South Park area Charlotte, NC?
I'm about 95-percent sure that I'm moving to the South Park area of Charlotte, NC. It's not my first choice but I got a great deal for a place. As a big food/bar lover, should I continue looking around Uptown, or will I be able to manage in South Park? Finding a neighborhood bar is key!
The bar at Harper's is always jumping. The food is okay. You'll have to check out Sir Edmund Halley's at the Park Road Shopping Center (a few miles north of SP) for a great bar and the second best Guiness in Charlotte. There are also a lot of great restaurants on Montford near there that you can read about by searching this board. A little south of SP on Colony Road is The Lodge. The food is nothing to write home about but the bar is always crowded a definitely feels like a neighborhood joint. The best food in Charlotte is along Central Avenue, about a 15 minute drive from SP. Again, search the board.
SouthPark is a great area. You're right in the middle of everything. There are about 4,000 (sic) decent sushi places in the area (or restaurants that serve sushi. Upstream, M5 (also great bar), Roosters. You've also got Dean and deLuca and their wine bar.
A neighborhood pub/tavern kind of place is Fairview Grill on Park Rd. Pool tables, lots of tvs, average bar food - http://www.fairviewgrill.com/
Selwyn Ave has some good places like Selwyn Avenue Pub, and Nolen Kitchen is a great restaurant (greek & italian and other fun stuff) with a good bar scene also. http://www.nolenkitchen.com/
There is lots on Montford, although I don't think that that is "technically" considered Southpark. But on Montford Dr. is Angry Ales & Brazwells Premium Pub - both good bar scenes. A neat, little hole in the wall place is down a flight of stairs at the strip mall and it's called Jeff's Bucket Shop. To dine there is Good Food on Montford and Andrew Blair's. Also the Roasting Co. for rotisserie chicken and all the fixins.
Selwyn Avenue Pub
2801 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209
1518 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209
Jeff's Bucket Shop
1601 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209
5124 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
I'll echo both southernitalian and lynnlato as far as places around the SouthPark area. Sir Edmond Halley's and the Montford Area (my friends and I jokingly call it the Montford Entertainment District, or MED) are the best options near SouthPark. Sir Edmond's, in my opinion, is one of the best neighborhood bars in town. When I lived near it years ago, I was probably there about 4 nights a week.
As southernitalian mentioned, the Central Avenue area (or Plaza-Midwood, to be specific) has the most interesting options mostly within walking distance of one another) Good restaurants and good bars that you can hop around to within one night. A lot of friendly folks in the area, and a pretty diverse crowd.
I will tell you that I'm not a fan of Uptown bars, particularly Thursday-Saturday. They definitely don't qualify as neighborhood bars (with the exception of Alexander Michael's). They often charge covers on weekends, get too crowded, get too loud to talk to people, and it's a pain in the neck to order a drink.
401 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202