Uptown has its fair share of beer centric places. Duckworth’s has about 46,000 taps, the Cellar has some of the rarest beers in North Carolina, Carolina Ale House has a bunch — the list goes on. Something none of them provide, however, is that communal atmosphere that makes beer gardens/patios so popular throughout town.
Flight aims to change that with its massive 10,000 square feet of space and 94 taps (about 90% of which are N.C. beers). As previously reported, Flight is taking over the old Republic space in NorthSide Station at 6th and College.
The interior is filled with picnic table style seating that really creates a sense of a social beer drinking environment not seen elsewhere outside of a brewery. This will be a perfect place to bring visitors to showcase Charlotte beer while also not having to leave Uptown.
Beyond that, it will be a great place to party at any “social hour” and not be distracted by neon lights, blasting club music and be shoulder to shoulder in an overcrowded bar (seriously, the space is enormous). No cover is another plus as I am a huge opponent of bars Uptown that charge covers just because they can.
The outdoor garden will add a new layer to the venue and provide some outdoor component to the already incredible interior. An outdoor bar (10 taps) will allow folks to not have to enter inside and be able to set up shop in the outdoor environment.
Apart from the beer, amazing atmosphere and venue there will also be delicious food. Food will be a take on the traditional beer garden menu. Belgian style pretzels are a must but you can also find grilled drumsticks, four different styles of mac and cheese and the coolest of all: a build your own bomber brat menu. Flynn Farms up in Concord is making the brats special for Flight.
The map mural and other art by my favorite local artists, the Matts (Matt Moore and Matt Hooker), are sights to behold. The detail on the pieces are amazing and shout out to them for continuing to change the game for large scale art here in Charlotte.
Kudos to the whole team behind this project (Mike Libretto, Jason Astephen, Andy Henson, Mario Flynn, Tim Dolan) for recognizing a huge need in Uptown and filling it. Keep an eye on NorthSide Station as we will soon cover the impending opening of their Italian restaurant project as well.
I couldn’t be more excited about this place. It adds another dimension to uptowns social scene and adds a quality venue in a part of town that’s not 5th Street or EpiCentre.
Here are the hours for opening weekend
The doors open Friday. First there will be a private party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then the beer garden will be open to the public from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. It will be open again Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
It will close for a few days, then reopen next Wednesday for good.
Look to see an amazing band line up coming in the next few months to take full advantage of the stage inside.
Note: NorthSide Station is owned by partnership of David Furman, Jon Dixon, and Aaron Ligon; and LCRE Partners provides the leasing.