Charleston has no shortage of booze-filled options with its thriving brewery scene, growing number of distilleries and assortment of dive and craft cocktail bars. Want a PBR? Head to Recovery Room, City Paper readers’ pick for Best Cheap Beer Deal and Best Cold Beer. Plus, don’t forget newbies like Best New Bar Tobin’s Market, a downtown outdoor watering hole.

In a year where folks were drinking more at home, locals were fortunate enough to have easy access to Best Local Spirit Firefly sweet tea vodka, and when it was time to return to local bars and restaurants, Best Bartender Shana Swain and Best Sommelier Sam Cooper welcomed us back with socially distanced open arms.

So without further ado, let’s raise a glass to the Drinking winners as voted on by City Paper readers. —Parker Milner

Best Adult Establishment
King Street Cabaret
1337 King St. Downtown.
(843) 789-4488
kingstreetcabaret.com

Runner-up:
Cheetah Gentleman’s Club

Best Authentic Pub 
Blind Tiger Pub
36-38 Broad St. Downtown.
(843) 872-6700
blindtigerchs.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Bar Staff
Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 576-9194
lowtidebrewing.com

Runner-up:
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Best Bartender
Shana Swain, Zen Asian Bistro
2037 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 766-6331
zenasianrestaurant.com

Runner-up:
Chelsey Donnahoo, Hotel Bennett

Best Beer Retail Selection
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-up:
Edmund’s Oast Exchange

Best Beer Selection on Tap
Bay Street Biergarten
549 E. Bay St. Downtown.
(843) 266-2437
baystreetbiergarten.com

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best Bloody Mary
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-up:
The Darling Oyster Bar

Best Bottled Beer
Edmund’s Oast Exchange
1081-B, Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 990-9449
edmundsoast.com/exchange

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best Bouncers
AC’s Bar & Grill
467 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-6742
acsbar.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social

Best Cheap Beer Deal
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
AC’s Bar & Grill

Best Cocktails
The Gin Joint
182 E. Bay St. #2169. Downtown.
(843) 577-6111
theginjoint.com

Runner-up:
Felix Cocktails et Cuisine

Best Cold Beer
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
Gene’s Haufbrau

Best College Bar
AC’s Bar & Grill
467 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-6742
acsbar.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social

Best Dance Club
The Commodore
504 Meeting St. Downtown.
thecommodorechs.com

Runner-up:
Trio

Best Daniel Island Bar
Daniel Island Grille
259 Seven Farms Drive. Daniel Island.
(843) 377-8750
dighospitality.com 

Runner-up:
Dockery’s

Best Distillery
Firefly Distillery
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Runner-up:
High Wire Distilling

Best Downtown Bar
Blind Tiger Pub
36-38 Broad St. Downtown.
(843) 872-6700
blindtigerchs.com

Runner-up:
The Royal American

Best Folly Beach Bar
Taco Boy
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
217 Huger St. Downtown.
(843) 789-3333
tacoboy.net

Runner-up:
Surf Bar

Best Folly Beach Happy Hour
Surf Bar
103 W. Cooper Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-2009
surfbarfollybeach.com

Runner-up:
Taco Boy

Best Frozen Drinks
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island .
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
The Co-Op

Best Happy Hour
Water’s Edge
1407 Shrimp Boat Lane. Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-4074
waters-edge-restaurant.com

Runner-up:
Pearlz Oyster Bar

Best IOP Bar
The Windjammer
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(866) 540-3548
the-windjammer.com

Runner-up:
Coconut Joe’s

Best IOP Happy Hour
The Windjammer
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms. (866) 540-3548
the-windjammer.com

Runner-up:
The Dinghy

Best James Island Bar
Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway. James Island.
(843) 571-4343
charlestonpourhouse.com

Runner-up:
Bohemian Bull

Best James Island Happy Hour
Bohemian Bull 
1531 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 225-1817
bohemianbull.com

Runner-up:
Garage 75

Best Johns Island Bar
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Johns Island Happy Hour
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-up:
Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar

Best Late Night Bar
Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0999
recoveryroomtavern.com

Runner-up:
Uptown Social 

Best Local Beer
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Something Cold
1505 King St. #115. Downtown.
(843) 718-3224
edmundsoast.com/brewing-co

Runner-up:
Low Tide Brewing Aloha Beaches Pineapple Wheat

Best Local Brewery
Holy City Brewing
1021 Aragon Ave. Charleston
(843) 459-2948
holycitybrewing.com

Runner-up:
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

Best Brewery Taproom
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
1505 King St. #115. Downtown.
(843) 718-3224
edmundsoast.com/brewing-co

Runner-up:
Holy City Brewing

Best Local Cocktail Mixer
Charleston Bloody Mary Mix
charlestonmix.com

Runner-up:
Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

Best Local Spirit
Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
4201 Spruill Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 557-1405
fireflydistillery.com

Runner-up:
High Wire Hat Trick Gin

Best Margarita
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
817 St. Andrews Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 751-4001
1109 Park W. Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 352-9699
2205 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 882-8172
mex1coastalcantina.com

Runner-up:
Taco Boy

Best Martini
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
The Gin Joint

Best Mount Pleasant Bar
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-up:
Red’s Ice House

Best Mount Pleasant Happy Hour
Red’s Ice House
98 Church St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 388-0003
redsicehouse.com

Runner-up:
Water’s Edge

Best Neighborhood Bar
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern
714 Rutledge Ave. Downtown.
(843) 641-0469
moescrosstowntavern.com

Runner-up:
Madra Rua Irish Pub

Best New Bar
Tobin’s Market
197 Jackson St. Downtown
(843) 793-4130
tobins.jacksonstreetcottages.com

Runner-up:
Caroline’s Aloha Bar

Best No Frills Watering Hole
The Royal American
970 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 817-6925
theroyalamerican.com

Runner-up:
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Best North Charleston Bar
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 554-2522

Runner-up:
DIG in the Park

Best North Charleston Happy Hour
Madra Rua Irish Pub
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston 
(843) 554-2522

Runner-up:
DIG in the Park

Best Pet Friendly Bar/Restaurant
The Barrel
1859 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 732-2337
thebarrelcharleston.com

Runner-up:
Red’s Ice House

Best Rooftop Bar
The Rooftop at the Vendue
19 Vendue Range. Downtown.
(843) 577-7970
thevendue.com

Runner-up:
The Watch at the Restoration

Best Sommelier
Sam Cooper, Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090 
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
Sarah O’Kelley, Edmund’s Oast Exchange

Best Sports Bar
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Charleston Sports Pub

Best Sullivan’s Island Bar
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Poe’s Tavern

Best Sullivan’s Island Happy Hour
Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-up:
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Best Summerville Bar
Madra Rua Irish Pub
2066 N. Main St. Summerville.
(843) 821-9434

Runner-up:
The Icehouse Restaurant

Best Upscale Bar
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-up:
The Belmont

Best Waterfront Bar
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-up:
Tavern & Table

Best West Ashley Bar
Gene’s Haufbrau
817 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-4363
genes.beer

Runner-up:
The Roost Bar N’ Grill

Best West Ashley Happy Hour
Gene’s Haufbrau
817 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-4363
genes.beer

Runner-up:
Triangle Char and Bar

Best Wine Selection (Bar/Restaurant)
Avondale Wine & Cheese
813 Savannah Highway # B. West Ashley.
(843) 769-5444
avondalewc.hrpos.heartland.us/menu

Runner-up:
Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Best Wine Selection (Retail)
Total Wine & More
1820 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 763-7034
1501 N. Highway 17 #C-6. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 375-8999
totalwine.com

Runner-up:
Bottles