Bars, pubs and clubs; plus, mu­sic and dance per­for­mances, theater and many more ways to en­joy the arts

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AC’S BAR AND GRILL— Pool ta­bles and great bar food (think cheeses­teaks, burg­ers and loaded nachos) make this laid-back, late-night bar a reg­u­lar haunt for many lo­cals. Open M-Sa 11 am-1:30 am, Su 4 pm-1:30 am. www.acs­ 467 King St., 843.577.6742.

THE AL­LEY CHARLESTON— In ad­di­tion to eight lanes of retro bowl­ing and old school ar­cade games ga­lore, this retro­fit­ted ware­house fea­tures a 40foot sig­na­ture bar made of a re­claimed bowl­ing lane, a 150-seat restau­rant, a mez­za­nine space with a lounge area and 17-foot bar, and out­side seat­ing. Open M-W 4 pm-2 am, Th-Su 11 am-2 am. www.theal­l­ey­ 131 Colum­bus St., 843.818.4080.

THE BEL­MONT— Tin ceil­ing, ex­posed brick walls, warm charm and a topnotch cock­tail pro­gram are all part of what makes The Bel­mont a fa­vorite nightlife lo­ca­tion. Es­tab­lished in 2010 by Mickey Mo­ran, this small bar was one of the orig­i­nal driv­ers of Charleston’s cock­tail scene—and still is. Snack on small bites like cheese boards and home­made pop tarts. Open daily 5:30 pm-2 am. www.the­bel­ 511 King St., 843.628.5515.

BLIND TIGER— This lo­cals fa­vorite gas­tropub has re­opened af­ter a ren­o­va­tion. Go for brunch or for a late din­ner or just en­joy drinks on the back pa­tio. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., blindtiger­ 38 Broad St., 843.872.6700.

CHARLESTON BEER WORKS— This ca­sual spot fea­tures 48 craft beers on tap and made-from-scratch, bar-style food. Sports are a draw here, of­fer­ing games on large screens for best view­ing. Open daily 11:30 am-2 am. www. charleston­beer­ 468 King St., 843.577.5885.

CLOSED FOR BUSI­NESS— Known as much for its pub food as for its beer se­lec­tion, this up­per King Street bar

has 42 beers on tap and the city’s best pork slap sand­wich. The beer menu changes daily and of­fers a large se­lec­tion of spe­cialty, lo­cal and craft brew. The com­mu­nity ta­bles are first come, first serve, so ar­rive early and plan on stay­ing late. Open Su-W 11 am-12 am, Th-Sa 11 am-2 am. www.closed4busi­ 453 King St., 843.853.8466.

THE COCK­TAIL CLUB— The re­fined, so­phis­ti­cated at­mos­phere at this dis­creet bar begs to be en­joyed with a cou­ture cock­tail in hand—and Condé Nast Trav­eler agrees, hav­ing voted the Club as one of eight “Best South­ern Cock­tail Bars.” The house-made in­fu­sions range from up­dated clas­sics to orig­i­nal farmto-shaker bev­er­ages. Con­sult one of the on-hand mixol­o­gists or sim­ply re­lax in one of the three lounges or the rooftop ter­race and gar­den. Open daily 5 pm-2 am. www.the­cock­tail­ 479 King St., 843.724.9411.

DUD­LEY’S ON ANN— This LGBTQfriendly neigh­bor­hood bar has a re­laxed at­mos­phere and prom­ises a good time for all party-go­ers with pool tour­na­ments, karaoke night and daily happy hour. Open daily 4 pm-2 am. www.dud­leyso­ 42 Ann St., 843.577.6779.

DUN­LEAVY’S PUB— This Ir­ish pub on Sul­li­van’s Is­land has been a lo­cal fa­vorite for more than 20 years. The in­side is quaint and filled with reg­u­lars and the out­side pa­tio pro­vides a re­fresh­ing breeze on sum­mer nights. Open Su-Th 11:30 am-1 am, F-Sa 11:30 am-2 am. dun­leavyson­sul­li­ 2213-B Mid­dle St., Sul­li­van’s Is­land, 843.883.9646.

