Looking for an escape plan for when you’ve had enough of the carols and chaos come Christmas Day? We know spiked eggnog can only go so far, so it’s good to know these 10 Charlotte bars will be open to bring you some much-needed break time, along with a stiff drink, during the holiday.
Big Ben is a reliable annual source for Christmas Day pick-me-ups. Plus, there’s nothing cozier than an authentic British pub. Throw back a pint (or several) starting at 1pm.
Trade the hot cocoa and sugar cookies for some beer and bar food on Christmas night. Moosehead will be offering up a limited menu with its drinks: chicken tenders, potato skins, nachos, and, of course, its award-winning wings. Opens at 7pm.
Join everyone else who, like yourself, has managed to break ties from their family festivities in search of some boozy Christmas camaraderie. Opens at 8pm.
You know what goes best with cold days? A huge beer list and plenty of bar games. Open 5pm-2am.
The doors of this small local gathering spot will open at 7pm, and the Loose Lugnuts will take the stage at 8:30pm to satisfy your country-music fix this Christmas.
You can always count on Selwyn Pub for your drinking needs, and Christmas is no different. Hit up this beloved neighborhood bar starting at 6pm.
Belly up to the bar at Angry Ale’s anytime between 5pm and 2am. It will offer a nice alternative to your day’s debates with angry Uncle Joe.
Kick back with a cold one at this local sports bar, open normal business hours on Christmas Day.
This local dive bar is your late-night answer for holiday libations. Open 7pm-2am.
Brazwells is planning to open around 6pm, just when you need it most. Pop over, throw back a few cocktails with friends, and be back to the house before anyone realizes you were gone... hopefully.
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Courtney Matinata is a freelance writer for Thrillist, who is most likely out searching for peppermint martinis.
1. Moosehead Bar & Grill1807 Montford Dr, Charlotte
2. Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant2000 South Blvd, Charlotte
3. All American Pub200 E Bland St, Charlotte
4. Fox and Hound Smokehouse15300 John J Delaney Dr, Charlotte
5. Thirsty Beaver Saloon1225 Central Ave, Charlotte
6. Selwyn Avenue PubSelwyn Avenue, Charlotte
7. Angry Ale's1518 Montford Dr, Charlotte
8. Sidelines Sports Bar4544 South Blvd Ste C, Charlotte
9. Hattie's Tap & Tavern2918 The Plaza, Charlotte
10. Brazwell's1627 Montford Dr, Charlotte
Check out Uncle Donnie's Famous Blackened Wings. They will rock your world.
This authentic British pub is one of our favorite places to grab a pint.
The biggest party in Charlotte happens at All American Pub every time the Panthers play. The tall boys are flowing, the pool hall is bumping, and the dance parties during commercial breaks will get you hooked on game day.
This sports bar serves up classic American fare like burgers and flatbreads alongside beer and cocktails. Round up friends for a game of pool or glue your eyes to the TV screen on game day.
Set in a boxy, orange cinderblock building next to the railroad tracks, this small bar with the giant beaver in a cowboy hat painted on its wall doesn’t look like much from the outside. But “The Beaver,” as locals affectionately call it, is a country bar with more character than most. Owned by two brothers, it’s filled with honky-tonk trinkets and colorful patrons who come for the free jukebox, live music, and cheap drinks. On Sunday afternoons you see crowds gathering -- often arriving by motorcycle -- for live bands and relaxing on the small front deck.
With its polo shirts and pastels, the crowd here can at times feel a little like an adult fraternity party -- especially on summer weekends. But the tree-shaded deck and flowing drink specials at this neighborhood spot have made it a longtime favorite for locals looking for a place to mingle over cold drinks. Much of the bar is outside, so go when the weather is good, but anticipate booze-filled crowds.
We have never had a bad meal at Angry Ales.
This sports bar is a favorite among Charlotte locals.
Fans of craft beer, giant Jenga, and golden retrievers, alike, call this dive a stand-out favorite. The expansive covered patio is neon graffiti-clad and dog friendly, offering side-walk chalk, corn hole, and various other lawn games for those not steady-handed enough for Jenga. Each of these affairs is best enjoyed with one of Hattie's 24 rotating beers on tap (most of which are North Carolina brews), or a mixed drink from the fully-stocked bar (try the Moscow mule, made with beet kombucha). With weekly events ranging from bingo and karaoke nights to live musical performances, both you and your dog will have little reason to drink elsewhere.