Cans Bar And Canteen

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500 W. 5th Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
United States

(704) 940-0200

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2006

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by rodrot:
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3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Situated in a restored 100 year old building in downtown Charlotte just a few blocks from the Carolina Panthers stadium, this joint on a Friday evening was packed with scantilly clad women sporting various tattoos and body piercings, along with plenty of gawking men drinking mojitos and other rum drinks. Not exactly the kind of place beer geeks like myself make a point of visiting. However, my cousin lives just around the corner and the place is listed on BA right? The place has plenty of wood and brick inside with 2 rather long bars across from each other. The night we went the music was blaring, too damn loud in fact, and made it difficult to have a conversation with anybody. One cool thing though is that the majority of the beers are available in cans only. Cans also brews their own beers downstairs and has a canning line. The beer menu was decent, but limited, since most craft breweries don't can their products. They had several beers from Oskar Blues, Brooklyn and the ubiquitous Guinness in cans. I also saw Greene King and a couple of offerings from Youngs in cans. The rest was made up mainly of macros. The food was your typical bar food but it was pretty good. The nachos come with enough stuff to feed a small army. Bottom line, unless your interested in picking up half naked tattooed chicks, this place is not really BA worthy and I'll probably never come here again.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A seriously large venue, Cans is two stories of TV's, bars, and dance floors. I assume the only reason it made it to BA is due to the fact that they can their own beer(on premesis? I don't know). Of their brews I only tries the Witte which is average and quite watery. I guess they do the best they can concerning serving decent beer in cans...Dales Pale Ale and Old Chub, Brooklyn Lager, all the usual nitro-stouts, Newcastle, Old Speckled Hen and Tetley's. I didn't order any tap beer but do recall seeing a Highland and Cottonwood tap. Food looked average but didn't try any. It's very large and gets very packed. Overall I would say it's a collegeish crown with a lot of singles looking. The beer was definately expensive, like 4-5$ for a Dales($7/ 6pack around here). Not a bad place to stop if you are doing the whole "downtown" thing, but i will not likely return.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on my last trip through town, mainly because I saw it was in Beerfly and wanted to check it out for myself. Decent enough place I would have to say. Seemed small to be and cozy with a pretty cool vibe about it. Most of the taps were reserved for the locals but there were some fine selections from Highland, Carolina, Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, Great Divide, Rogue…A decent bottle selection as well that focused mainly on imports. The staff was very pleasant and the regulars were as well. Overall not a bad place at all and I would definitely stop in here again one day.

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Photo of gabe
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Can's is right in downtown Charlotte on the corner of 5th & Graham. It's in a large brick warehouse type building. Upon entering I found that this place is huge. I'm assuming the weather kept some of the patrons away on the night I went because I've heard this place gets jam-packed on Fri & Sat evenings (it was only pleasantly packed when I went). Seems like the kind of place a lot of the "going out" crowd would flock to. Its two stories, dimly lit, has two large dance floors and is definitely trying to be trendy. All the staff there were trying to pull off the punk rock/ emo look so I'm sure that is the clientele they are trying to reach, which was reinforced by the multiple TV's showing skateboarding all night long. Made for some fun people watching though.

Their selection is great as far as canned beers go. Anything you can get in cans you will find here... problem is there aren't too many great beers in cans and I can only purchase so many $5 Dale's Pale Ales. They do brew their own canned beer which is only $3. They are slightly above average. There is a Light, Dark, Amber & White. Other than their own brews everything else seemed to be a bit overpriced. Can's does serve food but I didn't have any... though it seemed to be the kind of food you would mainly want if you had been there for a while and needed some munchies. We happened to get a table when we went and our server was very attentive and helpful. Otherwise you will probably be trying to force your way to the bar to order a beverage.

All in all if you're going to spend a night out on the town it's not that bad of a place to end up for a beer connoisseur.... I just wouldn't go out of my way to make it here any other time.

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