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The Peculiar Rabbit

Plaza Midwood

Those who have yet to visit The Peculiar Rabbit are missing out on one heck of a skyline view. Along with neighboring Whiskey Warehouse, this Plaza Midwood gastropub offers the best sunset perspective in the Queen City. In addition to a menu consisting of traditional English fare infused with Southern ingredients, an extensive drink list features specialty cocktails, bottled beers, wines by the glass, and more than 20 different types of bourbon and Scotch.

Fahrenheit-Charlotte

Fahrenheit

Second Ward

With the arrival of Fahrenheit atop Uptown's Skye Condos in 2014, Charlotteans were given access to a 360-degree city view from 21 stories up. No longer the new kid on the block, it's still one of the most beautiful rooftop bars around. Stop by to scope out your favorite landmarks below while enjoying a creatively crafted seasonal cocktail and lounging on one of the many comfortable couches.

Whiskey Warehouse

Plaza Midwood

Whiskey Warehouse provides the ideal situation for those looking to enjoy the beautiful Southern sky. The upstairs patio bar, Top Shelf, is a neighborhood favorite, thanks to the distinct skyline view it provides from its perch (plus the daily drink specials). No weekend brunch is complete without cheap mimosas and a crucial Bloody Mary bar. Lucky for you, this place has both.

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Village Tavern

Barclay Downs

You may only get a peek of the cheerful yellow patio umbrellas as you drive past the office buildings of Barclay Downs, but if you make your way up to the Rotunda building you're in for an unexpected SouthPark surprise. Stop in and experience this impressive rooftop-dining scene, a large landscape that features some delicious made-from-scratch menu offerings and live music throughout the year.

Rooftop 210

Second Ward

At the tippy top of Uptown’s popular Epicentre bar scene sits Rooftop 210, offering up the trifecta of nightlife entertainment: a glowing cityscape, live music, and a gang of enthusiastic millennials letting off steam. Stop in on any Thursday evening during the summer months for Alive After Five, a weekly series providing a weekday escape for Charlotte's corporate world with the help of local bands and beer vendors.

The Pump House

The Pump House

Rock Hill

Charlotte was definitely in need of a rooftop bar with a water view, and this one located just outside of the city delivers on that. The restaurant, formerly an industrial pump house, features a fifth floor bar overlooking the Catawba River that offers incredible views anytime during the day. Try out the Riverwalk mule, a Popcorn Sutton moonshine concoction, or the Jalapeño-Rita, made with local brewery Birdsong’s Jalapeño Pale Ale.

The Gin Mill

South End

Unpretentious and laid back, Gin Mill is your typical dive bar that supplies everything you hope for in terms of a local retreat, including a chill rooftop terrace complete with bar games for your drinking amusement. You won't find a food menu at this establishment, so start or end the night here and plan to let the beer speak for itself.

City Lights Rooftop

City Lights Rooftop

Uptown

Located on the 19th floor of Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel, City Lights has an expansive view of Uptown. Touted as the largest rooftop bar in the Queen City, CL is the perfect spot to show off the city to out-of-town guests. Bring your friends, order the signature Sparkle & Pop drink (bubbles with a King of Pops popsicle placed in it), listen to the thumping music from the DJs, and if you have too much fun (which you will), just grab a hotel room.

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The Best Places to Watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Charlotte

Published On 06/08/2018
A lthough Charlotte -- and North Carolina -- have been in the news lately for the sale of our football team, it will be another sport that will be a big part of the Queen City this summer: soccer. Charlotte is not only gearing up for the World Cup, but in July, the 2018 International Champions Cup will come to Bank of America Stadium as Liverpool FC takes on Borussia Dortmund (which you can score tickets for right here).
And although the USA is out, there’s no need to throw in the towel. The games still promise to be a ton of excitement and, well, a great excuse for early morning drinking. Due to the time difference, as the matches will be hosted in Russia, some games will start as early as 6am, but that’s not stopping bars and other establishments from opening early for fans and folks afraid of FOMO to watch. Here are some of the best bars in Charlotte to watch the games.

Jack's House

Elizabeth

Best for: Drinking the limited-release 1775 pale ale
Open since May, Jack’s House has become a go-to spot for soccer fans for many reasons. The first is that Jack’s is owned by, and located in, the same space as the Charlotte Independence, Charlotte’s professional soccer team and member of the United Soccer League. Although Jack’s supports the Independence and the US national soccer team, during the World Cup they will be showing all the games, but will be supporting all the teams that share the nationality of their players. In collaboration with NoDa Brewing Company, Jack’s will be serving a special beer, the 1775 pale ale, which was made especially for them during the World Cup. Also, please call ahead before heading out for the games as there are some games that have been rented out for private viewing parties. We were told that 90% of the games will be shown and open to the general public.

