The tagline that describes Kylie’s Sports Bar & Grill is “not a bad seat in the house.” It’s a clever shout-out to sports fans recounting visits to their favorite stadium, arena or ballpark. It’s also accurate. Walking into the Cornelius-based pub and restaurant combo, you get the lay of the land quickly. If cheering your team at your favorite sports venue isn’t possible, Kylie’s is a good substitute. If you’d rather listen to live music, Kylie’s can be your entertainment destination, too. And if you’re looking for great food, you also aren’t left out in the cold. Owner Jeff Peele is a restaurant business veteran but new to the Lake Norman area. Like many affected by the struggling economy, the Rock Hill, S.C., native found himself looking for a job and investigating buildings for sale that held restaurant potential. He spied the building easily accessed from I-77’s Exit 28 and knew he had a winner. “I visited a couple of times and this (spot) finally became available,” Peele recalls. “So I told my wife, ‘We’re moving to Cornelius.’ ” Kylie’s opened last March just in time for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Anyone familiar with the hoops hoopla that is “March Madness” knows the key to optimum enjoyment is an establishment televising all games being played simultaneously. Kylie’s fits the bill and Peele is looking forward to his second year showcasing the event. With over 20 HDTVs in the large bar area that has plenty of high top tables, it’s a sports lover’s dream. Not to mention the additional indoor seating, outdoor seating, and billiards room, all with perfect viewing for your game of choice.The pub, which is named for Peele’s five-year-old daughter, isn’t a destination for followers of a particular team. But the restaurant’s layout is definitely conducive to the idea. “It would be great to have rooms designated for specific teams, so that’s an idea we’re tossing around,” he says. But Peele admits doing so runs the risk of alienating casual fans just wanting to watch a variety of sports. At this point the bar welcomes all fans of all sports all the time. But if an unassuming bar featuring live music is more your style, stop by Kylie’s any Friday or Saturday night. There’s never a cover charge, but there’s likely a band playing anything from country to rock. Charlotte-based bands as well as musicians from all over the southeast play each week. The crowd is fun, but not rowdy. “We’ve got a middle-aged mix of people, a 30s-and-up kind of crowd,” says Peele. “It’s just a nice place for people to gather.” Bar food is bar food, right? When you’ve sampled one hot wing, you’ve tried them all. Not exactly. Peele takes pride in the fact that his menu offers freshly prepared foods, from homemade chili to shrimp quesadillas and everything in between. Dinner selections include baby back ribs, bourbon salmon and Cajun chicken pasta. The appetizer menu featuring among other items pork sliders, crab cakes and southwest egg rolls is available until closing.
Want to go?Where: Kylie’s Sports Bar & GrillAddress: 19607 Statesville Road, CorneliusContacts: 704-895-6944, www.kyliessportsbar.com.