It's not easy to narrow Charleston's best bars down to just 10 contenders, but somebody's got to do it. So here we present to you, our faithful readers, our best efforts at the Holy City's very best: bars big and small, rowdy and reserved, fancy and dive. Take our word for it–or anyone else's in town; Charleston knows how to tips a few back.
Take Closed for Business, for example–our personal favorite. If you're a beer nerd, beer snob, or budding beer lover (that's everyone, right?) you're going to like this place. Take on nearly 50 beers on tap at CFB, or walk a half-block to Proof for a smaller but righteous selection, along traditional absinthe service and some killer cocktails.
Beer bros (and gals) will also dig Bay Street Biergarten, an indoor-outdoor haus of communal tables, pour-your-own taps, and all of the sports on-screen.
Classic cocktails more your speed? Try The Gin Joint before or after dinner on East Bay, or bounce between The Belmont and Cocktail Club on Upper King–laid back and energetic vibes, respectively. For the freshest Moscow Mules on-peninsula, Rarebit's your place. They've got 'em on tap!
Everyone knows that drinks taste better outdoors. See for yourself at The Vendue Hotel's snazzy Rooftop (there's cover if it starts to rain) or the divey front deck at Royal American.
Put one foot in front of the other down King Street and you'll be heading in the right direction. And feel free to carry us with you from bar to bar.