If Little Big Town has been playing “Day Drinking” in your head lately, it might be time to go out and do just that. In North Carolina there are plenty of places to to pop open a patio umbrella and have a beer or 10 before the sun goes down.
Asheville: There are so many breweries in Asheville now that it is tough to know which ones are the best to visit. Wicked Weed has tables with ample seating inside and out, and has prime people watching views of Biltmore Avenue. If you prefer overlooking the French Broad River and the occasional set of tubers floating by, check out Wedge Brewing Company, which has the added bonus of yard games for patrons.
Charlotte: Though Asheville is marketed as “Beer City, USA,” Charlotte has carved out its own brewing niche. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is leading the way with an eight-and-a-half acre complex that includes weekend brewery tours and an authentic biergarten perfect for getting your day drink on with award-winning beers.
Durham: Can’t find a sitter? Fullsteam is the place to take the kids and your dogs before the sun hovers and finally sets in a glorious reprieve known as “bedtime.” They offer some snacks, but if you want to bring your own food or bring in some items from the nearby food trucks while you enjoy their bevvies, they are cool with that.
Greensboro: Natty Greene’s Brewing Brewing Company features beers, a complementary menu and an inviting patio for day drinkers outside their renovated building at the corner of Elm and McGee.
Kill Devil Hills: When a place in the Outer Banks is packed with tourists and locals alike, you know you’ve found the right one. Outer Banks Brewing Station is America’s first wind-powered brew pub, and they also boast tasty bar food and live music.
Wilmington: Grab your favorite friend and claim one of the nine tiny balconies at Riverboat Landing just large enough for two. Get there early because they fill up quickly, but the views of the USS North Carolina and the tourists on a sunny day are worth it. Option number two is mimosas and Saturday and Sunday brunches on the deck overlooking the Cape Fear River at The George.
Wrightsville Beach: It’s as close to the water as you can get without being in it at Dockside. Watch the boats, the people, and the fish while dining, and most importantly, drinking under the sun.
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