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Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Park Road

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Park RoadDuckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Park Road

Taps: 60 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

4435 Park Rd
Ste 300
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3866
United States
phone: (704) 527-5783

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @duckworthspark

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2009)
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Kirkman

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

I love Duckworth's. They have dark beer on tap, pint nights, flights, and food. The atmosphere is definitely a bar first restaurant second. I prefer to have a 50/50 mix. Duckworths in general has upscale bar food. They do serve some non-standard bar foods like salads, BBQ, and pizza. I do feel that the food prices are a little high $10-15/plates, but I am very cheap and have very high standards. Beer prices are on par with what I expect everywhere else. I am willing to pay in order for Duckworth's to maintain the beer selection they have. They are the standard by which everyone else is rated.

This location does have some issues to resolve. This includes parking, service quality and speed. I have had amazing service including beer knowledge at an amazing level, but I have also had servers that were very green.

08-28-2013 02:32:47 | More by Kirkman
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1point


4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

I drove 3 hours specifically for the Founder's Throwdown event. I'm a craft beer newb, but Breakfast Stout was my first favorite, so this was like Christmas. It was the middle of the afternoon on a saturday and a large event was going on, so seating was limited, but wasn't really an issue. My group of 3 found a spot in the two-sided bar island.

Beer event was well organized, lots of rare or hard-to-find Founders beers. It was organized by Curtis, the beer coordinator. He ended up hooking me up with a free DFH Chicory Stout, which was a nice bonus to the day's events.

Selection was great from what I saw. I could have drank all day and had something new every time off of about 60 taps. Didn't see the bottle list.

Food was good, but not outstanding. Some interesting sandwiches, but otherwise standard upscale tap house menu fare. Better than anything I can find in my hometown, though.

08-07-2012 20:01:19 | More by 1point
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

Very close to Brawley's, a natural one-two stop for a traveller in the area. Although the layout reminds me a little of some Taco Mac locations (big central bar, loads of TVs, etc) there was a surprising number of families with kids when I visited. All the adults seemed to enjoy good beer selection, at least based on my casual glance.

Craploads of taps, 50-60 I'd estimate, and all were serving good craft beer. Major breweries represented included NC (Big Boss, Duck Rabbit, Foothills, Olde Hickory), other USA craft (Allagash, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Oskar Blues, Terrapin), and a few internationals (Gouden, DuPont, Van Honsebrouck). Twice as many bottles, again all were solid.

Decent prices on most drafts, a little high priced for bottles.

01-26-2012 01:33:06 | More by TurdFurgison
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Was refered to this place by the guys at Brawley's, down the road a quarter mile.

First impression, this place looks like more of a sports bar than your typical dark beer bar. But, the 60 taps on the wall quickly help you spot you're in for a treat.

The beer menu of tappers and bottles is both extensive and impressive, I was lucky enough to come across a day when they had Oskar Blues Vanilla Bourbon Barrel Old Chub on tap. How many times have you seen that one?

The night I was there, they had $3 taps (only a handful of exceptions) which apparently occurs every Tuesday and Thursday. The four sample flights are very generous and the staff is incredibly knowledgable.

A great place to drop by if you're in the area and want to visit a beer bar that only carries the god stuff.

Scott

12-28-2011 20:40:41 | More by Mscarpen
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Much like a beer style, opinions of Duckworth's will likely vary depending on what it is a costumer is looking for. If you want dark and cozy, Duckworth's doesn't do that. Duck's is more of a brass and glass type establishment, with lots of flatscreen TVs; it's a great place to watch a game. They could use a bigger bar though, it gets crowded in a hurry.

What do they do well? Well, food for one thing. Their fajitas are fantastic and will easily fill two people. Also good: subs, wings, pizzas, steaks... even their salads are on the money.

What do they do great? Beer. 60 drafts - every one of them a high quality brew & twice a week the vast majority are $3 (which includes tax).

Their events are quickly becoming the stuff of legend. For example... last years Stone tap takevoer featured 40 drafts:

2004 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2007 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2006 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels
2008 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in Wine Barrels
2010 Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine
2005 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
2010 Stone Imperial Russian Belgo Stout
2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon barrels
Stone IRS 10th Anniversary Special Blend
Stone IRS 10th Anniversary GK Mad Man Mix
Stone 06.06.06. Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels
Stone 08.08.08. Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 12th Anniversary Ale
Stone 12th Anniversary in Bourbon Barrels
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale
Stone 14th Anniversary Ale
2006 Double Bastard Ale
2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged in Brandy Barrels
2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged with French Oak Chips
2009 Double Bastard Ale
Saison du BUFF - Stone
21st Amendment Collaboration
San Diego Session Ale Collaboration
Double Dry Hopped Stone 14th Anniversary Ale
Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination IPA
Double Dry Hopped Stone IPA
Stone Cali Belgique IPA
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Stone Pale Ale
Stone IPA
Stone Levitation Ale
Stone Smoked Porter
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Ruination IPA

A recent Founders food pairing had 12 Founders drafts, including KBS & five others from their Backstage Series. Last weekend: Event Horizon tasting with the 2010, 2011 & a 2011 cask.

