The guys in Starbuck sang the gospel truth on their 1976 hit single “Moonlight, Feels Right.” Yes, the moonlight indeed feels right. Which is why when it’s time to grab a nighttime cocktail, we like to grab a frosty bev or two while sitting outside. Whether it’s on your own porch, a deck overlooking Shem Creek, or steps away from the beach, the summer is here and it’s time to sit under the stars and raise a glass to friends, family, and good fortune.

Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill & Bar
1120 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms
(843) 886-0046

Like scenic views of the ocean, seafood, and pitchers of strong drinks? Head over to Coconut Joe’s Beach Bar and Grill on Isle of Palms, take a seat at their covered rooftop bar, listen to live music, and indulge. Coconut Joe’s also has a variety of specialty drinks, like the Red Headed Parrot Colada, Almond Ecstasy, and A Dirty Rotten Banana. All drinks are sold in either 14-ounce servings for $6-$8 or pitchers for $20-$24. The rooftop bar also features local musicians.

Blind Tiger
38 Broad St.
(843) 577-0088

Got gator? The Blind Tiger does. It also has one of the absolute best patios around — there’s lots of shade, a pond, a full service bar, and just a real cool vibe. Pro-Tip: Order a Gator Hater. The patty is made from ground gator meat and Cajun spices and topped with jalapeños, caramelized onions, and chipotle sauce. Proceed with caution while enjoying this menu item. We hear it has a bit of a bite to it. Har har har.

Rita’s Seaside Grill
2 Center St.
Folly Beach
(843) 588-2525

Just across the street from Folly Beach, Rita’s has a nice little patio, complete with live music. And if you go there, try their Barnyard Burger. It’s served on an English muffin with fried egg, bacon, and cheddar cheese. On the weekends, Rita’s offers an assortment of weekend brunch options, such as chocolate chunk pancakes, Captain Crunch French toast, and omelets.

Vickery’s Bar and Grill
1313 Shrimp Boat Lane
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-4440

Sitting on the deck at Vickery’s is one of the absolutely best ways to watch the sunset. You might even say that it’s a signature Charleston experience. While you’re there, Vickery’s also offers an award-winning oyster bisque, a killer Cuban, and french fries and gravy.

Poe’s Tavern
2210 Middle St.
Sullivans Island,
(843) 883-0083

Although the patio in front of Poe’s Tavern isn’t the biggest, it’s a swell spot to people watch and enjoy the summer weather. And given the fact that Poe’s is just a few block from the beach and serves up some top-notch burgers, this Sullivan’s Island eatery remains one of the Lowcountry’s nosh pits.

A Few Outdoor Dining Faves
Grab a pair of grilled hot dogs and watch the Braves on Daniel Island Grille‘s massive patio.
Dive into a plate of huevos rancheros with your four-legged best friend by your side at on the Lost Dog Cafe porch.
Nosh on the speck-and-provolone croissant on the EVO Bakery back deck in the bright and early a.m.
Gobble up a Mediterranean omelet at Tabbuli for Sunday brunch.
Fill your belly with Kitchen 208‘s Cobblestone sandwich — candied bacon, lemon mayo, arugula, gruyère cheese, and a local brown egg — underneath the shade.
Kickback with a red solo cup in your hand and wait for Drop-In Deli to deliver a Pholly Cheese Steak to your spot on the beach.

View Outdoor al Fresco in a larger map