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Bars and nightlife in Charleston

Top bars

“ SOL Southwest Kitchen is a family-friendly establishment featuring indoor & outdoor dining, food with bold Southwest flavors and “just juiced” cocktails.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“THE BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN CHARLESTON! ... Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar offers an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late-night.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 79 locals recommend
“A very low key brewery with great beer, and live music. There’s usually a really awesome food truck outside. This is my BFF’s all-time favorite. Kid friendly. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
“Great steaks and 2 locations now Downtown on King St and in Summerville at Nexton.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“If you are a Wine connoisseur or just want to enjoy some wine I highly recommend Ardoa! Clement is happy to explain the different types of wine and explain the taste you should notice. Make sure you tell them Ryan and Audrey sent you! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Great place for a burger or chicken sandwich with creative fixings (my favorite is the crab topper) and onion strings (yum)! TVs with football and other sports with indoor/outdoor tables and bars. 2 blocks from beach.”
  • 98 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 74 locals recommend


Cocktail Bar
“My Charleston home bar! Live music by some of my close friends almost every night here, punch bowls if you're partying with several people, plus a patio rooftop! Definitely try the “Double Standard” if you like something a little spicy.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Large cocktail bar/club with outdoor patio. Mostly young professionals dancing and enjoying this spot with DJ’s for entertainment on the weekends!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Night Club
“Grabbing a cocktail at this rooftop and watching city lights at night is quite memorable”
  • 41 locals recommend
Comfort Food Restaurant
“Best paella! Plus for those who like to drive instead of walk or bike this restaurant has its own parking lot! I’ve been told this is the place of the oldest bar in Charleston. That the building used to be a pirate bar. I’m local but I’m not sure on that one. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Night Club
“Spacious outdoor patio and smaller indoor dance area with VIP section. The inside and outside here are very different from each other- if you're not a club scene person, stick with the outdoor area for sure.”
  • 26 locals recommend
“Right down the street in Avondale, this bar has wild cocktails and flavorful food. Live music on certain nights of the week.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“A club that is kinda like a speakeasy; it used to be called A Touch of Class which was a jazz club in the 20s; very fancy.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“If you are in town for a bachlorette or bachelor party- this should be on of your stops! Or if you prefer clubs over bars, definitely check this spot out!”
  • 13 locals recommend

Music venues

Piano Bar
“THE BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN CHARLESTON! ... Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar offers an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late-night.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Beautiful historic plantation. Request a window seat with reservations at the on site restaurant ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Music Venue
“One of the most popular and diverse music venues in the city. Bar scene offering a few items from a food truck. Be sure to look them up on Facebook or Google for their daily band line-ups!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Up the Ashley River are three major plantations that have survived the centuries and are open to visitors: Middleton Place Plantation was granted to Jacob Waight in 1675. The land passed through daughters until Mary Williams married Henry Middleton and began laying out the garden in 1741. Burned during the Civil War, the home also suffered significant damage during the 1886 earthquake and wasn’t fully restored for visitors until the mid-20th century. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Concert hall that has other events like movie series, favorite music venue by far”
  • 16 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Original settlement of Charleston. Lots of history and great photo ops. Sits in West Ashley, opposite the Ashley River from the peninsula. They have a native animal zoo, small but neat for younger children. Also, have a replica merchant ship.”
  • 6 locals recommend