Celebrating in Charleston?  Here's Where to Go!

If you traveled to Charleston and planned on exploring the Charleston nightlife scene you will not be disappointed.  Charleston offers extensive varieties such as Live music Charleston, SC, wine bars, danceclubs, comedy, lounges, dives, college atmosphere, casual dining restaurant bars, upper scale fine dining restaurants, rooftops and beach bars that will be guarantee a fantastic time for all.

Market Area –
This district has the highest concentration nightlife and is defined by North and South Market Street along with East Bay Street. There are many great places to unwind after dinner and have a glass of wine or cocktail and they are all within walking distance of each other. 

  • Mad River Bar & Grille - 32B N Market St.  MAd River is part sportsbar, part restaurant, and offers DJ's, dancing, live music, and themed parties.
  • Mad River Bar & Grille, Charleston, SC - outdoor patio
  • Griffon:  18 Vendue Range - Old style English Pub
  • Social Wine Bar:  188 East Bay - Great selection of wines and tapas menu.
  • High Cotton:  199 East Bay - Nice bar and atmosphere
  • Burwell's Stone Fire Grill - 14 N Market Street. . This "modern steakhouses" has a strong community commitment, most all of the seafood is locally sourced and the vegetable sides and salads are often picked the night before. Two bars at Burwell's, one inside the restaurant and one up top and outside. 
  • Cypress:  167 East Bay - Little pricey but nice
  • Fleet Landing:  186 Concord - Cool place on the harbor better known for their food.
  • Tommy Condon’s:  160 Church - Great irish bar
          Tommy Condons Irish Pub Charleston, SC
  • Meritage:  235 East Bay - Tapas menu and ok atmosphere (now an Irish Pub called Molly Darcy's)
  • Squeeze:  213 East Bay - Nice atmosphere, martini selection and staff.   
  • Henry’s:  54 North Market - A long-time staple in the Charleston nightlife scene.  Check it out.  Smaller bar upstairs as well.
  • Club Habana Cigar Bar:  177 Meeting (Above Tinderbox) - Charleston's only bar smoking with a great atmosphere.
  • Blind Tiger: 38 Broad Street (Great old Charleston bar with fantastic courtyard - geared towards the young professional crowd).


Rooftop Bars (Only 3 of Them):

  • The Library at Vendue Inn: 19 Vendue Range - Relaxed atmosphere and is a lot of fun. Normally a acoustic guitar playing on the weekends or quiet band.
  • Market Pavillion Hotel: Corner of East Bay and Market - Pricey, great place to impress with views. 
  • Burwell's Stone Fire Grill - 14 N Market. Local getaway known for unique craft cocktails and two popular local bartenders. 
  • Aqua Terrace: Located in the Marriot on Lockwood Blvd
  • Envy:  Located above Henry's on Market St
  • Stars:  Rutledge Ave


Upper King (North of Calhoun Street):

The second highest concentration of nightlife where there is a good mix of sports bars, upscale lounges and local hang-outs

  • Raval:  453 King (Now called closed for business.  Great beer selection and food!)
  • O’Malley’s:  549 King
  • Basil:  460 King
  • Chai’s:  462 King
  • Coast - John Street

Lower King (South of Calhoun Street) -

  •  King Street Grille Sports Bar:  304 King
        King Street Grille Charleston, SC
  • The Thoroughbred Club at Charleston Place:  King at Market Streets - Great place for a date or if you are celebrating.


Area Gay Bars:

  • Pantheon - 28 Ann Street, Downtown (large dance floor, only open on weekends)
  •  Dudley's - 42 Ann Street, Downtown (short street should be able to find)
  • Patrick's - 1377 Ashley River Road in West Ashley....yes you have to drive.


Mount Pleasant:
Cross the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to Coleman Boulevard where you will arrive at Shem Creek (2 miles), a favorite to locals and travelers, where there are bars and restaurants on both sides of this beautiful coastal waterway.  Also, the King Street Grille on the corner of Hungryneck Blvd and the IOP Connector is a great place to watch the game and grab a bite to eat.