Thirsty Beaver has stood the test of time and is celebrating its 15th anniversary


CHARLOTTE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Charlotte has a long tradition of knocking down historic sites throughout the Queen City.

But one iconic bar has stood the test of time.

When the Thirsty Beaver Saloon opened 15 years ago, it was surrounded by nothing but a road, grass and vacant lots. The brothers who own it said they chose the location because they wanted a place to hang out and not disturb the neighbors.

However, a lot has changed in 15 years.

A stack of 4×6 pictures is grouped under the bar.

“It’s a protest,” Mark Williams noted.

15 years of memories are in these pictures. Some are hung on the walls, but most are shared over a cold beer and a bar stool.

“One of those things that goes by so fast, but it’s so slow,” Mark said.

Mark and his brother Brian own the Thirsty Beaver Saloon in Midwood Square. The two opened the bar 15 years ago with one goal in mind.

“When we first opened, we didn’t have any real expectations other than to be a neighborhood bar,” Mark said.

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Little did they know at the time that their bar would become a one-story symbol of rebellion and opposition to men.

“I think that’s part of why people are so attached to this place, because it happened organically,” Mark said. “It’s not something we forced or tried to push.”

When Plaza Midwood started to grow, the developer who owned the land around the bar wanted them out.

“Probably the most stressful time,” Mark recalled. “Whether there was this six-month period or whether it was really, we weren’t too sure.”

In 2013, a developer went so far as to install a chain link fence around a bar just a few feet from their building.

“I showed up and they were putting the posts in and I was like, ‘oh boy,'” Mark said.

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But in the end they won.

Apartments were built around their small neighborhood.

“So now that’s one of their selling points; you have your own bar right downstairs,” Mark laughed.

The bar became a local legend.

His story only gets bigger over time when one of the most famous rock stars in the world drops by for a cold one.

“Someone like Mick Jagger can come in, just another guy, and hey, we’re all the same,” said Mark, who wasn’t there that night.

Years ago, their goal was to create a place for everyone.

They didn’t have to dream “big” to do it.

Thirsty Beaver has stood the test of time and is celebrating its 15th anniversary

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