FUEL's outdoor patio plays host to a mix of visitors and neighborhood locals, night and day — Photo courtesy of FUEL
When the weather in Charleston, S.C., follows its expected pattern and calls for its residents and visitors to be outdoors, it's high time to head to your friendly, neighborhood restaurant-bar. In Charleston, your neighborhood bar had better have some comfortable patio space, able to accommodate those days when the party moves out of doors.
FUEL Charleston is just such a gathering place for consistently warm summer nights as well as cooler fall afternoons and surprise mid-winter heat spells; it's known by many for both its nightlife setting and crowd-pleasing menu.
It's no surprise that FUEL's regular patrons often come early and stay late, seeing fit to fully savor the local beer selection on tap, Caribbean food-fuel and a unique nightlife setting. FUEL's patio is even equipped with music and TVs, and they host a weekly trivia night.
The Pulled Pork Tacos at FUEL have been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"! — Photo courtesy of FUEL
In this way, FUEL is an ideal bar and restaurant choice for those looking for full brunch, lunch and dinner service alongside a lively bar and patio scene.
FUEL's brunch menu is only served on Sundays, but it shouldn't be underestimated; brunch on FUEL's patio offers an alternative to more expensive, crowded fine dining restaurants downtown. Sunday mornings at FUEL often bring local Charleston nightlife to daylight, with drink specials and killer brunch dishes like Granny V's Chicken & Waffles.
The FUEL patio is even dog friendly, making it an ideal option for brunchers, day-drinkers or groups wishing for a break from Charleston explorations.
Loaded Nachos on the outdoor patio are the perfect fuel for an impending big night out — Photo courtesy of FUEL
The 4 p.m. happy hour at FUEL is not to be overlooked, with Cadillac Margaritas ($6); Pinto Margaritas ($4); Grandma and Jager shots ($3); and other featured cocktail specials for $5.
Even beyond early evening hours, FUEL offers up fantastic drink specials, including a "FUEL beer" of the night for $2, shots of "antifreeze" for $2 and FUEL pitchers for just $8.
The scene is a mix of college and medical/graduate school students, young professionals and local families and friends.
The Black Bean Burger at FUEL is unmissable, even for omnivores — Photo courtesy of FUEL
You'll definitely need to fuel up before or during your revelries in downtown Charleston. FUEL's soups, salads, nachos, tacos and burgers are a massive hit with the local neighborhood, for good reason.
Sweet potato fries make an especially good pairing with the Black Bean Burger, Chorizo Burger, Pork Tacos or Jerk Chicken Sandwich, while the Loaded Nachos act as the perfect warm-up for a night of outdoor patio drinking.
Servings are big, vegetarian options are plenty and the Caribbean-American style of grub is appealing to all.