Courtyard Hooligans

Courtyard Hooligans

Third Ward

Best for: Hardcore soccer fans who aren’t afraid to show up early
Courtyard Hooligans is basically the “place” to go for all things soccer. Think people dressed up in their respective team colors with rabid excitement, basically how Americans picture soccer fans. Although Courtyard Hooligans plays other sports throughout the year, this bar is focused on international sports such as soccer and rugby. Hooligans will be showing all the World Cup games and plans to have drink specials available on game days. This place will get packed, as the bar itself is tiny, but never fear, as in the past, they will have TV options in the courtyard outside of the bar for those who can’t fit inside.

Rí Rá Irish Pub

Uptown

Best for: Fans of Ireland who don’t mind hanging with fans of Spain
Although Ireland was eliminated from the Cup, that doesn’t mean that Rí Rá and other Irish bars in Charlotte won’t be in on the fun. Rí Rá will show all the games during the World Cup and will have drink and food specials, including special features based on what countries are playing. Yep, they are going to be serving international food not normally on their menu during the tournament. Another fun fact: Rí Rá will be showing the matches on both floors of their bar, but one floor will have English commentary and the other floor will have Spanish commentary. GOOOAAAALLL!

Belfast Mill Irish Pub

Third Ward

Best for: Drink specials and raucous fans
Located in Brevard Court across from Courtyard Hooligans, Belfast Mill is an Irish bar that loves all things soccer. During the World Cup (and other large soccer matches), fans spill out from both Belfast and Hooligans into the courtyard in front of them. It’s also great to jump from one bar to the other, if you can get in. Gearing up for the World Cup, Belfast has already finalized specials with Heineken ($3 Heineken during the games) and Jägermeister ($5 for a drink and a potentially bad decision). During the games, they’ll be hosting different raffles and opportunities to win prizes, including tickets to the aforementioned International Champions Cup. During the regular season, soccer fans supporting the US national soccer team and Manchester United come to this spot to support their clubs.

Big Ben Pub

South End

Best for: Fans of English cuisine, beers, and clubs
Get your traditional English fare such as bangers n’ mash, liver, and bread and butter pudding while watching your favorite club play. Big Ben will be showing all the World Cup matches and will be featuring drinks specials from Heineken and Strongbow cider.

Valhalla Pub & Eatery

Valhalla Pub & Eatery

Third Ward

Best for: Hearty food, delicious draughts, and Liverpool fans
Valhalla Pub & Eatery completes the trifecta of soccer greatness that is Brevard Court. They’ll be opening early and showing all the World Cup games inside. Focused on Scandinavian-themed food, this is the perfect place to fuel up with a Norwegian burger (beef, pork, gaufrette potatoes, melted Jarlsberg, red onion, Norsk sauce, fried egg) and settle in for the day.

The Peculiar Rabbit and Jackalope Jacks

Plaza Midwood

Best for: Food and drink specials and meeting new friends
At the corner of Pecan and Commonwealth, there is a space that now houses Jackalope Jacks (still alive after shuttering its Elizabeth location); The Rabbit Hole and The Peculiar Rabbit. The Peculiar Rabbit and Jackalope Jacks will be showing the World Cup matches and Jackalope already has all of their flags flying for the different clubs. Two restaurants with different menus, but in the same space and both showing the World Cup matches. What’s better than that? Bounce from location to location to get a different feel and different food. Each space has multiple TVs so you won’t miss any of the action.

Connolly's on Fifth

Uptown

Best for: Cheap pints and no affiliation needed
Although not typically known as a soccer destination, Connolly’s does show many of the bigger games, including the World Cup matches. Expect an easy-going yet energetic crowd to show up. Look for drinks specials such as $3 pints of Heineken during matches. Unfortunately, the patio is now closed for new construction, but grab a pint in the loft and enjoy.

Tyber Creek

South End

Best for: Those who want to hang with no affiliation to the teams
The real question for Tyber Creek is whether or not the giant inflatable soccer ball that was in front of their bar for the last World Cup make an appearance? With TVs upstairs, downstairs and outside, Tyber Creek has plenty of room and viewing options for fans and for newbies. They will also be having drink and food specials throughout the tournament.

Neighborhood Theatre

NoDa

Best for: Those who can’t get into a crowded bar
Known as a concert destination located in NoDa, Neighborhood Theatre is also getting in on the World Cup action by hosting a free event on Sunday, June 17. There will be drink and food specials for those in attendance. Doors open at 7:30am with the first match beginning at 8am.

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