7 of the best spots to watch the Panthers game in Charlotte—with award-winning wings, Bloody Mary bars and more

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For some, nothing beats watching the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Others prefer the comfort of their couch. But watching the game at a bar offers the best of both worlds: you’re celebrating (or commiserating) with fellow fans, without paying for tickets, food and drinks inside the stadium.

Game day giveaways and specials are just one way bars and restaurants entice fans to watch the game at their place, and fortunately Charlotte has no shortage of great sports bars. If you’re looking for a new spot to watch the game, here are seven of the best places to watch the Carolina Panthers games in Charlotte.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

911 E. Morehead St.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille opened in 2004, and has since become one of Charlotte’s most popular sports bars. While you’ll find most sports playing here during their respective seasons, the bar goes out of its way to cater to Panthers fans. This spot is the home bar of Roaring Riot, a local Carolina Panthers fan club, and it also runs shuttles to the stadium on game days.

Draught

601 S. Cedar St.

 

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Even when you can’t go to the game, there’s something to be said for being as close to it as possible. Located in an old, brick building, Draught is a Cam Newton deep ball away from Bank of America Stadium. Since opening in 2014, this upscale sports bar has won over fans with its local beers, craft cocktails and a menu of elevated pub food (check out the special $12 game day menu that includes things like wings, big pizza rolls and, of course, Panthers Nachos).

Moosehead Grill

1807 Montford Dr.

The roof is a dead giveaway. The building at 1807 Montford Drive was once a Pizza Hut, but that was a long time ago. Since 1997, the building’s been home to Moosehead Grill, a Charlotte institution and no-frills bar with a number of screens to catch the game. The menu boasts a number of well-executed bar staples, but Moosehead is best known for its award-winning wings. When the weather’s nice, enjoy them out back or on the rooftop patio.

All American Pub

200 E. Bland St.

 

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If you’re the type that struggles with crowds, this might not be the best option. But if you’re among the many that want to be where the action is come Sunday, then it’s tough to beat the frenzied atmosphere at All American Pub. You’ll find everything from beer (craft drafts and domestic buckets), cheap mimosas and even cocktails in pouches (when Baltimore came to town the weekend before Halloween, the bar offered Ravens Blood cocktails in fake blood bags). If you’re more of a traditionalist, know that there’s a Bloody Mary bar and a Sunday brunch.

Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse

330 N. Tryon St.

With their longtime commitment to craft beer and Philly cheesesteaks (and a new focus on gourmet burgers), just about any Duckworth’s location makes a fine spot to watch the game. But for game day, head to the Uptown location, where you’ll find 150 taps and almost as many TVs on the first floor alone. While beer has long been the focus at this locally-owned group of restaurants, you can often find $4 mimosas and $6 Bloody Marys on game day.

Solstice Tavern

3221 N. Davidson St.

 

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NoDa’s popular Solstice Tavern is a reminder that sports bars don’t all have to follow the same formulaic approach. From the blue-and-yellow exterior to the mural-covered back patio, this is a sports bar that has always embraced the vibe of its surrounding neighborhood. And while it may not look like a typical sports bar, everything you could want from one is here: space indoors and out, more than 30 TVs, and a variety of game day drink specials on anything from beer buckets, mimosas and double mimosas, and Panthers shots.

The WFNZ Coca-Cola Doghouse

401 W. Morehead St.

“The Doghouse,” a no-frills bar located on Morehead Street near Bank of America Stadium, may not offer a Bloody Mary bar or cocktails served in pouches. But what they lack in amenities, they more than make up for in experience. Because of its proximity to the stadium, the Doghouse is a popular pregame spot — but it’s worth watching the game there, too. Local food from Sauceman’s BBQ and JJ’s Red Hots is available and there are TVs inside as well as on the back deck. WFNZ also broadcasts its game day coverage live from the Doghouse.

Have another amazing game day spot that we didn’t mention here? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. The food at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille sucks. Never had anything to eat there I enjoyed. That said great space to watch a game.

  2. Most pubs and bars and even restaurants nowadays are inundated with multiple big screen [LCD] TVs to disorient the customers and make them drink more and quick. Once you have the alcohol seeping in your blood and brain (more so if one’s team is winning), any place will be a great place to watch a game.

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