Updated April 2021

Charleston is a city full of amazing things to do and see, and it doesn't fall short when it comes to great places to grab a cocktail, either. Check out the list below for some of our favorite spots for a drink in this cobble-stone lined city! 


 

HOTEL EMELINE

FRANNIE AND THE FOX

Located in Hotel Emeline in Charleston's Historic District, sits a beautiful patio escape. Frannie and the Fox is the hotel's restaurant, featuring wood-burning shareable dishes. Whether or not you're eating, the courtyard is perfect for getting cozy in one of the lounge sectionals. If you love Negronis, you'll be in luck, they're actually on tap! Or choose another craft cocktail or glass of wine!

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THE BAR AT HUSK

THE BAR AT HUSK

In a freestanding, historic space next to the famous Husk restaurant, you'll find one of the best whiskey collections in town, as well as a menu of elevated bar food, complete with a can't-miss burger. Grab a cocktail while you wait for your table next door, or make the trip just for the bar- either way, it's worth it.

FRENCH QUARTER | DIRECTIONS

 

BANGKOK LOUNGE

 

BANGKOK LOUNGE

Bangkok lounge serves up tiki drinks and karaoke 7 days a week, in the heart of the King Street district. This location has been beloved by locals for many years, but was recently revamped into it's current, high energy setting. If you're visiting Charleston with a big group...maybe for a bachelor or bachelorette...this is a must-visit!

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CAMELLIAS AT HOTEL BENNETT

CAMELLIAS 

The "Most Instagrammable Restaurant in South Carolina" by the Food Network, located inside of the chic Hotel Bennett, you'll find Camellias, a champagne lounge adorned in head-to-toe pink in homage to the marble of the public library that used to occupy the same address. The perfect spot for a girls' night or mother-daughter getaway, you won't find a better champagne list in town than Camellias. 

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COCKTAIL CLUB

THE COCKTAIL CLUB

Tucked away on Upper King Street, you'll find this hidden upscale cocktail lounge. In addition to great drinks, they also have a rooftop lounge that's the perfect spot for a night on the town. Join for happy hour or catch some live music, and f there's enough in your group, make sure to try one of the stunning punch bowls! 

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CITRUS CLUB

CITRUS CLUB

Located on the 8th floor terrace of The Dewberry Hotel, the Citrus Club is the highest rooftop in the city. You literally cannot find better views than this whimsical, rooftop cocktail bar. As the name implies, cocktails are citrus-inspired, and the menu includes light bites as well including oysters and a Caribbean-inspired dishes. The setting and drinks are truly unmatched, but it is pricey, so plan accordingly.

RADCLIFFEBOROUGH | DIRECTIONS

 

EDMUND'S OAST

EDMUND'S OAST

This brewpub has one of the best beer lists in town, but you'll also find great options no matter what your drink of choice. In a relaxed, hip atmosphere, you'll find solid pub food in addition to great drinks. Stop by for happy hour- it's one of the best deals in town, especially if the weather is nice. This patio bar is perfect for soaking in the sun!

NOMO | DIRECTIONS

 

FACULTY LOUNGE

FACULTY LOUNGE

Ring the doorbell to be let inside this neighborhood speakeasy. Faculty Lounge is a classic, neighborhood cocktail bar with seriously good drinks, in an unassuming setting where locals and tourists alike flock to this spot for their great cocktails. If you're hungry, head to their pizza restaurant Renzo next door, or enjoy snacks from the Asian market at Faculty Lounge.

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GIN JOINT

THE GIN JOINT

This cozy, 1920's-inspired bar has been a favorite for all who visit and live in Charleston for over a decade. With speakeasy style cocktails and a lovely courtyard, you won't be disappointed at Gin Joint. You can select something pre-made, or our favorite thing to do: select a few adjectives listed out like herbaceous or spicy, and see what the bartender makes for you! During their happy hour, ask for the bartender's choice, for only $6. 

FRENCH QUARTER | DIRECTIONS

 

GRIFFON

THE GRIFFON

While cocktail lounges are great, sometimes you just want a really good dive bar. The Griffon is all that you want in a dive bar and more- with a solid beer list and an English pub inspired interior, stop by here for cheap drinks, and admire one of the long-standing Charleston dives. Try the fish n chips and sign a dollar bill to be added to their wall!

FRENCH QUARTER | DIRECTIONS

 

ZERO RESTAURANT

ZERO RESTAURANT + BAR

Zero George boutique hotel has some of the loveliest grounds in Charleston, in a tucked away, historic setting. One of the best ways to visit the property is the onsite restaurant and bar. Stop by during happy hour for a craft cocktail or glass of wine from their private label, and explore the charming, historic property. We recommend reservations, as the bar fills up quickly.

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