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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 the Tastemaker 20. Our team of experts brings you the 20 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
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Bourbon n Bubbles

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
104 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
87% recommended
Hot Spot in Charleston

Prohibition

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,169 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
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
91% recommended
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Bay Street Biergarten

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
156 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Live Sports
  • Happy Hour
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
89% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in South Carolina

Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

$$$$·European·
Downtown Charleston
520 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
Outdoor Dining in Charleston

The Establishment

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
816 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in South Carolina

5Church - Charleston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Charleston
2,704 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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
Best Ambiance in South Carolina

Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
1,670 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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
Good for Groups in Charleston
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Parcel 32

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Downtown Charleston
392 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
Healthy in Charleston

Blind Tiger

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
142 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
100% recommended
Great for Brunch in South Carolina

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
2,198 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
91% recommended
Most Booked in Charleston

Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Downtown Charleston
789 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
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
96% recommended
Best Value in Charleston

O-Ku

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown Charleston
1,887 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
Best Overall in Charleston
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Maison

$$$$·French·
Downtown Charleston
203 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Best Service in Charleston
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Hooked- Charleston

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
117 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fun
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
Kid Friendly in Charleston

Amen Street Fish + Raw Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Charleston
2,708 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • 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 Read more
93% recommended
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 enRead more
100% recommended
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King Street Dispensary

$$$$·American·
Downtown Charleston
75 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Hot Spot
  • 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
83% recommended
Hot Spot in South Carolina

East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

$$$$·Café·
Downtown Charleston
227 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
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
Great for Brunch in South Carolina

Vintage Lounge

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown Charleston
49 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Live Music
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

Tattooed Moose

$$$$·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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