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? These Charleston destinations provide the best deals on booze and bites, along with an environment fit for socializing with the group. Next time, when the afternoon hits, head to one of these 10 Charleston establishments.Read More
11 Extra-Affordable Charleston Happy Hours
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The Tattooed Moose
The Tattooed Moose serves some of the best bar food around, and corn dogs and duck fat fries are only $2.50 during happy hour. A 16-ounce can of PBR will only set you back $1.50 and shots of Jameson are $4. Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where else can you find $1 oysters and $1 glasses of bubbly? Pier 41 in Mount Pleasant might be the only spot around. There’s always a special here, including $5 martinis on Thursdays. Be sure to have that Uber lined up.
Edmund’s Oast calls it “Sad Times Happy Hour.” From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, customers can order the following items for half off: frozen drinks, house draft beer, curly fries, fish sauce and vinegar chips, and Korean chicken “dunkaroos.”
Neighborhood spot Herd Provisions offers an expansive happy hour menu from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar or on the patio. Find a $7 Old Fashioned, $4 beers, and $6 bubbly. The burgers (beef and vegetable versions) or a piles of poutine are only $8.
Moe's Crosstown Tavern
Rutledge Avenue dive bar Moe’s Crosstown has a generous weekday happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The unpretentious service features PBR for $1.75 and appetizers like mac and cheese bites, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers for $5.
Babas on Cannon
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can score a super cold mini martini (a tiny ‘tini) at Babas on Cannon for just $5. These gin cocktails may be small, but they pack a punch. The best deal in town is on Fridays when Babas hosts an apertivo hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with free snacks like olives, boquerones, tapenades, dips, and plenty of bread and chips.
Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Italian restaurant Indaco offers $7 glasses of wine and pints of beer, as well as discounts on polpette, flatbread, and a margherita pizza. This is a great jumping off point for King Street adventures.
Head towards Shem Creek, because French seafood spot Nico features $5 glasses of wine and beer. Happy hour goers can also sip discounted champagne while munching on $1.75 oysters. Discounts apply Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Stop by Mexican spot Pink Cactus from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., from Monday to Saturday, for tequila and taco hour for $6 margaritas and $3 queso. The patio is a perfect place to end the work day.
Catch Estadio’s happy hour quickly (it’s only from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), because you don’t want to miss the gin and tonics for only $5. Try the Sevillana version with orange gin, Aperol, and orangey Sweatman tonic. There’s also $5 sangria and a $5 snack bowl.
The happy hour specials at Co are plentiful and ideal for those looking to snack alongside an adult beverage. Sake carafes are half off and select beers and wine go for $4. For $5, customers can score crab rangoons, beef and kimchi dumplings, or a yellow curry dish.