FAC­ULTY LOUNGE— A funky, off­beat pub, play­ing great DJs and serv­ing up great cock­tail cre­ations has gar­nered a cult fol­low­ing. Don’t miss Tiki Tues­days! Open M-Sa 6 pm-2 am. www. face­­ulty­loungechs. 391 Huger St., 843.203.6150.

GENE’S HAUFBRAU— Gene’s Haufbrau is Charleston’s old­est bar and also of­fers one of the largest beer se­lec­tions. It’s con­ve­niently lo­cated, too, on High­way 17 just in­side West Ash­ley, close to both down­town and James Is­land. And it’s a top stop for brews and a burger. Open M-Sa 11:30 am-2 am, Su 11 am-2 am. www.genes-haufbrau. com. 817 Sa­van­nah Hwy., West Ash­ley, 843.225.4363.

THE GIN JOINT— This lo­cal speakeasy serves up the best of pre-Pro­hi­bi­tion cock­tails in a re­laxed and invit­ing at­mos­phere. Try the punches pre­pared ta­ble­side and the de­li­cious se­lec­tion of snacks and small plates. Dine in­doors for that era-gone-by feel or re­lax on the pa­tio. Su-W 5 pm-12 am, Th-F 5 pm-2 am, Sa 3 pm-2 am. www.thegin­joint. com. 182 East Bay St., 843.577.6111.

THE GRIFFON— If you find your­self in the Wa­ter­front Park area, pop over to this au­then­tic Eng­lish pub for a pint of stout and a jolly go at darts. Find a full pub menu, 16 craft beers on draft, plus, cigars, malt scotches and bour­bons. Open M-F 11 am-2 am, Sa-Su noon-2 am. www.grif­fon­ 18 Ven­due Range, 843.723.1700.

MAR­KET STREET SALOON— The hot mix of coun­try, rock and hip hop at this rowdy spot gets the crowd mov­ing on the floor. The boot-stomp­ing bar­tend-

ers are ready to serve, armed with hoses, Coy­ote Ugly dance rou­tines and other wild an­tics. Open Th-Sa 7 pm-2 am. 32D, N. Mar­ket St., 843-577-2474.

MOE’S CROSSTOWN TAV­ERN— This lively tav­ern has tele­vi­sions on ev­ery wall along with a great se­lec­tion of drink and food op­tions to make any game day or night on the town a great time. Open M-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 10:30 am-2 am.­scrosstown­tav­ 714 Rut­ledge Ave., 843.641.0469

PAV­IL­ION BAR— Set atop the Mar­ket Pav­il­ion Ho­tel is this swanky al-fresco Pav­il­ion Bar, Charleston’s beau­ti­ful peo­ple-watch­ing hot spot, of­fer­ing panoramic city and har­bor views, cock­tails and eclec­tic South­ern cui­sine. En­joy re­laxed af­ter­noons with a crab cake sand­wich or duck con­fit nachos, or sip af­ter-din­ner sig­na­tures like the Sky­line Mar­tini or Mango Mo­jito. Open daily 11:30 am-mid­night. www. mar­ket­pavil­ 225 E. Bay St., 843.723.0500.

THE POUR HOUSE— A neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite for live mu­sic fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from lo­cal bands to tour­ing acts, this bar and mu­sic venue pro­vides a com­mu­nity for artists to per­form and guests to ap­pre­ci­ate the craft. See on­line sched­ule for show times and prices. Open M-Sa 4 pm-1:30 am, Su 10 am-1:30 am. www.charleston­pour­ 1977 May­bank Hwy., James Is­land, 843.571.4343.

