VBGB Beer Hall & Garden is a charming place frequented by local patrons and eager tourists. The feel of the traditional beer garden with alfresco seating and wooden tables is infused with modern-day entertainment like gaming zones, live gigs, DJ nights and other exciting line-ups. Try not to forget the varieties of bottled beer and microbrews and lip-smacking food that truly define a beer garden.
A downtown favorite, the Thomas Street Tavern is a former post office converted into a bar and restaurant. It's always good for either an inexpensive meal or a late-night drink, and the locals can be seen relaxing inside anytime. A beer garden out back, opening at 5p on weekdays and 3p on weekends, features ping-pong tables and is pet-friendly.
Alexander Michael's is a great place for afterwork recreation. As it is referred to by regulars, Al Mike's decor and ambiance are reminiscent of old-school American taverns. On offer are an impressive selection of domestic and imported beers, wine and spirits. Enjoy your drink in a laid-back atmosphere and complement the same with regional pub grub like burgers, wings and sandwiches.
The Wine Vault wants you to "Unlock Your Inner Wino," and they've made it so that it's an attractive proposition. With nearly three dozen wines by the glass, some 2000 by the bottle, and over 200 beers, they've got something for everyone, and every wallet. You can drink your wine there, or take a bottle home to enjoy. Live music is also featured some nights, so call to find out what's playing in the future.
The name says it all: the Dog Bar is a full service bar where dogs are just as welcome as their owners. Dogs must be members to attend, and membership is dependent on rabies vaccination and a good behavior pledge. For the canines' human counterparts, a full selection of beer, wine, and liquor is served. Though no food is prepared here, patrons are more than welcome to bring in take-out from nearby eateries like Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen and Addie's Jamaican Cuisine. Special parties are thrown for certain sporting events, and on NoDa Gallery Crawl nights, the Dog Bar features live music.
Tyber Creek Pub has been a local favorite since 1999. Located in Charlotte’s South End district, this watering hole is popular among after-work crowds. The vibe here recreates that of a quintessential pub in Ireland, complete with imported beer and delicious grub. Catch the live game on their flat screen televisions or stop by for live music on Thursday nights through the weekend. This place also features a dancefloor upstairs.
This trendy sushi bar is a favorite among Charlotte locals. Tucked in the Dilworth neighborhood, Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge features the usual nigiri and sashimi, but the star of the menu is their wide selection of specialty rolls. Their "Panthers Roll" serves up a hefty portion of spicy tuna and avocado, while the "First Love Roll" features crab, fresh mango, shrimp and avocado. Not to be outdone, the drinks menu is just as impressive with offerings like a blueberry soju sake martini.