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18 Essential Charleston Happy Hours

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Charleston is and has always been a “happy hour city,” with establishments providing discounted libations and appetizers to get the party started in the late afternoon. But what makes a happy hour essential? Aside from being more than a year old, these Charleston destinations provide the best deals on booze and bites, along with an environment fit for socializing with the group. Next time 4 p.m. hits, head to one of these 18 Charleston establishments.

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1. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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The entire happy hour menu is $4 at 4:30 p.m. at Edmund’s Oast, a brewpub and refined eatery all mashed into one. Sticky peanut wings, spicy pimento cheese balls, and deviled eggs are a few of the snack options to pair with draft beer or an Edmund’s Old Fashioned.

edmund’s Rebecca Gallagher

2. The Royal American

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970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 817-6925
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The Royal American is the dive bar that dreams are made of. During happy hour, four George Washingtons will get patrons Gennesse and a shot of whiskey or a pitcher of Miller High Life. Enjoy on the spacious outdoor patio and stay into the night for live entertainment, as the bar doubles as a music venue.

3. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

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714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0469
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This casual Rutledge Avenue hangout has a generous weekday happy hour in addition to the renowned Tuesday Burger Night. The unpretentious service features PBR for just $1.75 and appetizers like mac and cheese bites and jalapeno poppers for $5.

4. Renzo

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4126, 384 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 952-7864
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Happy hour goers looking for an adventurous beverage offering should head to Huger Street in North Central, as Renzo is serving up house beer plus a shot for $6 and a mystery wine selected by the staff. For food, look for chef Evan Gaudreau’s Detroit-style square slices along with small bites like warm olives and Spade & Clover peppers with kefir ranch.

Renzo
Leslie Ryann McKellar

5. Faculty Lounge

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391 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-6150
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Ring the doorbell to this funky Huger Street bar at happy hour to find a mostly locals crowd enjoying $1 Narragansett or reasonably priced well drinks. For just $6, the bartender will make guests the “dealer’s choice” cocktail of the day, which could quite literally be anything imaginable.  

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6. Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

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630 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5393
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Head to this Spanish tapas bar for half-priced paella and $5 house cocktails daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The casual yet buzzing vibe makes for an energetic happy hour filled with Mediterranean dishes.

7. The Alley

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131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 818-4080
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The Alley’s 8-4-3 happy hour features $8 bottles of wine, $4 local drafts, and $3 appetizers, all to be enjoyed while hitting the lanes or playing classic games like hoop fever or skee ball.

8. Uptown Social

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587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-1837
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The entire bar is half price from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, at this Upper King street hot spot. Also look for $2 sliders and additional daily specials during this weekday happy hour.

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9. Tavern & Table

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100 Church St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 352-9510
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Shem Creek’s Tavern & Table offers happy hour Monday through Friday featuring $4 select craft beers and glasses of wine. Go for the drinks, but stay for the discounted snacks like skillet cornbread, “kitchen sink” French fries, or heirloom popcorn—all $6 or less.

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10. Indaco

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526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-6828
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Indaco’s happy hour is almost too good to be true, as the eatery offers half-priced pizzas, Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab a $4 Peroni or daily mystery beer to sip alongside the pies and bites like polpette with San Marzano tomatoes and pecorino cheese.

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11. Nico

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201 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 352-7969
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No Charleston happy hour list is complete without oysters, and sometimes happy hour deals give patrons an excuse to try out a classier establishment. Nico on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant offers a “Rose Your Way” special all summer long featuring $5 glasses of Vina Galana from Castilla, Spain. Happy hour goers can also sip discounted Veuve Clicquot and craft beers while munching on oysters, which arrive on the half shell or baked and topped with bubbling cheese.

12. The Rarebit

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474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-5483
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Most Charleston residents would name the Moscow mule at The Rarebit as the best in town, and the beverage is just $5 at the Tuesday-Friday happy hour. There’s a drink for everyone at The Rarebit’s happy hour, as greyhounds, house wines, cava, and draft beers are also offered at discounted prices. The atmosphere is trendy yet comfortable, and breakfast is available all day.

