Charleston

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 c
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. R
Charleston loves a good party, and the city boasts an ever-growing array of choices for a night on the town. The more ma

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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  • 1. Babas on Cannon

    Upper King | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Order a pomegranate, juiced on the spot and spiked with the liquor of your choice, at this casual but stylish hangout for wine, cocktails, and...Read More

  • 2. Charleston Grill

    Market | Music Clubs

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

  • 3. Graft

    Upper King | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Two of Charleston's most respected sommeliers co-own this wine shop and oenophile haven that spins classic records and hosts live bands on weekends...Read More

  • 4. Pavilion Bar

    Market | Bars/Pubs

    Atop the Market Pavilion Hotel, the swanky outdoor Pavilion Bar offers panoramic views of the city and harbor, set around the hotel's posh swimming...Read More

  • 5. The Belmont

    Upper King | 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 a penchant...Read More

  • 6. The Gin Joint

    Market | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 7. Bin 152

    Lower King | 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 and...Read More

  • 8. Burns Alley

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

    You'll do well just to find this place. Tucked into an alley behind the Walgreen's at King and Calhoun streets, Burns Alley offers cozy quarters...Read More

  • 9. Charleston Beer Works

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

    This friendly watering hole with 40 draft beers on tap offers a late-night menu of wings and pub grub. Live music on weekends and ample screens...Read More

  • 10. Closed for Business

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 11. Dudley's on Ann

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 12. 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. It's also...Read More

  • 13. Halls Chophouse

    Market | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This pricey bar and restaurant, which caters to a crowd of professionals young and old, has a contemporary, minimalist interior design. A piano...Read More

  • 14. Henry's

    Market | 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 floor...Read More

  • 15. Music Farm

    Upper King | Music Clubs

    Once a train depot, this towering space is filled to the max when popular bands like Galactic, Neko Case, and Big Gigantic play. Tickets typically...Read More

  • 16. O-Ku

    Upper King | Dance Clubs

    Done up in black and white, this edgy Japanese establishment serves exquisite small plates like ceviche with mango, pear, and mint- yuzu vinaigrette...Read More

  • 17. Pearlz Oyster Bar

    Market | Bars/Pubs

    People come here from far and wide for the raw or steamed oysters—fat, juicy, and plucked from the Louisiana Gulf, Nova Scotia, and various...Read More

  • 18. Prohibition

    Upper King | Music Clubs

    This throwback speakeasy mixes signature craft cocktails and offers a respectable beer-and-wine selection to accompany Southern-inspired burgers...Read More

  • 19. Proof

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

    These cozy quarters on King Street, complete with communal tables surrounded by bar stools, bustle at happy hour and on weekend evenings. The...Read More

  • 20. Salty Mike's

    North of Broad | Bars/Pubs

    This bar offers fine service to sailors, college kids, and out-of-towners alike, with cheap domestic beer and old-fashioned cocktails. Situated...Read More

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