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Oct 26, 2017

18 of Charlotte's Best Dive Bars for Introverts who love alcohol

Posted by • Where To Drink

Going out in Charlotte is a great way to meet a bunch of different people every night because of the large volume of humans who flock to the Uptown bars and popular household ones around the city. But if you’re like me, then you probably HATE the idea of meeting a bunch of different people every night. While being an introvert who avoids human interaction is great and all, it can also be rough when you get that random urge to go out and get a drink from somewhere other than your kitchen, while still not having to engage in conversation. For you like-minded individuals, the dive bar is your best friend.  A Dive Bar is: a well-worn, unglamorous bar, often serving a cheap, simple selection of drinks to a regular clientele. Charlotte actually has a bunch of great watering holes scattered around that are perfect for becoming a regular at and that don’t get the enormous crowds that your typical bar does and that Guy Fieri would probably feature on DDD.


  1. Keg-N-Cue. The definition of a biker, dive bar. Located in South End and decorated with graffiti, the Keg-N-Cue tames the typical South End vibe with its relaxed atmosphere.
  2. Smokey Joe’s Café. A small bar that only serves drinks, located near Bojangles Coliseum with pool tables and live music.
  3. McBonies Bar & Grill. A no-frills tavern with a full bar and delicious, American, bar food. Located in Cotswold.
  4. The Thirsty Beaver. Infamous for the owner’s refusal to sell the land to the luxury apartment being built around it, this bar in Plaza Midwood has drinks, live music, and a juke box.
  5. Lucky Lou’s Tavern.  A relaxed hangout located on Park Road, offering typical bar-fare, pool tables, ping pong, and karaoke!
  6. Snug Harbor. A pirate themed bar in Plaza Midwood that has live music and DJs.
  7. Comet Grill. Hidden behind Ed’s Tavern on Park Road, this laid-back bar has bar food and live music.
  8. Hattie’s Tap & Tavern. Located in NoDa, this bar is perfect for after-work beers or just to go to on the weekends to play bar games and listen to live music.
  9. Sanctuary. “Last of its kind” bar in NoDa beside Boudreax’s Louisiana Kitchen, with wing and drink specials and TVs.
  10. Moosehead Grill. Located on Montford Drive, this watering hole has beer, cocktails, and craving-satisfying bar food. The perfect place to venture to if you’re trying to avoid the typical Montford Drive stops.
  11. Locker Room Sports Lounge. A hidden treasure bar off of South Tryon in LoSo, come here if you’re looking for great food and drink deals and a couple rounds of pool.
  12. Small Bar. Located in Music Factory, Small bar is the perfect place to grab a quick, good priced drink before a concert.
  13. The Trap Bar & Billiards. A Steele Creek watering hole offering bar games, live music, and happy hour specials.
  14. Rack n Roll Sports Bar. An unassuming spot off of E. W.T. Harris Blvd with bar games and bar food.
  15. Steamer Sports Pub. A casual sports bar with your typical bar games and a pool league. They also offer bar food! Located off of Albemarle Road near Rack n Roll Sports Bar.
  16. The Corner Bar. A watering hole located in Ayrsley near Piedmont Social House that offers classic bar food.
  17. Saeed’s. A small bar hidden behind a Pelican’s Snow Cones in Cornelius, NC. Complete with karaoke, volleyball, and a vape kiosk.
  18. Thomas Street Tavern. A decently well-known bar in Plaza Midwood with a hip and funky vibe. They have live music, pub food, and ping pong.