The 7 Best Craft Beer Bars In Charlotte

From Raleigh to Asheville and obviously right in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the best states for craft beer lovers. Serving brews from some of the region’s hottest microbreweries along with some fantastic international beers, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for here.

In fact, you’ll find an average of about 28 breweries for every 100,000 people in North Carolina. So, you’ll never be strapped for choice. If anything, it’ll be hard to decide just where to head first to sample the best craft beer in the city.

Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or are simply craving a cold one after a day of exploring, you’re going to want to check out every single one of the best craft beer bars in Charlotte. You’ll leave any one of these spots with a new favourite brew.

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1. Common Market

From the eccentric decor to the sheer variety of brews offered, there’s a lot to love about Common Market. They describe themselves as a “neighbourhood hub where delicious food, cool drinks and unique people create an uncommonly good time.” And, they’re right about it all. It’s a fantastic place to spend the afternoon as you sample any one of their unique 15 beers on tap. Don’t find something you like? Browse the numerous bottles available. Options are nearly endles.

Best Craft Beer Bars In Charlotte

2. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden

Bavarian charm has made it all the way to Charlotte with the VBGB Beer Hall & Garden. This cosy spot is one of the best craft beer bars in Charlotte for those interested in seeing what a true German beer hall might look and feel like when plopped into the middle of North Carolina. Pair your Blonde Ale or Cosmic IPA with a bratwurst or burger and prepare to enter a flavourful paradise that’ll leave you craving more and more each visit.

Best Craft Beer Bars In Charlotte

3. The Thirsty Beaver Saloon

You’ve never heard of The Thirsty Beaver Saloon? Have you been living under a rock? It’s a bit of a local legend that’s even made international news for its defiance amidst urban development surrounding it. It’s Charlotte’s most iconic dive bar. And, it also just so happens to serve great craft beer. Live music, fun locals and some great deals on ice-cold beers? It doesn’t get much better than that. Sure, the beers might not be super “crafty,” but it’s well worth a visit for beer lovers in general.

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4. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

You can visit a Flying Sauce Draught Emporium in lots of cities all over America. And, you’ll find that each location is serving up the same quality and service as the next. As one of the best craft beer bars in Charlotte, the spot has over 80 taps and about 150 bottles to choose from. So, if you’re someone in need of lots of choices, this place will make you feel right at home. Seasonal offerings and constantly rotating brews ensure you can always try something new and unique here.

Best Craft Beer Bars in Charlotte

5. Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop

Sampling a flight of beers at the Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop should be on the bucket list of any traveller headed to Charlotte. Not only are the beers here incredibly tasty but they’re also always paired with good vibes and great food. They offer a nice selection of 36 rotating taps to choose from and an elegant yet somewhat rustic-chic spot in which to taste them slowly.

6. Birdsong Brewing Co.

If you can only visit one craft beer brewery in Charlotte, make sure it’s Birdsong Brewing Co. It comes recommended by locals who think they serve the most intriguing, flavourful brews in the city. And, when we say intriguing, we mean it. At their taproom (which has a fantastic outdoor patio space for the warmer months), you can sample 12 different beers on tap. This includes their unique Jalapeño Pale Ale. It’s subtle and delicious.

7. Brawley’s Beverage

Similar to The Thirsty Beaver Saloon, Brawley’s Beverage is a truly local spot serving great beer and fantastic vibes to locals and visitors alike. If you want to immerse yourself in local Charlotte culture, head here. Brush shoulders with the regulars and order whatever they’re sampling that day. From an Imperial Stout to a Honey Saison, they’ve got something to tease the tastebuds of even the pickiest of drinkers.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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