Charlotte Nightlife Guide Part 1: Best Breweries in Charlotte

Charlotte is a major city with the largest population in the state of North Carolina. Some people refer to it as a “southern jewel,” with everything it has to offer. With so many people, there must be an abundance of activities to take part in. The nightlife scene Is huge in this city with lots of local breweries for people to try out. If you live in Charlotte or are planning a visit, then we recommend a Trolley Pub tour with us. On this tour, you get to stop at multiple breweries of your choice and try out some of the best spots Charlotte has to offer. There is no need to plan your own pub crawl, we can choose for you, and you get to have fun on board with us along the way. Here are 5 breweries we highly recommend stopping at on a pub crawl with us:


#1 –  Birdsong Brewing

Birdsong Brewery: Charlotte Breweries

Birdsong is a 17,000 square foot building with a 30-barrel brewhouse. It is the perfect neighborhood spot to socialize with friends and even strangers. They offer year-round as well as seasonal beers that you can look up before hand on their website. The staff is always super friendly, and people always leave with awesome things to say about the environment of Birdsong.

  • Recommended Beer: Jalapeno Pale Beer

This is a year-round beer so anytime you join us on a Trolley Pub Tour, you will be able to try this popular brew out!


#2 –  The Unknown Brewing

Best Breweries in Charlotte - Trolley Pub Bar Crawl

The Unknown is another great place for socializing and making new friends at. There are usually food trucks onsite as well, so you can grab a bite to eat while drinking. This is a good spot to go if you are interested in watching a sporting event. They usually have these events on their surrounding televisions.

  • Recommended Beer: Feather Light is a light Berliner Style Ale that is always available and very popular with the crowds.

There are onsite brewery tours every Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 pm. If you plan accordingly, you can join in on this and try the recommended beer during a stop on the pub crawl with us.


#3 –  NoDa Brewing Company

NoDa Brewing in Charlotte, NC

NoDa is cool and unique because it is considered a microbrewery, which is limited production and you can usually only get their beers locally. This friendly staff is always excited to meet newcomers and see familiar faces enter the building. You might even get to meet Marley, their brew dog if he is around. They are always trying to create unique beers that people will love. This is always a must stop place if you want to experience a spot unique to Charlotte.

  • Recommended Beer: Tangerine IPA

This brewery only has evening and night hours so be sure to check online and book a Trolley Pub tour later in the day if you plan on stopping here!


#4 –  Thirsty Nomad Brewing

Thirsty Nomad: Best Breweries in Charlotte, NC

The name of this brewery alone makes someone want to stop by and see what they are all about! Their explanation of the vibe offered is, “a steampunk aesthetic with a healthy dose of geekiness.” If you are not a huge beer drinker, they even offer wine, cider, and sodas. This is a newer location in Charlotte and already a highly recommended spot to check out.

  • Recommended Beer: Thai Breaker (brewed with lemongrass and other herbs)

They are usually changing up their beers on tap but they always have 10 selections out to try so if the recommended beer does not sound as appealing to you, there is a nice section of others to choose from during your stop here on the Trolley Pub Tour.


#5-  Pilot Brewing

Best Charlotte Bars & Breweries - Trolley Pub

Pilot Brewing uses locally sourced ingredients and traditional brew recipes while trying to add their own experimental design to each one. You are bound to find something you love here. Their motto is, “Taking it back to small batch,” with their beers always changing and evolving. They are really into community involvement and represent Charlotte very well.

  • Recommended Beer: Crop Dust Cream Ale

This is one of their pilot beers so book a Trolley Pub Tour now and stop here to try this brew out!


There are over 20 breweries to explore in the Charlotte area, so these are only a handful of the amazing spots to try out. You can choose to stop at 1 or 2, or even hit them all up if you are feeling extra adventurous. By booking a Trolley Pub Tour, you get to pedal your way to each spot, exploring the outdoors, while still getting to drink. A regular pub crawl doesn’t allow drinking along the way to the next spot. We are flexible with where we stop at so contact us today and we can talk with you about some popular spots to hit up, whether they are from this list or not. We are looking forward to hanging out with you all!