Courtyard Hooligans, Charlotte: A Perfect Place to Watch the Big Match
Courtyard Hooligans, Charlotte, simply known as Hooligans, is the pre-eminent International sports pub in all of Charlotte. Located Uptown in historic Brevard Court — a brick walkway connecting Latta Arcade from South Tryon Street to South Church Street — Hooligans, Charlotte is a tiny pub that will make anyone think they are in Europe.
The fact that Hooligans is so small is part of the charm. The first floor area (a second floor is open for private parties) can only hold a few dozen people comfortably. Of course, during World Cup soccer matches or important European club “fútbol” games, it’s common for Hooligans to far exceed their capacity for comfort. This too is all part of the fun of Hooligans as the fans get very loud and excited about whatever match is on. The pub is a great place for true fans as no one has to overhear a non-fan ask why the guy in the different colored shirt gets to use his hands. And although the regulars know their stuff, they aren’t intimidating as they are willing to share a pint of Guinness with anyone who wants to watch the game.
Speaking of Guinness, the pub is famous for offering cheap pints of Guinness — real European pints — all day and every day. The pub offers a number of imported beers like Smithwicks, Carlesberg, Newcastle, Lowenbrau, and Grolsch; along with craft brews like Fat Tire, Magic Hat #9, and Gordon Biersch. Hooligans also offers domestics like Budweiser and Miller Lite for those who just want a cold beer.
Hooligans itself does not actually offer food, but anyone can order off the neighboring Valhalla Bar & Grill menu inside Hooligans and the bartender will bring the food to you anyway. Valhalla mostly serves European staples like Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash, along with a number of burgers and sandwiches like the “Norsk Burger” and the “Seafarer’s Sandwich.” Most food items are $8 to $14.
HelloCharlotte Tip: Although an International Sports Pub, Courtyard Hooligan’s does in fact show popular American professional sports as well — but only if no other big match is on.
Posted on February 22, 2012 by Mike D'Avria