Nightlife with a touch of refinement is what you'll experience when you frequent Charleston's best cocktail lounges. These upscale places lend themselves to sophisticated evenings out, and their stylish furnishings and interiors promote conversation and relaxation. For a taste of what Charleston offers, visit Purple Tree Ultra Lounge, which is known for its inventive cocktails, or lounge about in First Shot Lounge and discover the ambience that 10Best users appreciate. A great place for a date or an after-hours business meet-up.



Stunning views of the harbor and the skyline greet patrons of this fabulous rooftop venue, located on the upper floor of the Market Pavilion. A large, open space, complete with a swimming pool in its midst, establishes a romantic, upscale...  Read More



This appealing brasserie practically recreates Paris in the Lowcountry. Its warm decor, zinc bar, and even an outdoor terrace speak of Gallic comforts, and the food follows suit beautifully. Traditional – and affordable! – fare includes such...  Read More



Dine on inventive Nouvelle cuisine in a place that really gives you the Charleston feel with its potted palms, ceiling fans and mahogany shutters. Starters such as buttermilk-fried oysters with arugula and Green Goddess dressing are sure to...  Read More



This impressive London-style lounge – with its silky curtains, red pendant lights, intimate cafe tables and wing-back leather couches – certainly captivates the imagination and stimulates the senses. Velvet's sultry attitude appeals to the...  Read More



Located in the historic Mills House Hotel, this prestigious lounge beside the Barbados Room Restaurant attracts some of Charleston's most distinguished guests. Savor the view of the picturesque courtyard with a classic cocktail, and if needed, a...  Read More

The Swamp Fox


Devour a tasty Southern meal or raise a glass while enjoying live piano music at this restaurant and bar, located in the stately Francis Marion Hotel. From fried green tomatillos to Charleston fried chicken, stuffed with spinach and Farmers...  Read More