Bars, pubs and clubs; plus, music and dance performances, theater and many more ways to enjoy the arts
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.acsbar.com. 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.thealleycharleston.com. 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.thebelmontcharleston.com. 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., blindtigerchs.com. 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. charlestonbeerworks.com. 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.closed4business.com. 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.thecocktailclubcharleston.com. 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.dudleysonann.com/. 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. dunleavysonsullivans.com/. 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. facebook.com/facultyloungechs. 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.griffoncharleston.com. 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. www.moescrosstowntavern.com/. 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. marketpavilion.com. 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.charlestonpourhouse.com. 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. www.prohibitioncharleston.com. 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. quedkeys.com/. 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. theroyalamerican.com. 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. www.smokyoak.com. 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. voodootikibar.com. 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.wearewarehouse.com. 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. the-windjammer.com. 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, 843.886.8948.