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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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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