About Prohibition

It's true that Prohibition is a nod to the classic 1920's Speakeasy, but our elevated cuisine and progressive cocktail program are anything but old-fashioned.

At Prohibition you can expect the culinary delights of Executive Chef Greg Garrison to leave you completely Jazzed, from savory local seafood to the finest cuts of meat, each dish is prepared with perfection.

Kick back in our relaxing surroundings and sample the Mixology Expertise of our award winning Bar Team, led by Jim Mc Court. Our professional and passionate team are constantly striving to push the boundaries of excellence with cocktails like the 547 Manhattan and our signature Bacon Maple Old Fashioned to name but a few. Our extensive and imaginative beer, wine and liquor selection insures we can cater to all tastes.

547 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Bar Service: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Wolfe

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 793-2964

Website:
http://www.prohibitioncharleston.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz, Swing and Big Band Music. DJ's late night on the weekends. Dance floor for dancing.

Parking Details:
There is metered parking on the street (meter stops at 6pm) and a nearby public parking garage.

Public Transit:
The city of Charleston offers a free trolley- please check their website for details.

Executive Chef:
Greg Garrison

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Jazz, swing, salsa, blues, and bluegrass. Check our website for live music calendar.

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Private Dining

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, Prohibition is a 300 capacity full service restaurant with a beautiful, self contained and climate controlled outdoor patio. Choose from 3 different spaces for your event or talk to us about a complete restaurant buyout to accommodate larger parties.

Prohibition Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Live Music (21)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
Casual (8)
Cozy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a great lunch here today. Nothing fancy, but good food for each of us; shrimp and grits, hamburger and fries, and fried chicken melt.
The stand-out today was the hostess, Chelsea. She was super at handling all aspects of an incredibly busy lunch rush today. We saw her seating tables, filling glasses, and running food to tables. Chelsea is definitely an asset to Prohibition!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Our appetizer took 45 minutes to come out. Although it was tasty, still unnecessary. A lot of confusion as to what food goes to which table

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great experience. We stuck with drinks and appetizers for dinner as they looked better then the entrees.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We were looking for somewhere new in Charleston and were curious what a cocktail bar in town was like. We decided that the food was actually better than the drinks. Started with the street corn and ricotta gnocchi which were both excellent. My wife had the the pan seared fish of the day and I had the shrimp and grits. Both were quite good. Desserts were doughnuts and chocolate mouse - also excellent. Cocktails were ok but nothing to write home about - just slightly off in how they were mixed so that one flavor inevitably dominated over others instead of creating a sum that is greater than the parts.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Staff was friendly. New go-to bar downtown. Solid food and cocktail menus.
Thanks Chuck!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Weeeelllll we had high hopes for our first Valentine's dinner as a married couple. All in all there were some good aspects, but the disappointments outweighed them.
Positives: Signature cocktail, the Illicit Affair, was very nicely done and the preparation was consistent between the first and the second round. The cheese portion of the cheese & charcuterie plate was a very nice selection and the presentation was quite well done. The Angus burger was very tasty and the fries crisp yet tender. Our server, Kaitie, was very pleasant and attentive at just the right frequency. Overall, the staff was quite professional and friendly.

Negatives: The charcuterie portion of the cheese & charcuterie appetizer, while prepared in-house apparently, just did not taste as fresh as expected. My cocktail (which I am very particular about) did not arrive as ordered for either of the 2 rounds. But most disappointing: my wife's entree--The Chicken. Seemed OK on paper, but the execution was simply no more than a 1 on the scale of 5--To the point that my wife could barely stand to eat it. Not a well conceived dish overall, mushy unappetizing protein accompanied by crunchy risotto. And then there was the deep fried chicken thigh which mysteriously hung out in one corner of the plate. About as out of place here as a pork chop at a Jewish wedding. Kaitie was clearing plates and noticed the meal was hardly touched. We explained the sitch. She was kind enough to immediately and quietly remove it from the bill. Which also leads me to believe we're not the first to find the dish tried, tested, and found inedible. My wife's take away: Probably the worst restaurant meal she's ever had, sadly. Not a good sign when one leaves a restaurant thinking about what's to eat at home, and not something we anticipated from an establishment in downtown Charleston. We may, possibly, return to Prohibition at some point because there were indeed some positives. But, truth be told, we're in no rush...