13. The Macintosh

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479B King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-4299
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The Macintosh Bacon Happy Hour is renowned for providing patrons with refined small plates. Currently find a street food series at the eatery, weekdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., featuring sliders, tots, and a pork belly BLTs. Enjoy the fare and discounted beverages while feeling fancy in the classy Macintosh setting.

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The Macintosh
Andrew Cebulka

14. O-Ku

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463 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 737-0112
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The Monday, Wednesday, Friday O-Ku happy hour is a tough ticket to punch, so patrons should try to book ahead of time. All 18 makimono sushi rolls are half off from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., and specialty cocktails like the habanero-infused Sugar and Spice martini are $3 off.

Remy Thurston

15. Parcel 32

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442 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-3474
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There’s one necessary reason to check out Parcel 32 for happy hour and that’s the slider-sized smash burger. The patty uses a 3:1 ratio of ground beef to mushroom and is topped with Benton’s bacon and a creamy smash sauce. Wash it down with a $5 daily cocktail or discounted glass of house wine.  

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16. CO Restaurant

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340 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720-3631
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The happy hour specials at CO are plentiful and ideal for those looking to snack alongside a glass of wine or sake. The $3, $4, $5 food menu consists of Southeast Asian bites like pork belly buns, edamame gyoza, and beef and kimchi dumplings. Happy hour at CO can easily turn into a full dinner, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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17. Cane Rhum Bar

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251 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 277-2764
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The interior of Cane Rhum Bar has lively tunes and vacation vibes, making it a good place to stop on a warm day. Sip on the frozen Cruzen black strap banana daiquiri — just $7 during happy hour — alongside Caribbean snacks like fried mahi bites.

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18. Minero

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153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241
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Sometimes the day just calls for an afternoon margarita alongside snacks that are difficult to put down. On these occasions, head up the stairs to Minero on East Bay Street for a 4:30-6 p.m. weekday happy hour boasting discounted margaritas, $3 PBR pints, and $2 tequila shots. Dive into $5 wings and guacamole once the buzz hits.

1. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
edmund’s Rebecca Gallagher

The entire happy hour menu is $4 at 4:30 p.m. at Edmund’s Oast, a brewpub and refined eatery all mashed into one. Sticky peanut wings, spicy pimento cheese balls, and deviled eggs are a few of the snack options to pair with draft beer or an Edmund’s Old Fashioned.

1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

2. The Royal American

970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

The Royal American is the dive bar that dreams are made of. During happy hour, four George Washingtons will get patrons Gennesse and a shot of whiskey or a pitcher of Miller High Life. Enjoy on the spacious outdoor patio and stay into the night for live entertainment, as the bar doubles as a music venue.

970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

714 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

This casual Rutledge Avenue hangout has a generous weekday happy hour in addition to the renowned Tuesday Burger Night. The unpretentious service features PBR for just $1.75 and appetizers like mac and cheese bites and jalapeno poppers for $5.

714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Renzo

4126, 384 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
Renzo
Leslie Ryann McKellar

Happy hour goers looking for an adventurous beverage offering should head to Huger Street in North Central, as Renzo is serving up house beer plus a shot for $6 and a mystery wine selected by the staff. For food, look for chef Evan Gaudreau’s Detroit-style square slices along with small bites like warm olives and Spade & Clover peppers with kefir ranch.

4126, 384 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Faculty Lounge

391 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
Faculty Lounge
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Ring the doorbell to this funky Huger Street bar at happy hour to find a mostly locals crowd enjoying $1 Narragansett or reasonably priced well drinks. For just $6, the bartender will make guests the “dealer’s choice” cocktail of the day, which could quite literally be anything imaginable.  

391 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar

630 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Head to this Spanish tapas bar for half-priced paella and $5 house cocktails daily from 4 to 7 p.m. The casual yet buzzing vibe makes for an energetic happy hour filled with Mediterranean dishes.

