Your ultimate guide to college and NFL football watch sites: 2019 edition

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You know what I hate? Recipes with a seven page personal memoir. Listen Karen, we get it. An avocado changed your life forever, just tell me how many teaspoons of salt I need. My point: there’s no need for a dissertation here about football season. The most glorious time of the year is upon us and this is your guide on where to watch the game locally.

College watch parties

Alabama

Where to Watch: Whiskey Warehouse (Plaza Midwood)DB’s Tavern (Ballantyne)Jack’s Corner Tap (Cornelius)

Roll Tide Info: Bama Charlotte

Appalachian State

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Where to Watch: Angry Ale’s (Montford)

Kick-off Party Details: Charlotte Metro Alumni Chapter: 10th Annual Football Season Kickoff Party

More Mountaineer Info: Appalachian State Charlotte Metro Alumni Chapter

Arkansas

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

All Your Razorback Info: Carolina Razorbacks 

Auburn

Where to Watch: Fitzgerald’s

Find More War Eagle Info: CLT Auburn Club

Bonus: Fitzgerald’s validates parking in the Wake Forest Parking Garage after 5pm daily and all day on weekends. Please bring ticket in for validation. Garage can be entered from 5th Street immediately after passing Fitzgerald’s on the left (entrance is before the light rail tracks). Garage can also be entered from 6th Street (entrance is across from Brixx/Queen City Q).

Central Florida

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JackBeagle’s on Morehead Street

Where to Watch: JackBeagle’s (Morehead St)

Note: JackBeagle’s is not a UCF bar per say, but they do save a few tables for the fans and have a TV dedicated to UCF games.

#ChargeOn: Charlotte UCF Alumni Group

Charlotte 49ers

Where to Watch: Jerry Richardson Stadium

More 49er Info: UNC Charlotte Alumni Association

Tailgate the Niner Way: The Alumni Association hosts the Alumni Tailgate Village, complete with a full spread and bar (included in admission), covered and out of the elements to beat the hassle of setting up on your own.

Other Great Pre and Post Game Spots: Boardwalk Billy’sPicasso’s Sports Cafe

Clemson

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Clutch Kitchen and Pour House

Where to Watch: Clutch Kitchen & Pourhouse

More Sea of Orange Info: Charlotte Clemson Club

East Carolina University

Where to Watch: Queen City Q (Uptown)

Parking: They validate for the 7th Street Station deck!

All Your Pirate Info: Charlotte Pirate Club Chapter

Florida

Where to Watch: Aug 24th, UF vs Miami Watch Party Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

Note: Check the Charlotte Gator Club Facebook page for watch party announcements, locations and deets each week.

Florida State

Where to Watch: All American Pub (South End)

Pro Tip: If you want a table, get there early. Game watches can draw anywhere from 50-300 people.

All Your Tomahawk Chop Info: Charlotte Seminole Club

Georgia

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Queen Park Social

Where to Watch: Queen Park Social (Loso)Hawthorne’s NY Pizza (Elizabeth)Seoul Food Meat Company (South End)

More Bulldog Info: University of Georgia Charlotte Area Alumni & Friends

Georgia Tech

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Sir Edmund Halley’s at Park Road Shopping Center.

Where to Watch: Sir Edmond Halley’s (Park Road Shopping Center)

More Yellow Jacket Details: Charlotte Georgia Tech Alumni Association

Indiana

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

Hoosier Info Here: Indiana University Alumni Association – Charlotte Chapter

Iowa

Where to Watch: Brazwell’s Premium Pub (Montford)

Hawkeye Info Here: Charlotte Iowa Club

Kentucky

Where to Watch: The Brass Tap (South End)

More UK Info: Queen City CATS

LSU

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Big Ben

Where to Watch: Big Ben Pub (South End)

All your Geaux Tigers Info: LSU Carolinas

Louisville

Where to Watch: Steamers Sports Pub (Off Albemarle Rd)

Note: They don’t meet every game, so be sure to check the website!

More Cardinal Info: University of Louisville Charlotte Alumni Chapter

Miami

Where to Watch: Greystone Pub (South Blvd)

The U Info: Charlotte ‘Canes

Michigan

Where to Watch: Tavern on the Tracks (South End)

All Your Go Blue Info: University of Michigan Club of Charlotte

Michigan State

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Gin Mill

Where to Watch: The Gin Mill (South End)

More Sparty Info: MSU Spartans of Charlotte Alumni Association

Missouri

Note: No official game watch, but may plan some impromptu events for bigger games, so keep an eye on their page.

