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Nightlife Readers’ Pick Winners: Best in the Nest 2021

Best of Charlotte's nightlife chosen by Queen City Nerve readers

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Best in the Nest Readers’ Picks were chosen exclusively by readers through a one-month nomination process followed by a one-month voting process. The nominations were not tampered with by Queen City Nerve staff at all — save for removing ourselves from a few categories to proactively dispel any notions of favoritism. In other words, if you disagree with these ones, that’s on your fellow reader, not us.

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BEST ARCADE BAR

Winner: Abari Game Bar
Runner Up: Pins Mechanical Co

Abari Game Bar
Abari Game Bar (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST BOWLING ALLEY

Winner: 10 Park Lanes
Runner Up: Queen Park Social

 

BEST CIGAR BAR

Winner: The Vintage Whiskey & Cigar Bar

The Vintage Whiskey & Cigar Bar
The not so smoke-filled room at The Vintage Whiskey & Cigar Bar. (Photo by Brian Twitty)

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

Winner: Soul Gastrolounge
Runner Up: Dot Dot Dot

Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood
Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST DIVE BAR

Winner: Thirsty Beaver Saloon
Runner Up: Snug Harbor

 

BEST DOG BAR

Winner: Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew (Photo by Grant Baldwin)


BEST HOOKAH BAR

Winner: Crave Dessert Bar
Runner Up: Red @ 28th

 

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

Winner: Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood
Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood (Photo Ryan Pitkin)

BEST POOL HALL

Winner: Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Runner Up: Montford Billiards

Smokey Joe's Cafe
Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST SPORTS BAR

Winner: Brazwells Pub
Runner Up: Sidelines Sports Bar

 

BEST STRIP CLUB

Winner: The Men’s Club
Runner Up: Paper Doll Lounge

 

BEST WINE BAR

Winner: Dilworth Tasting Room
Runner Up: The Artisan’s Palate



BEST CLUB DJ

Winner: That Guy Smitty
Runner Up: Flock of Slagles

 

BEST DANCE CLUB

Winner: The Roxbury
Runner Up: Lost & Found

 

BEST KARAOKE BAR

Winner: Snug Harbor
Runner Up: NoDa 101

 

BEST ANNUAL PARTY

Winner: Charlotte Pride
Runner Up: Durag Fest

Live music at the Charlotte Pride festival and parade
A view of the Wells Fargo Stage from the 2019 Charlotte Pride festival (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST BAR TO MAKE A NEW FRIEND

Winner: Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

 

BEST PLACE FOR A QUICK DRINK

Winner: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern
Runner Up: Growlers Pourhouse

Hattie's Tap & Tavern
Hattie’s Tap & Tavern (Photo by Grant Baldwin)


BEST SINGLES BAR

Winner: Snug Harbor
Runner Up: The Peace Pipe

 

BEST BAR TO PEOPLE-WATCH

Winner: Sanctuary Pub
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Sanctuary in NoDa
Sanctuary in NoDa (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST BARTENDER

Winner: Chris Burns
Runner Up: Nadira Martin

 

BEST LGBTQ-FRIENDLY BAR

Winner: Petra’s
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

Petra's in Plaza Midwood
Petra’s in Plaza Midwood (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

BEST MIXOLOGIST

Winner: Nadira Martin
Runner Up: Bob Peters

 

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE

Winner: Camp North End
Runner Up: The Artisan’s Palate

Camp North End
Camp North End (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

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