We’ve compiled the best of the best in Charleston - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Babas on Cannon

    Upper King | Wine Bars

    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 | Live Music

    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

    Two of Charleston's most respected sommeliers co-own this wineshop 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. Prohibition

    Upper King | Live Music

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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. The Cocktail Club

    Upper King | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 8. The Gin Joint

    Downtown Historic District | 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

  • 9. The Windjammer

    Live Music

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

  • 10. Bin 152

    Lower King | Wine Bars

    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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Doar Bros.

    Market | Wine Bars

    A tiny space belies big flavor at this classy cocktail bar that serves up custom drinks like the Bourbon & Clyde, melding Woodford with...Read More

  • 15. 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 boisterous drag shows. ...Read More

  • 16. Dunleavy's Pub


    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

  • 17. Halls Chophouse

    Market | Piano Bars

    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

  • 18. Henry's Restaurant, Bar & Music Hall

    Market | Bars/Pubs

    The longest continuously operating restaurant and bar in South Carolina, Henry's has evolved since the opening of Henry's house in 1932. On...Read More

  • 19. Local 616

    North Central | Bars/Pubs

    A neighborhood hangout with plenty of bar games, Local 616 also doubles as Charleston's best soccer bar, with TVs generally tuned to whatever...Read More

  • 20. Music Farm

    Upper King | Live Music

    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

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