Are you ready for some football? No matter if you are a West Coast native, a relocated Yankee, or a home-grown Southerner, once you make your home in the Queen City, you’ve just got to cheer for the Panthers. And there is nothing like watching the game at a local neighborhood bar. Where are the best places in Ballantyne to watch the Carolina Panthers play this season? Here are the top 3 picks:
As the preferred game-day location of the Carolina Panthers, and voted Best Sports Bar in North America runner-up by ESPN, you can bet that Hickory Tavern is the place to be on game day. You can even set up your football pool in the “Hickory Tavern Pick ‘em 2014” on the Hickory Tavern website. Not only can you enjoy one of the draft beer specials while you cheer for the Panthers, but Hickory Tavern offers meals and appetizers for any taste. Your date can build-her-own salad, while you devour one of the 10 varieties of wings. Touchdown!
Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse
Duckworth’s is a great place to watch the Carolina Panthers, especially if you like to toast the home team with a frosty mug of cold beer. Duckworth’s is known for their craft beer selection, and was voted Best Surprising Beer Selection by Charlotte Magazine. With over 80 beers on tap at their Ballantyne location, you can be sure that Duckworth’s will have something to quench your thirst. And if the craft beer makes you hungry, then wash that beer down with a cheesesteak, voted to be the best cheesesteak in Charlotte. A winning combination every time!
Fox & Hound
Like their slogan says, gather ‘round the bar at Fox & Hound on game day for some “sports, spirits and fun.” In the heart of Ballantyne, Fox & Hound offers a full menu while you watch the Panthers, including several “Fox Faves.” For many fans, football and cold beer go hand in hand, but Fox & Hound also offers a variety of drink specials including the Hail Mary to get you started with the pre-game festivities. Save room for the Great Cookie Blitz for dessert to celebrate the big win!
Though each of these Ballantyne establishments offers something different for your dining and drinking pleasure, all will welcome Carolina Panther fans on game days. There will be rivalry and camaraderie, and shouts of anger and joy as tackles are made and touchdowns are scored. Each of these sports bars in Ballantyne will bring you one step closer to the action. So get your black and blue Panthers gear ready, and make it a season to celebrate!