The Best Bars for Foodies in Charleston

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Bourbon n Bubbles, Prohibition, Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, European
Neighborhoods:Downtown Charleston
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
668 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Hot Spot
  • Romantic

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 of exclusivity. They...

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Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,866 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot

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 reputation as one of the best ...

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Hot Spot in South Carolina
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Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

$$$$·European·
Downtown Charleston
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

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. The food is “French wi...

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Outdoor Dining in Charleston
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The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
1,294 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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 Establishment. There’s a se...

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Best Ambiance in South Carolina
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Church and Union - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
5,269 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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-glass windows and huge, v...

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Most Booked in South Carolina
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Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,992 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 echoes. Shrimp cocktail m...

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American in Charleston
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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
3,392 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 and the many variations...

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Most Booked in Charleston

O-Ku

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown Charleston
2,084 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date

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 personality that keep g...

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Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Maison

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
854 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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 simplicity and care i...

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Fit for Foodies in South Carolina
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Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
3,674 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

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 limelight. Oyster sh...

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Seafood in South Carolina
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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 entertainment nightly...

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East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

$$$$·Café·
Downtown Charleston
305 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date

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 coffee, or grab a club s...

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