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Salty Mike's, Monday at 5:30 P.M.

Welcome to a special Cocktail Week version of our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great restaurants to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Salty Mike's, at 5:30 p.m., on a Monday.

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Salty Mike's is more than just a bar — it's a Lowcountry institution. While the old establishments of Charleston slipped away to make room for newer, shinier spots, Salty Mike's has remained blissfully unchanged. Opened in 1982, we imagine it's the same today as it was 33 years ago.

Guests can count on either Shawn Lashbrook or Dave Myatt, also known as "The Deal," behind the bar with drink orders memorized, a loaner koozie, and a few anecdotes for the day. If you visit often enough, you'll meet some of the characters from the Marina, like Captain Lee, who insists on greeting every lady with a kiss on the hand (he tells us he's one of the few remaining pirates in Charleston and we believe him). Sometimes a wharf cat wonders in. Sometimes there's live music. If you go in the evenings, the younger crowds show up and the shots start to flow.

And then there's the view. Salty Mike's sits on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway with panoramic sights of the Ashley River and various boats docked at the Marina. The smell of the ocean (and a bit of pluff mud) pair perfectly with a cold PBR ($1.50 at happy hour).

Salty Mikes

, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 937-0208