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Our server, Emma, was great. The food was very good, as well at the cocktails.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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·Dined 5 days ago

First time my wife and I ever had duck. It did not disappoint. Our favorite meal during our stay in Charleston. Waitress was great. Was a great choice for a Valentine's dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 5 days ago

Will return during next visit to Charleston

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our service and food was not at all what you’d expect from a restaurant that you’re paying more than $20 a meal. We had reservations and it took at least 30 minutes to get our drinks. Our friends ordered the burger that was so bland, he had to send it back. The wings were so charred you could hardly tell, or taste, that they were wings. The manager was helpful and took those items off our check, but after that the waitress hardly looked our way again. The love music was great and the atmosphere is very nice, but it’s sadly way overpriced for the food and service.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was good. The waiter was excellent. I would rate this restaurant to five stars BUT it was too loud.

Tags: Scenic View, Organic
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and great food. Music was very nice and the bar scene was lively. Our waitress, Kaity, was spectacular. Friendly, professional and very attentive. Had 3 different people taking care of our table throughout the evening acting as a well-oiled team.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous time with friends for a Birthday - thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Live Music, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The bone marrow was delightful and the Angus burger flavorful and succulent. Turns into a nightspot after 10PM but as I learned that's just Charleston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is amazing same with the atmosphere! Great for day night dinner or going out with friends!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wow, what a great place. Fabulous mixologist to create the drink to remember. The tasting dinner was amazing. From the smoked beef tartar (unbelievable) to the salad to the gnocchi (light and fluffy) to the steak,(mouth watering) to dessert (absolutely devine), the meal was memorably. And the old time jazz band really set the mood. I'm definitely going to come back. You should too. Make reservations!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had never heard of prohibition until we found it on open table. What a great find! We had great set and the atmosphere was electric. The food was delicious. You must try the wings!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We loved the patrons , the live music, and the authentic fun dancing without pretense. No weird vibe...just fun.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was wonderful! I didn’t like what I ordered and my server asked what he could do, before I could say anything. I wasn’t charged for the order and I was given a complementary dessert! Absolutely lovely service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had an amazing time here celebrating my 21st birthday! Our waiter was attentive and excited to share his suggestions. We LOVED the Brussels sprouts. We were seated right next to the band, which was fine, but very very loud. Would recommend asking for a table away from the band if you are hard of hearing and want to hear what your friends are saying!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Not a huge menu, but the food was great!!! Local fish option. Fun drink options. Friendly service.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We sat right next to the band and at times they were loud but we just sat back and relaxed. The drinks were strong and tasty. The brussel sprouts and redfish were delicate and flavorful. The food and ambiance did not disappoint!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waitress was overworked and was slow and not responsive to request for coffee refills, etc. Food was very good and inexpensive. Very good value for price. Check was miscalculated.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by the steak dish, really impressive flavors and delicious cocktails. Service a little sluggish but personable and knowledgeable.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was super slow (especially drinks) we ordered beer and bloody mary's so nothing complicated. Not sure if it was an off time/day, but was surprised because this restaurant is usually fast with their service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fun, Live Music, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a great time! Our server was very attentive and the burger was 10/10

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a great experience during dinner with a friend! Excellent service, food and drinks!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Once again, delicious. When we visit from Miami again, we will be sure to come back for a 3rd time.

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vip
 (Panama)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Pistachio Guy was best original take on an Irish coffee I've ever tasted. Should be a permanent fixture on the menu.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The family went to Prohibition for Xmas eve lunch and really enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious and the service was good. Would definitely recommend this place.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great atmosphere. The food exceeded our expectations

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Sold brunch spot.
Attentive friendly staff.
Good selections and very tasty.
Excellent bar with great bloody marys

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great brunch

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good service, good food and drinks, and cool restaurant overall. Food could have been slightly hotter, that was our table of six only thing mentioned. Price was right and the portions were perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had our friend's Bachelorette Dinner at the Prohibition located in Charleston, SC and we all dressed up for the Roaring 20's. We had a fabulous time! All the food we ordered was delicious, but the BRUSSEL SPROUTS were hands down the BEST! We must have ordered it four times! :) Everyone was so nice and our server was FUNNY and AWESOME! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Live Music, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Organic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The entire staff made us feel welcome. Amazing food. The brussel sprouts are a must! We will certainly be back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We came down to Charleston just to have Dinner and Drinks at Prohibition. Worth every penny probably some of the best food and drinks I’ve ever had!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food is very good. The service is good, the staff seemed stressed Friday night, our waiter was a novice and hard a time taking special orders and splitting the bill. The music is good, but the place is loud (chatting), I recommend sitting close to the musicians, otherwise is going to be hard to enjoy the musicians. More than 50% of the people do not go for the music, and all the do is shout at the person next to them.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Anniversary

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