There are more than just great restaurants stirring up the scene in South End. At these bars, breweries, and bottle shops you can get a taste of local drinks—and nightlife.
Good Bottle Co. Packed with craft beer bottles and cans from around the world, this modern and minimalist shop includes rotating taps featuring hard-to-find offerings such as Asheville’s Wicked Weed beers or brews from San Diego’s Stone Brewing Co. Keep an eye on the website for a frequently updated list of what’s on tap.www.goodbottleco.com
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery The first brewery to hit the Charlotte scene, this family-friendly spot offering German-style beer is in the process of moving to a new space at the corner of Yancey Road and Southside Drive, less than a mile from the current location. If you haven’t already enjoyed a pint of its famed OMB Copper around town, plan an afternoon stop in its laid back biergarten. www.oldmeckbrew.com
Stache House This hip new South Boulevard bar, which opens onto the sidewalk on sunny days, offers beer, wine, and creative cocktails like The Dapper Danny featuring rye whiskey, peach liqueur, fresh sour, and orange bitters. Plus, hookah lovers can indulge with fun flavors like rose and tangerine.
Triple C Brewing Between its running club, event space, and seemingly endless flow of food trucks parked outside, this large brewery has become a fast favorite. With its exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and smooth farm tables, the taproom is a cozy spot to enjoy a pint of one their popular brews like Smoked Amber or Baby Maker Double IPA. www.triplecbrewing.com
Vin Master Its retail selection includes a section of wines pre-selected to pair well with foods like pizza or barbecue and the wine bar offers flights for sampling, all perfect for the novice. But connoisseurs enjoy this urban loft’s international and well-curated selection of irresistible wines. www.thevinmaster.com
World of Beer Sure, it may be a chain, but Charlotte has adopted this beer bar as its own. Filled with craft on tap and frequent live musical acts, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to settle in and stay awhile with a cold one. www.wobusa.com