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The Lucky Luchador recently opened on the East Side.
Mike Ledford

Where to Drink in Charleston Right Now, October 2022

7 of the city's hottest libation menus

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The Lucky Luchador recently opened on the East Side.
| 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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Rancho Lewis

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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

Bar Rollins

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Owners Chris Rollins and Jess Vande Werken bring natural wines to the East Side with the opening of Bar Rollins. Previously a favorite pop-up destination, the establishment already had a wide following before its premiere. The “wine dive bar,” as they call it, offers a selection of natural whites, reds, and rosés by the glass with a few non-alcoholic options and snacks of meats and cheeses.

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The bar at natural wine stop Bar Rollins.
Mike Ledford

The Lucky Luchador

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Entrepreneur Chris “Boston” DiMattia (Recovery Room and Bangkok Lounge) has another dive bar in his portfolio with the opening of Lucky Luchador. It’s an Irish pub mixed with a Mexican cantina. Expect whiskey, tequila, tacos, quesadillas, tequila, and chicken fingers. Only open a few weeks, the East Side addition already feels lived in.

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The Lucky Luchador bills itself as an Irish cantina.
Mike Ledford

Bonny's Hideaway

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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

Share House

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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.
Mike Ledford

Gingerline

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The citrus-heavy cocktails at Latin American restaurant Gingerline go along with the tropical vibes in the dining room. Crushed ice drinks, like the Citrus Dreamin’ with vodka, Cointreau, orange, cream, and lime, are super refreshing and fun.

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The bar at Gingerline.
Jonathan Boncek

Bar 167

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The team at popular oyster spot 167 Raw created a gorgeous Mediterranean bar right around the corner on Fulton Street. Bar 167 boasts a bar on each floor, and the interiors are full of easy, breezy nautical touches. Cocktails have an emphasis on housemade tonics, along with spritzes and sangria. The wine list is all European with Croatian, Southern Italian, Greece, and French bottles. And there’s two beers on tap, a light and a dark.

Bar with blue stools.
The first-floor bar at Bar 167.
Mike Ledford

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Rancho Lewis

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

Bar Rollins

Owners Chris Rollins and Jess Vande Werken bring natural wines to the East Side with the opening of Bar Rollins. Previously a favorite pop-up destination, the establishment already had a wide following before its premiere. The “wine dive bar,” as they call it, offers a selection of natural whites, reds, and rosés by the glass with a few non-alcoholic options and snacks of meats and cheeses.

A light-wood bar with menu board above it.
The bar at natural wine stop Bar Rollins.
Mike Ledford

The Lucky Luchador

Entrepreneur Chris “Boston” DiMattia (Recovery Room and Bangkok Lounge) has another dive bar in his portfolio with the opening of Lucky Luchador. It’s an Irish pub mixed with a Mexican cantina. Expect whiskey, tequila, tacos, quesadillas, tequila, and chicken fingers. Only open a few weeks, the East Side addition already feels lived in.

The view of a bar with green and red lights.
The Lucky Luchador bills itself as an Irish cantina.
Mike Ledford

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.

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

Share House

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.
Mike Ledford

Gingerline

The citrus-heavy cocktails at Latin American restaurant Gingerline go along with the tropical vibes in the dining room. Crushed ice drinks, like the Citrus Dreamin’ with vodka, Cointreau, orange, cream, and lime, are super refreshing and fun.

A yellow bar with purple stools.
The bar at Gingerline.
Jonathan Boncek

Bar 167

The team at popular oyster spot 167 Raw created a gorgeous Mediterranean bar right around the corner on Fulton Street. Bar 167 boasts a bar on each floor, and the interiors are full of easy, breezy nautical touches. Cocktails have an emphasis on housemade tonics, along with spritzes and sangria. The wine list is all European with Croatian, Southern Italian, Greece, and French bottles. And there’s two beers on tap, a light and a dark.

Bar with blue stools.
The first-floor bar at Bar 167.
Mike Ledford

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