Charleston Nightlife

Charleston loves a good party, and the city boasts an ever-growing array of choices for a night on the town. The more mature crowd goes to the sophisticated spots, and there are many wine bars, clubs featuring jazz groups, and trendy lounges with craft cocktail menus. Rooftop bars are a particular Charleston tradition, and the city has several good ones. Many restaurants offer live entertainment

on at least one weekend night, catering to crowds of all ages. The Upper King area has grown exponentially in recent years, overtaking the Market area in terms of popularity and variety of bars and lounges. A city ordinance mandates that bars must close by 2 am, so last call is usually 1:30.

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Towering over a bustling corner in prime tourist territory, this three-story brick restaurant has a lively bar serving beer brewed on...

Spirit of Carolina

  • Themed Entertainment

Dine and dance the night away aboard the wide-beamed, motor yacht Spirit of Carolina . Dinner is three or more courses and includes...

The Belmont

  • Bars/Pubs

This place doesn't seek attention—heck, it won't even list its phone number. But with a soaring tin ceiling, exposed-brick walls, and...

The Cocktail Club

  • Bars/Pubs

This establishment characterizes the craft cocktail movement with its "farm-to-shaker" seasonal selection of creative concoctions. The...

The Griffon

  • Bars/Pubs

Dollar bills cover just about every square inch of the Griffon, helping the bar achieve nearly legendary status around the city. It's...

The Rooftop Bar at Vendue

  • Bars/Pubs

Have a cocktail and appetizer as you watch the colorful sunset behind the church steeples. There are actually two bars at this venue...

The Royal American

  • Bars/Pubs

This place isn't really a dive bar—it just looks like one, thanks to dim lighting and an expansive deck that backs up to the train...

The Windjammer

  • Music Clubs

An oceanfront bar with well-known rock bands performing on the raised stage, the Windjammer attracts a mix of young people just out of...

Tommy Condon's

  • Music Clubs

Enjoy Irish music by local group, the Bograts, on Thursday through Saturday at this rollicking pub. If you're hungry, dig into the Irish...

Trio Club

  • Dance Clubs

Funky sounds from the '70s and '80s mix with the latest club anthems at this perennially popular dance club. Listen to the cover bands...

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