America's Best Outdoor Bars

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Cameron Colcolough

Embrace the great outdoors with drinks al fresco at one of the best rooftop or patio bars.

Blind Tiger, Charleston

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You can still see parts of the 1803 building’s original structure from Blind Tiger's courtyard on Charleston’s historic Broad Street. Its name references illegal drinking parlors (“Blind Tigers”) from the late 19th century, when South Carolina's one-eyed governor, Ben Tillman, was out to squelch Charleston's teetotaling ways. An admission fee granted entrance to see said imaginary creature, with cocktails served to the crowd at no cost (to avoid a newly created tax on alcohol sales). Now, patrons enjoy live music out in the open with no gimmicks—but no freebies, either.

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Kayleigh Kulp

 

America's Best Outdoor Bars

Blind Tiger, Charleston

You can still see parts of the 1803 building’s original structure from Blind Tiger's courtyard on Charleston’s historic Broad Street. Its name references illegal drinking parlors (“Blind Tigers”) from the late 19th century, when South Carolina's one-eyed governor, Ben Tillman, was out to squelch Charleston's teetotaling ways. An admission fee granted entrance to see said imaginary creature, with cocktails served to the crowd at no cost (to avoid a newly created tax on alcohol sales). Now, patrons enjoy live music out in the open with no gimmicks—but no freebies, either.

blindtigercharleston.com

Kayleigh Kulp

 

Cameron Colcolough
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