PRO­HI­BI­TION— Lo­cated in the heart of down­town, Pro­hi­bi­tion cap­tures the swing and sway of ’20s jazz in Charleston. There is live jazz mu­sic six nights a week in ad­di­tion to award­win­ning craft cock­tails and beer, all in a space de­signed with a Jazz Age vibe. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Greg Gar­ri­son whips up seafood and other lo­cally sourced dishes fea­tured on brunch and din­ner menus. Open M-Th 4 pm-2 am, F noon2 am, Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 10 am-2 am.­hi­bi­tion­ 547 King St., 843.793.2964.

QUE D’KEYS— Que d’Keys Du­el­ing Pi­ano Bar is Charleston’s only du­el­ing pi­ano bar. In the heart of Down­town Charleston, Que d’Keys is open Th-Sa, fea­tur­ing two shows nightly (7-9 pm and 9-11 pm). The venue can be rented for pri­vate par­ties, as well. Tick­ets: $20 or $75 for din­ner and a show. www. qued­ 32D N. Mar­ket St., 843.577.2474.

THE ROOFTOP — The Rooftop bar is a per­fect set­ting for an al fresco lunch or for a re­fresh­ing cock­tail af­ter work. Of­ten voted “Best Rooftop Bar,” it of­fers one of the more cap­ti­vat­ing views of the har­bor and fea­tures live mu­sic ev­ery Sun­day. Open daily 11:30 am-12 am., 19 Ven­due Range, 843.577.7970.

THE ROYAL AMER­I­CAN— Lo­cated in Charleston’s bur­geon­ing North Mor­ri­son area (NoMo to lo­cals), The Royal Amer­i­can is a solid bar on its own (known for their sig­na­ture punch served in large sta­dium cups), but this small, en­er­getic venue also hosts fre­quent con­certs. And the week­end brunch is not to be missed. Open M-F 4 pm-2 am, Sa-Su noon-2 am. theroy­alamer­i­ 970 Mor­ri­son Drive, 843.817.6925.

SMOKY OAK TAP­ROOM— Voted Best Bar on James Is­land, this wa­ter­ing hole is a fa­vorite among lo­cals for its mouth­wa­ter­ing bar­be­cue and its large se­lec­tion of 40 craft beers on tap. The se­lec­tion in­cludes Al­la­gash White, Blue Moon and Magic Hat and an­other 50 va­ri­eties in bot­tles. Belly up to the indoor bar or en­joy live mu­sic on the pa­tio. Open

daily 11 am-2 am. 1234 Camp Road, James Is­land, 843.762.6268.

VOODOO LOUNGE— Just across the Ash­ley River, this funky tiki bar in his­toric Avon­dale fea­tures a wide va­ri­ety of cock­tails, from the stan­dard piña co­lada to the ex­otic like the Painkiller with sin­gle-malt rum, fresh pineap­ple, or­ange juice, cream, cin­na­mon and nut­meg. The calendar is packed with fun events and live mu­sic. Open M-F 4 pm-2 am, Sa-Su 5:30 am-2 am. www. voodootik­ 15 Mag­no­lia Road, West Ash­ley, 843.769.0228.

THE WARE­HOUSE— Lo­cated in a ren­o­vated ware­house (hence the name), this Low­coun­try neigh­bor­hood bar of­fers unique cock­tails in­clud­ing the Em­ploy­ees Only with house jalapeño tequila, pink grape­fruit juice, lime and hi­bis­cus blos­som. When paired with one of the clas­sic bar-food meals and its vin­tage ta­ble games, this place is sure to sat­isfy. Sun­day of­fers an all-day happy hour in ad­di­tion to a brunch menu. The bar is open daily 4 pm-2 am. www.weare­ware­ 45 1/2 Spring St., 843.202.0712.

THE WINDJAMMER— The mu­sic and good times keep rocking late into the night at this beach­side party on the Isle of Palms. Acts per­form­ing here in­clude the likes of Edwin McCain, Robert Earl Keen, Sis­ter Hazel and Charleston’s own Dar­ius Rucker. Open Th-Tu 11:30 am-1:30 am, W 11:30 am-2 am. www. 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, 843.886.8948.

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