Charlotte’s Oldest Distillery To Open South End Bar

Charlotte’s Oldest Distillery To Open South End Bar

Great Wagon Road, Mecklenburg County’s oldest operating distillery, is opening it’s first NC bar. The Broken Spoke will be located adjacent to the South End distillery, and is expected to open this winter.

Founder Ollie Mulligan, was inspired by his Irish heritage to open the distillery and 5,000 square-foot bar. “I think it’s in every Irish person’s blood really,” he says. “Whiskey is something that is very close to my heart, so it was sort of a no-brainer. We look for and use only the best ingredients, whether its the finest grains from Europe or aging barrels made with oak from the States,” Mulligan says. “Our whiskey and vodka are con- sistently smooth and their flavors warm both the senses and the soul.”

Great Wagon Road, located at 227 Southside Drive, produces and bottles Rúa single malt whiskey, Bán vodka, Drumlish moonshine and a Carolina whiskey. According to a new NC state law, distillery visitors will soon be able to buy one bottle of liquor per year directly from the distiller, something they haven’t been able to do since before Prohibition.


When the Broken Spoke opens this winter, patrons will need to sign up for a membership and provide a digital membership card to enter. No need to wait until they open doors, you can sign up today at For more information check out their website or Facebook page.

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