Bars in Charleston

Peter Frank Edwards

Charlestonians have mingled over strong beverages for centuries, whether plotting against Colonial rule at pre-Revolutionary McCrady’s Tavern or sipp... Read More

Charlestonians have mingled over strong beverages for centuries, whether plotting against Colonial rule at pre-Revolutionary McCrady’s Tavern or sipping Madeira behind private gates. These days, great drinking holes abound and Charleston nightlife is rich in offerings. Whiskey-centric newcomer Mash Bar mixes it up with arcade games and bocce courts; downhome dives like The Royal American serve up bodacious burgers and live music; The Belmont exudes retro elegance; and intensely creative farm-to-shaker venues like The Gin Joint, Proof, and the Cocktail Club keep sophisticated palates hooked. A smattering of rooftop bars (Stars, the Pavilion Bar, Rooftop at The Vendue, and the Grand Bohemian) offer ways to experience Charleston’s moderate weather and catch the sunset over a drink or two, and most bars do a good job of representing the area’s distilleries and breweries. The one thing you will not find in Charleston is a hopping 3 a.m. nightlife (not a public one, anyway), as city ordinances require last calls at 2 a.m., and some officials are debating whether to reign in the witching hour even further.

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  • Bin 152 Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Bin 152
    Bin 152

    An intimate nook on Lower King, Bin 152 offers great wine, cheese, and charcuterie, served in an artsy enclave bursting with European character. Read More

  • Closed for Business Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Closed for Business
    Closed for Business

    Closed for Business calls itself a draught emporium, and that it is. Taps offer 42 revolving, unusual brews from near and far, available in multiple... Read More

  • Craftsmen Tap House Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House
    Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

    Serious creativity pervades this kitchen, offering up daily specials like Scotch eggs over apple kraut, oyster stew, or BBQ pork belly "Crunchy Dame,"... Read More

  • Edmund's Oast Restaurant in Charleston Courtesy of Edmund's Oast
    Edmund's Oast

    In the trending strip of North Morrison Drive, this bustling brewpub draws beer geeks and foodies alike for its creative taps and signature suds,... Read More

  • Holy City Brewing Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Holy City Brewing
    Holy City Brewing

    The warehouse doors of Holy City Brewing's taproom open to a sunny patio where excellent food is served to pair with your choice of nearly twenty... Read More

  • Mash Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Mercantile and Mash
    Mash Bar

    A seriously ambitious American whiskey collection dominates the rough hewn back bar known as Mash. Read More

  • Prohibition Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Prohibition
    Prohibition

    In addition to dancing, many come here for infused craft cocktails, an impressive whiskey selection, seasonal beers on draft, and elevated edibles such... Read More

  • Proof Bar in Charleston Courtesy of Proof
    Proof

    An intimate nook, Proof fills with craft cocktail connoisseurs escaping the collegiate pub crawl. Read More

  • The Bar at Husk in Charleston Courtesy of The Bar at Husk
    The Bar at Husk

    Next door to uber-trending restaurant Husk, the freestanding Bar at Husk is a destination in itself, thanks to an impressive drink menu. Read More

  • The Belmont Bar in Charleston Courtesy of The Belmont
    The Belmont

    A classy evening and late-night cocktail lounge with towering pressed tin ceilings and black-and-white movies projected on a rear screen, The Belmont... Read More

  • The Cocktail Club Bar in Charleston Courtesy of The Cocktail Club
    The Cocktail Club

    The Cocktail Club mixes up some of the most creative "farm-to-shaker" cocktails in town using house-made infusions, syrups, spices, roots, shrubs,... Read More

  • The Gin Joint Bar in Charleston Courtesy of The Gin Joint
    The Gin Joint

    Choose a drink by name, or let the bartender custom-blend a cocktail based on your selection of two adjectives (a fun exercise with surprising results). Read More

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