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

    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. 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

  • 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 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. O-Ku

    Upper King | Dance Clubs

    Done up in black and white, this lively sushi bar serves fun small plates like ceviche with mango, pear, and mint- yuzu vinaigrette that pair...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Royal American

    North Morrison | Bars/Pubs

    This place isn't really a dive bar—it just looks like one, thanks to dim lighting and an expansive deck that backs up to the train tracks. The...Read More

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