Cocktail Hour in Charleston

By:Devyn Whitmire

Date:9/14/2016

The Vendue Rooftop
The Rooftop at the Vendue Inn offers spectacular cocktails with a view of Historic Charleston's skyline.

The Vendue Rooftop

What it’s known for: “The Rooftop” at the Vendue Inn is considered one of Charleston’s best rooftop bars, and with its top-notch list of signature cocktails and an extensive selection of local craft beers, you’ll see why. If you’re looking for a place to meet friends for dinner or simply to relax with drinks and a view, you won’t be disappointed.

Style: Southern, rooftop bar

Address: 19 Vendue Range, Charleston

Phone: 843.577.7970

Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill Room

What it’s known for: One of the Lowcountry’s best new restaurants, Stars has taken “Carolina Cuisine” to a whole new level. Everything about this restaurant is impressive, but the drink menu is simply a star. Enjoy drinks with your meal, or venture upstairs to the only 360-degree rooftop view in Charleston. If you’re in town during the week, don’t miss out on “Tap Wine Tuesday.”

Style: Rooftop bar, farm-to-table, Southern

Address: 495 King St., Charleston

Phone: 843.577.0100

The Macintosh
Be sure not to miss the Macintosh's Bacon Happy Hour, appropriately named after head chef Jeremiah Bacon.

The Macintosh

What it’s known for: The bone marrow bread pudding, the Mac burger and the Deckle, the most decadent, tasty part of the rib eye, have developed some true fans here, along with the creative cocktail list. Plan ahead to make Bacon Happy Hour, named appropriately after Chef Jeremiah Bacon.

Style: Southern, Lowcountry, James Beard nominee

Address: 479-B King St., Charleston

Phone: 843.789.4299

Pavilion Rooftop Bar

What it’s known for: Sitting atop the Market Pavilion Hotel, the Pavilion Bar just feels like luxury. Sit by its one-of-a-kind cascading pool and watch the sun set over a gorgeous historic Charleston view with champagne in hand, and you’ll see what we mean.

Style: Southern, rooftop bar

Address: 225 E. Bay St., Charleston

Phone: 843.723.0500

Edmund's Oast
Edmund's Oast serves up a full menu of items made from scratch and inspired by beer.

Edmund’s Oast

What it’s known for: The beer inspires the menu at this brew pub, where almost everything, including the extensive charcuterie program, is made from scratch. And it’s almost as fun to read the beer menu as taste from it. The patio makes for a nice experience, and they serve Sunday brunch, too.

Style: Brewpub

Address: 108 Morrison Drive, Charleston

Phone: 843.727.1145

The Charleston Grill
The Charleston Grill's jazz bar offers fantastic service to accompany your cocktail or glass of wine.

Charleston Grill

What it’s known for: Set in the elegant Belmond Charleston Place hotel, this standard-bearer for the Holy City is as welcoming as it is beautiful. Chef Michelle Weaver uses local ingredients to create innovative, memorable dishes. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the accompanying jazz bar, where the service shines as much as it does in the main dining room.

Style: Southern, Lowcountry, Elegant, James Beard Award Winner

Address: 224 King St., Charleston

Phone: 843.577.4522

The Cypress
Cypress features a three-story wine wall, rising all the way up to its upstairs bar.

Cypress

What it’s known for: At Cypress, Lowcountry fare is elevated to new heights under the graceful hand of chef Craig Deihl. If you feel overwhelmed by the three-story wine wall, you aren’t alone, but the excellent waitstaff will guide you to the perfect glass. And for a more casual dinner in an upscale setting, check out the upstairs bar and its excellent, affordable menu.

Style: Seafood, charcuterie, James Beard nominee, Lowcountry

Address: 167 E. Bay St., Charleston

Phone: 843.727.0111

The Griffon

What it's known for: The Griffon is a traditional English Pub located just steps from Waterfront Park in historic Charleston. A comfortable spot to sit and enjoy a craft beer with your traditional fish and chips or if you're feeling more Lowcountry – the buffalo shrimp. If you have a good experience, make sure you add a tip to the wall.

Style: English Pub, Casual, lunch, dinner

Address:18 Vendue Range, Charleston

Phone: 843.723.1700

The Windjammer
The Windjammer offers live entertainment by the beach, making it a perfect place to stop by for a cocktail any time of day.

The Windjammer

What it's known for: The Windjammer has been a favorite watering hole on the Isle of Palms for years. With lots of entertainment including live music, contests and beach volleyball, it's the perfect place to stop in for a cold drink, no matter the occasion.

Style: Waterfront, beach bar, late lunch, dinner

Address: 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms

Phone: 843.886.8596

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