The Common Market - Plaza Midwood

The Common Market - Plaza MidwoodThe Common Market - Plaza Midwood
The Common Market - Plaza MidwoodThe Common Market - Plaza Midwood
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2007 Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28205-5021
United States

(704) 334-6209 | map

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 46
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Common Market is a neat little shop. An old filling station taken over by hipsters that are into good beer. Ample picnic table seating outdoors complete with umbrellas, are surrounded by a wrought iron fence that marks the perimeter. There was a good showing the day I visited with most tables in use. Inside is dark and a little divey, just the way I like it. Miscellaneous items are in coolers and small shelves as you enter, the checkout counter just to the left. Beyond the register is a small bar tucked over to the side with the days offerings, of which I sadly didn't even notice. A decent bank of cooler doors reach to the back of the shop and are loaded down with beer. A long shelving unit, also loaded with beer, bombers and 750s mostly, creates the aisle. The aisle opposite is wine.

Beer selection was very well thought out loaded with local NC offerings. There was a ton of seasonal releases available and all were reasonably priced. A smattering of IL, CO, NY, PA, etc offerings also graced the shelves. A surprisingly full array of Belgian's were also to be found. I have to admit, I spent much longer in here than I usually do in beer stores and that was without even having a beer. I could see myself easily passing an afternoon at Common Market. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Liverocks
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place my daughter took me there while I was visiting with her.
The staff is great with outstanding knowledge as well. The selection is outstanding and the prices are good. I would recommend this store for any craft beer person. You won't be disappointed in your trip you will find something.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great little bottle shop - been hitting this place for years. They've got five or six massive coolers full of good choices, as well as room temp specialty brews. They've also got beer on draft - around 8 pulls if memory serves - and usually very good stuff. The vibe is very cool - bit of a dive - they've got very good food too, sandwiches are awesome. Last year they had a four year vertical of Sexual Chocolate on draft - so they have some neat events & creative draft choices. Check 'em out. Love the new bar setup.

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Photo of EMB1960
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place with friendly people. People of all kind, from professional, urban, goth, reggae, hippish, just an eclectic mix. Place can get a little crowded but the beer is usually cold and a decent selection of bottles or drafts on tap.

Food is very good here with a collection of sandwiches, soups, dips or for any dietary type and needs.

Take a trip through and check out the unique beers offered, usually any beer even special releases are put out and available while they last. The store also has an eclectic mix of other items, you just need to look around.

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Photo of fulcrum
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of wolfeman007
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
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...

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Photo of BrahnSolo
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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...

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%

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!

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Photo of Crimefish22
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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Photo of charlottebeer
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Great beers and wines. Great Deli. and you can drink it there too and listen to the live DJ! A regular stop for The Charlotte Beer Club. always a winner. Anything from PBR to rare beers of Czec, Germany, Poland. Rare beers from breweries such as Weyerbacher, Brooklyn, Lagunitas, Bells, Victory, Boulder, Stoudt's, Moylans and tons more. An outside patio area for smokers and plenty of other entertainment within walking distance. Located in the well known plaza/midwood area. Across from the world famous Penguin Drive In. Grab some deep fried pickles and then go across the street for a world class beer and enjoy!

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Photo of chaz410
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I love this place. It is small and has a great local feeling. All of the employees are down to earth and the bartenders there and bar keep (Thomas and Josh) are awesome guys and really helpful. The selection is amazing considering the small size of the place. It is always good to stop by almost weekly because the shipments of new and local beers are always coming in. They have a large cooler and several racks that have room temperature selections. There is also a fine selection of wines. There is a small bar there but with a decent set of beers that changes frequently. I highly recommend this place!

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Photo of Yesac
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

I was planning my weekend trip to North Carolina, and decided this would be the place to stock up for my weekend in the cabin.

This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but walk inside and walk straight back to coolers and dry racks full of a great selection. The Belgium selection was great, as well as some other small craft brews I normally don't see.

