Mac's Speed Shop - Southend
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 176
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Mac's is a killer BBQ joint, the brisket is out of this world good & so are the sides. The portions are generous but the price is a bit steep. Couple of beers & two plates of food can easily set you back $45+.
In terms of beer - it's surprisingly good. There are about 20 drafts of mixed quality, but they had several tough gets by Founders & Great Divide last time I was in. Their bottle list is very impressive.
The atmosphere is lacking - think Hooters w/out all the garish orange.
I don't think of this so much as a beer joint, mainly because the food's so good. If you're hungry & want a good brew - this is a good spot to stop. Don't worry about the "biker bar" bit. You may see some folks on bikes but they're laid back just like everybody else. Never seen anything close to a problem there.
02-09-2012 21:03:32 | More by Mantooth
4.13/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
finally got up to this joint - BBQ and beer - yes please
First off - this place got a reputation as a "biker bar" somehow - very much not the case. Take your family, go watch a match, go with coworkers for lunch. Whatever, it's mostly sterile.
Solid tv situation - lots of nice LCD's throughout. fair amount of tables and a long bar.
There are references to 8-9 taps below. That's outdated - there were at least 20 on my visit, with some really exceptional stuff. Founders Nemesis, Founders Old Curmudgeon, Bells Oracle, Allagash Curieux, DFH 90 Minute and Red and Black, 5 new belgium offerings on special, etc. Impressive selection to say the least.
BBQ aficionados are some of the most annoying people/"foodies' i have ever come across. The Q here won't compare to the best of eastern NC but there isn't really much else in the area and the pulled pork sandwich I had was pretty good, no matter where you favor.
09-25-2011 22:01:24 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Good: Nice place. Great atomphere. Great looking alternative tattooed waitresses. Very laid back. Food is fantastic BBQ. great puller pork, real onion rings and a huge craft bottle list with some good specials. They had 2.50 stone and highland beers that night I was there. Service was good and attnetive.
Bad: Draft was about 8 and Bud light and some other junk beers were taking the taps up. Some good locals on tap. Pisgah and Broken Arrow were on when I was there among others. The waitress did bring our beers in bottles and we had to ask for a glass. No proper glass wear but it was a BBQ shack.
04-09-2010 00:38:40 | More by CampusCrew
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Mac's is in the neighborhood for me, so this is a frequent haunt. The beer selection by bottle is excellent. The only drawback is draft selection. There are only 9 taps at the bar. On 2/19/2010, this was the selection: French Broad 13 Rebels, Farmer Ted's Cream Ale, Highland Gaelic, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Bud Light, New Belgium Mighty Arrow, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Olde Mecklenburg Copper, Big Boss Bad Penny. The French Broad was great, but maybe a bit flat. It should be noted that 6 out of those 9 taps come from NC, which is a great way to promote local area breweries. Even though they sport only 9 taps, they make great use of them.
Food here is unbeatable. This is the best BBQ in Charlotte, without a doubt. Best thing on the menu is the brisket, and it is especially good when ordered on the sandwich. The pulled pork BBQ sandwich is awesome, too. Get it with slaw and hush pups or onion rings. Chicken wings at Mac's are great as well, because they are not fried.
If you want the best service, sit at the bar. Mac's has some very good bartenders. They have 3 giant flat screens and an outdoor patio as well.
02-20-2010 17:19:19 | More by bdupree
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mac's has a great selection of beers. Had a Piraat, Mothership Wit, and a Lagunitis IPA. Unfortunately, I had to ask for a glass (the waitress seemed to think I was crazy to want to drink a Piraat out of a glass). Food was great. Everything I ate was incredibly good. Service was decent, alittle slow, but they were busy.
The biggest disappointments were the ultra smokey environment (which I suppose will change in a few months), and horribly uncomfortable bar stools. Overall, an interesting place for a great beer selection. Most people were drinking tall-boy Miller Lite's, so I'm a little confused by the great selection.
07-24-2009 22:51:44 | More by HoosBrews
3.38/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
North Carolina is just not synonymous with great craft beer culture. Not a ton of brewers, brewpubs, or great beer spots. However, there is a ton of casual places with great BBQ. Mac's has really good BBQ combined with a lengthy beer list, but this is not a place I would say excels on that hard-to-define aspect of "beer culture." Still, I enjoyed my visit, and for the area, I believe it to be one of the better spots in the area.
