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Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Mike Ledford

Where to Drink in Charleston Right Now, May 2022

12 of the city's hottest libation menus

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Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
| Mike Ledford

There's a wealth of opportunities for imbibing in Charleston, but where to find the latest and greatest? The newest and hottest? Here's an updated Cocktail Heatmap of places to visit for a down a few as soon as happy hour hits. While this map focuses on restaurants and bars that have opened within the past year, we've also included some older establishments undergoing a new heatwave thanks to recent changes to their cocktail menus or bar program.

We've also included some newer wine and beer bars for those not in need of a super stiff drink. Go out and try somewhere new this week — perhaps you'll find a new favorite libation or bartender in town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Tattooed Moose

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4845 Chateau Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 277-2990
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While the downtown Tattooed Moose may have closed, the Park Circle address brings more space for drinking craft beers with friends on the expansive patio.

Warehouse with colorful mural.
Tattooed Moose in Park Circle.
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2. Paddock & Whisky

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1074 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 203-4238
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Brown liquor bar Paddock & Whisky now has a second location for fans of the original James Island address. The new outpost has loads of cocktails from beverage manager Caroline Woodruff and a larger food menu with pairable items selected by Home Team BBQ chef Taylor Garrigan. 

Outside of a building with Paddock & Whisky sign.
Outside the new Paddock & Whisky.
Paddock & Whisky

3. Rancho Lewis

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1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 996-4500
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El Paso-inspired restaurant Rancho Lewis (from John Lewis of Lewis Barbecue) claims to have the coldest margarita in town. Each order gets a round in one of the bar’s a Japanese milk tea shakers for maximum frost. Grab a seat a the massive bar and order some nachos and a marg’.

Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Mike Ledford

4. Last Saint

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472 Meeting St B
Charleston, SC 29403

Meeting Street bar Last Saint is quickly becoming the see-and-be-seen spot in Charleston. Fans of veteran bartender Joey Goetz (the Belmont and Bar George) pack the space for a chance to order a cold brew coffee cocktail with oat milk and Irish whiskey or one of the best martinis on the peninsula.

A cocktail at Last Saint
A cocktail at Last Saint.
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5. The Tippling House

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221 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

Sommelier Matt Conway and fiancé Carissa Hernandez came to Charleston by way of New York and opened open wine bar the Tippling House. Billed as a “a wine place for everybody,” the menu allows customers to purchase any bottle by the carafe, which helps folks try new varietals that may not typically be sold by the glass

A round sign that says Tippling House
Signage at the Tippling House.
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6. Bonny's Hideaway

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549 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

New bar Bonny’s Hideaway combines tiki and Irish elements to create something wholly unique to King Street. From the owners of nearby establishment Prohibition, Jim McCourt and James Walsh, Bonny’s offers drinks like the Irish Breakfast Pearl Diver made with Bushmills, butterscotch, orange juice, lime juice, maple syrup, and bitters, along with other whiskey-meets-Caribbean combinations.

A red cocktail with a pineapple garnish.
A Jungle Bird at Bonny’s.
Bonny’s Hideaway

7. Share House

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23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-4806
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Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. The space boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop.

The bar and dining room at Share House.
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8. Maya

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479 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

The back patio of newcomer Mexican restaurant Maya is the new place to see and be seen on King Street. The resort-style space turns into a dance party complete with a DJ, frozen drinks, and swinging settee perfect for Instagrams.

Outdoor tables surrounded by greenery.
Patio bar at Maya.
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9. Little Palm

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237 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

Located on the second floor of the newly renovated Ryder hotel, Little Palm greets guests with a vintage South Beach vibe. Fun tropical drinks are perfect for an Instagram photoshoot by the sparkling pool.

Little Palm
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10. Charleston Wine Co.

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63 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 640-3731
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Heralded as an “urban winery,” Charleston Wine Co. sells bottles made by Lindsay Williams, inspired by her travels to West Coast and Italian vineyards. Williams sources grapes from around the globe and processes them at her facility in Davidson, North Carolina. Her bottles range from merlot, pinotage, chardonnay, gewurztraminer, petit verdot, and more.

11. Bar Vauté

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1 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

There’s a hidden cocktail spot underneath the stunning Brasserie la Banque. Enter the door on the East Bay side of the historic building at 1 Broad Street and go down the stairs to find basement lounge Bar Vauté. The Art Deco room houses an intimate bar surrounded by small tables meant for sharing drinks and food from the limited menu, like caviar service or steak frites.

