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Life-Saving Charleston Late Night Food

Stop the midnight munchies

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Perhaps it's a late shift or the plane landed later than expected — where can a hungry person eat after the typical 10:00 p.m. restaurant closing time? During the week, there's plenty of bar food, but on the weekend, there are many more choices for an awe-inspiring meal from some of the top kitchens in the Holy City. However, if it's midnight on Monday, cheese fries can be just as epic as a three-course meal when paired with a cheap beer. There's no need to go hungry if it's late — stop by one of these establishments instead.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Early Bird Diner

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On Friday and Saturday, order chicken and waffles until 4:00 a.m. at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner. Slump into a booth and hunker down on some Southern favorites. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

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Surely the only bar featuring traditional lumpia for an evening snack, Avondale's Voodoo Lounge is the most unique late night experience around. The bar bites menu also features an "addictive" cheese fondue, truffle tater tots, and Hawaiian cheese balls. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Gene's Haufbrau

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Avondale dive bar Gene's Haufbrau is funky stop full of pool tables, televisions, and interesting characters. The oldest bar in Charleston, Gene's offers a menu of typical bar fare but also boasts a "Famous Wienerschnitzel" served with traditional potato cakes, topped with a lobster cream sauce,and a side of steamed cabbage. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Zia Taqueria

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Order tacos, nachos, and guac to cure the midnight hunger pangs at James Island's Zia Taqueria. It's an easy stop after a film at neighboring Terrace Theater. Kitchen Hours: 12:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

Moe's Crosstown Tavern

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Moe's Crosstown Tavern has some of the best burgers around and the grill works until late. Order an Eye Opener (burger topped with an egg) and a side of onion rings for an indulgent midnight snack. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

Tattooed Moose

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Order the entire menu of super stacked sandwiches, corn dogs, and wings at Tattooed Moose until 1:00 a.m. every night. Everyone who comes to Charleston must try the famous duck club and duck fat fries at least once. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Smoky Oak Tap Room

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The pizza oven stays burning at Smoky Oak Tap Room until 1:00 a.m. The back can also indulge your taste for "anything fried" at that time of night. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Home Team BBQ

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The Home Team BBQ locations have a post-10:00 p.m. menu to satisfy any carnivore and vegetarian's dreams. There's dry-rubbed wings, barbecue nachos, fried ribs, and more. Kitchen Hours: Midnight at West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island locations; 1:00 a.m. at the downtown location.

Recovery Room

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Grown-up dive bar Recovery Room keeps the kitchen open for late visitors. Order the tachos (tater tot nachos) and a PBR. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

The Royal American

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Stop by dive bar/music venue The Royal American for loaded baked potato, chili, muffuletta, and a rum punch. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week.

Belmont

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Those hangering for an artisanal PopTart or fancy cheese plate should stop in The Belmont. The top-notch cocktails are the perfect nightcap. Kitchen Hours: Until close

Smoke BBQ

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Find elevated barbecue far past bedtime at Smoke BBQ. Try the hash over grits, smoked wings, or brisket sandwich for a super-filling meal. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

The Rarebit

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Upscale diner The Rarebit pushes the breakfast menu for anyone wanting an a.m. experience. Choose from huevos rancheros, waffles, an omelet, or the life-saving patty melt, among other choices. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

A C's Bar & Grill

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Safe haven for F&B workers and the slightly tipsy, A.C.'s Bar & Grill keeps the cheese fries and Philly sandwiches going until till late. The best part? Those with a hangover can stop in the next day at 11 a.m. for some more fries and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 1:30 a.m, seven days a week

JohnKing Grill & Bar

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Find burgers, hot dogs, wings, and cold draft beers at JohnKing Grill & Bar. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

Palace Hotel

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Eastside dive Palace Hotel serves fancy hot dogs, boiled peanuts, duck confit tacos, and burgers late into the night. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., seven days a week.

