural. The interior is spacious, with a full bar, live music stage, and a plethora of bar/video games. Between matches of giant Jenga, sample over 20 tap beers, and an even broader selection of bottles and cans of the craft variety. Some unusual choices are the ‘Unknown Ginger Wheat’ and the ‘Triple C Baby Maker.’ Live music and open mics are on most evenings, and the bar is dog-friendly!
Hattie’s Tap and Tavern, 2918 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC, (980) 938-6228