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Every Important Charleston Cocktail Bar, Mapped

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Charleston boasts an abundance of restaurants with killer cocktail menus, like McCrady's, Edmund's Oast, and Warehouse, but if you're looking for a dedicated bar environment, these are the establishments focusing on the drinks.

Presented in geographical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seanachai

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3157 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 737-4221
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Johns Island bar Seanachai may look like a traditional Irish pub, but the cocktails go far beyond pours of whiskey and beer. Owner Gerry Keiran visits the Farmers' Market every weekend (when in season) to draw inspiration for his ever-changing "cocktail of the week." The menu also lists classics next to newer creations for the more adventurous palate.

2. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

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15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 769-0228
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If only flaming cocktails served in kitschy barware will do, then Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge is your spot. The velvet walls, deep booths, and red walls are the perfect throwback decor for the Polynesian-themed drink menu. It's always a party if there's a tiny umbrella in your drink.

3. The Bar at Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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With one of the largest selections of bourbon on the peninsula and antebellum punch — the Husk bar is a must visit for anyone wanting a one of a kind Charleston experience. The little house next to the famed restaurant on Queen Street is home to some of the most thoughtful cocktails in the Lowcountry.

4. The Gin Joint

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182 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 513-5264
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The Gin Joint opened as one of the first craft cocktail bars in Charleston, and they revamp their menu every season. This bar banned vodka upon opening in 2010, and if patrons aren't sure what they'd like to order, they can go with the "Bartender's Choice" and chose from a long list of adjectives, like "tart," "strong," and "fizzy," to describe the type of drink they'd like.

5. Thoroughbred Club

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205 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
Located in the posh Belmond Charleston Place, the Thoroughbred Club is the quintessential grand hotel bar, complete with dim lighting, dark wood paneling, chandeliers, and a tinkling piano. The libation menu reflects the seasons, but the classics are always in style here. If veteran bartender Mouzon Taylor is working, ask what he recommends.

6. Proof Bar

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437 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
Candlelit cocktail bar Proof doubled their list of offerings this year to allow for some more creative libations. Now, guests have 32 liquor concoctions to choose from, including the Pink Rabbit (Ancho Reyes, Hendrick's gin, house-made strawberry "Quick," and mole biters) and the Knuckle Ball (Old Grand Dad, cola reduction, orange bitters, and pickled boiled peanuts). And if you don't see something you like, owner Craig Nelson and the other bartenders are always quick with a suggestion. Proof is a great spot to meet friends or sit in the window solo and watch the parade of late-night patrons on King Street.

7. The Cocktail Club

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479 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-9411
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Find the tucked-away Cocktail Club early in the evening if you like to contemplate your beverage while relaxing in a cozy, leather-clad nook. Stop by closer to midnight if jostling between high-heeled ladies sipping Manhattans excites you. This King Street bar can get a little rowdy, but they always keep the cocktails serious.

8. The Belmont

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511 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(760) 213-7356
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Owner Mickey Moran set up The Belmont in 2010 and has seen his stretch of King Street change dramatically. Since he opened, Moran's block has been joined by big culinary names and hotels, but that hasn't affected what happens under the petite cocktail bar's pounded tin ceiling. It's still the same tavern that only allows 40 patrons in at a time, plays black and white favorites like Casablanca on mute and stocks some of the finest bottles in Charleston. The bartenders could make you something different on every visit or remember which classics are your favorite.

9. Faculty Lounge

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391 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 723-1353
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One look at the Faculty Lounge's Instagram account and you can probably figure out that this spot is a hipster bar — but in a good way. Sure, they host Beyonce nights and rotate DJs, but they also experiment with mezcal and brandy cocktails, make a mean Corpse Reviver #2, and offer discounted top shelf liquors at happy hour. Don't be intimidated by this cool kid on the block.

10. Local 616

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616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7850
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Local 616 keeps the atmosphere casual, while also concentrating on specialty drinks and a menu of various mules (think Moscow Mule, but with different liquors). Owner Dwayne Mitchell created a bar where guests could catch a football game and have more selections than just draft beer. It's like visiting a friend's house, who happens to make delicious drinks.

