Food & Drink

The 10 Best Spots to Drink Moonshine in Charlotte

Published On 07/29/2015 Published On 07/29/2015
Cristina Wilson/Thrillist
Cristina Wilson/Thrillist
Courtesy of Dogwood Southern Table & Bar
Courtesy of Southern Grace Distilleries
Cristina Wilson/Thrillist
Courtesy of Nan & Byron's
Courtesy of Tupelo Honey Cafe
Courtesy of The Cowfish/Poprock Photography
Courtesy of Midwood Smokehouse
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1. The Summit Room 1531 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Sidle up to the bar for an expertly made cocktail named after one of the seven summits, or warm yourself by the fire with a selection of small plates including poutine made with North Carolina cheese curds.

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2. Dogwood Southern Table and Bar 4905 Ashley Park Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210

Dogwood may be trendy but its food is certainly familiar, serving what they call "Elevated southern cuisine." Make sure to start off the evening with a Carolina July, a moonshine and blackberry combo concocted with house-made blackberry jam.

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3. Ten Park Lanes 1700 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209

It's a moonshine bar and a bowling alley and a BBQ joint and... do you really need there to be more?

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4. Nan and Byron's 1714 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 (South End)

Bring the whole family to this South End destination and grab a sunny spot on the patio or sit at a table inside to catch the game on one of the bar’s four televisions.

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5. Tupelo Honey Cafe 1820 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 (South End)

This Asheville-proud spot serves a mean brunch. Order the Super Southern Breakfast Bowl with black eyed peas, goat cheese grits, and farm-fresh eggs alongside The Queen Mary--it's a Bloody Mary variation made with your choice of vodka oooor jalapeño-infused moonshine. We think the correct option is pretty obvious. Lines can be long for brunch here, so arrive early.

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6. The Cowfish 4310 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Southpark)

As you may have suspected from the name, The Cowfish is indeed a burger-sushi bar. Part of the menu has got burgers, part has got sushi, and then there's the burgushi, but we won't get into that here. If unsure what to get, or just overwhelmed with the entire concept of the place, try the Texas Longhorn burger, you won't be disappointed.

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7. Midwood Smokehouse 1401 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Plaza Midwood)

With pit masters working 24 hours a day, an impressive selection of house-made BBQ sauces, and plenty of moonshine, Midwood Smokehouse is certainly worth the hype. The all-wood smoker is hand crafted with hickory logs, leaving the restaurant's hunks of fresh, local meat with a perfect, smoky finish. The slow-smoked barbecue favorites range from smoked wings to brisket and salmon steaks, all drenched in the famous house sauce, and all of which can be served atop salads or slices of thick-cut Texas toast. When you've mostly removed the rib-residue from your face, following your sizable carnivorous entrée, try a pickle-back shot of moonshine to perk you back up.

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8. The Asbury 235 North Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The Asbury is a modern southern restaurant, resting inside the historic Dunhill Hotel. Here, Executive Chef Chris Coleman gives Carolina favorites a modern twist, like his Cast Iron Biscuits served with bacon jam made using his grandmother’s recipe, or shrimp and grits with miso. The menu also features true southern staples like a fresh NC seafood boil and fried green tomatoes. The antique beauty of this restaurant is not to be understated, and you have the choice of either sitting inside or out on the stunning patio.