The Best Bars for Foodies in Charleston

The OpenTable Team

British colonists founded Charleston in 1670 in honor of King Charles II. Centuries later, the Holy City maintains its colonial charm as the oldest city in South Carolina, with so much to see and do. Charleston sure knows how to throw a party, from Lowcountry boils and country music jams served with craft cocktails and bottles of bubbly. But where are the smartest, savviest locals going out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Our team of experts brings you the best bars in Charleston to help revelers find their ultimate night out. Book a table at the bar tonight!

Dive bars downtown attract game lovers and those seeking a social nightlife. Amazing rooftop venues combine stunning views with masterfully mixed cocktails. Or how about a Bavarian-style Biergarten, just by the river? Find some friends, browse our list and book a table at one of the best bars in Charleston right now.

Restaurants:Bourbon n Bubbles, Prohibition, Bay Street Biergarten
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston

Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
263 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Bar Seating
King Street is the ultimate destination for bar lovers, from the hip and trendy to dark and intimate craft beer dives. Bourbon n Bubbles has homed in on the hype and added a touch Read more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in South Carolina

Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,366 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Billed rather sweepingly as a gastropub, Prohibition certainly has the right combination of great food and drinks to earn this moniker. It’s so much more, though, with a reputationRead more
96% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in South Carolina

Bay Street Biergarten

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
169 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
Sports bars aren’t what they used to be- they’re much better. Swathes of dark wood and leather await guests at the Biergarten, plus a range of craft beers with self-pour options. WRead more
83% recommended
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Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

$$$$·European·
Downtown Charleston
656 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
Head up to the fourth floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel on Wentworth to discover Eleve. Inside, it’s chic and modern, with glam touches like huge chandeliers and ornate mirrors. ThRead more
Great for Brunch in Charleston

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
950 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This historic building on Broad Street dates back to 1791, and plenty of the original fixtures feature in the beautiful décor that welcomes guests upon their arrival at The EstabliRead more
97% recommended
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5Church - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
3,526 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
5Church is not only one of the best bars in Charleston, but the most dramatic by a long shot. Walking in here is a religious experience as guests take in the original stained-glassRead more
90% recommended
Contemporary American in South Carolina

Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,781 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Groups
There’s a comforting, old school feel about Stars. Warm wood, a traditionally shaped bar and exposed, polished beams give the vibe of a 40s steakhouse- a theme which the menu echoeRead more
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Parcel 32 brings seasonal food to King Street, focusing on local ingredients and Southern flavors. Wood-fired oysters celebrate the seafood offerings of South Carolina, while a vegRead more
91% recommended
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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
2,612 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This classic French restaurant gets its name from its address, and that’s all the advertising it needs. Word gets around about the tuna-filled niçoise salad, buttery short ribs andRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Charleston
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Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown Charleston
842 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
Barsa is fast making a name for itself as one of most memorable tapas bars in Charleston. Small plates and drinking are perfect partners. Barsa understands this, pairing chorizo wiRead more
88% recommended
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O-Ku

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown Charleston
1,976 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
O-Ku is a downtown bar with a difference- it’s a sushi bar. O-Ku incorporates the ingredients and flavors of the South into traditional Japanese techniques, creating rolls with perRead more
100% recommended
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Maison

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
398 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Visiting Maison is like accidentally stepping into a Parisian bistro. From the bright, airy room to the black and white motif working its way through the room, there’s a sense of sRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in South Carolina

Hooked- Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
160 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
This seafood restaurant boasts one of the best bars in Charleston thanks to the Happy Hour they run every single weekday. Drinks offers include wine, cocktails and even the craft bRead more
88% recommended
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Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,089 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Cumberland Street might be a bit of a hidden gem, but the popularity of Amen Street, the restaurant named for the original moniker of the street, has brought it right out into the Read more
96% recommended
Seafood in South Carolina

Republic Garden and Lounge

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Downtown Charleston
1 review
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
From after work drinks to after-hours drinking, Republic has it all. Widely accepted as the place to be in Charleston, Republic boasts an outdoor bar, a spacious lounge and live enRead more
100% recommended
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East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

$$$$·Café·
Downtown Charleston
274 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
East Bay Meeting House is one of those rare venues that changes throughout the day to match the needs of its customers. Head there first thing for bacon and egg croissants and coffRead more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in South Carolina
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Vintage Lounge

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown Charleston
51 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Tapas
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Vintage exists to provide a space for those who love the King Street vibe but want to focus on amazing wines rather than just craft beer and cocktails. Connoisseurs can pick out thRead more
97% recommended
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Blind Tiger - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
172 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great Beer
Blind Tiger reappeared in its most recent incarnation in 2016 after some months of careful restoration. The term “Blind Tiger” goes back to the days of temperance legislation, and Read more
83% recommended
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King Street Dispensary - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
95 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • People Watching
  • Bar Seating
“Sports bar” and “sophisticated” don’t normally go together in the same sentence, but King Street Dispensary is both of these. As well as being a welcoming and relaxing place to waRead more
100% recommended
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Tattooed Moose - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
Head out to West Ashley to discover why the term Dive Bar is no longer an insult. Tattooed Moose offers affordable yet very drinkable beer, a hip yet relaxed atmosphere and some ofRead more
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