Taco Mac - South Park
Taps: 140 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.66/5 rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was never attracted to Taco Mac for the sports aspect, but the setup they have is pretty hard to beat! HD TV's everywhere you look, and they can easily change them all to whatever sport you like. This means that it can get pretty loud if you manage to wander in when an important sporting event is going on.. The thing that has always turned my car to Taco Mac is the beer selection. They have your normal swill on draft, but they also keep a constantly fluctuating selection of Imports and Crafts in both draft and bottle. This one has 140 drafts to choose from! The loyalty program they have set up is free to join, allows you to get 6 credits a day (both of which set it above any other program I know of), has a long list of great rewards, and never resets forcing you to always be looking for new beers to try. The food is all pretty solid, and has been going through noticeable quality increases over the last few years. Most of it is pretty standard pub fair, but there is also a more Mexican geared portion of the menu that pushes the selection past most other chains around. And then there are the baked version of their already famous wings that are damn near impossible to beat!
01-24-2013 07:49:30 | More by JMC_TM
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
(Stands up) "My name is KEXP, and I'm a Taco Mac fan." The amount of flak this place receives in the message boards and in some of the other reviews for this place is not justified. I have been there a number of times for just beer, for dinner and for lunch. I give the atmosphere a fairly high mark because the place is the best sports bar in Charlotte. If you are looking for a quaint spot ilke the downstairs of the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, then this is not your place (and I do love me some Thirsty Monk). But if you, like me, happen to like large TVs showing games and a little bit of bustle in the atmosphere, then this place has what you seek. Selection is fantastic, with 140 taps. Of those, I'd say half are good craft, and that ain't too shabby. The food is good bar food. I'd say the buffalo chicken tacos are my favorite. Service is friendly and zealous, sometimes too much so. But that is much better than the opposite. I have never SEEN a frosted beer glass in the place, by the way. Prices on beer are high. But I am willing to pay them due to the convenience of TM's location and excellent selection. I can't think of a better place outside the house to see a game.
11-30-2010 19:43:12 | More by kexp
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I hate to wade into the Taco Mac reviews, as it seems that most reviewers here have an agenda, pro or con (mostly con). Hopefully, this review will be helpful to those who have not yet been there. If I want a quiet session with good beer, then I know to go elsewhere. If I'm in the mood to watch sports and have good beer, there is nowhere else in town that compares to Taco Mac in that respect. If I'm just reviewing the food and beer, The experience is somewhere in between. I like their wings better than just about anywhere in town (not breaded and ordered extra crispy). If you like hot wings, go one notch above your expected heat level, as they are mild compared to their description. They also have a great Queso Poblano, but the presentation has varied widely from one visit to the next. Service is usually decent. I've only rarely had a server that didn't have a working knowledge of beer styles. I've had one experience with poor service and the culprit was very apologetic, so I can overlook that. While Duckworth's, Vintner's , Pizza Peel, & Revolution may win out for the percentage of top quality beers on tap, the sheer number of taps at this place guarantees that you will be able to drink as much as you should in one evening and not be searching for a good beer to have next. They tend to go way overboard on price if a beer is particularly sought out, and I don't like that aspect of Taco Mac (EG, $9.00 for a glass of draught Chimay White), but the food is reasonably priced and most beers are within range, but probably 25-50 cents above what you could pay elsewhere. So, if you're OK with a sports bar atmosphere, you should definitely check this place out. If you're looking for a quiet place to discuss the beer in front of you, go somewhere else (I'd go to Vintner's) and don't complain about Taco Mac's shortcomings.
06-23-2012 02:45:10 | More by xzymurgist
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The food? Cheap and not bad. About at the level of, say, chilis.
The beer? Well, for charlotte, it's a nice selection. While places like duckworth's miss out on a lot of taps due to limited space (I think they go way too heavy on porters and stouts), taco mac offers a variety of well known craft brews and a lot of local beers, so kudos to them for that. Beers that they have that stand out? Ska Modus Hoperandi, Southern Tier (Their IPA lineup), and now,they have a lot of great selections from Sweetwater. So, what can I say? I like taco mac. Yes, it's loud. Yes, it has a lot of macro selections. But at the end of the day, it's (reasonably) good food, good sports, and great beer. So what if they don't have the oddball choices duckworth's has? So long as they keep bringing the IPA's, I'm all for them.
06-01-2011 07:40:48 | More by spouse
4/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Don't go for the food b/c its not very good. The buffalo chicken tacos are okay though. The layout is incredible though - awesome TV's EVERYWHERE. They have more beers on tap than anywhere I have been too - I need to start going there more to try them. They also have awesome tables where you can have multiple taps added and routed to the table for you to poor yourself. It monitors how much you poor and charges you based on the volumes. Great if you have a few beers you really know you like and want to mix up with a group.
01-31-2013 16:26:02 | More by Sheils
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I stopped in over the weekend to check out the new Taco Mac, watch some football, and drink a couple beers that we don't get in GA
The place isn't hard to find, though it is slightly off the main road. Adequate parking is available in what seems to be a mixed-use development. There is a fairly large outdoor seating area. The bar inside is quite cavernous - high ceilings with the newer "modern" Taco Mac finish. There are two smaller upstairs seating areas that may be more quaint and quiet if that is your preference. Nothing too special
It wasn't hard for me to find a good beer as I happened to sit down right in front of the Sculpin tap - and, admittedly to my surprise, it was still available :) I counted around 25 beers of the 140 taps that aren't available in GA - a few Ballast Point, Green Flash, Bear Republic, and even some random things like Ska Modus Hopperandi. Being NC, the locals were represented well too, with Duck-Rabbit, Foothills, Olde Mecklenberg, etc. You also get the crap beers taking tap space, but overall, there is a pretty wide selection.
Beer quality was good, but I must add the disclaimer that one of the beers I ordered simply doesn't last long enough to go bad anywhere (Sculpin), and the place has only been open for a couple weeks. Truthfully, whether or not they can keep up the good quality, or slip into the average (or worse) range, remains to be seen
The value is reasonable to me - I forgot to take note of the food prices, but the beers were actually slightly cheaper than in Atlanta, using Sweetwater beers as a benchmark (despite them being FROM Atlanta.. wtf, Atlanta?) FWIW - Revolution Pizza sells the same pint of Sweetwater for $0,25 cheaper than Taco Mac, which is an insignificant deviation to me
Its funny how days can vary - one reviewer thinks they were possibly understaffed, and I actually thought they were a bit overstaffed (the crowds were still filling in). This led to some great service for me, and it was actually one of the better experiences I've had with Taco Mac - the people were all very friendly, and, in something that I don't think they do enough of in Atlanta, they worked as a team -- I was served by three different people between my beer and food orders. This was a welcome surprise.
Food is very average for bar food - I'm not a huge fan, but its edible.
My stop at Taco Mac South Park turned to be a very pleasant surprise - it would rank among the better stores in Atlanta, for sure. Seems like they are experiencing some growing pains, and are adapting as they go, so it will be nice to see where they go from here. I'll be sure to stop back next time I'm in the area
10-04-2010 06:35:37 | More by jophish17
Taco Mac - South Park in Charlotte, NC
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.