Baseball, Bar-b-que, and Breweries—Guys’ Weekend in Fayetteville
Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and bar-b-que… okay, that may not be exactly how the song goes but when in Fayetteville, North Carolina baseball and bar-b-que go hand in hand, along with a local brew as you cheer on the Woodpeckers. For the perfect guys’ weekend, take a tour of our local, mouthwatering bar-b-que restaurants and sample flights of beer at one of our many breweries. But first, let’s play ball!
We all know baseball is America’s favorite pastime and we’re lucky to be home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Welcoming their first fans in 2019, Segra Stadium might be the best spot for hanging out with the guys and catching a game. You can choose from many seating options, and if you have a big group there are areas available for private parties. The first stop is heading to the outfield and grabbing a brew at Healy’s Right Field Bar. Local breweries, such as Gaston and Dirtbag Ales, offer their crafted beers at the stadium. Soon to be a local downtown brewery, Southern Pines announced they’ll be brewing a beer for the Woodpecker’s called “Birdy Brew.” It’s a light, crisp blonde ale with a slight raspberry aroma and flavor. Be one of the first to try this specialty beer only available at a Woodpecker’s game!
If you’re looking for pre-game food and beverage, downtown Fayetteville offers many options within walking distance to the stadium—but don’t balk (no pun intended) at driving a short distance for some tasty bar-b-que and cold craft beer.
Fowler’s Bar-b-que is locally owned and is open daily for lunch. Their specialty is their burnt ends, but that’s only the beginning of the meal. It’s where your taste buds start awakening, and then you dive in for the main meal of all-day smoked pork with a side of mac & cheese or get the fries so you can try their homemade ketchup. Don’t worry, the menu is full of the other items if you aren’t a pork lover. Now you won’t find their menu online, but the chalkboard is on the wall, and the special changes daily. Be sure to see if their blueberry cobbler is listed—it’s made with handpicked blueberries during the season. If you chose to hit the game with an empty stomach, Bowley’s has got you covered. Their stadium concession offers brisket and pulled pork entrees to BBQ nachos; they won’t disappoint. We suggest a side of hush puppies with one of their sandwiches.
Did all that make you thirsty? We suggest washing it down with a cold beverage from one of our locally owned breweries. Dirt Bag Ales, located in Hope Mills, just a short drive from downtown, is a great day or nighttime location to hang with the guys. They’re constantly changing the brews on tap which makes every visit different than the one before. They have a full calendar of music and special events throughout the year so check it out. Let us guide you to a few pre-game places within walking distance. Two local breweries downtown are Gaston Brewing Company and Bright Light. Both establishments offer outdoor options to grab a beer and some light food before game time. Be on the lookout for Southern Pines Brewing on Hay Street, which will be opening a downtown location soon.
Even though we talked about how baseball, bar-q-que, and brews are great ideas for a guy’s outing in Fayetteville, we know a few of our ladies would enjoy this itinerary just as much. Load up and head to Fayetteville, NC this spring, where American traditions live.