Best Bar: The Trail House
If its elevated food menu and craft beer aren’t enough to get you in the door, there’s plenty to do with cornhole tournaments on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays, music bingo on Thursdays and live music on the weekends.
6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
Best Coffee Shop: Wise & Shine Coffee + Tea
Wise & Shine Coffee + Tea operates a camper on the weekends at the Wise Acres Organic Farm, where visitors can enjoy coffee, tea and other treats, such as the Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Slush and Sweet Tea Slush. The camper is closed for summer and will reopen for fall come September.
4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail
Best Happy Hour: Good Times Bar & Grill
The Good Times Bar and Grill is a sports bar that offers burgers, wraps, wings and shrimp. It has TVs to watch the big game and an outdoor patio.
1905 Dickerson Blvd., Monroe
Best Wine Bar: Treehouse Vineyards
Treehouse Vineyards brings a lot of notoriety to Union County for its fun concept – a treehouse overlooking a wine vineyard. Visitors can listen to live music, watch the occasional murder mystery show and engage in do-it-yourself arts and craft projects.
301 Bay St., Monroe
Best Sports Bar: Hickory Tavern-Indian Trail
The Hickory Tavern at Sun Valley Commons has a lot of televisions and beers on tap. The menu is packed with game-day fare such as burgers, wings, tacos and appetizers, but you can also order seafood, salads and flatbreads.
6455 Old Monroe Road, Indian trail
Best Brewery: Sweet Union Brewing
The father-and-son team of Tom and Travis Caudle launched Sweet Union Brewing with a passion for brewing. It’s fun to order beers like the Automatic Bazooty, Astro Pterodactyl and the Little Lucille. The brewery is a great place to catch live music on Friday or Saturday nights or play trivia on Thursdays.
13717 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail
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