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It's always funday at Fifty 1

The pool table and lounge area
The pool table and lounge area

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.

Migrate out of the city and head to the real downtown at Fifty 1
Sarah Coombes

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.


  • karen 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great place to visit, I was wondering where to celebrate cinco Di Mayp this sounds like the perfect place to go..

  • Linda C 5 years ago

    Just the place to go! full of atmosphere!!!

  • sarah 5 years ago

    this is actually one of my favorite bars to go to, great staff and wonderful atmosphere, it has everything and your right its always a funday

  • AdRian 5 years ago

    Olla una dos equis por favor

  • Mel 5 years ago

    My friends and I all the time, you're right, this place is AWESOME! The staff is super nice and makes you feel at home!

  • Jake 5 years ago

    Best place to play pool. There's only one table, but it's a great way to meet new pool players! Lots of competition, I love it! Oh, and the pool is FREE

  • petey 5 years ago

    sounds like a great place to have a get together with friends.

  • Sandy 5 years ago

    I like the bar atmosphere here. However, sometimes I had to wait longer for a drink than I would have liked. I love all the bars that this one is affiliated with. You can't go wrong with any of these places if you are down for drinks off of highway 51!!

  • Michael 5 years ago

    My favorite restaurant/bar in the city. I'm a fan on facebook at "Fifty-1 South Charlotte" and also follow on Twitter @Fifty_1. They always send out when something special is going on, like Scoot Pittman performing with a DJ for Cinco De Mayo

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