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The High Rise Beverage Company bar will open on Friday, August 11.
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A Sneak Peek at South Carolina’s First ‘Cannabis Dry Bar’

High Rise Beverage Company will serve THC-infused nonalcoholic cocktails on James Island

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

James Island will soon be home to South Carolina’s first bar dedicated to serving hemp-derived THC-infused spirits-free drinks. The group behind High Rise Beverage Company, makers of CBD and THC seltzers, will run the bar inside the newest location of Charleston Hemp Collective (1989 Maybank Highway, Charleston).

Opening on Friday, August 11, the High Rise Beverage Company bar will serve a variety of cannabis-infused nonalcoholic cocktails, like the Invigorate made with turmeric, carrot, mango, and coconut shrub, topped with the drinker’s choice of High Rise CBD or delta-9 seltzers. Other beverages, like the Zen are made with spirit-free bourbon and hemp honey. Customers have an opportunity to add a THC gummy to their orders.

“It is cannabis themed, but it’s a wellness bar,” says High Rise and Charleston Hemp Collective founder Matt Skinner, “We’re going through a big NA [nonalcoholic] movement right now. A lot of Generation Z isn’t drinking anymore, and we are getting more and more educated on the medicinal benefits of the hemp plant.” Skinner sees the bar as an educational space where customers can try out the CBD, delta-8, and delta-9 beverages without committing to buying a four-pack of High Rise seltzers found in stores.

“Some people are looking for it for the recreational side of it,” says Skinner, “but a lot of people just want something that makes them feel good as an alternative to alcohol.”

The space, with interior design by Karen Long (wife of High Rise business partner Chris Long), is midcentury modern beachy with a pop of neon and plenty of greenery. Take a look around here at the space and menu before the opening.

A wooden bar with leather stools. Ratan lamps are overhead.
Cocktails are made with hemp honey or topped with a CBD or THC seltzer.
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A bar behind a hemp shop with large windows in front.
The cannabis dry bar is inside the Charleston Hemp Collective.
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A room with parrot wallpaper, a couch, and blue chairs.
The bar takes on a tropical vibe with parrot wallpaper and a surf board on the wall.
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A leather couch, parrot wallpaper, and various beach paintings.
Karen Long, wife of High Rise business partner Chris Long, designed the space.
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A wooden wall with a sign reading “Charleston Hemp Collective” and various hemp products.
Charleston Hemp Collective wants to educate customers on the health benefits of its products.
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One of the many cocktails offered at the dry bar.
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The mocktail menu for the dry bar.
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The bar inside of the James Island Charleston Hemp Collective will open Sunday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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