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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


    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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