The Common Market - Plaza Midwood
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I was surprised by this place: was expecting a traditional pub but walked into an old fashioned general store that heppened to have six outstanding local taps flowing alongside an excellent selection of bottled beers in the retail store section--which you can pour and drink there if so inclined. There's also a deli with solid sandwiches if you're hungry. Indoor and outdoor seating is very casual and the croud (late Friday afternoon in late Sept) was diverse and social. I was solo and enjoyed a tuna sandwich and three delicious pints of IPA and PA while soaking up the fun vibe and the $3-4 pints.
09-28-2013 18:32:21 | More by fulcrum
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
CM is definitely a unique spot and I can see how people might not "get it" on their first visit. They have done a remarkable job with selection given the space that they are working with. If you spend some time poking around you will see that they have a cellar section, 5-6 coolers with bombers and 6ers. As far as service, if you ask for Jason or Tom you will find them to be very knowledgeable and helpful. They have 6 taps or so that are usually pouring something local and interesting and you can enjoy one as you shop or get something to eat from the Deli. Its worth mentioning that they do probably the best job in Charlotte of keeping people up to speed on new releases via social media (facebook, charlotte beer club) and have a tasting every Wednesday night that pulls in people from all walks of life. CM might not be the prettiest lady but she puts out every time and that is what makes it such a great part of the CLT beer scene.
11-30-2011 14:32:20 | More by wolfeman007
3.08/5 rDev -27%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After reading the reviews of this place on here and on Yelp I was really looking forward to this place. Once I got there the place was not at all what I was expecting. Kind of a strange place with a deli, convenience store, beer/wine store, and a small bar/eating area. They had a few good beers on tap, and a ton of good bottled beer as well.
That being said, the place seems a little disorganized, and there is not much in the way of seating. I had a question or two about some of the beers, and the employee that I talked to seemed to be annoyed that I had the nerve to bother him. Really the only thing that the place had going for it was the beer selection, and I would rather stick with Brawleys, especially given the difference in the level of service between the two...
11-14-2011 20:26:32 | More by CBlack85
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The Common Market is a must stop for the Charlotte beer scene. This is probably my favorite place to grab a beer in Charlotte. With 5 rotating taps and a nice bottle selection, I always find something new to drink when I am there. Although its not the biggest selection in town, the boys do a great job of keeping it fresh and keeping quality bottles in stock. The staff is very knowledgable on what they carry. If you are curious about a beer, chances are Tom, Jason, or Brad have had it and would be glad to give you an honest opinion. Aside from the beer, they have a very nice wine selection, just tell Josh what you like and he will probably pick out your new favorite bottle for you. The deli is great and open late on Wednesdays when they have weekly beer tastings. Whether you want to grab your bottles and go or drink them in house (inside or on the outside patio) the Common Market truly is one of a kind and a must stop.
10-10-2011 02:15:02 | More by BrahnSolo
3.79/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Ahhh... the Common Market. Yet another piece in the ever growing Charlotte beer puzzle. She has at sometimes very good things and other times she has naught.
The atmosphere is hipster in this place or like a college campus with people sitting at tables with laptops in flip flops. I saw two people taking foreign language lessons, Icelandic no less. Common Market is always happening.
The service is okay, if you can find someone not stoned and someone available to help you.
Selection tends to vary, this one is better than you'd think, but nothing compared to some of the other Charlotte beer places, but then again, Common Market is much more than an average beer store, they aren't centered just around that.
Value is good. Decent prices.
Ahh... Common Market...
03-25-2011 04:34:57 | More by TheKingofWichita
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Common Market is located in a very eclectic part of Charlotte. It's right across the street from The Penguin (featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives).
The store fits the eclectic mold inside. It is set up like a convenience store except has a phenomenal deli inside (serves Boars Head meat, IMO, the best deli meat). This place has one of most diverse crowds of people you can find anywhere, which is another bonus.
The selection of beer isn't the best in Charlotte, but it is great nonetheless. A decent size selection of singles with a lot of bombers. The only complaint I have is that they don't allow you to break 6 or 4 packs.
One of my favorite places in town to shop and in my opinion they have the best selection of local brews in Charlotte.
