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Trio Reopens as a Key Club for 23 and Up Patrons

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Dance hall Club Trio was somewhat an institution in downtown Charleston in the late 90s/early 2000s, but then it fell off. It became less of a place to go dancing and more of a place to get groped in the sweaty sardine-like packed bar. Mike Shuler has set out to bring the spot back around to being an "it" place.

The biggest change is that Trio is now a key club. This means that those wanting access must be a member or be with a key holder. Membership is selected by word of mouth nominations, and there are no fees. Another revision is the address is now only open to patrons older than 23. No more bumping and grinding with undergrads. The interior was renovated to make the space more open. No more stripper poles and the dance floor has expanded. Shuler told Eater that he wants the downstairs to feel like "the best wedding reception you've ever been to" with live music each evening. Upstairs will be a DJ playing songs that will make your friends say, "This is my jam."

The bar menu is kept short to allow for high-volume crowds. There is a craft cocktail list with a few classics like the paloma or fruitier drinks, like the "Raspberry Truffletini." There are bars both upstairs and downstairs. Trio will open this Friday and only be open two nights a week going forward (Friday and Saturday).
· Trio [Official]


139 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401