The best beer, period.

12-06-2011 21:39:56 | More by Mantooth
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Brambleman

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

My brother, my best friend, and I had the opportunity to spend a Friday night (dinner and Event Horizon release) and Saturday am (bottle release and a wonderful breakfst! Thanks guys!)

What a wonderful experience!!! Truly a great time. Met the owner and the manager...who thanked us many times for driving down to attend and check them out. Our servers were friendly and knowledgeable...top notch! You can tell that they are a tight knit group and that the employees love working there!

Food was very good...better steaks than we actually expected from a taproom (we ordered both the sirloin and the ribeye) Fare was fairly standard for a taproom...yet showed some extra care and creativity. If you like nachos, you will LOVE their fajita chicken nachos...THE BEST I have ever had!!

The beer...ohhh, the beer...over 60 on tap and maybe another 60 bottles. Their tap/bottle list is accurate and has many, many world class brews. Best quality selection I have encountered. You can get a "paddle" of any 4 beers from the tap selection (4.5 oz each)for only $6. So many choices...so little room in my stomach!

Thanks again to the owner/manager/staff of Duckworth's for an incredible time!

12-05-2011 20:31:10 | More by Brambleman
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skiofpinsk

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I happened to be in SC when I saw that Olde Hickory was releasing some Event Horizon here. I decided to make the trip to pick some up and check out the place.

It was an early morning event, so the place wasn't very crowded. After getting my wristband, I got a seat at the bar. The bar tender (Larry, I believe?) gave me the rundown on what they were offering that morning food-wise, and mentioned that they had Founders Kaiser Curmudgeon on tap as well as Event Horizon w/cocoa nibs on cask. I opted for the Kaiser, as I had missed out on it when it was around at home, and the pancakes w/Event Horizon maple syrup. Both were delicious. Looking over the tap list, there was way too much delicious stuff on tap (Oskar Blues BA Old Chub and BA Ten Fidy, Foothills BA Total Eclipse, 2010 Event Horizon, etc). Went with a cask Event Horizon next.

Prices were overall pretty good, and the bartenders were very knowledgeable. Bottle share was going on at the tables behind, which was cool that the place was fine with it. Really enjoyed the beer, food, and people. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and will definitely be back my next chance.

12-03-2011 21:53:23 | More by skiofpinsk
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BrahnSolo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

What can I say about Duckworth's that isn't already evident? They may not have the largest tap selection in town, but they definitely have the best tap and bottle selection in Charlotte. Just about every one of the servers knows a thing or two about the beer they are serving, and a handful are very knowledgable. The service is solid and the drinks and food come out relatively fast for a bar. If you know the right time to go, you can drink world class beer for a fraction of the price that you normally would, and even on a day without specials I rarely feel ripped off, like I do at so many other bars. The atmosphere is nothing special, not as much character as some of the smaller places, however it is a clean environment that serves great beer at good prices, which is the reason why we are all there in the first place isn't it? The food is better than you're average Bar/Grill and the chef comes up with great specials on the regular. Duckworths is a must for rare kegs/ specialty bottles in town, and my only complaint would be the atmosphere (minus the beer geeks), I wish it had a little more character to the place.

10-11-2011 01:03:49 | More by BrahnSolo
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Duckworths in Charlotte is the number 1 tap in NC. With an amazing draft and bottle selection, good service, good menu, and great atmosphere. There is no place in Charlotte, regardless of how many taps they might have, that offers the selection and quality of beer that Duckworths does. Tuesday and Thursday all their beers ( except a few rare drafts ) are $3, that's the best deal in town!!! If your just visiting the area or live close by this is a must visit taphouse and grill. Weekly food specials offer great food at great deals as well as amazing rotating features.

10-06-2011 14:27:38 | More by lanamj
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Visited on a Monday night in October 2011:

First ever visit to the place and sat down at the bar for a little food and to watch the baseball playoffs. I was greeted relatively quickly, but the guy looked at me like I should have had the tap list committed to memory already. I asked him for the list and he handed me a three page list. I asked him if all of them were on tap and finally he pointed out which ones were and then proceeded to stare and me until I made a decision, the Great Lakes Eliot Ness, an outstanding beer, by the way. I couldn't really try any of the bigger beers as I had to drive back downtown that evening. Regardless, after we got off on the wrong foot, the experience got better. I order some tacos, which were well done and proceeded to drink my beers and eat with little interruption. Currently, at least as of this review, the beer on cask is Olde Hickory's Death By Hops. Very good.

The place was pretty big, perhaps too big, but I am sure that it fills up on the weekends and Tuesdays and Thursdays. Overall, the place has a really good selection, mainly focused on NC beers, the beers that I had seemed to be fresh and it appeared that the others beers were being placed in the appropriate glassware. As I will be in Charlotte for a week or so and it is on my way back downtown, I will probably stop in once or twice more, just to try a few more N. Carolina beers. A good stop for beer lovers.

10-04-2011 19:31:10 | More by PhillyStyle
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Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Park Road in Charlotte, NC
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