All year long, Charlotte magazine's staff of editors and writers scour the city for the best of the best—from dining to nightlife to culture to shopping, from pampering to pets to parks. We also ask you to vote for your favorites—which you do by the tens of thousands. Then, each May, we present the BOB Awards, recognizing Charlotte's Best of the Best. Every winner since 2011—Editor's Picks and Voters' Choice—is listed in this database, which is easily searchable. Consider this your ultimate guide to Charlotte's Best of the Best.

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BOB Awards Winner's Guide

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Map510 Briar Creek Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28205
  • Nightlife/Play


Whether you sit out front in the porch swing or inside on a stool in this unabashedly dive-y dive bar, you’ll never get an impression that you’re anything but welcome just as you are. Order the Champagne of beers, Miller High Life, or a Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboy. There’s nothing special about this place, which, somehow, makes it altogether special.


2013 - Best Dive With Staying Power 2018 - No-Frills Bar

Additional Information:

Year Won: 2013
Pick: Editor's Pick
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