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The Thirsty Beaver

1225 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204
Award: Best Divebar- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Best Jukebox- 2013, Best Neighborhood Holdout - 2016
Year Won: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Pick: Editor's Pick, Voters' Pick

On the north side of Central Avenue between Hawthorne Lane and the railroad tracks, wide swaths of land have been cleared and footings are being set for massive, modern apartment complexes that will bring hundreds of new residents to Plaza Midwood. In between them, the only structure standing is a 1,200-square-foot honky-tonk with $3 PBRs, a jukebox, and a velvet picture of Kenny Rogers on the wall. God bless the Beaver.