Tiger Info: Mizzou Alum Charlotte

Nebraska

Where to Watch: Brewers at 4001 Yancey (LoSo)

All Your GBR Info: NC Huskers

North Carolina

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Graham Street Pub

Where to Watch: Brewers at 4001 Yancey (LoSo)Moo & Brew (Plaza Midwood)

More UNC Info: Charlotte Carolina Club

Belk College Kickoff: Graham St Pub & Patio will host a special Tar Heels in Town party on Friday, August 30th. Former players, live music, dj and more.

North Carolina State University

Where to Watch: Caswell Station

All Your Wolfpack Info: NC State Charlotte Alumni Network

North Dakota State University

Where to WatchJock and Jills (South Stream Blvd)

More Bison Info: NDSU Alumni & Fans – Carolinas Region

Notre Dame

Where to Watch: Ri Ra Irish Pub

Bagpipers, Live Entertainment, New TVs/Sound, Giveaways, Drink Specials, Patio w/TVs + Sound and Former Irish/NFL Player Appearances. Sponsored by Highland Brewery.

Parking: Validated parking at Center City Green Garage across from Spectrum Center between 5th & 6th street.

More Irish Info: Notre Dame Club of Charlotte

Ohio State

Where to Watch: Blackfinn Ameripub (Uptown)Blackfinn Ameripub (Ballantyne)The Harp & Crown (Cornelius)

Buckeye Pre-Season Parties: Food will be provided and drinks are available for purchase. All alumni and fans are welcome to join!

August 17, 5-7 pm  BlackFinn Ballantyne at 14825 Ballantyne Village Way.  Parking is free.

August 24, 12-2 pm BlackFinn Uptown at 210 E. Trade St. Parking will be validated for paid Charlotte Buckeye members. 

August 24, 5-7 pm The Harp & Crown at 19930 W. Catawba Ave in Cornelius. Parking is free.

More OSU Info: Charlotte Buckeyes Alumni Club

Oklahoma

Where to Watch: Libretto’s Pizzeria (Woodlawn)

All Your Boomer Sooner Info: Charlotte Sooners/OU Club of Charlotte

Oregon

Where to Watch: Technically no official watch site, but Lindol over at Jackalope Jack’s (Plaza Midwood) says all Ducks fans are welcome there (same goes for any SF 49ers).

Penn State

Where to Watch: Fitzgerald’s (Uptown)Blackfinn Ameripub (Ballantyne), & Fox and Hound (Huntersville)

Reminder If You’re Headed Uptown: Fitzgerald’s validates parking in the Wake Forest Parking Garage after 5pm daily and all day on weekends. Please bring ticket in for validation. Garage can be entered from 5th Street immediately after passing Fitzgerald’s on the left (entrance is before the light rail tracks). Garage can also be entered from 6th Street (entrance is across from Brixx/Queen City Que).

All Your PSU Info: Charlotte Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association

Pittsburgh

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Salud

Where to Watch: Salud Cerveceria

More Pitt Info: Charlotte Pitt Club

Purdue

Where to WatchDilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

More Boilermaker Info: Purdue Alumni of Charlotte

South Carolina

Where to WatchDilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

Save the Dates:

Friday, August 30th – 2019 Football Kickoff sponsored by the My Carolina Alumni Association, The Gamecock Club and your Charlotte/York County Gamecock Clubs. We start off with an action packed evening with live music from Ben Fagan & the Hooligans, Cocky, Cheerleaders, DJ and other surprise Gamecock guests. We will be at Ri-Ra’s Irish Pub in Uptown located at 208 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. This event is FREE!

Saturday, August 31st – Official Gamecock Tailgate from 11 am to 3 pm at Ink N Ivy: This free event is sponsored by The Gamecock Club and My Carolina Alumni Association.  Cocky, cheerleaders and other Gamecock guests will be in attendance. The address is 222 S Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. We have been asked my many about tailgate parking lots. Due to the growth of the city the traditional tailgate parking is not a cost effective option at this time. Stop by our free event and have some fun.

More ‘Cocks InfoCharlotte Gamecock Club

South Florida

Where to WatchLibretto’s Pizzeria (Parktowne)

All Your Green and Gold Info: USF Alumni – Charlotte

Syracuse

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grill (Dilworth)

All your ‘Cuse Info: Syracuse University Alumni Club of Charlotte

Tennessee

Where to Watch: Angry Ale’s (Montford)

More Vol Info: Charlotte UTK Alumni Chapter

Texas

Where to Watch: Old Pineville Premium Pub

Hook ‘Em Horns Info: Texas Exes Charlotte Chapter

Virginia

Note: No special game watch, but I am told they are planning to have one or two at Town Brewing. Check their page for updates and info.

