Beach Bars

Beach bars optimize your beach-going experience. You can show up at these places wearing flip-flops and a cover-up without feeling like a bum. And here guys have an excuse for ordering fruity daiquiris because “hey, it’s the beach, man.”

p. 10 Acme Cantina, Isle of Palms

p. 11 Banana Cabana, Isle of Palms

p. 11 Bert’s Island Character,

Sullivan’s Island

p. 16 Chancy’s at the Beach,

Folly Beach

p. 18 Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill

& Bar, Isle of Palms

p. 31 Off the Hook, Sullivan’s Island

p. 32 One Eyed Parrot, Isle of Palms

p. 35 Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island


Why do biker bars always seem to be situated on the side of highways in the middle of nowhere? Maybe because the clientele prefer desolate stretches of open road where they can let their hawgs run wild. You don’t have to own a bike to frequent these joints, but it helps.

p.11 Big Deck Daddy’s,

North Charleston

p. 27 Kick’n Horse Saloon, Awendaw

p. 35 Richard’s, Mt. Pleasant

p. 38 Sand Dollar, Folly Beach

p. 45 Wolf Track Inn, West Ashley

Dance Clubs

Wiggle into that little black dress, ladies, ’cause if you’re going to one of these clubs, you will be shaking your booty. Charleston’s dance clubs are a creative lot, where you can find everything from hot tubs to shagging (dancing, that is).

p. 10 213 Top of the Bay, Downtown

p. 11 Bar 145, Downtown

p. 17 City Bar, Downtown

p. 25 JB Pivot’s, West Ashley

p. 28 Living Room, Downtown

p. 40 Toucan Reef, Downtown

p. 41 Trio Club, Downtown

p. 45 Wet Willie’s, Downtown


These bars are fabulous whether you’re a fag hag or not.

p. 17 Club Pantheon, Downtown

p. 20 Dudley’s, Downtown

p. 32 Patrick’s Pub, West Ashley


Lounges are for the serious scenester, for whom it’s not enough to just have a few drinks, but to do so in style, surrounded by beautiful people and sipping pricey cocktails. (Or in the case of the Holiday Inn’s High Spirits Lounge, an old-school hotel bar that is utterly cachet-free and, therefore, cool in that unintentional, kitschy kind of way).

p. 10 11 Center Street, Folly Beach

p. 16 Chai’s, Downtown

p. 16 Charlie’s Little Bar, Downtown

p. 19 Club Habana, Downtown

p. 20 East Bay Coffee House,


p. 24 Hatchell’s American Tapas

Tavern, Mt. Pleasant

p. 24 High Spirits Lounge, Downtown

p. 29 McCrady’s, Downtown

p. 29 Meritäge, Downtown

p. 34 Purple Tree Lounge, Downtown

p. 40 Torch, Downtown

p. 46 Voodoo, West Ashley


Stalwart pillars of the local music scene, most of these venues double as hangouts for a crowd of regulars who come for the camaraderie and low-key attitude in addition to the live music shows.

p. 10 A Dough Re Mi, Mt. Pleasant

p. 15 Centre Stage at the Plex,

North Charleston

p. 18 Cumberland’s, Downtown

p. 30 Music Farm, Downtown

p. 31 Oceansong Cafe, Isle of Palms

p. 34 Pluto Rocks, Downtown

p. 34 Pour House, West Ashley

p. 42 Village Tavern, Mt. Pleasant

p. 45 Windjammer, Isle of Palms

Neighborhood Bars

Neighborhood joints are typically defined by the crowds that frequent them, which is usually dictated by the type of neighborhood they’re in. Downtown, and the patrons could be college kids or tourists, or a mixture of both. Out in Mt. P, bar regulars could be young professionals. Whatever the clientele, these bars often double as eateries, where it’s not unusual to see a mixed crowd, from families to seniors.

p. 11 Avondale Station, West Ashley

p. 12 Big Game Billfish, Mt. Pleasant

p. 12 Bodacious Burger, Downtown

p. 15 The Break Room,

Mount Pleasant

p. 15 Brinson’s Beef & Brew,

James Island

p. 17 Cisco’s Cafe, West Ashley

p. 18 Crazy D’s, Goose Creek

p. 22 Firehouse Bar and Grill,

West Ashley

p. 22 Firehouse Bar and Grill,


p. 22 Gilligan’s, Johns Island

p. 26 Kelly’s South of the City,

West Ashley

p. 26 Kickin’ Chicken, James Island

p. 26 Kickin’ Chicken, Downtown

p. 26 Kickin’ Chicken, Mt Pleasant

p. 27 Lagerhead Tavern, Mt. Pleasant

p. 28 Little Thai Too, Downtown

p. 29 Med Deli, West Ashley

p. 31 Mellow Mushroom, Downtown

p. 29 Moe’s Crosstown Tavern,


p. 30 Noisy Oyster, Downtown

p. 33 Pickled Parrot, N. Charleston p. 33 Planet Follywood, Folly Beach

p. 34 R Pub, West Ashley

p. 36 Sand Shack Bar & Grill,

N. Charleston

p. 38 Southend Brewery, Downtown

p. 39 Station 22, Sullivan’s Island

p. 39 Sunfire Grill, West Ashley

p. 39 T-Bonz Grill, Downtown

p. 39 T-Bonz Grill, Mt. Pleasant

p. 40 TJ & Tommy’s Guitar Bar & Grill,

N. Charleston

p. 41 Tsunami, Downtown

p. 42 Wasabi, Downtown

p. 44 Wild Wing Café, Downtown

p. 44 Wild Wing Café, Mt. Pleasant

p. 44 Wild Wing Café, N. Charleston

p. 46 Yo Burrito, Mt. Pleasant

Pool HallS

Looking to hustle up a pool game? These places aren’t just for sharks, but they are for the more serious pool player.