I didn't have much time to look around, but I noticed in the middle of the place were a couple tables with a what seemed to be a mini bar with about 5 taps of craft brew and a bartender. The crowd was diverse and lively, everyone seemed in high spirits enjoying their brew.

The parking was very limited.

If I lived in this area, I'd have no problem making The Common Market my go to beer store.

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Photo of lpb1970
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

I went by to check this place out and overall I liked it. They have a good selection of Belgians and other micros in bombers and 25 oz. bottles as well as a decent selection of six packs both cold and non-refrigerated. The prices are definitely higher here though. For example I would normally pay $7.99-$8.99 for a six of SN Pale Ale but here it is $10.29. That seems to be their standard price for a micro six here which is way higher than elsewhere. On the plus side they did have some stuff (ex. Bells Dopplebock) that I had not seen anywhere else in town. The best aspect of this place is the fact that you can buy your beer then go out to the patio and drink it. Almost like hanging at a bar patio but paying grocery store prices for the beer.

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Photo of velorouge75
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Ah. The Common Market. My favorite after-class / after-work hangout from when I lived in Charlotte. An exceptional little slice of alternative culture located on the corner of Thomas Street and Commonwealth in the Elizabeth neighborhood.

With an impressive selection of beers for a store of its size and a helpful staff, as well as a neo-biergarten out back that's oh-so-perfect for drinking a few, eating a sandwich, and shooting the breeze; it has the most relaxed, diverse, and friendly atmosphere of any restaurant/bar/bottle store I've experienced anywhere, as of yet.

To get the whole experience, ride a bicycle there, and lock it to the tree out front, then walk inside to the beer section. Pick something that you haven't had yet, but would like to try, pay for it at the register, and then take the sixer or bomber out back past the wine bar to the patio (where hopefully you'll run into someone you know and can give them a beer, or make a new friend to swap a beer with), enjoy the cool evening breeze, the chatter of the other patrons and remind yourself how lucky you are to be drinking a beer.

Overall, in my opinion, it's outstanding.

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Photo of AlexJ
4/5  rDev -5.9%

A fun and funky store to visit, it's set-up in a hip little neighborhood including such Charlotte institutions as The Penguin and Thomas St Tavern. Indeed an evening can be made here. Back to the store. It's relatively small for all the stuff crammed in here(deli counter, tables, beer, incredibly wierd toys).

The beer selection is quite outstanding. While certainly not the largest selection in the area, it really focuses on quality items. Saw most local NC beers represented including seasonals. Quite a few Belgians. Lots of good craft beer from Bells, DFH, Brooklyn, Victory, etc. I purchased a 6er of the new Mendocino Winter Seasonal Imperial IPA for $8. Tastey.

As said it's a tad pricey but worth the stop. One of these days I'll grab a fat deli sandwich and have it there with a beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

A cool and funky little place it kinda caught me off guard that they served beer at all. I was pleasantly suprised that they have a pretty decenent selection in here. Pretty much all the locals from Cottomwood, Highland, and the like, with some Pyramid and Great Divide, Avery and Sammy;s thrown in. Not a bad stop and the rest of the place is just kickin. I wouldnt say you could get everything here, but this was defintly a decent place that I would recommend taking a stop into, I really do not think you would regreat it and there is plenty fo the other half to look at as well

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Photo of guzzle211
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

*I am disappointed that this site does not allow point scores for atmosphere and food. Regardless of what the official classification is, the atmosphere and food is part of what makes The Common Market a must-visit*

This was the type of experience that I imagine Beerfly was created for. I was going to be in Charlotte for one night, roughly 24 hours. I had about 2 hours to kill between the time my flight got in and the time I had a meeting, so I checked Beerfly to find a beer-friendly place for lunch. My research led me to The Common Market (which I had to really search for due to the classifications,) and I couldn’t have found a cooler place to pass an hour, grab a bite to eat, and marvel at some world-class beers.

