Mac's Speed Shop - Southend
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 176
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The best compliment I can give this place is that for the 8 days my group was in Charlotte this summer, I/we went here 4 times either for lunch or dinner.
Casual athmosphere, quality BBQ, varied and better the ample selection of locals, regionals, national craft brews, very friendly and professional service. I recal over 20 taps and a huge cooler behind the bar filled with loads of BA quality bottle options. You will find plenty of quality beer here. What else do you need? The kitchen is open late and they have a mess of tubes with all the games on. Dont forget some of their sauces to go.
As for the BBQ, Charlotte we learned is kind of a funny place. According to many its not really a BBQ hub, gotta go to Lexington, NC for that. And according to others the Q at Macs is def not the real deal. Well, I'm from NY state and everybody knows we have the best BBQ right here...(just kidding) As far as I could tell, Mac's Q is a hybrid style, offering both sweet sauce and vinagar based sauce and even a mash up sauce Mac's just calls "Carolina" sauce, so confusing....the Q was super moist and tasty with the pulled pork, and ribs being well received. Deep fried pickles were yummy, even enjoyed a blackened fish taco thingy once or twice. Food was served up quickly, it was tasty, with ample portions.
Just go....super easy going and crowd pleasing kinda place- you will have a great time
09-09-2012 15:24:40 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-26-2007 01:14:51 | More by mikesgroove
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.
06-06-2007 19:45:27 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
finally got up to this joint - BBQ and beer - yes please
First off - this place got a reputation as a "biker bar" somehow - very much not the case. Take your family, go watch a match, go with coworkers for lunch. Whatever, it's mostly sterile.
Solid tv situation - lots of nice LCD's throughout. fair amount of tables and a long bar.
There are references to 8-9 taps below. That's outdated - there were at least 20 on my visit, with some really exceptional stuff. Founders Nemesis, Founders Old Curmudgeon, Bells Oracle, Allagash Curieux, DFH 90 Minute and Red and Black, 5 new belgium offerings on special, etc. Impressive selection to say the least.
BBQ aficionados are some of the most annoying people/"foodies' i have ever come across. The Q here won't compare to the best of eastern NC but there isn't really much else in the area and the pulled pork sandwich I had was pretty good, no matter where you favor.
09-25-2011 22:01:24 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.1/5 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.
12-14-2008 22:21:25 | More by Bung
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.
03-29-2006 02:21:29 | More by Loki
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.
11-23-2008 03:25:07 | More by glid02
4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited back in July 2012 and while I can't say that the group that I was in town with hit it up as much as the previous reviewer, I think that we were in town for 10 days and hit it up 3 times. I had been to this place one previously, a few years back as well. Nothing had changed from that time to this. A great casual atmosphere, packed to the gills, baseball on the TVs and classic rock in the background. I think that in the 3 trips, we must have tried just about every time that they had on the menu and none of them let us down...nice big portions...good sides...and attitude from the wait staff. The beer menu was nice. A good number of taps...not sure about the bottle selection, as I didn't even bother, but I do recall at some point, they started to serve the beers in plastic cups. Overall, a good stop if you are in the area.
01-23-2013 18:21:37 | More by PhillyStyle
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.