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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  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Husband-and-wife Patrick and Fanny Panella ply their guests with selections from more than 130 bottles of wine and 40 varieties of cheeses...

Burns Alley

  • Bars/Pubs

You'll do well just to find this place. Attached to La Hacienda Mexican restaurant off King Street (just keep on truckin' past the bathrooms...

Charleston Beer Works

  • Bars/Pubs

This friendly watering hole with 30 draft beers on tap offers a late-night menu of wings and pub grub. Live music on weekends and ample...

Charleston Grill

  • Music Clubs

The elegant Charleston Grill hosts live jazz seven nights a week, drawing from the city's most renowned musicians. Performers range from...

Closed for Business

  • Bars/Pubs

This "draught emporium" offers more than 40 taps pouring pints and liters of local and seasonal brews. With pale wood paneling, leather...

Dudley's on Ann

  • Bars/Pubs

A local landmark, the city's oldest gay bar hosts lively karaoke parties, DJs and dancing on weekends, and rollicking drag shows. ...

Dunleavy's Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

Just a block from the beach, this friendly pub is a local favorite, often featuring Irish, folk, and blues music throughout the week.

Gin Joint

  • Bars/Pubs

The cocktails here—frothy fizzes, slings, smashes, and juleps—are retro, some dating back to before Prohibition. The bartenders don...

Henry's House

  • Bars/Pubs

The longest continuously operating restaurant and bar in South Carolina, Henry's House has evolved since it opened in 1930. On the first...

Music Farm

  • Music Clubs

Once a train depot, this massive space is filled to the max when popular bands like Galactic, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Passion...

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