On this page we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in Charleston. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in Charleston. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a local bar map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
And if you want to compare the scene here to others cities around the Southeast you can do so at that link.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in Charleston are:
- The Gin Joint at 182 E Bay St #2169
- The Cocktail Club at 479 King St
- Faculty Lounge at 391 Huger St
- The Living Room at The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St
- Stems & Skins at 1070 E Montague Ave #B
- Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar at 700b King St
- Vintage Lounge at 545 King St
The Gin Joint has been offering a diverse menu of cocktails, beer, and wine in your area since 2010 with many classic and seasonal favorites.
The Cocktail Club serves craft cocktails, beers, and wine while also hosting private events and live music.
Handcrafted dishes, fresh lite bites, and citrus inspired cocktails are what you can expect to get at Citrus Club.
Since 2016 Stems and Skins has been a favorite for natural wines, classic cocktails, and international beers that are paired with Mediterranean style plates, tinned seafood, charcuterie, and cheese.
Graft is a wine shop and wine bar in Charleston that comes highly recommended.
Over 20 wines by the glass and a bottle list with over 200 selections, proper cocktails, and local craft beers are offered at Vintage Lounge which also features weekly live music and a large outdoor patio.
Charleston Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Holy City Brewing at 1021 Aragon Ave
- Palmetto Brewing Co at 289 Huger St
- Revelry Brewing Co at 10 Conroy St
- DIG In The Park at 1049 E Montague Ave
- Mac’s Place at 215 E Bay St #100
- Uptown Social at 587 King St
- King Street Public House at 549 King St
At Holy City Brewing you will find an extensive beer menu, a special late night special menu, and they even have a kids menu too.
Palmetto Brewing Company has a warehouse taproom, speakeasy taproom, and courtyard with a variety of entertainment options including games, live music, and more.
Weekly spark box events as well as great beer and wine are featured at Revelry Brewing Co.
Half priced beers, frozen cocktails, and wines are offered from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays at Uptown Social during their happy hours plus they have three awesome event space, a rooftop, and live music.
DIG’s is a great sports bar in North Charleston with 24 massive screens to show all the big games plus they have outdoor and indoor patio bars and serve some of the best wings, burgers, salads, appetizers, and other exciting freshly prepared cuisine in town.
There are over 50 beers on tap, in bottles, and in cans as well as multiple flat screen TV’s for any sporting event at Mac’s Place Pub and Grub.
The King Street Public House is a great place to hang out with friends and family while enjoying good pub food, cocktails, and craft, local, and domestic draft beers. They also offer daily drink specials, live entertainment, and numerous HDTV’s making it kind of like a sports bar.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Moe’s Crosstown Tavern at 714 Rutledge Ave
- Sushi Taro at 1171 Basketweave Dr
- Ichiban at 1716 Old Towne Rd
Moe’s Crosstown has some of the best drink specials in your area from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday offering half priced domestic bottles, a dollar off select draught beers and liquors, and five dollars off plenty of alcoholic beverages.
You can enjoy a 50% discount on wine bottles Sunday through Wednesday at Sushi Taro.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Here is a good list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights in your area:
- Neighborhood Tap House at 2110 Greenridge Rd #C
- The Mason Jar at 2487 Ashley River Rd
- Tin Roof at 1117 Magnolia Rd
- Gene’s Haufbrau at 817 Savannah Hwy
- The Griffon Pub at 18 Vendue Range
Every Wednesday Neighborhood Tap House hosts bar trivia near you that you can enjoy with tasty cocktails and beers.
Karaoke and live music are hosted on select nights at The Mason Jar who also offers local bar trivia.
In addition to hosting trivia on Tuesday nights at 8pm Tin Roof also features other competitions, craft bazaars, private events, dance offs, movie nights, video game nights, parties, all kinds of comedy acts, and much more.
A large selection of beer as well as a fun shuffleboard table can be found at Gene’s Haufbrau.
You can eat fish and chips while playing darts and other games at The Griffon Pub.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- The Royal American at 970 Morrison Dr
- Prohibition at 547 King St
- Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano at 1302 Meeting Street Rd
- Tsubaki Restaurant Lounge at 224 Oneil Ct #10
Since 2011 Royal American has been hosting original live music from some of the best local, regional, and national artists as well as private and semi private events in their front, back, and side patios.
Prohibition hosts live music and swing dancing near you on Thursdays and also has an outdoor and indoor patio.
You can find a patio under the lights and dance to authentic Mexican music at Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano.
Tsubaki Restaurant Lounge is one of the Charleston’s first karaoke bars providing a singing experience unlike any other and they offer songs in a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Tagalog.
Some other fun bars for music lovers in your area include The Cocktail Club, Vintage Lounge, Palmetto Brewing Company, and Uptown Social who all offer live music as does The Mason Jar where you can also find karaoke nights.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Columbia
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Atlanta
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Orlando
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Tampa Bay & St Petersburg
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Charleston
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Charleston.