clock menu more-arrow no yes
Coffee at Black Tap
Coffee at Black Tap
Lindsey Harris

How To Drink Like An Artist In Charleston

From coffee to cocktails

View as Map
Coffee at Black Tap
| Lindsey Harris

Artist Joseph Coker likes to find inspiration in coffee shops and intimate bars around the Holy City. Wanting to help others with writer's block or other malady stopping you to be your most creative, Coker suggests a few spots where you can break through to new ingenuity.

Like many creatives in Charleston, my artistic self-description is full of slashes.  I do comedy, I host my own podcast, and I just recorded an EP in Brooklyn with Roger Grenawalt (Iggy Pop, The Pierces). When I’m out, I’m looking for places that have a bit of the familiar and the strange. The family and the chaos. My brain demands new. That’s where the best jokes, songs, and conversations come from.  Here is where I go to be renewed and reminded in Charleston.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite spot? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

Copy Link
4824 Chateau Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 637-4504
Visit Website
Most days start with a cold brew and chitchat with Laura Cannon and Julie Simuang, the owners of Park Circle’s adorable neighborhood coffee shop. Order the Karate Man (iced mocha with four shots of espresso), a drink named after me, that is only for people with lots of creative goals and serious caffeine tolerance.

2. The Sparrow

Copy Link
1078 E Montague Ave, N Charleston
Park Circle, SC 29405
Every Monday, you can find me and a huddle of the best comics in Charleston telling jokes at Neil Bansil’s comedy open mic held at the Sparrow. Owner Cami Kind or Gordon Keiter will usually be working the bar, which is back dropped by gorgeous pop culture murals in black and white. There's no specialty cocktails here, but their vibe, the shows, and the staff make it worth it — I'd get a vodka soda.

3. Cutty's

Copy Link
Bogard
Charleston, SC 29403
Cutty’s is the dive bar of champions. With the aesthetic of a rundown Soviet nightclub, it’s a great place to go deep in conversation (or vodka sodas) and the impromptu after party for every Rip City, the best variety show in town.

4. Elliotborough Mini Bar

Copy Link
18 Percy St
Charleston, SC 29403
Mini Bar is like a living room that will sell you wine, and I mean that as a compliment. The small space and beautiful acoustics make it my ideal environment to play music gigs, and the clientele are chatty and kind.

5. Tin Roof

Copy Link
1117 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-0775
Visit Website
Tin Roof has been keeping cool alive in West Ashley against all odds. The best bands and comics in town frequent here, making it a perfect place to be inspired. Christmas lights and pin ball machines give the bar a familiar feel. Order an alcoholic slushy then hit the Autobahn food truck parked out front for flavorful Asian-cuisine-inspired sandwiches.

6. Black Tap Coffee

Copy Link
70 1/2 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4402
Visit Website
Sometimes you just wanna drive downtown and sip on a fancy coffee. Black Tap always makes me feel like I’m about to do something important.

1. The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

4824 Chateau Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Most days start with a cold brew and chitchat with Laura Cannon and Julie Simuang, the owners of Park Circle’s adorable neighborhood coffee shop. Order the Karate Man (iced mocha with four shots of espresso), a drink named after me, that is only for people with lots of creative goals and serious caffeine tolerance.
4824 Chateau Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. The Sparrow

1078 E Montague Ave, N Charleston, Park Circle, SC 29405
Every Monday, you can find me and a huddle of the best comics in Charleston telling jokes at Neil Bansil’s comedy open mic held at the Sparrow. Owner Cami Kind or Gordon Keiter will usually be working the bar, which is back dropped by gorgeous pop culture murals in black and white. There's no specialty cocktails here, but their vibe, the shows, and the staff make it worth it — I'd get a vodka soda.
1078 E Montague Ave, N Charleston
Park Circle, SC 29405

3. Cutty's

Bogard, Charleston, SC 29403
Cutty’s is the dive bar of champions. With the aesthetic of a rundown Soviet nightclub, it’s a great place to go deep in conversation (or vodka sodas) and the impromptu after party for every Rip City, the best variety show in town.
Bogard
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Elliotborough Mini Bar

18 Percy St, Charleston, SC 29403
Mini Bar is like a living room that will sell you wine, and I mean that as a compliment. The small space and beautiful acoustics make it my ideal environment to play music gigs, and the clientele are chatty and kind.
18 Percy St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Tin Roof

1117 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC 29407
Tin Roof has been keeping cool alive in West Ashley against all odds. The best bands and comics in town frequent here, making it a perfect place to be inspired. Christmas lights and pin ball machines give the bar a familiar feel. Order an alcoholic slushy then hit the Autobahn food truck parked out front for flavorful Asian-cuisine-inspired sandwiches.
1117 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

6. Black Tap Coffee

70 1/2 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401
Sometimes you just wanna drive downtown and sip on a fancy coffee. Black Tap always makes me feel like I’m about to do something important.
70 1/2 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401

Related Maps