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Fancy cocktails from Gingerline.
Jonathan Boncek

Where to Drink in Charleston Right Now, September 2022

11 of the city's hottest libation menus

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Fancy cocktails from Gingerline.
| Jonathan Boncek

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.

Paddock & Whisky

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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 creative cocktails from beverage manager Caroline Woodruff, like the B.I.G.-inspired A Foolish Pleasure, 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

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 Tippling House

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Sommelier Matt Conway and partner Carissa Hernandez came to Charleston by way of New York and opened open wine bar the Tippling House. Billed as 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. The bar recently added a Wednesday night dinner party — for $65, customers get at least three courses and expert advice on wine pairings for each plate. Conway says he wants everyone to forget their day and have a little fun when they attend the dinners.

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Signage at the Tippling House.
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.

A yellow bar with purple stools.
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

Bar Vauté

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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

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Paddock & Whisky

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 creative cocktails from beverage manager Caroline Woodruff, like the B.I.G.-inspired A Foolish Pleasure, 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

Rancho Lewis

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’.

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

Bar Rollins

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

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 Tippling House

A round sign that says Tippling House
Signage at the Tippling House.
Mike Ledford

Sommelier Matt Conway and partner Carissa Hernandez came to Charleston by way of New York and opened open wine bar the Tippling House. Billed as 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. The bar recently added a Wednesday night dinner party — for $65, customers get at least three courses and expert advice on wine pairings for each plate. Conway says he wants everyone to forget their day and have a little fun when they attend the dinners.

A round sign that says Tippling House
Signage at the Tippling House.
Mike Ledford

Bonny's Hideaway

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.

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

Share House

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.

The bar and dining room at Share House.
Mike Ledford

Gingerline

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

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

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

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

Bar Vauté

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.

Find Bar Vauté under Brasserie La Banque

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