Feb 28, 2017
Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews
This past weekend was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and for some reason, when the weather reaches above 70 degrees, paired with sunlight, a Pavlovian reaction takes over and I instantly find myself craving beer and a porch to drink it on.
SO in pursuit of sating this instinct, we decided to head to Wooden Robot Brewing, an outdoor brewery in SouthEnd (who birthed the Good Morning Vietnam, arguably the most delicious beer brewed in Charlotte, NC), but were usurped by the entire 21+ population of Charlotte and couldn’t find any room on the patio to join in comfortably. Then across the street, shining in the daylight, was Bulldog Beer and Wine.
I’ve always noticed this business and wondered about it, but have never given it the chance it deserves. But now, I can honestly say that it is one of my new favorite spots to go for a beer, and I’ll tell you why:
Upon walking in, I was greeted by a bunch of dogs and available seating, which is what I look for most in a day drinking environment, besides the beer. While Bulldogs is not a brewery, it does host an expansive variety of rotating popular microbrews on their 24 taps, that change up the constant flow of the local Charlotte taps. But if you don’t have the time to sit down for a drink, they also have a bottleshop section that offers wine, growlers and packs of beer for purchase.
Along with alcohol, the indoor/outdoor space is filled with other great additions to a day of drinking such as dart boards and corn hole boards and FREE POPCORN. Also, if you’re more of an artistic type who doesn’t give into the commercial lifestyle of bar games and food trucks, then I definitely recommend ordering a glass of merlot and spending the day admiring the exquisite bathroom art, because it is beautiful.
Don’t think it can get any better? Well, just keep reading: Bulldog Beer and Wine has multiple locations! While the newer SouthEnd location caters more toward the young adults crowd, they also have their Dilworth location that is more likely to meet your How I Met Your Mother expectations with its laidback atmosphere and crowd of regulars. Plus, you can stop crashing your local nursing home because they have Bingo night every Tuesday with potential prizes!
Fun Fact: Bulldogs was actually started in Boone, NC, home of Appalachian State University before the owner closed up shop and headed to Charlotte. The owner also attended school in Georgia, hence the name “Bulldogs.”
This weekend is calling for 70-degree weather and crowded breweries, so all of you fellow Mountaineer and Bulldog Alums, show some respect and get your beer and wine craving butts out here this weekend.