Wahoowa: UVA Club of Charlotte

Virginia Tech

Courtesy of Graham St. Pub

Where to Watch: Graham St Pub & Patio (Uptown)

Here’s Your Hokie Info: VT Charlotte Alumni Chapter

Wake Forest

Where to Watch: Selwyn Avenue Pub (Myers Park)

Demon Deacon Info: Wake Charlotte

West Virginia

Where to Watch: Queen Park Social (Loso)

More WVU Info: Charlotte Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association

Wisconsin

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

All Your Bucky Badger Info: Wisconsin Alumni Association – Charlotte

Other College Notes

Taproom Social Charlotte (Uptown): showing all Big Ten games. Group that turns out with the most fans gets game sound!

OPENING SOON: QC Pourhouse (South End) will show college games of the week focusing on SEC and ACC. They’ll also be a neighborhood Panthers and Hornets bar.

NFL watch parties

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Carolina Panthers

Where to Watch: Bank of America Stadium, baby! And anywhere with a TV. But seriously, any place with the ability to show the Panthers is a place to watch. Here’s a curated collection of some of my favorite spots.

Other Spots Of Note:

Team Send-Off Parties: The Unknown Brewing

Tailgate Parties: Clutch Kitchen & Pourhouse

2019 Roaring Riot Tailgate with a Purpose

Queen City Riot/Roaring Riot Charlotte Chapter: Taproom Social Charlotte (Uptown)

WFNZ Official Panthers Away Game Viewing Parties: Brewers at 4001 Yancey (LoSo)

Baltimore Ravens

Where to Watch: SIP Charlotte (Uptown)

Buffalo Bills

Courtesy of Towne Tavern

Where to Watch: Tavern on the Tracks (South End)Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill (Dilworth)Towne Tavern (Fort Mill)Taste of Buffalo (Huntersville)Bisonte Pizza (Uptown & Matthews)JJs Red Hots (Ballantyne)

Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears Fanclub at Wild Wing Cafe

Where to Watch: Wild Wing Cafe (University)

Da Bears Info: Beardown Charlotte

Cincinnati Bengals

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Cincinnati Bengals Fans at Greystone Pub.

Where to Watch: Greystone Pub (South Blvd)

Cleveland Browns

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

Get Your Baker Mayfield On: Charlotte Browns Backers

Dallas Cowboys

Where to Watch: The Press Box bar & Grill (University)

Dallas Deets: Cowboy Stars of the Carolinas Fan Club

Green Bay Packers

Where to Watch: Blackfinn Ameripub (Ballantyne)

Discount Double Check: Green Bay Packers Fans of Charlotte

Kansas City Chiefs

Courtesy of Tyber Creek Pub

Where to Watch: Tyber Creek Pub (South End)

Mahomes Mania Info: Arrowhead Addict

Miami Dolphins

Where to Watch: Queen Park Social (Loso)

Fins Up Info: Charlotte Dolfans Club

New England Patriots

Courtesy of Beantown

Where to Watch: The Union (South End)Beantown Tavern (Matthews)

New Orleans

Where to Watch: Topgolf (Steele Creek)

Black and Gold Info: Who Dat Nation of Charlotte

New York Giants

Where to Watch: The Local (Uptown)

New York Jets

Where to Watch: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (Dilworth)

NYJ Info: Charlotte Jets Fans

Oakland Raiders

Where to Watch: Infused

Black and Silver Info: Charlotte Oakland Raiders Fan Club Info

Philadelphia Eagles

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Steamers Sports Pub

Where to Watch: Steamers Sports Pub (Off Albemarle Rd)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Where to Watch: Fitzgerald’s

Black and Yellow Info: Steeltown in Uptown

Bonus: Fitzgerald’s validates parking in the Wake Forest Parking Garage after 5pm daily and all day on weekends. Please bring ticket in for validation. Garage can be entered from 5th Street immediately after passing Fitzgerald’s on the left (entrance is before the light rail tracks). Garage can also be entered from 6th Street (entrance is across from Brixx/Queen City Que).

San Francisco 49ers

Where to Watch: Technically no official watch site, but Lindol over at Jackalope Jack’s (Plaza Midwood) says all 49ers fans are welcome there (same goes for any Oregon Ducks).

Seattle Seahawks

Where to Watch: Lucky’s Lou Tavern

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Where to Watch: Fox & Hound (Northlake)

Buc Info: Carolina Buccaneers Krewe

Washington Redskins

Where to Watch: Whisky River (Uptown)

HTTR Info: Charlotte Redskins Fans

No alumni group here? No problem. We know just the place to catch all the college football and NFL action this season.

If you don’t see your team or alumni group on the list, please have your organizer/leader/bar/restaurant email Nikki at charlottenc@yelp.com. We recommend double checking all information in the post in the event of any time and location changes. This article originally appeared in Yelp Charlotte.

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