Sports

Sports Lovers Guide to Charlotte

From inspiring venues to sports bars to get your pregame on, there are plenty of ways to support Charlotte’s seven professional sports teams.

If you love live slam dunks, impossible touchdowns, clutch homeruns and slap-shots on ice, then the Queen City is a sports fan’s paradise. Plus, as the host to major sporting events like the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, and the soon-to-be host of the 2021 Presidents Cup, Charlotte is an athletic city in its own right.

Off the Field

Sports lovers can grab tasty food and drinks, play mini golf, ping pong or hit the arcade before the big game.

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Topgolf

Area: Southwest Charlotte

Swing for the green from the golfing lanes or climate-controlled bays. Each bay offers a great hangout spot featuring a sofa booth where you can relax, eat, drink and watch the Panthers on a big screen. If you’re looking for a private sports party, Topgolf should be at the top of your list.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Area: Uptown

Before the big game, get amped up at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an interactive entertainment attraction dedicated to honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. Go full throttle at more than 50 interactive exhibits, like the realistic racing simulators and Pit Crew Challenge. Then check out the latest exhibit on Glory Road, which features 18 iconic race cars, and visit the Gear Shop to score unique gifts for gear heads of all ages.

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Stroke

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Get a hole in one and sip your martini to celebrate. This miniature golf hot spot has a cocktail bar and lounge. Try this place for your next date or a night out with friends.

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Pins Mechanical

Neighborhood: South End

Select a pint from their carefully curated collection of craft beer. Compete in classic games like foosball, duckspin and pinball inside this sprawling 23,000-square-foot gaming paradise.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience

Area: Concord

Did you ever want to drive a real NASCAR race car and ride around a state-of-the-art speedway? Here’s your chance to be like Richard Petty himself and compete with others around the track. You’ll be in radio contact with a spotter that’ll help guide you on the track, but the rest is up to you.

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Queen Park Social

Neighborhood: Lower South End

No matter your level of sport fandom, you’ll have a ball inside this 18,000 square-foot warehouse, featuring drinks, food, bowling and games.

Get in the Game

If you’re not attending the game, sports fan havens like lively taverns and sports bars near major fields and stadiums are the next best thing to watch all of the excitement with fellow fans.

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Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse

Neighborhood: Ballantyne

If you’re looking to park yourself at the bar and watch the game, Duckworth’s should be at the top of your list. Their large craft beer selection and food menu makes them a great destination to enjoy before, during or after the event.

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The Fairwood 226

Neighborhood: South End

Come here in time for kickoff and simultaneously watch every game going on that day. On a sunny day, take advantage of the bar’s outdoor and rooftop seating.

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Sidelines Sports Bar & Billiards

Neighborhood: Collingwood

This beloved pool hall and sports bar caters to the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a great place to chill, pop a coin in the juke box and watch the Charlotte Hornets.

Lucky Lou’s Tavern

Neighborhood: Madison Park

Wide screen TV’s hang over the bar, the beer is cheap and the service is friendly. Inside, this family-owned tavern features pool tables, an outdoor patio and even, karaoke.

Celebration Time

For the post-game play, whether you’re celebrating your team’s big or mourning their loss, check out these 19th hole destinations to commemorate the hard fought battle.

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Sticks + Beans

Area: Concord

Mellow out in the elegant lounge inside this cigar bar where the plush couches, pool tables and laid back ambiance makes everyone feel welcome. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, “Cigar bartenders” will help you pair cigars and drinks to your liking.

Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse

Neighborhood: Lower South End

Since 2005, Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse has been a go-to steakhouse for visitors and locals alike. Relax, kick back and feast on one of their popular steak plates.

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Midwood Smokehouse

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Enjoy the finest classic Southern barbecue with all of the fixings at Midwood Smokehouse. Pick your four proteins from their Combo Platter and try the brisket too – it’s the hang gliding of barbecue.

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The Vintage Whiskey & Cigar Bar

Neighborhood: South End

Time to unwind from the roaring crowd. Serving high end whiskey, craft beer and hand-rolled cigars, this chic lounge has a soothing atmosphere that makes for a perfect night cap after the game.

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Whiskey Warehouse

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

While sipping fine whiskey or craft beer, sink into their comfortable leather couches or get some fresh air on their rooftop bar. Known for their variety of spirits, brews, burgers, and wings, Warehouse is a great place to rebound from the day.