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We’re nearing the end of 2020 — we could all use a drink. Welcome to our annual SWIG bar guide where we’ve curated a list of bars and booze-focused restaurants throughout the Charleston area. This issue is of course filled with the best spots for craft beer, wine or fancy cocktails, but we’ve also added in tips for drinking at home or around town that fit the times. 

You’ll hear from three cocktail experts who discuss the drinking trends in their respective parts of town, and later on page 18, local influencer Miguel Buencamino offers some tips for crafting elevated cocktails at home. 

Connor Simonson sits down with The Co-Op owner Jess Patterson to discuss Brad the frosé trailer, a new Isle of Palms location, non-alcoholic frosé and more. We’ve also got some suggestions for drinking outdoors and a curated list of happy hours that still exist post-pandemic. 

An adventure awaits inside your glass, whether you’re after gin, bourbon, frosé or all of the above. We won’t be sharing cocktails this holiday season, but we can certainly raise a glass in honor of making it to the end of 2020. —Parker Milner