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Mac's Speed Shop - Southend

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Mac's Speed Shop - SouthendMac's Speed Shop - Southend
BA SCORE
88
very good

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 176
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2511 South Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28203-5011
United States
phone: (704) 522-6227

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2005)
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Photo of oldhippie247
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of lpb1970
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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?

Photo of samuelspence
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm from Charlotte and have been to Mac's several times, but am just now getting around to posting the review.
The atmosphere is trying to be biker bar, but given the daytime family and yuppie clientele, it has yet to build the usual layer of grunge characteristic to biker bars, ha. The only thing I would complain about at this place is the lackadaisical wait-staff. Its no big deal to me bc I know its all worth it in the end, but just as a forewarning, don't expect to be coddled and have someone to laugh at all your jokes. The staff (mostly women) is nice, but the place is always busy, so there's always somewhere else they need to be. The place gets awards for its BBQ and beer list, not the service. Like I said, no big deal to me, and you'll get used to it too after you have your first bite.
Beer list is great, I had Dogfish Head 90-minute and a Rogue Dead Guy 20 oz. Like others have said, plenty of bottles, just a few drafts.
Food is crazy good. I'm usually an Eastern NC vinegar-based fan, but my recent years in SC have taught me to expand my horizons. I'd say their stuff is more St. Louis-style. If you're going there for the first time, I'd definitely recommend the brisket. Again, Im a pork guy, but this brisket just falls apart in your mouth. Get it.
Great place, been recommending it for years. Prob going back tomorrow after the Panthers blow away the Seahawks (wishful thinking).

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Now I have to admit I was kinda taken a back when I was firs going into this place, I was not really sure what to think, but I as told I would not be dissapointed, and I have to admit I really wasnt. The food was great, classic barbecue and the beer selection was defintly a notch above others. I had some great divide in there which was nice. Everyone seemed very friendly and there was a really good mix of people inside. This was a really good stop actually and some place I would go back to again.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.68/5  rDev -56.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

After a long morning, I was excited about having some BBQ at Macs since I have never been there. I walk through the front door and was immediately engulfed in cigarette smoke so I chose to sit outside. There were about 7 or 8 open tables so I chose the smallest one, enough for four.

After getting seated, the waitress asked how many menus I needed and I said "One". She rolled her eyes and stormed back inside. When she brought my menu to me, she said "Do you mind sitting inside, we get kind of busy out here?" Apparently my money was no good here since I was there alone and not with 8 other people. I got up to leave and of course she tried to sweet talk me back in to staying. I just ignored her and left.

I will never, ever go back to Mac's again. The parking was a headache and the waitress was a bitch. I didnt get to see the menu so I dont have much to contribute food or price or selection wise.

Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Where do you go in Charlotte when you want to see ponytailed bikers and their chicks mingle w/ college students and punk rockers with earplugs as big as hotdogs? Macs Speed Shop of course.

Kinda typical bar atmosphere with a bunch of hogs and choppers parked out front, well lit bar and plenty of cocktail tables and boothes.

Tap offerings were Prima Pils, Brooklyn pale, Victory Lager, Sierra Nevada and a few others. I opted for a glass of Allagash Tripel served in a Chimay goblet for $6, mmm good. Bottles were varied and plentiful, I'd guess around 150+ beers to choose from. There are lots of Belgian and micro-brews as well as high gravity offerings and beers from around the world.

Prices are incredible here, most bottles are $3, I mean you can get any Avery, most DFH, Hoegaarden, and so on for 3 bucks. Small Chimays, Piraat, Gulden Drakk, and 12 oz Belgian brews are 4-5$. A bottle of 90 Minute IPA is 4$. The prices are almost comparible with single prices at any beer store. My friend ordered a 750 of la Fin Du Monde for $9.

Food is also inwxpensive and good. My pulled smoked pork was tender and meaty with very little fat. The grouper taco was fresh and tastey as well. Wings looked great but we didn't order any.

Overall a great place for a very well priced beer and a great selection to boot.

Photo of smurfyou
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been recommending this place since it opened, so its about time I reviewed it. The food is all quite good, and inexpensive. My favorites are the sides. The Little Pig sandwich is popular along with the grilled wings. You get two different sauces for the cue. The brunswick stew is the one thing I can't recommend, but if you've never had it elsewhere you might like theirs.
Yes, like someone commented, this used to be an auto shop. Mac's Alternator I believe. Its a well-done renovation. On to the beer....

They have an incredible selection of bottled beers, especially for Charlotte. The draughts are a little weak on selection, but they do occasionally change. The most impressive thing to me is the price list. A lot of these beers would cost you twice as much at any other restaurant. I really don't know how they offer them at this price, but I hope it never changes. Most of the staff is a little indifferent on the beers, its possible to receive something other than what you ordered. And I've noticed its best not to pronounce the names in their native tongue, you'll just get blank stares. Say it nice and Southern-like and no one gets hurt.

All in all a great place to go for a beer nerd, and they're open late so hanging out on their patio beats the hell out of a smoky bar (at least when the weather is nice).

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

To start the visit started as a day out and I checked beerfly and decided to try this place. It has the look of an old shack, to me this usually means good food. I found quite the mix of people, bikers, yuppies, college kids, familys, etc.

The beer selection was great, the only thing I could have asked for would be a better draft selection. They had well over 100 bottled beers, with only about 6 taps. Everything from the standard American swill beer to quality imports to great American craft beer. I had a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Chimay Blue Label, and a Warsteiner Dunkel. These just scratch the surface of the offering.