01-07-2011 17:20:15 | More by GehenHerzog
4/5 rDev -5.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
It's in a hop cool area near the Penguin a diner drive in drive place. That's great too! The building has a great old world charlotte charm to it. It's a mom and pop type place. I did not eat but the deli type sandwiches looked great. Great beer and wine store. well over a hundred selections of craft and belgian beers. Prices looked decent. Kinds of like a dive type store. Intresting but not great. Brawleys is still fairly close so while I'm on my trip I'll be nore stuff there since they have a more BA type selection. But this place is definitly worht a visit to buy good beer or have lunch. They also have a small beer with a few goos beers on tap.
04-17-2010 21:23:32 | More by CampusCrew
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Common Market is a great jewel tucked away just outside of the Thomas Street area. You can grab a quick bite from the great deli, pick up a bottle of wine, listen to live music most nights, or most importantly peruse their pretty extensive beer selection! They have several tall reach in coolers stocked to the brim with lots of great NC brews, American craft beers, and quite a few beers from all over the world. They are good about getting in the newest beer releases and sometimes even save a case hidden away before they bring it out a few months later for a nice surprise to their regular customers. I haven't had a chance to make it by during the day when they weren't busy, but the staff has always been very friendly and answered my questions, when I had them, at the counter as I paid their affordable prices for the quality of the beer I was getting.
02-20-2010 03:38:50 | More by JMC_TM
3.45/5 rDev -18.2%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
When I first walked in here, the thought that came to my mind was "Mountain city charm". This place has the charm and feel of a Boone or Boulder or Asheville (alternative, hippie, anit-establishment, etc), yet it is located nearly in downtown Charlotte. I found that both odd and refreshing.
A rather cramped place. They certainly make use of the square footage here. The beer was at the back in a cooler and also on some shelves. Great selection. I was thinking to myself "Charlotte has become a beer destination". With all of the decent restaurants and awesome stores, CLT is putting it's name on the map as far as beer scene goes. The selection was wide and varied and covered basically every base. One thing that was a bit disheartening was the presence of dust on the bottles not in the cooler. I cant imagine the beer turnover is high, and that may reflect on the quality of the beverages here.
I wasnt greeted or tended while in the store but I think the gals were busy with coffee and other late morning patrons.
There was a little deli/soup bar attached to this place that seemed pretty cool. They had five different soups and all of them looked gourmet and delicious.
If there was a socre for atmosphere or vibe, this one would rank high in my book.
I cant really say I would make a special trip, but I would like to come back and get some soup and beer for lunch one day. I think that would be the tops!
02-18-2010 21:21:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.85/5 rDev +14.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Common Market is one of the favorite date spots for my wife and I. The atmosphere is incredible. Friendly people, great beer, and tasty sandwiches too. We usually go out for the beer tasting on Wednesdays. Tom is usually running things then( Anyone else who frequents Common Market think Tom looks like Perry Ferrell from Jane's Addiction?). I cannot say enough good things about Tom. He's friendly and knowledgeable, plus he always makes sure my wife and I are taken care of. The Charlotte beer club is there for the tastings and it would be easy and understandable for Tom to lose us in the shuffle. He never does.
The atmosphere is phenomenal. Lots of Punk, Grunge, and Alternative frequent the house speakers when the DJ isn't playing. I've not been out on the patio yet, and that's inexcusable. Everyone cites the patio as being one of the best things about the joint. It's an eclectic mix of patrons, to say the least. Yuppies, beer geeks, metal heads, students, couples, and maybe even the occasional wino, though the place couldn't be safer.
In conclusion, The Common Market is a great place to check out the beer scene in Charlotte. You can buy from their coolers and drink your beer along with great sandwich. They also have four or five taps that they continuously rotate with new and interesting beers. It's a special place, and it's proximity to The Penguin and Thomas Street Tavern doesn't hurt either. Start off at the tasting at CM on Wednesday, follow that with a big block and some fried pickles at the Penguin, then burn the night off at Thomas Street Tavern. That, my friends, is a good night in Charlotte.
09-09-2009 02:58:35 | More by Crimefish22
The Common Market - Plaza Midwood in Charlotte, NC
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