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
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
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
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
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.
Address: 108 Morrison Drive, Charleston
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
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
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