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Locally owned and operated by Tom and Kara Taddeo.VBGB is a new concept for Charlotte. We are a contemporary take on beer gardens from around the world. Featuring Charlotte’s largest patio (tented from fall to spring) where you can enjoy cold beer and our full bar while basking in the soft neon light of Charlotte’s most iconic piece of history, the JFG Coffee Sign!

Featuring 30 craft beers and imports on draft, with a state-of-the-art tap system that guarantees beer delivered to your stein at 32 degrees or below.

That’s not all… then set your beer on a “Frost rail” (that’s 5 inches of ice going down the 72′ bar) to keep that beer extra cold… talk about beating the heat!

Don’t think of VBGB as just a bar….the food is simply amazing! Most entrees and a side dish are under $10. We feature Syracuse-based Dinosaur BBQ sauces and Rochester-based Zweigle’s brats and dogs. Most of the food is homemade with the owner’s personal recipes and the brats are nitrate and MSG free. One third of the menu is German inspired, one third is traditional bar food, and one third is healthy inspired.

We are kid friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio.

Enjoy good conversation with your friends or meet new ones at our communal picnic tables, inside and out, without battling angry crowds, typical in clubs and sports bars.

VBGB has received the below awards! Check out our latest YELP reviews.


  • The 76 Best Places to Drink a Beer in America – Men’s Journal
  • Time Out New York list : Top 22 Beer Gardens in America -2015
  • Voted “Most Inviting Ambiance” Elevate Magazine 2016
  • Voted in the “Top 17 Bars in the NC” by 2015
  • The 14 Most Essential Bars in Charlotte – 2015
  • Elevate Lifestyle Magazine BEST OF THE CITY 2015 issue:
  • (1) Best Bar to Meet Singles (2) Best Get the Night Started
  • “21 of the Best Beer Gardens in the Country” by 2014
  • Voted “Best New Bar” by Charlotte Magazine, 2012 BOB Awards
  • Selected “9 Coolest Beer Gardens in the US” by Delish Magazine, March 2012
  • CBS Charlotte: The best new restaurants opened in 2012
  • Voted “Best Bar/Restaurant Patio” Creative Loafing 2013
  • Voted “Best Place for a First Date” Creative Loafing 2013