630 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. The Alley

131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403

The Alley’s 8-4-3 happy hour features $8 bottles of wine, $4 local drafts, and $3 appetizers, all to be enjoyed while hitting the lanes or playing classic games like hoop fever or skee ball.

131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Uptown Social

587 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Uptown Social
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The entire bar is half price from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, at this Upper King street hot spot. Also look for $2 sliders and additional daily specials during this weekday happy hour.

587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Tavern & Table

100 Church St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Poke Around the Interiors at Shem Creek’s Tavern & Table

Shem Creek’s Tavern & Table offers happy hour Monday through Friday featuring $4 select craft beers and glasses of wine. Go for the drinks, but stay for the discounted snacks like skillet cornbread, “kitchen sink” French fries, or heirloom popcorn—all $6 or less.

100 Church St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

10. Indaco

526 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Indaco
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Indaco’s happy hour is almost too good to be true, as the eatery offers half-priced pizzas, Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab a $4 Peroni or daily mystery beer to sip alongside the pies and bites like polpette with San Marzano tomatoes and pecorino cheese.

526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

11. Nico

201 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

No Charleston happy hour list is complete without oysters, and sometimes happy hour deals give patrons an excuse to try out a classier establishment. Nico on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant offers a “Rose Your Way” special all summer long featuring $5 glasses of Vina Galana from Castilla, Spain. Happy hour goers can also sip discounted Veuve Clicquot and craft beers while munching on oysters, which arrive on the half shell or baked and topped with bubbling cheese.

201 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

12. The Rarebit

474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Most Charleston residents would name the Moscow mule at The Rarebit as the best in town, and the beverage is just $5 at the Tuesday-Friday happy hour. There’s a drink for everyone at The Rarebit’s happy hour, as greyhounds, house wines, cava, and draft beers are also offered at discounted prices. The atmosphere is trendy yet comfortable, and breakfast is available all day.

474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

13. The Macintosh

479B King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Macintosh
The Macintosh
Andrew Cebulka

The Macintosh Bacon Happy Hour is renowned for providing patrons with refined small plates. Currently find a street food series at the eatery, weekdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., featuring sliders, tots, and a pork belly BLTs. Enjoy the fare and discounted beverages while feeling fancy in the classy Macintosh setting.

479B King St
Charleston, SC 29403

14. O-Ku

463 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Remy Thurston

The Monday, Wednesday, Friday O-Ku happy hour is a tough ticket to punch, so patrons should try to book ahead of time. All 18 makimono sushi rolls are half off from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., and specialty cocktails like the habanero-infused Sugar and Spice martini are $3 off.

463 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

15. Parcel 32

442 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Parcel 32
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

There’s one necessary reason to check out Parcel 32 for happy hour and that’s the slider-sized smash burger. The patty uses a 3:1 ratio of ground beef to mushroom and is topped with Benton’s bacon and a creamy smash sauce. Wash it down with a $5 daily cocktail or discounted glass of house wine.  

442 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

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16. CO Restaurant

340 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
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The happy hour specials at CO are plentiful and ideal for those looking to snack alongside a glass of wine or sake. The $3, $4, $5 food menu consists of Southeast Asian bites like pork belly buns, edamame gyoza, and beef and kimchi dumplings. Happy hour at CO can easily turn into a full dinner, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

340 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

17. Cane Rhum Bar

251 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
cane bar Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

The interior of Cane Rhum Bar has lively tunes and vacation vibes, making it a good place to stop on a warm day. Sip on the frozen Cruzen black strap banana daiquiri — just $7 during happy hour — alongside Caribbean snacks like fried mahi bites.

251 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

18. Minero

153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Sometimes the day just calls for an afternoon margarita alongside snacks that are difficult to put down. On these occasions, head up the stairs to Minero on East Bay Street for a 4:30-6 p.m. weekday happy hour boasting discounted margaritas, $3 PBR pints, and $2 tequila shots. Dive into $5 wings and guacamole once the buzz hits.

153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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