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Game On: A Unique Scene at Charleston's Best Sports Bars

If you happen to be visiting Charleston, South Carolina during a major college or professional championships, or even just an important mid-season game, you'll want to watch at a sports bar reflects the local competitive spirit. For Charleston, team affiliations aren't as clearly defined: the local colleges, College of Charleston and The Citadel, are small-medium sized (C of C doesn't have a football team), and South Carolina is one of those rare states without a professional sports franchise. That doesn't keep us from cheering on the Cougar basketball and Bulldog football teams, but it does open the city up to a wide variety of fan groups and team-affiliated bars.

Charleston is certainly more of a foodie town than a sports one, but it works in our favor. Here, you can catch the big game in a better than average environment alongside some seriously good pub-grub. Elevate your gametime experience with pretzels and brats at Bay Street Biergarten, for example, or by downing some local craft beers and burgers at Charleston Beer Works or King Street Grill (half-price on Wednesdays).

If it's a laid-back, no-frills scene you're after, we've got that, too, at the local hangout Burns Alley or Upper King's Midtown Bar & Grill. Others want a little extra entertainment on the side with their sports bar experience; some bowling at The Alley, ping pong at HōM, or cornhole and bocce at My Father's Moustache should do the trick.



Located on busy Upper King Street downtown, Midtown Bar & Grill is a draw for a young, sports loving crowd on both weekdays and weekends. You'll find live music going on five times a week, as well as pool tables, two inside bars and an...  Read More



Hom brings to the table what no other bar in Charleston does: ping pong balls and paddles, of course! Located on Upper King, Hom is conveniently located within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants. Hom is an alternative sports bar,...  Read More



Over 36 flat-screens adorn this impressive two-level bar and grill, where patrons may choose from over 100 varieties of beer and a multi-page menu of gametime eats. In addition to the standard pub menu, King Street offers some more upscale...  Read More



The Kickin' Chicken is quite possibly the best known sports bar in Charleston, due in part to its dedication to local and state sports games, but also because of the popularity of it's chicken-loaded menu. The Kickin' Chicken lives up to its...  Read More



Located just west of the Ashley River from downtown, The Roost Bar N' Grille dishes out cheap yet satisfying pub grub in a more laid-back, less crowded atmosphere than you're likely to find on King Street. The Roost is guaranteed to have the big...  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



You can get to this semi-hidden dive bar by entering through La Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant on King Street, (after eating there, to be polite), or by walking a block down narrow Burns Lane through the main bar entrance. Burns Alley is the...  Read More



Like any other Charleston sports bar, My Father's Moustache has a great local beer selection (16 on tap) alongside a long list of house wines and cocktails. But what makes My Father's Moustache different is its dedication to British football...  Read More



Located on Upper King Street in the midst of Charleston's busiest bar scene, Charleston Beer Works maintains a casual, laid-back vibe for its sports-loving regulars. Known primarily as a gathering spot for New England sports fans, Charleston...  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


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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