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.
What happens when you mix sushi and burgers? Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar serves this interesting combination of Japanese and American cuisines to its adventurous patrons. A good place to experiment with food, it allows diners to mix and match dishes calling it the 'Burgushi'. Try a Deliverance Roll which contains pork wrapped in seaweed and covered with barbecue sauce or sample a Bento Box with a burger-sushi combination. An open mind is all you need as you experience two diverse cultures come together in a memorable gustatory experience.
Growlers Pourhouse is a favorite Charlotte destination for the crowds looking to unwind with a refreshing afternoon beer. This pub has fantastic beer on tap and also a menu of classic, pleasantly-greasy bar food, such as french fries and an enticing soft pretzel with a side of beer cheese. Growlers' seasonal beers throughout the year surely give a reason for the season.
This popular, members-only concert venue hosts bands like Out of the Blue in addition to its in-house rockers who perform on the stage. Several country music concerts also take place here. Free dance classes are offered on ladies nights when women patrons can enter free of charge. Keep your ID on hand —you can enter only if you are 18 or above, while drinks are offered only to those over 21 years of age.
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.
Selwyn Avenue Pub has been a Myers Park favorite since opening in 1990. On offer is an impressive selection of beer and spirits. Catch the live game on their 17 big screen televisions and enjoy delicious pub grub. A table outdoors on their lovely patio, however, is arguably the best seat in the house. Open until late night, dine under the enchanting, 200-year-old oak tree.
Situated in North Davidson, Salud Beer Shop is a fun place to visit, to taste their selection of beers on tap to crafted bottles and cans, while snacking on some sandwiches or waffle sandwiches. In what seems like a never ending list of quality beer, you can select the one you desire and enjoy the drink there or grab a can or bottle to go. A small store but with a lot of choice right from limited brands to seasonal ones, a good place to get good brews.
Ever think of just unwinding after a long day at work? Dressler's provides just that - a home away from home. The service staff is a notable feature of the restaurant, always seeking to serve better. The decor exudes a very modern and chic vibe, with well-spaced out tables and shiny glass windows. The food is as simple and hearty as one would desire after a tiring day. Salmon Carpaccio, crab cakes, pork chops, short ribs and even filet mignon are some of the dishes Dressler's has to offer. The bar is also well stocked with some nice wine pairing options. Dressler's also provides catering services and private space for events.The restaurant opens at 11 am for lunch and at 5 pm for dinner every day of the week
Spend an evening with friends over specially selected beverages such as wine and beer at Dilworth Tasting Room. The interiors are cozy and comfortable with plush seating and wonderful service. Try their wines which include red, white and sparkling from all over the world. If you are not a wine lover then there is a beer list, a few being Delirium Tremens, Fullers, and Schneider that will surely quench your thirst. Complement your drinks with light snacks such as Zucchini with Goat Cheese or a Margherita Panini.
No, this place isn't connected to the hit Broadway Smokey Joe's Cafe revue, but it wouldn't be surprising if it was inspired by the pop culture behind it. While this bar and entertainment venue offers superb live music performances and cheap drinks, it does pose as more of a dive bar rather than a sophisticated watering hole. This however has not deterred its patrons from being loyal, and its first-timers from visiting again. Smokey Joe's Cafe usually features blues, Americana, indie, bluegrass, jazz, jam band, country, rock, jazz, folk, funk, and acoustic music performances. And there's also a pool table, an outdoor seating area with a swing, and other past times that make Smokey Joe's Cafe the ideal place to chill out with buddies, or unwind at after a hard day at work.
Lebowski's Neighborhood Grill sits just on the edge of the Dilworth district, offering fairly traditional American fare with a nod towards the Coen Brothers' classic "The Big Lebowski". The main area in which this theme comes through is the laid back, friendly atmosphere at Lebowski's, locals popping in regularly for the tasty food and diverse collection of craft brews. The menu goes through the general motions of casual American grill fare, featuring a scrumptious assortment of burgers, sandwiches and salads as well as comfort food platters. One distinguishing factor in these items is the weck roll, a variation on the salty Kaiser roll. Over 70 beers are available to pair with your food, many of the tap options sourced from North Carolina breweries. A relaxed place for an informal meal, Lebowski's is a great stop for something casual.