If you weren’t one of the 75,000 fans lucky enough to score a seat inside Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for the big game, don’t despair. Charlotte restaurants, bars and breweries are bringing out the big screens and tasty fare for the face-off against the Denver Broncos.
From laid-back watering holes to all-you-can-eat-and-drink evening destinations, consider this your local guide to game day.
Great place to watch outside
It may be February, but you can warm up with loud cheers and high-fives. Myers Park’s Selwyn Pub offers the perfect patio for pulling for the Panthers, with an outdoor bar, lounge-like seating, large-screen televisions and plenty of drink specials.
2801 Selwyn Ave. 704-333-3443
The biggest screen for game day
Settle in to one of the luxurious seats at Carolina Cinemas, where Cam and crew will look larger than life. The Monroe Road theater is hosting a party that includes a free viewing of the game on one of its movie screens. The show, which is sponsored by Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, starts at 5 p.m. with food and drink specials.
9630 Monroe Road. 704-847-2024
Hottest place to party while you watch
If you’re looking for a blow-out bash, get in line at neighboring South End bars All American Pub, Oak Room and Slate Billiards. With dance floors, DJs, and all-day drink specials, it’s no wonder these three have become the hippest place in town to toast the Panthers.
200 E. Bland St.
— All American Pub (@AllAmericanPub) January 25, 2016
Some of the biggest TVs in Charlotte
If you prefer your big screens in a bar, head to SouthPark’s Taco Mac. The sports grill pairs its 140 beers on draft with more than 65 televisions, including an above-the-bar 103-inch plasma one that’s believed to be Charlotte’s largest high-definition TV screen for watching the game.
Or for some serious sound with your oversized screen, consider Amos’ Southend, which will be showing the game on two 15-foot-wide screens hooked in to the music venue’s sound system.
Taco Mac, 4626 Piedmont Row Drive. 704-972-0503.
Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874.
— Amos' Southend (@AmosSouthend) February 3, 2016
Best drink list for game day
With a menu that’s focused on oversized sandwiches and wings, walls covered in flat screens and a beer list that would rival any in town, it’s as if local restaurant Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse was created specifically for the Super Bowl.
330 N. Tryon St. 980-939-1166
Hey, guess what!? Most all of our drafts are going to be $3.50 for THE BIG GAME on Sunday, February 7th! Better get here early…
— Duckworths Park Road (@DuckworthsPark) January 20, 2016
Great spot to give back and watch
Roaring Riot, which has chapters in numerous cities, is the Panthers’ dedicated fan group – with thousands of local members. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is hosting the group’s Super Bowl party starting at 4 p.m. and featuring NoDa beers, house wine and a buffet. It’s $50 per person and the net proceeds benefit the local Isabella Santos Foundation. The only catch? You’ll need to either be a Roaring Riot member or know one who can get you in for the event.
911 E. Morehead St. 704-377-3808
— Dilworth Grille (@DilworthNG) February 4, 2016
Top all-inclusive spot to watch
Uptown’s EpiCentre promises to be in the middle of the action for the big game. With a pep rally on Friday and several venues hosting events, there’s plenty of ways to #keeppounding at this nightlife complex. For the best deal, make your reservations at Rooftop 210 for an evening that kicks off at 4 p.m. and includes an open beer and wine bar as well as a dinner buffet for $49.99.
210 E. Trade St. 704-526-0848
Top stadium-side watch spot
In the backyard of the Panthers’ Bank of America stadium, Draught Charlotte has the perfect setting for pulling for the home team: Three jumbotrons, heated tents in the parking lot and drink specials.
601 S. Cedar St. 704-375-7566
Best menu for game watching
When it comes to a Super Bowl spread, beer has always been an important player. This Sunday at South End brewery Wooden Robot, it takes center field. The brewery, which will be extending its hours through the end of the game, will have its food truck Twisted Eats on site. The truck will be serving up creative comfort dishes like soft pretzels with cheese, burgers and fried ribs – all made with the brewery’s beers.
1440 S. Tryon St. 980-819-7875
Where to watch with those who know football
Charlotte City Club is playing host to the fifth annual NFL Players Association Former Players Charlotte Chapter Super Bowl party. This means that for $60 per person you can hang with 20 to 30 former and current NFL players while you cheer on the team. The evening, which benefits the NFLPA Scholarship Awards, includes a buffet, open beer and wine bar, auctions and even the chance to try on a Super Bowl ring or two. Reservations are required: 704-334-3200.
121 W. Trade St. #3100
Great neighborhood spot to watch the game
Charlotte’s newest brewery, Legion Brewing, has become a favorite for those looking for a laid-back location to catch any game. For Sunday’s Super Bowl, the cozy Plaza Midwood beer bar will be extending its hours through the end of the game and selling their craft drafts by the pitcher.
1906 Commonwealth Ave. 844-467-5683
— Legion Brewing (@LegionBrewing) January 25, 2016
Photos: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer; John W. Adkisson/Special to the Observer; Charlotte Observer file