More Bars in More Places

A raft of new neighborhood hangouts has opened recently. Here are three of the best:

Common House

Common House

Finally, Intermezzo has some worthy company at the uptown edge of Plaza Midwood. Common House is a few-frills neighborhood joint with lots of polished wood, a good beer list, friendly staff, and an endearing mix of regulars (already) and curious newbies. You can get a shrimp burger ($8) on the casual Southern menu, but you can also get Grateful Growers Braised Pork ($14). The closer to the bar the louder it gets. 1101 Central Ave. (704-332-1010) $-$$, L, D, FSB, P. Closed Mon.
Crepe Cellar

Crepe Cellar

When you go to a place that serves dishes like pumpkin gnocchi ($12), ham-and-Gruyère crepes ($8), or endive-and-apple salad ($9), you're usually not going for the beer list. However, draught brews like Fat Tire and bottles of favorites like Sam Adams Seasonal make this cozy neighborhood bar the perfect place to pull up a stool for a chat with NoDa locals. It fills up fast, so go early and request a booth for a perfect spot for people watching on North Davidson. 3116 N. Davidson St. (704-910-6543) $-$$, L, D, BR, FSB. Closed Mon.
The Lodge

The Lodge

The Lodge features Panthers jerseys on the walls, serves almost 100 kinds of beer, and has authentic blue-plate specials like meatloaf. In other words, when J. D. Duncan of Bonterra, Las Ramblas, and Mac's decided he was going to create a sportsman's grill in south Charlotte, he went all the way. And, like any good grill, the best grub is the greasiest. The fried pickles appetizer ($4) is a good start, and the custom burger menu features bison ($8.50) and venison ($8.50) burgers. 7725 Colony Rd. (704-544-5226) $, L, D, FSB, P.