The Thirsty Beaver Saloon, a one-story brick dive bar and rated Charlotte's "Most Underrated Bar" is known for many things including its live music scene. And of course, no true dive bar is complete without bras adorning the front door and above the entrance to the back area.
Patrons at the Thirsty Beaver are treated to a variety of $2 beer options, none of which are draft beers, however. The Saloon also offers basic and inexpensive cocktails which are served in plastic cups, naturally. Visitors can also try their hand at pool or play one of the many arcade games like the legendary Pac Man.
The Thirsty Beaver has dabbles in philanthropic activities by the selling of ‘Beaver calendars’ which feature ‘pin-up’ photographs of the Wilson brothers and their patrons. This endeavor raised $22,000 for Be The Match, a blood marrow donation organization. Bands play throughout the year and include local artists ranging from all genres, country, punk, rock, bluegrass, and more.
Owned by brothers Mark and Brian Wilson, the Thirsty Beaver is now surrounded by five-story apartment complexes surrounding the building on three sides as they refuse to sell the building that has been in their family for 70 years to developers. The apartment complex development company bought the land surrounding the Thirsty Beaver for $8.5 million and have made several attempts to acquire the Saloon's property but have not been successful. Lucky for all visitors, this live music spot is still going strong.
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