Monday, February 1, 2016

This South Carolina city is ready to celebrate its home team in Super Bowl 50.

With its home team bound for Super Bowl 50, Charlotte is set to celebrate. And if the thousands of fans who gathered uptown for the Panthers pep rally last week were any indication, this city is ready to cheer on its team. This year, skip the night on the couch with microwaved wings. From boisterous viewing parties to classic game day fare, Charlotte is serving up some serious fun this Super Bowl Sunday.

Cheers to the Local Team—and Brews

The opposing Broncos' hometown of Denver may have an established reputation as a craft beer hub, but North Carolina's beers are bubbling up fast on the national scene. It's only natural, then, that competition is brewing between the cities on the drinking front.

Beer lovers can show their support—for the Panthers and local brews—with pints to prep for the game. Local spots like NoDa Brewing Co., Sycamore Brewing, and Wooden Robot will be giving their Denver counterparts a run for their money. On Sunday afternoon, head to Unknown Brewing, which will be offering its Pre Game Session Ale for $3 a pint until 6 p.m. Or, spend the evening at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, in South End, where you can toast touchdowns with its Copper ale. If you want to spend the whole day in one taproom, check out D9 Brewing Co., which will be celebrating with $8 pitchers and viewing on an oversized projection screen.

Party Between Plays

During every Panthers game, neighboring South End bars All American Pub, the Oak Room, and Slate create one of the biggest parties in Charlotte. With an outdoor area that stretches along the side of their shared building, flat screens on seemingly every surface, and drink specials all day, these three spots have become game day destinations for enthusiastic black-and-blue crowds.

Tables are available for reservations at Oak Room, where a live DJ mans the dance floor, while Slate and All American turn into standing-room-only early in the day. Hip-hop music often blares through commercials, and you can expect these bars to #keeppounding long after the game is over.

Watch on the (Really) Big Screen

At Carolina Cinemas, you can kick back in one of its luxe theater seats for kick off. The movie theater will be holding a free viewing of the game, complete with food and drink specials. Or, for sound so clear you'll think you're in Santa Clara, spend the evening at Amos' Southend. The popular music venue, which will have local food trucks and drink specials for the night, is showing the game on two 15-foot-wide televisions hooked up to its impressive sound system.

Celebrate in the City Center

When it's show time, you'll want to be in the middle of the action. Enter EpiCentre. The nightlife and entertainment complex in uptown Charlotte is playing host to a pep rally on Friday, followed by a variety of Super Bowl viewing parties Sunday night.

The flat screen-filled BlackFinn American Pub is offering booth packages complete with beers and appetizers for groups of four ($100) or six ($150). Or head up to the center's top level for Rooftop 210's Big Game Watch Party, where $50 gets you an open beer and wine bar, and a game day buffet.

Watch With the Guys Who Know It Best

Want to try a Super Bowl ring on for size? The Charlotte City Club is hosting the fifth annual NFL Players Association Former Players Charlotte Chapter Super Bowl party. The name is long, but the concept is simple: Watch the Super Bowl with 20 to 30 former and current NFL players.

The evening, which benefits the NFLPA Scholarship Awards, includes a dinner buffet with an open beer and wine bar, live and silent auctions, and the chance to meet famous athletes—and try on their Super Bowl rings. Entry is $60 per person and reservations are required at 704-334-3200.

This South Carolina city is ready to celebrate its home team in Super Bowl 50.

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