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“Great Happy Hour Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Social Restaurant + Wine Bar

Social Restaurant + Wine Bar
188 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)
843 577 5665
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Ranked #208 of 778 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Cross street: Cumberland & Queen
Description: Offering Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass, Social has become the preeminent wine bar of Charleston. Social is housed in a nineteenth century warehouse and features a stunning four-thousand bottle display cellar. Complementing its extensive wine selection, Social serves modern American cuisine.
Saint Augustine
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23 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stopped in for Social's Happy Hour. The $4.00 wine was excellent, as was the bruschetta. Several of their appetizer specials looked excellent. The servers were, well, "social" and we enjoyed talking with them and learning about Charleston from some "locals". After eating dinner elsewhere, we wished we had stayed at Social for the evening. The menu looked great. We highly recommend this fun restaurant/wine bar.

Visited October 2012
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English first
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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107 reviews 107 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a great happy hour spot. $4 drinks and appetizers. Right on East Bay. There is always a good crowd here and they have an amazing wine cellar.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Visited multiple times in one stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We visited Social twice in 3 days in our stay in Charleston and both of us rarely do that while on a leisurely stay. The service from the waitstaff was accommodating, informative, and extremely attentive and always seem to come at the right time for another round or to check on our table. The food selection is broad, but not overwhelmingly large and they have great wines and beers to choose from. From Sun - Weds this place can be a nice quiet date night or a place to grab a few drinks. The other nights can get busy and loud, but the crowd is still generally more mature and not obnoxious from what you may find at a pub. They generally have the kitchen open later than other places which is a huge plus if you're running late.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, MD
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Fun place...but loud”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Went for drinks before dinner and sat at the bar. Love the half glass, full glass, bottle option. Nice to have selections that are different from the standard lists we're used to seeing. The only complaint is that it gets loud (really loud) when it fills up.

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Brisbane, Australia
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Great Place for some Good Wine and food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Not the greatest wine list in the world- quite a lot of American and not as much else as you might like apart from some Spanish wines, but great food and good wines. Its a a bit of a find really compared to some places down town. It's not cheap, but not bad value either. I'd go back.

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