p. 20 Fastbreak Lounge, Summerville

p. 28 Ma’s Pub and Grub, Summerville

p. 33 Player’s Place, Mt. Pleasant


With ties to the motherland, pubs tend to take their pints seriously. Expect to find entertaining conversation, numerous dart lanes, and a bloody good selection of suds.

p. 12 Blind Tiger, Downtown

p. 15 The Brick, Downtown

p. 20 Dog & Duck, Mt. Pleasant

p. 20 Dunleavy’s Pub, Sullivan’s Island

p. 23 The Griffon, Downtown

p. 25 Jimmy Dengate’s, Downtown

p. 26 Johnson’s Pub, Downtown

p. 29 Madra Rua, N. Charleston

p. 29 McNeill’s Pub, N. Charleston

p. 29 Mike Calder’s Pub, Mt. Pleasant

p. 30 O’Brion’s Pub, Mt. Pleasant

p. 32 Palmetto Brick House,

West Ashley

p. 40 Tommy Condon’s, Downtown

Rooftop/Patio/Deck Bars

Looking to sit outside, enjoy the view, or see the water? Head to one of these sites, where the setting is the prime selling point. Most of these are also good places to grab a bite to eat, whether it’s a shrimp cocktail or a big, greasy burger.

p. 29 Morgan Creek Grill,

Isle of Palms

p. 32 Pavilion Bar, Downtown

p. 37 Red’s Icehouse, Mt. Pleasant

p. 34 Reel Bar @ Charleston Harbor

Hilton, Mt. Pleasant

p. 36 Rooftop Bar at Vendue,


p. 36 Salty Mike’s, Downtown

p. 36 Shem Creek Bar & Grill,

Mt. Pleasant

p. 39 The Terrace, Downtown

p. 43 Vickery’s, Downtown

p. 41 Vickery’s on Shem Creek,

Mt. Pleasant

p. 43 Water’s Edge, Mt. Pleasant

Sports Bars

If the game is being broadcast, you can bet it’s showing at these venues. Whatever your team, whatever your sport, you’ll be able to watch the game here. From big screens to individual table TVs, from video trivia to pool tables, these sports bars are geared up for entertainment.

p. 11 Back Nine Pub, West Ashley p. 12 Bobby Hartin’s Sports Grill,

West Ashley

p. 16 Cherriez Sports Bar and Grill,

West Ashley

p. 18 De Toma’s Sports Grill,


p. 20 The End Zone/Club Reminisce,

N. Charleston

p. 22 George’s Sports Bar & Grill,

West Ashley

p. 26 JR’z, Mt Pleasant

p. 27 King Street Grille, Downtown

p. 27 Krankee Yankee, Summerville

p. 28 Manny’s, West Ashley

p. 33 Penalty Box, N. Charleston

p. 37 Skipper’s, James Island

p. 37 Snapper Jack’s, Folly Beach

p. 39 Sportz Cafe, Downtown

p. 41 Trayce’s First String,

West Ashley

p. 43 West Wings, N. Charleston


Lap dances, G-strings, amateur dancers, nude chicks, topless ladies. Whatever your pleasure, boys (and girls), they’ll cater to

it here.

p. 18 Diamonds, N. Charleston

p. 26 The Landing Strip, N. Charleston

p. 40 Thee Southern Belle, Downtown

p. 44 Wild Wild Joker, Downtown

Upscale Bars

Attached to nice restaurants, these bars have become gathering places in their own rights, attracting a high-end clientele that’s not afraid to drop a Jackson on a couple of drinks.

p. 10 39 Rue de Jean, Downtown

p. 12 Blossom, Downtown

p. 12 The Boathouse, Downtown

p. 15 Carolina’s, Downtown

p. 16 Charleston Grill, Downtown

p. 17 Cintra, Downtown

p. 17 Circa 1886, Downtown

p. 17 Coast, Downtown

p. 20 Cypress, Downtown

p. 20 FIG, Downtown

p. 23 Fleet Landing, Downtown

p. 24 Grill 225, Downtown

p. 24 Hank’s, Downtown

p. 24 Henry’s on the Boulevard,

Mt. Pleasant

p. 24 Henry’s on the Market,


p. 24 High Cotton, Downtown

p. 27 Langdon’s Restaurant,

Mt. Pleasant

p. 30 Oak, Downtown

p. 33 Old Village Post House,

Mt. Pleasant

p. 33 Peninsula Grill, Downtown

p. 36 Sermet’s, Downtown

p. 42 Vintage Restaurant & Wine Bar,


p. 46 Zinc Bistro & Bar, Mt. Pleasant

Watering Hole

You go to these joints to hang with your friends and drink. Period. Good bar food is on hand to soak up the alcohol. Style is irrelevant. What matters at the local watering hole is that the beer is cold and the bartenders are friendly.

p. 10 A.C.’s, Mt. Pleasant

p. 10 A.C.’s, Downtown

p. 10 Art’s, Mt. Pleasant

p. 12 Big John’s Tavern, Downtown

p. 15 Buffalo South, James Island

p. 15 Charleston Beer Works,


p. 22 Gene’s Haufbrau, West Ashley

p. 25 Hooter’s, N. Charleston

p. 25 Icehouse, Summerville

p. 25 Island Club House, Mt. Pleasant

p. 25 Island Grill, James Island

p. 26 KC Mulligan’s, N. Charleston

p. 27 Kountry Klub, Summerville

p. 28 Lite Affair, Downtown

p. 30 Oasis, James Island

p. 32 Palmetto’s, Downtown

p. 37 Silver Dollar, Downtown

p. 41 Upper Deck Tavern, Downtown

p. 42 Wally Gator’s, West Ashley

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