Charleston's Best Bars, Pubs and Rooftop Venues

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Charleston
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If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Charleston guide is just what you want. By capitalizing on first-hand experience downing a few pints, as well as extensive research, we've located the best bars in Charleston for hanging out and kicking back. Long-lived mainstays include Blind Tiger Pub, a historical icon rich in stories from past patrons, and Moe's Crosstown Tavern, a typical neighborhood dive with wallet-friendly specials. 

Two sophisticated rooftop bars have made their mark on the nightlife scene: the legendary Pavilion Bar and Cafe and newbie Star's Rooftop Grill and Tap...  Read more »

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    Southend Brewery

    Quality beers made in-house and a casual vibe make this an easy favorite.

    Local Expert Tip: "During happy hour draft beers are $3, pitchers are $10, and snacks are $5."

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    Tucked away between a handful of typical bars, Squeeze feels more like a neighborhood bar with excellent cocktails.

    Local Expert Tip: "For event services, check out Squeeze On Site. "

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    Blind Tiger Pub

    The Blind Tiger is a little slice of Charleston's history with a cozy atmosphere and affordable menu items.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the entertainment schedule online and stop by for live music!"

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    Closed for Business

    This neighborhood joint is ideal for beer aficionados, with an extensive microbrew selection.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go early to avoid the college crowd. "

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    Tattooed Moose

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: North Downtown

    The team at this hometown bar is friendly and inviting, making it easy to let your hair down.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tuesdays is free live music and $1 off all craft beers."

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    Stars Rooftop Bar and Tap Room

    As a newcomer in town, Stars is a well-received venue for its excellent cuisine and happening rooftop bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Tap Wine Tuesdays from 4 to 7pm for half-off wine and great food specials. "

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    Gene's Haufbrau

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: West Ashley

    A step up from a dive bar, this laid-back spot is perfect for a simple night out on a budget.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the wings!"

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    Moe's Crosstown Tavern

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: North Downtown

    Whether your catching the game or just want some quality pub grub, Moe's is the spot!

    Local Expert Tip: "Burgers are half price on Tuesdays!"

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    Pavilion Bar and Cafe

    Stunning harbor views and an elegant setting make this a unique choice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get there early to get the best view!"

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    Poe's Tavern

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Sullivan's Island

    Poe's is a great place to unwind after a day on the beach, with a chilled out, and slightly literary vibe.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the Poe's Tavern Facebook and Twitter pages for the Burger of the Day and other daily specials! "



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