The bottle list is long. The BBQ was quite good (accompanied by two great sauces - neither of which was anything like Bullseye or KC Masterpiece, and that's a good thing). However our server was pretty vacuous (at least on the topic of beer), and I had to ask for a glass with each beer I ordered. Still, prices were reasonable, food was delicious, and the location was quite convenient. I'd happily spend another evening here.
I read something about this being a "biker bar," but this seemed like a nice family place to me. There was even a kid's soccer team chowing on some pulled pork when I walked in.
04-26-2009 01:12:25 | More by BeerBelcher
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great beer selection, especially in bottles. The food is fantastic, though I must admit I get the same thing almost every time--Big Pig pulled pork sandwich...I'm almost afraid to order the large.
I've actually heard of people who were afraid to go to Mac's thinking it's a biker bar. While biker friendly, it's by no means a biker bar--if that's even that bad a thing. If you like BBQ and beer this is probably the best place in Charlotte to get quality and value in both.
Parking and 90% barstool seating with no backs are the only negatives.
02-08-2009 05:30:04 | More by oldhippie247
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Probably 3rd in the city behind former Mellow Mushroom and Flying Saucer with beer selection. More bottles, less drafts. More importantly MUCH more reasonably priced. Make sure to look at their coolers, there's a lot of stuff in there not on the list. There is quite a bit on the light side. Along with the beer is the best BBQ in town and a great atmosphere to watch games or some nice motorcycles during weekend daytimes. Sometimes service is a little slow, it all depends on who you get. Bartenders however are pretty knowledgeable on the beer, the one with the light brown go-tee is anyway. Charlotte is VERY limited in bars with good beer, so this place is great for Charlotte.
12-14-2008 22:21:25 | More by Bung
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for dinner after stopping by Brawley's on a trip from Atlanta.
Atmosphere is good. Apparently this place markets itself as a biker bar, but there are plenty of college kids and young professionals there for an eclectic mix. A decent sized bar, but the place was dominated by tables and booths. This is a BBQ place first and a beer place second.
Quality is good. I didn't see anything on tap I was too excited about, so I got a bottle. I had to ask for a glass, but it was unchilled.
Service was good. I didn't wait long at all for beer, food, or the check, and the place was absolutely packed.
Selection was good. As I said before, I wasn't too impressed with the draught selections, but they had somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-80 bottled beers, most of them pretty good.
Food was very good. I went with the shredded pork sandwich and fries. The sandwich was huge and delicious, my only qualm was that the fries tasted like they'd been sitting for a while. Still, a very nice amount of good food for the price.
Prices were about what expected, not less and not more.
Overall I was happy with the selection and food here. Definitely worth a stop, although if you're looking for uncommon beers you might want to look elsewhere.
11-23-2008 03:25:07 | More by glid02
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
So Mac's presents itself as a biker bar, which I suppose it is if you own a $35,000 custom Harley. Lets just call it an upscale biker bar and leave it at that. They have a great patio when weather permits, its a pretty big place so inside seating is plentiful. I brought my 18 month old daughter and 62 year old Mother to this place on multiple occasions, everyone had a great time, its family friendly (I am sure it gets a bit more rowdy late into the night so use some judgement). Now on to the important stuff: Food and Beer. For food, this is a top 5 venue in Charlotte for BBQ. Its kind of a tomato based Memhis/St. Louis style of the highest quality. They are known for their Brisket and Mac/Cheese although the pulled pork sandwich is outstanding as well. Now to the Beer! Lovely. They have approx. 6 taps, only 2 or 3 will interest you. The lone standout for me this month ( they do rotate fairly frequently) was Victory Hop Devil, and although a little more variety on tap would be nice, Victory HD is one of my all time favorites so no complaint. Their bottle selection is large and in charge. Numerous styles (maybe 120 total bottles) represented and cost is $3 for a bottle of most micros, $4 for Imperials, etc. Belgians and some specialties a bit more but overall price is a selling point here. Bottom Line: this is a standout venue for the craft beer lover when rolling in the 704. Great food, outstanding beer selection and family friendly. What more could you want?
12-26-2007 18:37:40 | More by lpb1970
Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
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