Best Charleston, SC Nightlife

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    10. King Street Grille

    With over 36 flat-screens and over 100 varieties of beer to choose from, this impressive two-level bar and grill was voted the "Best Sports Bar" in Charleston in 2011. In addition to the standard pub menu, King...

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    9. Market Street Saloon & Bar

    Market Street Salon on North Market Street is the only place country rock and roll spot in Charleston, and the only place where ladies can dance on the bar! Smokehouse and grill by night, and high energy saloon and...

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    8. Henry's on the Market

    Henry's, conveniently located on North Market Street, is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. The large, dark wood bar takes center stage, serving an extensive menu of beer, wine, and spirits. A simple...

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    7. Tsunami

    Tsunami, located on East Bay Street, is an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant and bar in the Historic District. An extensive menu offers a wide variety of Hibatchi style entrees ans sushi items for lunch and...

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    6. Torch Lounge

    This impressive European style lounge — with its velvet curtains, red pendant lights, and wing-back leather couches — comes together for an intimate bar and club atmosphere. Velvet's sultry, sexy vibe...

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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 dance music in town, this bar welcomes anyone and everyone 18 & up, and serves both cheap house and premium...

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    4. 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 good drinks in a cozy atmosphere. A historic shady brick courtyard is the perfect outdoor drink setting off of...

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    3. The Belmont Lounge

    The Belmont, one of Upper King's newest upscale bar and lounge, is filled nightly with local regulars and cocktail lovers. Decorated in a simplistic style that features an old movie screen on the back wall playing...

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    2. Closed for Business

    Recently voted as having "The Best Beer Selection on Tap," Closed For Business is one of Upper King's most popular hangouts. This local's bar offers 42 beers on tap, roughly 50 bottled beers, a seasonal beer menu,...

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    1. Trio Club-Lounge

    Fun and high-energy live music venue offering Latin, blues, folk, jazz and rock acts. Trio Club can get crowded at times, but you can escape to the outdoor patio if it gets to be too much. Trio Club was recently...

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About Charleston, SC Nightlife

Charleston’s nightlife is concentrated in two main areas of downtown: Upper King Street in the Design District, and North and South Market streets near the Old Historic City Market on the further south on peninsula.

Within recent years, Charleston’s bars and clubs have grown more unique, with many becoming must-see destinations within the city. Bars like Tsunamis near the City Market, are especially known for their weekly specials, club style music and DJ, while Upper King’s Closed For Business is the perfect rustic watering hole for any craft beer lovers. Dance clubs like Club NV and Trio Club bring big city music and dancing to this Southern town.

Join a Charleston pub crawl to get experience Charleston’s more historic bars and pubs.  Enjoy the close proximity of bars and clubs in Charleston, all within walking distance of each other, or call a cab for or opt for a more environmentally friendly ride on a local rickshaw bike taxi for a quick ride instead.

About Clare Sweeney

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

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