Best Brewery: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
All Olde Meck Brewery begins with the theory that beer is like bread – it’s made with similar ingredients and needs to be served fresh. OMB delivers on that. With their famous Copper ale leading the ever-changing beer lineup, OMB also serves good food and the restaurant is kid-friendly. Take a brewery tour or sample the brewery’s newest selection.
4150 Yancey Road
Best Sports Bar: The Lodge
With over 20 televisions, your game is sure to be on at The Lodge. Guests may come for the sports, but there are also 19 local beers on tap. And for those with an appetite the spicy chicken sandwich, which comes fried, blackened or grilled, is the best seller. If you’re in the mood to share, try the wings, RoRo’s Wing Dip or the Southern favorite side of fried pickles.
7725 Colony Road
Best Wine Bar: Foxcroft Wine
An intimate setting with one of the largest selections of wine by the bottle or by the glass in the area. For the wine aficionado, join Foxcroft Wine’s Wine Club, which includes two bottles per month – 24 bottles per year. If you’ve got an appetite, go for the roasted chicken flatbread, lamb sliders, hanger steak or cheese and charcuterie board. Look for a third Charlotte-area location when the Waverly location opens soon.
Dilworth (1235 East Blvd.) & SouthPark (7824 Fairview Road)
Best Happy Hour: The Gibson
The Gibson has made the half-price appetizer a weekly special from 4 to 6 p.m. Guests can try blackened steak bites, fried pepper jack cheese, calamari or buffalo chicken quesadillas. In addition, Mondays are wing nights and Saturdays are prime rib night. Also, don’t forget the beer specials like $3.50 Wednesday draft night or Thursday wine night.
11318 N. Community House Road
Best Coffee Shop: Undercurrent Coffee
Owners Erin and Todd have created the perfect neighborhood coffee shop that is truly a place to sit and relax, meet and discuss, taste and explore. Their menu includes homemade pastries but the coffee stars with drip coffee, cold brew, espresso, cortado, cappuccino, a large selection of lattes, loose-leaf teas and house-made sodas. Also, take advantage of their coffee lab with public classes and tastings, professional workshops and SCA certification courses.
2012 Commonwealth Ave.
Best Bar: Bradshaw Social House
Bradshaw Social House is a full-service bar that has it all. From their Hefeweizen beer cheese appetizer, fried green tomatoes and peel-and-eat shrimp to brisket, mahi fillet, fish tacos, steak tips and ribs, the food is on point. From the bar, get caught up with the latest specialty cocktails or daily drink specials. Enjoy trivia night every Tuesday and an ever-changing live entertainment calendar.
8440 Rea Road
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