When looking for a great place to unwind after work, the name Fifty 1 got thrown around a lot. Finally, after hearing so much about the bar from friends, this writer decided to make like a bird and head south.
Fifty 1 is located at 7715 Pineville-Mathews Road. The inside is split into sections, beginning with a lower bar level. The bar space is a dark wood, with leather studded seats that look reminiscent of something from an old saloon. As for the dining area, it’s slightly elevated, allowing for an intimate dining experience, but also, a touch of the bar atmosphere. The booths and tables are the same dark wood, with hardwood floors adding to the bar’s already luxurious feel.
But perhaps the most luxury is to be found in the gaming rooms- literally, because there’s actual sofas surrounding the pool table and game room. The space recreates what all nightlifers would dream of seeing in their own living rooms, making for a great home away from home and one of the best places in Charlotte to play pool.
There’s also an outside patio, perfect for soaking in some rays or coveting the shade.
When speaking to bartender Cassie, she described the venue as an upscale sports bar. “The biggest draw we have is during football season, March Madness and the Bobcats playoffs,” she remarked. Yet on top of being an ideal spot for watching sports, another big draw in is the live music on Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Red, who performs on Saturdays. “We’re looking to start trivia again,” Cassie explained. “We’d like to have something going on every night.”
As for the food and drinks, just some of the best deals include Monday pitcher specials and half price wings on Tuesdays. The Monday specials include $8 Miller Lite, $10 Bud Light, $12 Yuengling, $2 Mexican Beer and $1 Icehouse.
Never been to Fifty 1? Well now there’s an added bonus. Amy, a server, informed this writer that they had just combined their menu with Elwood’s, another bar owned by Fifty 1. “We have the same lunch special that we have at Elwood’s, a brisket or pork sandwich, a fresh, daily made side item and sweet tea all for $5.99,” said Amy. Other menu items include Cajun Meatloaf, Home Made Corndogs, Prime Rib (available Fri, Sat, and Sun) and Quesadilla Baskets.
Speaking of Quesadillas, Fifty One have some great entertainment lined up for Cindo De Mayo. “We just found out that Scoot Pittman will by accompanying a DJ,” commented Cassie- now that’s worth pulling out the sombreros for!
Fifty 1 just goes to show that the classic Southern expression still remains true, everything's better down South.