If you weren’t one of the 68,000 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, because 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, this pub’s open-air setting promises to draw crowds from pre-game brunch through post-game (hopefully) celebrations.
2801 Selwyn Ave. 704-333-3443; www.facebook.com/selwyn-ave-pub
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.
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 beauty 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.
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. Snag a seat at the uptown location, where you can peruse the brews selection on an iPad. Just refrain from ordering any Denver ales.
330 N. Tryon St. 980-939-1166; www.duckworths.com
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; www.neighborhoodgrille.com
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; www.rooftop210.com
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. With three jumbotrons, heated tents in the parking lot, and drink specials, this sports bar promises to be a black-and-blue party all day – and night – long.
601 S. Cedar St. 704-375-7566; www.draughtcharlotte.com
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; www.woodenrobotbrewery.com
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; www.legionbrewing.com