The country’s ‘largest self-serve taproom’ is opening in Plaza Midwood this summer

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Pour Taproom Charlotte plans to bring self-serve beer taps to Plaza Midwood this August when it opens in a World War II-era building on Central Avenue.

With 120 taps in a 6,900-square-foot space, Pour Taproom Charlotte claims that it will be the “largest self-serve bar in the country,” according to a press release.

Plaza Midwood is such a cool location for a taproom like this,” said Pour Taproom Charlotte owner James Lunney, in a release. “It has such an awesome vibe between the existing local businesses and all of the residents that live in the area. We are really excited to dive in and become a part of that already tight-knit community.”

A look at Pour Taproom’s construction.

This will be Pour’s fourth location in North Carolina, and it will be the city’s second self-serve taproom after Hoppin’ opened late last year.

Half of Pour’s taps will be dedicated to North Carolina beers (with an emphasis on Charlotte beers) while the rest will feature beers from all over the country and the world. There will also be four taps of red wine, three taps of white, one of prosecco, and water and root beer on tap.

To put Pour Charlotte’s 120 taps into perspective, Hoppin’ has 62 taps and Pour Taproom Durham has 64.

The dog-friendly bar won’t serve food but plans to host local food trucks on-site daily. Pour will be hiring 11 employees this summer and will announce an exact opening date soon.

If you’ve been to another self-serve bar or one of Pour’s other locations, you’re probably familiar with how this will work:

  • Check in and start a tab with an ID and credit card.
  • Get a plastic card with a QR code.
  • Use that QR code to activate the taps.
  • The code will be disabled after you’ve poured 32 ounces of beer, but you can recharge your code.

The bar will open at 1212 Central Ave. (on the same block as Pint Central and across from the Thirsty Beaver) in a building constructed in 1945 that has been home to a bakery, church and a warehouse, according to the release.

“This iconic, historic building needed to be put back into service and live the life it deserved,” Lunney said.

Photos: Courtesy of Pour Taproom Charlotte


  1. While I appreciate the local jobs, this is just another chain taking money directly out of the pockets of local businesses.


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