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Charlotte’s Best Drink & Play Hangouts

When a night out in Charlotte demands some friendly competition.

Story by Leah Hughes

 Sitting at one of the city’s bars sipping a craft beer or cocktail makes for a relaxing evening. But if you’re looking for a little more action, drop by one of these neighborhood spots for a game or two.


Elizabeth Billiards

Often described as the neighborhood hangout, dive or pool hall, “EBs” is the place where locals relax on the patio or play a round or two at one of the four pool tables. Whether you’re looking for a PBR or a hip can of craft beer, you’ll find it at this Plaza Midwood spot. Those who take their billiards a bit more seriously can check out the pool league.

Located: 1400 Central Ave.

Hours: Daily, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Slate Billiards

Slate Billiards is located on the Lynx Light Rail Blue Line near the Bland Street station. The spacious venue has a large bar in one area and several pool and pingpong tables in the adjoining room. Exposed brick and beams give the space an industrial-chic

feel. TVs by the bar and on the walls of the poolroom allow customers to keep track of the big game while playing their own.

Located: 200 E. Bland St.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, noon-2 a.m.

Montford Billiards

A newcomer to the Montford nightlife strip, this pool hall opened in February with five pool tables. The out-of-the-way spot is located behind Jet’s Pizza. It offers a full bar with several local beers on tap and nightly drink specials. Foosball tables and dartboards are also popular diversions.

Located: 1607 Montford Dr., Suite G

Hours: Daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.


VBGB Beer Hall & Garden 

Located north of Uptown at the NC Music Factory, VBGB evokes images of your favorite beach bar. It has a large, open room with tables and bench seating, an expansive patio, and order-at-the-window food service offering jumbo hot dogs and onion rings, and 30 beers on tap. No you’re not imagining the sand on the floor; it’s coming from the beach volleyball court just outside the door.

Located: 920 Hamilton St.

Hours: Monday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.- 1 a.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, noon-2 a.m.; Sunday, noon-midnight

Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill 

If you’re looking to test your cornhole skills, Kennedy’s often plays host to tournaments. Many of them benefit local charities, so win or lose, you’re doing some good. For those lacking in bean bag tossing skills, try trivia night on Wednesdays. Located in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood, the patio is a popular spot to gather with friends and enjoy a pint.

Located: 366 N. Caswell St.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

10 Park Lanes

This retro bowling alley doesn’t confine the fun to the lanes inside. The 10 Pin Terrace is an outdoor patio with two bocce courts,cornhole boards and pingpong tables. The outdoor bar keeps the drinks coming with 24 taps. With a full-service restaurant and a moonshine bar offering multiple flavors and cocktails, 10 Park Lanes can be an all-night destination.

Located: 1700 Montford Dr.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, noon-midnight

Piedmont Social House

Recently opened in late June, Piedmont Social House brings a game-centric spot to South Charlotte. With bowling, billiards, foosball, pingpong, shuffleboard, darts, board games and arcade games, this place is sure to please a variety of interests. The large patio has its own bar, TVs and sets of cornhole boards. The full menu offers appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and entrees.

Located: 2135-C Ayrsley Town Blvd.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Thomas Street Tavern

This Plaza Midwood spot is always a party on the back patio. The outdoor area has a separate bar with additional draft beers, often different from the ones inside. Large wooden picnic tables encourage communal seating. Cornhole boards are available, but pingpong is the star here. The table even has a few stadium seats on one end where people can watch the match while waiting for their turns with the paddles.

Located: 218 Thomas Ave.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


Ed’s Tavern

They’re doing trivia right at Ed’s — this spot has been named the best trivia in town for the past five years by Charlotte Magazine. This Dilworth neighborhood bar has “Name that Tune” trivia on Wednesday and general trivia on Thursday (both start at 9 p.m.). Ed’s has more than 20 beers on tap and plenty of classic bar food.

Located: 2200 Park Rd.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse

This Park Road Shopping Center staple knows the answer to a long Monday is a good round of trivia and discounted pints. At 7 p.m., make your way to this downstairs location that will put you in the mind of an Old World pub. With a glass of Guinness and a plate of fish and chips, no trivia question seems too stressful.

Located: 4151 Park Rd.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, noon-2 a.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill

Every Tuesday is trivia night at this Dilworth bar and restaurant. The atmosphere at this family-run spot is cozier than other larger, louder sports bars. Tuesdays also bring specials on select beer, liquor and entrees. Trivia starts at 8 p.m.

Located: 1524 East Blvd.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight


ABARI Game Bar

Coming soon to NoDa, ABARI combines your favorite arcade with a neighborhood bar. Nintendo and a craft beer or pinball and a cocktail – customers can create their own combos. Game types include console, pinball and a variety of arcade options.

Located: 721 N. Davidson St.

Hours: Coming soon

Dave & Buster’s

Located at Concord Mills mall, about 25 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte, Dave & Buster’s has a national reputation as a gaming destination. Mixing dining, drinking and gaming, Dave & Buster’s has “Eat & Play Combos” that offer a deal on games with your entree order. You’ll find hundreds of pop-culture favorites in arcade form such as Mario Kart, Jurassic Park, The Simpsons, Batman and Monopoly. Bowling is also available at D&B Lanes.

Located: 8361 Concord Mills Blvd.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

The Blind Pig NoDa

In the heart of the NoDa arts district at the corner of North Davidson and 36th streets, The Blind Pig is a laid-back destination where you can watch the game on the TVs at the bar or play a game or two yourself. Traditional barroom billiards and darts are joined by arcade staples such as Skee-Ball and “hoops” basketball. A good game of beer pong is also a possibility.

Located: 453 E. 36th St.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-2 a.m. 

Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

In between the NoDa and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods, Hattie’s has craft beer, live music and karaoke. It also plays host to game nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday with Nintendo 64, Wii, original Nintendo, Super Nintendo and SEGA. If you prefer a board game (Battleship anyone?), choose one from the stack that’s available anytime.

Located: 2918 The Plaza

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, noon-2 a.m.

This article ran in the August 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.