Best Charleston, SC Nightlife

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    10. Blind Tiger Pub

    The Historic District's Blind Tiger Pub, built in 1803, is a safe bet when you're in the mood to enjoy a cold beer in a cozy indoor tavern atmosphere or hidden garden courtyard patio. A historic shady brick courtyard...

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    8. HōM

    Hom brings to the table, what no other bar in the lowcountry does: ping pong balls and paddles, of course! Located at 563 King Street, Hom is quite conveniently located, within walking distance of many hotels and...

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    7. Stars Rooftop Bar and Tap Room

    Stars is Upper King Street's answer to the locals' call for rooftop dining and drinking. Stars has earned credibility for its name thanks to the star-gazing friendly views from the building's...

    Photo courtesy of Andrew Cebulka
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    6. Social Wine Bar

    Winos, rejoice: Social Wine Bar is your top destination in Charleston for an extensive collection of red, white, and rosé wines by the glass and by the bottle. Open seven days a week, 4pm to 1am, Social brings a...

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    5. Club Pantheon

    DJs, drag shows and dancing are what it's all about at Club Pantheon. Known to have some of the best music in town, and arguably best club atmosphere, this LGBT epicenter welcomes anyone and everyone 18 & up, and...

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    1. The Alley

    With the arrival of The Alley at 131 Columbus Street, just off of Upper King Street, the lifestyle of "Eat. Drink. Bowl." caught on in a big way. That's because the Alley is the first bowling alley within the...

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About Charleston, SC Nightlife

Whether you're visiting Charleston, South Carolina as a regular or for the first time, you'll find that Charleston is worth getting to know at night just as much as its sunnier hours. The Holy City is one of variety, its walkable streets lined with excellent late night restaurants, bars, clubs and live music suitable for every level of nighttime enthusiasm. Most Charleston bars are centered around the Market Street and Upper King Street areas, though many fall just outside of these popular hangouts.

Combine your party plans with bowling at The Alley, or HoM, if you're feeling competitive enough for a game of ping pong. Local LGBT and friends head to Pantheon on the weekends for the wildest club experience in Charleston, with Mynt a close second in terms of dancefloor setting and club music. Those in search of a starlit roooftop evening should seek out Stars on Upper King, while others looking to keep things more low key will revel in the craft beer focused Bay Street Biergarten and Closed for Business.

About Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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