Street Party: Montford Drive

Montford Drive makes the transition from laidback bar scene to vibrant hotspot
Taylor Mathis
The crowd at Maverick Rock Taco, Montford’s newest nightlife spot

Between Park and woodlawn roads on Montford Drive, what once was a decidedly laid-back block has grown into a vibrant hotspot. Big crowds convene on weekends, but the restaurants and bars are hopping just about every night of the week. It helps that the parking is free (take that, EpiCentre), the dress code is “anything goes,” and the whole strip can be easily walked. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.


10 Park Lanes

Park Lanes opened in 1958 and remained mostly unchanged until a major renovation this past April. The spot has been updated with flat-screen TVs, a patio, two bars, and a retro diner. The extensive late-night menu—featuring delicious flatbread pizzas, sliders, fried pickles, and moonshine—is reason enough to stop by. (1700 Montford Dr., 704-523-7633)


Angry Ale’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

With a sprawling front deck packed with picnic tables and tons of TVs, this popular bar and grill has become a hotspot for local sports teams to meet for beers and for groups to gather to watch the big game. Great drink specials ($2 beers, what?) and an almost overwhelming food menu filled with standards such as salads, pizzas, and burgers, and some not-so-standards including “Tot-chos”—nacho ingredients piled atop a mound of tater tots— means everyone can find something to like here. (1600 Montford Dr., 704-525-3663)


Brazwell’s Premium Pub

Brazwell’s pub-style menu, which includes everything from zucchini fries and burgers to seared sesame tuna and housemade meatloaf, has made it popular for lunch and dinner. But it’s solidified its role as a local favorite with its covered back deck, equipped with plenty of heaters for when the weather’s chilly. Great food and drink specials—plus live music on Thursday nights—make it a favorite hangout for the twenty-something crowd. (1627 Montford Dr., 704-523-3500)


Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse

Anchoring the Park Road end of the Montford district, Duckworth’s is a second home to a colorful mix of beer geeks, sports fans, and families. The first group loves the sixty taps, the second comes for the multiple huge televisions, and families enjoy the broad menu of pizzas, cheesesteaks, sandwiches, wings, and more. Every Tuesday and Thursday, all drafts are $3, one of the better beer deals in town. (4435 Park Rd., 704-527-5783)


Good Food on Montford

The perfect spot for a date night, Good Food features a finely crafted menu of tapas plates inspired by Mediterranean, Asian, and Southern cuisines and is known for its five-spice steamed pork bun—but the mussels, in a green curry, coconut milk, and cilantro broth, should not be missed. (1701 Montford Dr., 704-525-0881)


Jeff’s Bucket Shop

A dive bar in the truest sense of the word, Jeff’s is the place where you’ll find middle- aged men rocking out to Pearl Jam on the karaoke stage. Leave your pretension at the door, build up some courage, and hit the high notes of “Born to Be Wild” before calling it a night. (1601 Montford Dr., 704-525-0425)


Maverick Rock Taco

A cross between a local cantina and a Hard Rock Café, Maverick’s décor pays tribute to rock and roll. The food is inexpensive and gen- erously portioned—for $9, you get three heap- ing bowls of guacamole and bottomless chips. Highlights include daily drink specials and a touchscreen, iPod-shaped jukebox. (1513 Montford Dr., 704-527-1400)


Moosehead Grill

Located near the end of Montford, this spot is removed from some of the louder bars. Here you’ll find Queens University students hanging out in groups on the rooftop patio and singles watching the game over wings and plates of barbecue downstairs. (1807 Montford Dr., 704-525-4088)

Categories: Nightlife