Mac's Speed Shop - Southend
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 176
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm from Charlotte and have been to Mac's several times, but am just now getting around to posting the review.
The atmosphere is trying to be biker bar, but given the daytime family and yuppie clientele, it has yet to build the usual layer of grunge characteristic to biker bars, ha. The only thing I would complain about at this place is the lackadaisical wait-staff. Its no big deal to me bc I know its all worth it in the end, but just as a forewarning, don't expect to be coddled and have someone to laugh at all your jokes. The staff (mostly women) is nice, but the place is always busy, so there's always somewhere else they need to be. The place gets awards for its BBQ and beer list, not the service. Like I said, no big deal to me, and you'll get used to it too after you have your first bite.
Beer list is great, I had Dogfish Head 90-minute and a Rogue Dead Guy 20 oz. Like others have said, plenty of bottles, just a few drafts.
Food is crazy good. I'm usually an Eastern NC vinegar-based fan, but my recent years in SC have taught me to expand my horizons. I'd say their stuff is more St. Louis-style. If you're going there for the first time, I'd definitely recommend the brisket. Again, Im a pork guy, but this brisket just falls apart in your mouth. Get it.
Great place, been recommending it for years. Prob going back tomorrow after the Panthers blow away the Seahawks (wishful thinking).
12-16-2007 05:17:40 | More by samuelspence
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-26-2007 01:14:51 | More by mikesgroove
1.68/5 rDev -56.5%
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.
06-06-2007 19:45:27 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-22-2007 15:05:22 | More by AlexJ
4.65/5 rDev +20.5%
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).
10-05-2006 17:14:34 | More by smurfyou
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
To start the visit started as a day out and I checked beerfly and decided to try this place. It has the look of an old shack, to me this usually means good food. I found quite the mix of people, bikers, yuppies, college kids, familys, etc.
The beer selection was great, the only thing I could have asked for would be a better draft selection. They had well over 100 bottled beers, with only about 6 taps. Everything from the standard American swill beer to quality imports to great American craft beer. I had a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Chimay Blue Label, and a Warsteiner Dunkel. These just scratch the surface of the offering.
The food was great. I had a BBQ sandwitch with brunswick stew, absolutly no complaints in the food department. Great food! The service could have been much better. When I ordered a beer it took well over 10 minutes to get it, also I sat for better than 15 minutes before I got to order my first beer or my food.
Well worth the trip, reasonable prices, good food. It looked to me if you can sit at the bar the service will be better.
09-18-2006 02:13:53 | More by coasterfreak75
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-25-2006 18:11:03 | More by rodrot
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-21-2006 00:30:29 | More by ybnorml
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-08-2006 14:01:30 | More by gabe
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-13-2006 01:51:10 | More by Backer2004
Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.