Six Great South Carolina Hotel Bars Not to Miss

By:Kerry Egan


When you’re staying at a hotel, the bar can be a little like your living room away from home. If you're looking for a hotel bar with a little something special, check out these amazing spots (and the hotels that house them) for your next South Carolina vacation.

The Champagne Bar in Planters Inn, Charleston

The Champagne Bar just might be the most beautiful hotel bar in the world. Located in the Peninsula Grill at the Planters Inn in Charleston, the Champagne Bar is a plush, intimate space decorated with hand-painted murals of a Lowcountry rice harvest. It seems infused with a golden glow. And that’s not even mentioning the incredible champagne list and hand-crafted cocktails the bar offers.

The Piano Bar and Lounge in Westin Poinsett Hotel, Greenville

Looking for live music in your hotel bar? Then look for the huge grand piano dominating a corner of The Piano Bar and Lounge at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville and croon along with the nightly entertainment. If you’re looking for even more music and nightlife, you’re in luck. The Poinsett is located on Greenville’s vibrant Main Street, filled with restaurants and bars.

The Vault Martini Bar in Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel, Columbia

Located in a massive, old bank vault right off the lobby, the Vault Martini Bar at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel is a fun and unique place to get a drink at the end of the day. The hotel is housed in the historic Palmetto building, which dates to 1913. Feeling a little too claustrophobic in that vault? Then head up to the Rooftop Lounge, the hotel’s other bar, for stunning views of the city.

The Lobby Bar in the Willcox, Aiken

A grand old dame of a hotel like the Willcox in Aiken deserves a grand hotel bar, and The Lobby Bar doesn’t disappoint. Its dark, gleaming wood and overstuffed chairs, impeccable service and award-winning cocktails will make you feel like a member of "the horsey" from the 1920s.

When you imagine a great hotel bar, images of antique mahogany, crystal glasses and grand settings like the bars of the Willcox or Planter’s Inn might come right to mind. But this is South Carolina, home of some of the best beach resorts in the world. And in the case of beach resorts, a great bar means something entirely different.

MIXX at Hotel BLUE, Myrtle Beach

MIXX at Hotel BLUE is not just a bar at the hotel pool. It’s a bar in the hotel pool, one you can swim right up to. Enjoy a rum punch or icy beer while sitting on an underwater bar stool and you’ll never have to get out of the water again.

The Tiki Hut at the Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort, Hilton Head Island

Tiki Hut at the Holiday Inn sits right on the beach itself, giving bar-goers the very best view of all — the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful beaches of South Carolina. This is great spot to listen to live music and catch some afternoon rays.

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