Sports Bars & Brews
With a selection of more than seventy beers, the University area bar, Flying Saucer, is a local favorite.
If you're leaving the comfort of your couch to cheer on your team, then there better be something in it for you -- other than the crowds of comrades cheering beside you. From exotic beers to game-day specials, now you'll have something to get excited about other than the win.
Photo: With a selection of more than seventy beers, the University area bar, Flying Saucer, is a local favorite.
Picasso'sIf you're a Tarheels fan, chances are you've already stopped by this Dilworth bar. In fact, just about any game day during football or basketball season finds this sports bar filled with fans. With pitchers of beer, plenty of televisions, and the kind of dark atmosphere where the game is the only focus, this is a great spot to watch your team—whichever one it is. Just be careful where you park, since many of the nearby lots are restricted and even winning the game doesn't make up for paying the tow truck. 1301 E. Blvd., 704-331-0133
BlackFinn American SaloonIf you're strictly interested in watching the game, then this EpiCentre hot spot might not be the place for you. But if you enjoy mingling with uptown after-work bankers and the occasional college student and having a drink while you watch, this is a good option. With televisions located in both the downstairs and upstairs bars, as well as the dining area, most nights you can find your favorite game playing somewhere. Just be prepared for games to be replaced by music videos and blaring Top 40 songs later in the evening. Our tip? Go on Saturdays when the pub features a game-day menu complete with cheap beer, chili cheese fries, and buffalo tenders. 210 E. Trade St.,
Fox & Hound English Pub & GrilleComplete with pool tables and large-screen televisions, this First Ward sports bar features a decent selection of beers on tap (Samuel Adams, Sunset Wheat). There's not a bad spot in the house for viewing the TVs, and it's one of the few uptown bars where finding a seat is actually possible. Cozy up to the long bar for focused cheering or settle in to a window-side table to keep an eye on the busy Tryon Street nightlife as you watch. To get serious about your game watching, go on a weeknight, when most of the crowd is there for the same reason. 330 N. Tryon St., 704-333-4113
Flying Saucer draught EmporiumYou come for the beer. Everything else is secondary (even -- dare we say it? -- the game). And don't even think about ordering a Bud Light. With beers like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Rogue Double Dead Guy, this is a place where it's cool to know your brews. Monday nights are pint nights and feature around seventy beers for just $2.75 a pint. 9605 N. Tryon St.,
Nix Burger & Brew
Don't let the décor here fool you. It may look sleek, modern, and too chic for cheering on your team, but this small uptown restaurant is a great spot to catch a game. With flat screens on every wall, drafts like Flying Dog Gonzo, and a huge selection of upscale bar food like Kobe burgers and sweet potato fries, this sports bar is for those who enjoy a little sophistication with their game. 201 N. Tryon St., 704-347-2739