I started with a bowl of [email protected] vegetarian chili. There were 3 other homemade soups to choose from, and it was a very difficult decision. From there I had a great roast beef sandwich (sorry, the name escapes me.) There was a Boar’s Head sticker on the meat case and the sandwich was packed with fresh roast beef and cheese (as well as all the condiments.) There were many other tempting offers on the sandwich menu, such as the daily special of curry chicken salad, as well as artichoke dips and pasta salads (just to mention a few of the many items available to eat.)

The corner-store part has everything you could need, including gum, soda, bottled water, Clif bars, voodoo candy, etc. Oh yeah, there is a wine bar tucked in there too.

Now for the part you are all waiting for: The beer selection is very respectable, leaning towards Belgians. I had an absolutely incredible De Dolle Brouwers ‘Special Extra Export Stout’ (which I was able to drink right there at a table as I ate my roast beef sandwich, opened and poured into a glass that was helpfully provided by the owner.) The beer selection ranges from the more common domestic craft and imports (Chouffe, Chimay) to some real gems (like the De Dolle I had.) I would say about half of the beers are available cold, ranging from Rogue (including two XS) to Okocim. I saw St. Bernadus 60th tins as well as Weyerbacher. As far as pricing goes, the only thing I really have to compare this to is the Foodery, which makes Common Market’s prices very attractive.

I chatted with both the proprietor and the beer guy, and both were friendly, cool guys to talk to. Unfortunately I was only in town one night and couldn’t stay for their anniversary heavy abv tasting / burlesque show . . .

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Photo of rodrot
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

This is a neat store in a funky, ethnically diverse area of town. I was surprised by the large selection of craft beer this place had, including all of the Trappists(minus westy), most other Belgians and a great choice of U.S. micros. I saw a wide selection of Dogfish Head, Mad River, Avery, Great Divide, Sierra Nevada, Anchor and many others I can't recall. The prices were better than any other place in town, at least .50 cents cheaper on just about everything. Lucky for me, I was able to snag a couple of packs of 90 minute when no one else in Charlotte had any. Also, I picked up a 20oz bottle of Oak Aged Yeti Imp. stout for 4.99, which I think was an absolute steal. The store also sells gourmet coffee and has a deli. You can eat there or take it with you. The same goes for beer(and wine). You can sit and drink a beer if you want. This place is worth a visit if you live close by or if you're just in the area. They might have something in stock that other beer stores in Charlotte don't.

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Photo of finepaws
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I've been shopping everywhere I can for a bigger selection of beers. Locally, this place is VERY comparable to Brawley's on selection and price. It has about 5 coolers of cold singles, and 4/6 packs. I thought it was cool that most of the macros were in the last cooler. They also have a pretty big shelf of singles, and 4/6 packs that aren't chilled. In addition, they have a great selection of hard to find wine, and like Brawley's the owners will get just about anything they can, if they don't carry it. It's a cool store, that also has a deli inside. So you can order a bite to eat, and try a beer or two. The neighborhood is not the best, and parking sucks, but price and location make it worth it! They even had samples of wasabi peanuts at the checkout counter. When I was there on Saturday the owners weren't in, but I hear they are very helpful and friendly.

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after getting our cap popped, Blake, has been on top of getting every new beer he can in. Even gives discounts when you buy in bulk. He's selling out of beers as fast as they come in, so for best selection, call ahead and find out delivery days. Great sandwichs too. Fun music to listen to while you hang out a have a few beers, inside or on the patio. friendly staff, and clientle.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

The Common Market is in an artsy section of Charlotte just South of downtown. Map the place since getting there could be difficult the way Indepence runs near Commonwealth.

As you walk in the place is as ecclectic as it can get. A coffee station with several different selections, a deli, a grocery store, who knows what all is in this place. Near the back is the beer and while they do not carry everything the selections were extremely well though out and appointed and almost earns a 4.5 for selection even with such a small one.

The quality is there as well. People were painting and cleaning and arranging during the visit and seeing Rodenbach on the shelves was a sight to behold. Keep your eyes on this place, I believe it to be a diamond in the rough. Mike Brawley said he send folks there who live on that side of town, I loved this place and if was in the neighborhood would certainly suggest stopping in.

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