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Charleston Nightlife

Gin Joint

  • 182 East Bay St. Map It
  • Market area
  • Bars/Pubs

Updated 10/03/2014

Fodor's Review

The cocktails here—frothy fizzes, slings, smashes, and juleps—are retro, some dating back to before Prohibition. The bartenders don bowties and suspenders, but the atmosphere is utterly contemporary, with slick gray walls and subtle lighting. The bar is named after Humphrey Bogart's famous line in Casablanca: "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." The kitchen serves up small plates like cheeses, pork buns, and buttermilk fried chicken hearts.

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182 East Bay St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States

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Updated 10/03/2014


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Oct 3, 2013

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Apparently our experience was very different. As the white half of a professional biracial couple, we found it impossible to get served or even acknowledge by the bartender. This would have been understandable if they were busy but there were exactly four people in the place. We went there because I was informed they had some Japanese Scotch that I was interested in trying. When my wife and I sat at the bar, the bartender did not make eye contact

or bother to greet us. He was discussing television show with two female patrons. There were two men next to us looking at menus, one of which got up went to the bathroom and returned while the bartender still ignored us. Upon the gentleman's return the bartender shifted his attention to them. Now we had been at the establishment well over five minutes without acknowledgement or greeting - during that time the bartender had NOT made a single drink. Good news this is typically not the type of customer service we receive in Charleston, not news it still on occasion happens.

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