1. Seanachai

3157 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
Johns Island bar Seanachai may look like a traditional Irish pub, but the cocktails go far beyond pours of whiskey and beer. Owner Gerry Keiran visits the Farmers' Market every weekend (when in season) to draw inspiration for his ever-changing "cocktail of the week." The menu also lists classics next to newer creations for the more adventurous palate.
3157 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

2. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

15 Magnolia Dr, Charleston, SC 29407
If only flaming cocktails served in kitschy barware will do, then Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge is your spot. The velvet walls, deep booths, and red walls are the perfect throwback decor for the Polynesian-themed drink menu. It's always a party if there's a tiny umbrella in your drink.
15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407

3. The Bar at Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
With one of the largest selections of bourbon on the peninsula and antebellum punch — the Husk bar is a must visit for anyone wanting a one of a kind Charleston experience. The little house next to the famed restaurant on Queen Street is home to some of the most thoughtful cocktails in the Lowcountry.
76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

4. The Gin Joint

182 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
The Gin Joint opened as one of the first craft cocktail bars in Charleston, and they revamp their menu every season. This bar banned vodka upon opening in 2010, and if patrons aren't sure what they'd like to order, they can go with the "Bartender's Choice" and chose from a long list of adjectives, like "tart," "strong," and "fizzy," to describe the type of drink they'd like.
182 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. Thoroughbred Club

205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Located in the posh Belmond Charleston Place, the Thoroughbred Club is the quintessential grand hotel bar, complete with dim lighting, dark wood paneling, chandeliers, and a tinkling piano. The libation menu reflects the seasons, but the classics are always in style here. If veteran bartender Mouzon Taylor is working, ask what he recommends.
205 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Proof Bar

437 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Candlelit cocktail bar Proof doubled their list of offerings this year to allow for some more creative libations. Now, guests have 32 liquor concoctions to choose from, including the Pink Rabbit (Ancho Reyes, Hendrick's gin, house-made strawberry "Quick," and mole biters) and the Knuckle Ball (Old Grand Dad, cola reduction, orange bitters, and pickled boiled peanuts). And if you don't see something you like, owner Craig Nelson and the other bartenders are always quick with a suggestion. Proof is a great spot to meet friends or sit in the window solo and watch the parade of late-night patrons on King Street.
437 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. The Cocktail Club

479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Find the tucked-away Cocktail Club early in the evening if you like to contemplate your beverage while relaxing in a cozy, leather-clad nook. Stop by closer to midnight if jostling between high-heeled ladies sipping Manhattans excites you. This King Street bar can get a little rowdy, but they always keep the cocktails serious.
479 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. The Belmont

511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Owner Mickey Moran set up The Belmont in 2010 and has seen his stretch of King Street change dramatically. Since he opened, Moran's block has been joined by big culinary names and hotels, but that hasn't affected what happens under the petite cocktail bar's pounded tin ceiling. It's still the same tavern that only allows 40 patrons in at a time, plays black and white favorites like Casablanca on mute and stocks some of the finest bottles in Charleston. The bartenders could make you something different on every visit or remember which classics are your favorite.
511 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Faculty Lounge

391 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
One look at the Faculty Lounge's Instagram account and you can probably figure out that this spot is a hipster bar — but in a good way. Sure, they host Beyonce nights and rotate DJs, but they also experiment with mezcal and brandy cocktails, make a mean Corpse Reviver #2, and offer discounted top shelf liquors at happy hour. Don't be intimidated by this cool kid on the block.
391 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Local 616

616 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Local 616 keeps the atmosphere casual, while also concentrating on specialty drinks and a menu of various mules (think Moscow Mule, but with different liquors). Owner Dwayne Mitchell created a bar where guests could catch a football game and have more selections than just draft beer. It's like visiting a friend's house, who happens to make delicious drinks.
616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

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