What are the best sports bars in Charlotte?

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Blake Miller

Between Carolina Panther fans and diehard Tarheel alums (and those newcomers whose loyalty lies with their hometown teams like the Steelers, Patriots, and Cowboys), the need for quality sports bars in a Charlotte was high. These three spots are the best places to catch the game no matter what team you’re rooting for.

Hickory Tavern
Lucky for sports fanatics, Hickory Tavern boasts not one but nine local locations (others outside of town include Hickory, Asheville, Pinehurst, and more). Each location epitomizes what a sports should be—great bar food, lots of beers on tap, and plenty of oversize TVs airing a variety of games at once. It helps that Hickory Taverns aren’t just the perfect spot for adults—the food options for the kiddies like the turkey sliders are a hit.

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila
Yes, we know this is a Tex-Mex joint that specializes in the best modern tacos (the Paco’s Taco can’t be missed; a combo of brisket slow roasted for six hours served alongside caramelized onions and chipotle bbq sauce) and margaritas in town, but that’s exactly why this SouthPark spot makes for an ideal place to watch the game. The expansive bar features several large-screen TVs and comfy barstools on which you can nosh on chips and guacamole made tableside while sipping down one of Paco’s signature ‘ritas.

BlackFinn Saloon
The location of this Uptown bar is just one reason why it’s one of the best spots to watch the game. Located inside the EpiCenter and only a few blocks from Time Warner Arena (where the Charlotte Bobcats—soon to be Hornets—play), BlackFinn makes for the perfect spot to wind down post-Bobcats game and watch as other NBA teams duke it out. The two-story bar/restaurant features TVs both up and downstairs so there’s never a risk of missing any of the NCAA tournament games once March Madness gets going.

Sarah Crosland

In a town that loves its college basketball, there’s no better time than now to check out the top sports bars. But even those who aren’t hoops fans can enjoy these spots where there are often too many TVs to count and plenty of cold brews to go around.

BlackFinn Saloon
Located in uptown’s Epicenter complex, this two-story sports bar may be a chain, but it’s also a favorite of locals looking to catch a game. Downstairs features a dining room and bar area packed with televisions, while a center bar dominates the upstairs space. The beer, wine, and cocktail lists are classic and with dishes like ahi tuna salad or Chilean sea bass, the food is a big step up from your average pub grub.

Taco Mac
They have 70 televisions including one at the SouthPark location that is 103 inches. There are more than 140 beers on tap as well as 250 bottled brews. And laid back space and casual menu makes this the perfect setting for grabbing a bite while you catch the game. With three local locations, it’d be hard to find better spots in town to pull for your team.

Courtyard Hooligans
For the times when you’re not in the mood to watch the NBA, NFL, or MLB, this two-story international sports bar exists. Focused primarily on soccer with some rugby thrown in, this uptown pub is open for all European matches. And sure, they show the American sports as well, but it’s a top pick for grabbing a British beer and cheering on your favorite overseas club. 

Picasso’s Sports Café
Pizzas, wings, and craft drafts on tap. It’s hard to find a better combo for catching the game and this longtime Charlotte favorite is known for all three. A large projector shows the big game while fans mingle with friendly crowds pulling for the home team. 

Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse
Three local locations of this popular, family-friendly beer mecca mean that where ever you may be in town, you’re not far from one of their crafts on draft and catching the game. With an award-winning cheesesteak and frequent beer specials, your only problem may be being distracted from your team.

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