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39 Rue De Jean

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Rue de Jean has been a staple of late night fine dining so long that it should be considered the cafeteria of Charleston. Stop by after an event to order a burger or mussels and mingle with the downtown crowd. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; bar menu until 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

The Brick

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The Brick’s kitchen stays open for any and all cravings for burgers, wings, and shrimp po' boys. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

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Sabatino's NYC Pizza

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Sabatino's NYC Pizza serves slices to the masses coming off King Street. The pies are said to be the closest thing to authentic New York street fare in Charleston. Kitchen Hours: 3:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

Gilroy's Pizza Pub

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Every undergrad at the College of Charleston knows that Gilroy's Pizza Pub serves up pies until 4:00 a.m. It can get a little rowdy, but when you need to prevent a hangover the next day, this pizza will help. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., seven days a week

Kickin' Chicken Downtown Charleston

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Kickin' Chicken keeps the wings flying for the evening crowds. This local chain serves signature chicken sandwiches, loaded fries, wraps, and 16 flavors of wings. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday; 11:00 p.m. on Sunday

Bin 152

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Romantic wine bar Bin 152 offers large selections of European cheeses and charcuterie for a sophisticated late night snack. Kitchen Hours: Until close

The Gin Joint

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The Gin Joint serves beef jerky, pad thai popcorn, and giant pretzels to help keep its customers drinking. The menu is constantly changing, so check the specials after ordering a cocktail. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Coleman Public House Resturant & Tap Room

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Yes, they do late-night in Mount Pleasant. Coleman Public House keeps the kitchen running well into the evening. This spot is known for its excellent craft beer selection and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 12:30 a.m., seven days a week

Benny Palmetto's Pizza

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Giant slices of pizza are available into the night at Benny Palmettos. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, midnight on Thursday, and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There's also a location on King Street for downtowners.

Vickery's

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Visit Vickery's for views of Shem Creek and Southern-fried favorites. The shrimp or fried oyster baskets seem a perfect match for the waterfront restaurant. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Early Bird Diner

On Friday and Saturday, order chicken and waffles until 4:00 a.m. at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner. Slump into a booth and hunker down on some Southern favorites. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

Surely the only bar featuring traditional lumpia for an evening snack, Avondale's Voodoo Lounge is the most unique late night experience around. The bar bites menu also features an "addictive" cheese fondue, truffle tater tots, and Hawaiian cheese balls. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Gene's Haufbrau

Avondale dive bar Gene's Haufbrau is funky stop full of pool tables, televisions, and interesting characters. The oldest bar in Charleston, Gene's offers a menu of typical bar fare but also boasts a "Famous Wienerschnitzel" served with traditional potato cakes, topped with a lobster cream sauce,and a side of steamed cabbage. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Zia Taqueria

Order tacos, nachos, and guac to cure the midnight hunger pangs at James Island's Zia Taqueria. It's an easy stop after a film at neighboring Terrace Theater. Kitchen Hours: 12:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

Moe's Crosstown Tavern

Moe's Crosstown Tavern has some of the best burgers around and the grill works until late. Order an Eye Opener (burger topped with an egg) and a side of onion rings for an indulgent midnight snack. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

Tattooed Moose

Order the entire menu of super stacked sandwiches, corn dogs, and wings at Tattooed Moose until 1:00 a.m. every night. Everyone who comes to Charleston must try the famous duck club and duck fat fries at least once. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Smoky Oak Tap Room

The pizza oven stays burning at Smoky Oak Tap Room until 1:00 a.m. The back can also indulge your taste for "anything fried" at that time of night. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

Home Team BBQ

The Home Team BBQ locations have a post-10:00 p.m. menu to satisfy any carnivore and vegetarian's dreams. There's dry-rubbed wings, barbecue nachos, fried ribs, and more. Kitchen Hours: Midnight at West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island locations; 1:00 a.m. at the downtown location.

Recovery Room

Grown-up dive bar Recovery Room keeps the kitchen open for late visitors. Order the tachos (tater tot nachos) and a PBR. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

The Royal American

Stop by dive bar/music venue The Royal American for loaded baked potato, chili, muffuletta, and a rum punch. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week.

Belmont

Those hangering for an artisanal PopTart or fancy cheese plate should stop in The Belmont. The top-notch cocktails are the perfect nightcap. Kitchen Hours: Until close

Smoke BBQ