Charleston by Night: Market Street to Upper King & Everywhere in Between



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 it is during its sunnier hours. The Holy City is one of variety, its walkable streets lined with excellent late night restaurants, beer bars, dancing, and live music suitable for every level of nightlife plans.

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 a few rounds of bowling at The Alley, or, take on the outdoor games on the patio at Bay Street Biergarten. Local LGBT and friends head to Cure Nightclub on the weekends for the wildest club experience in Charleston, while those in search of a more low-key night out will turn to the craft beer havens of Closed for Business or Edmund's Oast.

Food often accompanies beverages in bars here–this is Charleston, after all. Try a late dinner at Fish before it comes alive as "Club Fish" on Saturday nights, or a meal and cheap beers at Royal American any day, any time.

Your awesome nightlife views and backdrops come in the form of rooftop bars at the Rooftop at The Vendue and Upper King's Cocktail Club. Cheers!




Why yes, you can have an all fresh caught, locally sourced, just picked meal and the latest in local Charleston brewery draft beers at the same place, at the same time. Welcome to Edmund's Oast, located just a short bike ride or drive up the...  Read More




Located on Morrison Drive just a short bike ride or drive from the heart of Charleston's entertainment and bar scene, The Royal American has had no trouble attracting a crowd following since its opening in late 2011. Boasting a popular outdoor...  Read More


The Rooftop
Photo courtesy of The Vendue


Recently rebranded, renovated, and remodeled as Charleston's Art Hotel, The Rooftop at Vendue has always been known for its expansive, unforgettable views of the Charleston Harbor and East Bay Street architecture. The Rooftop is a favorite spot...  Read More




Drag shows, dancing, and damn good company are what it's all about at Cure Nightclub in downtown Charleston. Known to have some of the best music in town, and arguably the city's best club atmosphere, this LGBT epicenter welcomes anyone and...  Read More




Bay Street Biergarten doesn't fit the mold of what you'd typically imagine a sports bar to be, and that's a good thing. Here, you'll be able to watch the big game without dealing with huge crowds or standing room only. You'll also be able to try...  Read More




This comfortable, casual brewery is a fun time day or night, and brings in an all ages (over 21) for some of Charleston's very best locally-brewed beer. Highlights from the sizeable, award-winning selection at Revelry Brewing include the Gullah...  Read More




Closed For Business is certainly one of Charleston's most popular craft beer bars, with 40+ beers on tap, and a high standard for knowledgeable bar staf. Taps--both local, regional, domestic, and imported--rotate weekly or as available. You can...  Read More




Fish on Upper King Street offers more than meets the eye in more ways than one, with fine dining by day and nightclub-style dancing by night. It's true, Fish is primarily known as one of downtown Charleston's best seafood restaurants, but the...  Read More




Of course, The Alley is best known as Charleston's only downtown bowling alley, and for good reason. This retro-style bowling hotspot brings in bowlers of all levels to enjoy their squeaky clean lanes, open seven days a week. The Alley has so...  Read More




Stepping into The Cocktail Club is akin to stepping back in time to Charleston of the prohibition era. Located just above The Macintosh at 479 King Street, The Cocktail Club prides itself on superior cocktail craftsmanship and service. This...  Read More


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Meet 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. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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