Find Bar Vauté under Brasserie La Banque

12. The Longboard

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2213-B, Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 868-8161
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A 9’6” turquoise longboard hangs over the U-shaped bar at Sullivan’s restaurant the Longboard to set the scene for a beach-y, tropical, boozy time. There’s everything from a frozen Painkiller to the Wadma-Law-Breaker with tequila and wtermelon agua fresca.

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1. The Tattooed Moose

4845 Chateau Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Warehouse with colorful mural.
Tattooed Moose in Park Circle.
Mike Ledford

While the downtown Tattooed Moose may have closed, the Park Circle address brings more space for drinking craft beers with friends on the expansive patio.

4845 Chateau Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Paddock & Whisky

1074 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Outside of a building with Paddock & Whisky sign.
Outside the new Paddock & Whisky.
Paddock & Whisky

Brown liquor bar Paddock & Whisky now has a second location for fans of the original James Island address. The new outpost has loads of cocktails from beverage manager Caroline Woodruff and a larger food menu with pairable items selected by Home Team BBQ chef Taylor Garrigan. 

1074 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Rancho Lewis

1503 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Margarita at Rancho Lewis.
Mike Ledford

El Paso-inspired restaurant Rancho Lewis (from John Lewis of Lewis Barbecue) claims to have the coldest margarita in town. Each order gets a round in one of the bar’s a Japanese milk tea shakers for maximum frost. Grab a seat a the massive bar and order some nachos and a marg’.

1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Last Saint

472 Meeting St B, Charleston, SC 29403
A cocktail at Last Saint
A cocktail at Last Saint.
Mike Ledford

Meeting Street bar Last Saint is quickly becoming the see-and-be-seen spot in Charleston. Fans of veteran bartender Joey Goetz (the Belmont and Bar George) pack the space for a chance to order a cold brew coffee cocktail with oat milk and Irish whiskey or one of the best martinis on the peninsula.

472 Meeting St B
Charleston, SC 29403

5. The Tippling House

221 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
A round sign that says Tippling House
Signage at the Tippling House.
Mike Ledford

Sommelier Matt Conway and fiancé Carissa Hernandez came to Charleston by way of New York and opened open wine bar the Tippling House. Billed as a “a wine place for everybody,” the menu allows customers to purchase any bottle by the carafe, which helps folks try new varietals that may not typically be sold by the glass

221 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Bonny's Hideaway

549 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
A red cocktail with a pineapple garnish.
A Jungle Bird at Bonny’s.
Bonny’s Hideaway

New bar Bonny’s Hideaway combines tiki and Irish elements to create something wholly unique to King Street. From the owners of nearby establishment Prohibition, Jim McCourt and James Walsh, Bonny’s offers drinks like the Irish Breakfast Pearl Diver made with Bushmills, butterscotch, orange juice, lime juice, maple syrup, and bitters, along with other whiskey-meets-Caribbean combinations.

549 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Share House

23 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
The bar and dining room at Share House.
Mike Ledford

Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. The space boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop.

23 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Maya

479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Outdoor tables surrounded by greenery.
Patio bar at Maya.
Mike Ledford

The back patio of newcomer Mexican restaurant Maya is the new place to see and be seen on King Street. The resort-style space turns into a dance party complete with a DJ, frozen drinks, and swinging settee perfect for Instagrams.

479 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Little Palm

237 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Little Palm
Mike Ledford

Located on the second floor of the newly renovated Ryder hotel, Little Palm greets guests with a vintage South Beach vibe. Fun tropical drinks are perfect for an Instagram photoshoot by the sparkling pool.

237 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Charleston Wine Co.

63 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Heralded as an “urban winery,” Charleston Wine Co. sells bottles made by Lindsay Williams, inspired by her travels to West Coast and Italian vineyards. Williams sources grapes from around the globe and processes them at her facility in Davidson, North Carolina. Her bottles range from merlot, pinotage, chardonnay, gewurztraminer, petit verdot, and more.

63 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. Bar Vauté

1 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
Find Bar Vauté under Brasserie La Banque

There’s a hidden cocktail spot underneath the stunning Brasserie la Banque. Enter the door on the East Bay side of the historic building at 1 Broad Street and go down the stairs to find basement lounge Bar Vauté. The Art Deco room houses an intimate bar surrounded by small tables meant for sharing drinks and food from the limited menu, like caviar service or steak frites.

1 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. The Longboard

2213-B, Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

A 9’6” turquoise longboard hangs over the U-shaped bar at Sullivan’s restaurant the Longboard to set the scene for a beach-y, tropical, boozy time. There’s everything from a frozen Painkiller to the Wadma-Law-Breaker with tequila and wtermelon agua fresca.

2213-B, Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

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