When travelers come to the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, exploring the food and drink scene is usually at the top of their list. With a nearly endless number of restaurants and bars in the downtown area alone, Charleston is the perfect city for those looking to indulge in local cuisine and libations. From outdoor breweries to fancy rooftop spots, our cocktail map of Charleston is an excellent introduction to the city’s bar scene.
As you begin to plan your trip to Charleston, be sure to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide. Compiled by locals, this helpful planning tool contains dozens of recommendations on the best places to eat and drink. Plus, you can learn more about our favorite Charleston tours, outdoor activities, and historic sites. After a long day of exploring cobblestone streets, wandering the shore, or visiting Fort Sumter, you can unwind from the day with a refreshing drink from one of our favorite bars. Check out our cocktail map of Charleston to learn more about the best spots to enjoy a beverage.
Our Cocktail Map of Charleston
For a Swanky Experience
The Rooftop Bar at the Vendue
After an evening stroll down the pier at Waterfront Park near East Bay Street, you can unwind with a drink at the Rooftop at the Vendue. Pursue the intriguing first-floor artwork, which is regularly rotated with pieces by established local artists. Then, take the elevator up to the roof where you can look out over the city with a delicious cocktail in hand. Separated into two levels, the rooftop bar features an indoor section, a lower outdoor section, and an upper outdoor level with a second bar.
Upper King Street is the place to go if you’re looking for some of the best drinks in the Holy City. Located just past the corner of Morris and King streets, The Belmont is a classy bar serving upscale cocktails including classic drinks like Old Fashioneds as well as unusual house-made concoctions. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, you can pair your drinks with savory charcuterie boards or sweet, homemade pop-tarts in flavors like Nutella and banana.
For Casual Beer Drinking
Bay Street Biergarten
Travelers looking for a casual place to kick back with a beer or watch sports should make their way to Bay Street Biergarten. With a large outdoor patio and even more spacious inside, Biergarten is a popular place to go for major sporting events, weekend brunches, and evenings spent outside. Order one of the rotating taps, try out a local beer or take advantage of their $5 beer of the month special.
Revelry Brewing Co.
A favorite local brewery, Revelry is located towards the neck of the peninsula on Conroy Street and often hosts live music throughout the week. Known for the popular Gullah Cream Ale and Poke the Bear APA, Revelry rolls out seasonal brews that can be enjoyed at the downstairs bar or on the rooftop bar overlooking a nearby park.
For Unusual Cocktails
Market Pavilion Bar
Atop the Market Pavilion Hotel, this rooftop bar offers a sweeping view of Market Street, the harbor, and the Ravenel Bridge. Lounge near the pool or at a table and sip a traditional cocktail or try the signature Nitrotini. Infusing liquor and liquid nitrogen, bartenders concoct a smooth drink with smokey Nitrogen emanating from the glass in a variety of flavors including a rose petal, champagne, and white pear sangria.
Designed with a speakeasy vibe in mind, the Gin Joint is tucked away on East Bay Street behind a simple metal gate. Inside, the dimly lit bar sets a romantic mood, and the cocktail menu boasts unusual drinks. If you’re unsure of what you’re in the mood for, the Gin Joint will whip up a surprise cocktail if you choose two adjectives from a list including words like spicy, strong, and fruity.
Stay with Hotel Bella Grace
As you explore some of the locations on our cocktail map of Charleston, you’ll want to book a room somewhere nearby allowing you quick, easy access to the best places in the Holy City. Located on Calhoun Street in the heart of downtown Charleston, Hotel Bella Grace blends history with modernity offering top-notch accommodations and in a storied neighborhood.
For a taste of luxury, you can book a stay in our Governor’s Suite, which includes a large living area and a balcony overlooking Marion Square. You’ll also have access to a full kitchen with a stovetop, dishwasher, and fridge. Take advantage of our personal concierge service Tick Tock and request your suite to be stocked with groceries before you arrive.
Browse our complete list of available rooms and suites and start planning your getaway to the Holy City today!