The food was great. I had a BBQ sandwitch with brunswick stew, absolutly no complaints in the food department. Great food! The service could have been much better. When I ordered a beer it took well over 10 minutes to get it, also I sat for better than 15 minutes before I got to order my first beer or my food.

Well worth the trip, reasonable prices, good food. It looked to me if you can sit at the bar the service will be better.

Photo of rodrot
4.18/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited this place on a Wednesday night thinking it wouldn't be too crowded. I was wrong. It was absolutely packed, but luckily we didn't have to wait long for seating. The bottled beer selection is nice with well over 100 bottled brews. Thankfully, the macro selection is small. The vast majority of the bottled stuff is craft. There were only 5 draft beers but they were solid choices. I believe they had Chimay white, Blue Moon, Highland Gailic and Sierra Nevada PA on tap. The food was absolutely incredible, easily one of the best spots in town for BBQ. I had a pork sandwich and macaroni+cheese as a side that were excellent. Service was very good. I will definitely come back here again and am pissed off at myself for not coming sooner.

Photo of ybnorml
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Building looks like it might have been a garage at one time. Well lit and roomy. The place just had a comfortable feel. Interesting mix for customers...Bikers, Frat boys, Yuppies, Thirty somethings, locals, yep all kinds 'O' people jes hav'n a good time.
I did have the same bottle/glass problem as BA gabe (I suspect it might be because most regulars don't ask). But the waitress was cheerful and quick to get me what I wanted. She even went as far as to go into the kitchen and ask a question for me.
Very limited draft selection, but they did have a local beer (Highland Gaelic Ale) on tap. The bottle selection was very good and a little suprising for this type of establishment.
The food was Great. The Hushpuppies, the chili, the brunswick stew and especially the Pulled pork.
I am definitely going to try to get bak here before I leave.

Photo of gabe
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited Mac's after reading some reviews from this site and hearing good things from some friends. Stopped by late one Friday evening. This place is trying to give off a "biker bar" feel but it is far from it. Nothing scary here. Most of the patrons were of the young hip type. Mac's is a fun, lively place with lots of TV's which I assume are for sporting events. I've heard the food, and especially the bar-b-que, are delicious but I didn't get a chance to try any of that yet. I will adjust rewiew once I do.

As for the beer selection, it is actually pretty good considering what most places like this would have. A small number of beers are on tap, but nothing special there. The goodies are on the bottled beer list. Lots of tasty beers can be found here for whatever taste you have at the moment. Beer menu is organized nicely and it is by far the cheapest bar in town for good beers. Some of the high gravity brews were being sold for what you would buy them for in the store. You won't find any brews here that will wow your socks off, but for a decent selection with unbeatable prices this is the place to go. My only real bone to pick was with the waitress/service. Now it was late on a Friday so I can accept that the service may be spotty, but when the waitress brought back the Piraat I ordered she just brought it in the bottle. When i asked for a glass she brought me a pint glass (guess I should have been more specific for the glassware). Eventually she was getting off work and we had to go to the bar for service from that point. The bartender was very beer knowledgeable and served beers in the appropriate glassware. Should have started here in the first place.

I will definately be revisiting Mac's soon! Lots of fun times to be had here. A good spot for bringing those freinds that aren't into beer as much as you are, yet you can all still have a good time and find something you like on the menu.

Photo of Backer2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I first heard of Mac's in 2005 when it was named Creative Loafing Magazine's Best Beer Selection in Charlotte. We were all like, what and where is this place? Well, I finally found out and definitely was pleased.

It may not have as good of a selection as Flying Saucer, but I have yet to find another place to compete. Like the others said, lots of bottle selections at a very reasonable price.

The places makes itself out to be a bike bar, but on a Saturday night, this place had about a dozen fresh out of college students and maybe two motorcycles outside. The jukebox played Red Hot Chili Peppers "Stadium Arcadia" album the whole time we were there. Lots of anti-hippie motif, which was amusing. Not an intimidating place in the least -- lots of light and sports on the five tv's.

Food looked really good, but I just went with a spicy Mexican salad, which was giant and tasty. Will definitely come back just for the menu selection of BBQ and sides. The service staff didn't seem to care to much about beer and neither did most of the clientele, but someone there but have a certain fondness.

All Charlotte area BA's need to check this place out.

Photo of Loki
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: Part biker bar, part bar-b-que joint, part beer part, part sports bar. More biker bar than anything, but fanastic que, great beer, and several plasma TV.

Quality: While only six drafts, they have well over 150 bottles to choose from. They have pint glasses if you ask, and I saw a guy drinking from a Maredsous glass, so they may even have some of the appropriate glassware. Huge selection of some great beers. They could have more NC beers, but no other complaints.

Service: Hit or miss, have to ask for a glass. Waitress brought the wrong style of the right brand several times. Also very busy, and not to interested in waiting on us.

Selection: Everything from Bud to Barley Wines. Lots of Belgians and tons of Micros and imports. Quite a wide variety from the 150 bottles to choose from.

Food: Fantastic. Their wings are slow roasted like the que, with great sauce. The Chicken quesadillas are amazing, we ordered at least 3 orders of them with the group of guys I was with.

Beer prices ranged from $2.50 to $4 for a Piraat and Goulden Drakk. Hard to beat.

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Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.