Good morning, good day, or good evening, since this is on the internet I have no idea what time you might be accessing it so figured I would cover my bases. Anyways, now that the introduction is out of the way I’m gonna go ahead and assume you are here because you are looking for the best bars in Charleston South Carolina.
And if that’s the case (and I’m pretty sure that it is, I mean why else would you be on this webpage?) then you’ll want to be sure to check out one of Charleston’s fine upscale and high end restaurants and eating establishments. With many different styles and a myriad of atmospheres, the bars in Charleston have more to offer than meets the eye.
Although there are many options to choose from, in this article today I have compiled a list of some of the top rated bars in the whole Charleston area. The list includes the bar's location, a Yelp review, a summary of the bar’s style, and even a convenient link to the bar's website in case you want to check them out more in-depthly before driving across the city on a whim. I've even included links where you can get a GiftYa E-Gift Card for each and every one of the participating restaurants.
As a reminder a GiftYa digital gift card is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A gift card that functions just like every other gift card. It lets you make purchases at a participating bar, restaurant, or store up to the face value of the gift card. However, unlike traditional gift cards. GiftYa digital gift cards come with a few additional benefits. For instance, unlike a traditional gift card, a GiftYa can be sent straight to your phone in seconds. That way you don’t need to deliver a GiftYa in person if you want to give it as a gift. You don’t even have to go to a store in person if you want one for yourself. You can just visit the GiftYa website and pick one up today.
Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you. Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town?
225 Meeting St | Ansonborough | doarbros.com/
If you are looking for the finest cocktails you can find anywhere in Charleston, South Carolina, then Doar Bros. is going to be the place for you. They do everything from the feet up. So not only are you going to have the finest cocktails, you are also going to have the finest customer service and the finest atmosphere you can find anywhere in Charleston.
Although they’ve only been around for a couple of years they still boast a five star rating with hundreds of customer reviews. And that is because they supply the finest experience you can find anywhere in Charleston. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at all the positive reviews their customers have left for therm
“Doar Bros. was in the perfect location to attract both locals and tourists. The owners made the most of the small space, creating an elegant, yet inviting, vibe and offering both bar and table seating. Their cocktail list was top-notch and extremely inventive.” - Yelp Review
Doar Bros. doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding the best bars and attractions in Charleston!
547 King St | Cannonborough | prohibitioncharleston.com
I’m not gonna go on and on forever about how great Prohibition is. What I am going to say is that they have literally been voted the best in Charleston by customers in Charleston. So trust me, just skip the hassle and reserve a tale. Because not only are you going to get amazing drinks, Prohibition is also a restaurant that serves out of this world food to perfectly compliment your cocktails.
The only thing that kept Prohibition from being at the top of my list today is that Prohibition is a bar and restaurant, and this is technically a list of the best bars, so I wanted to put just a straight up bar at the top of the list.
“Happy hour alerts! Best in the town. Great prices and unique drinks! Then we came back for a late night drink and the bar tenders were still as attentive and creative with their drinks. Will return soon!” - Yelp Review
Prohibition is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated best bars in Charleston!
337 King St | King Street | chucktownbrewery.com/
While this is a list of the best bars, it has been my experience since I turned 21 eight years ago that more and more bars are becoming breweries/bars. And I mean why wouldn’t they? The craft beer craze seems like it isn’t going anywhere and they get a lot more control over the business that way. And because of that I wanted to make sure to feature some of Charleston's incredible brewing scene on the list. And there isn’t a brewery in Charleston that people love more than Chucktown. So whether you are looking for beer, wine, or cider you can be sure Chucktown Brewery is going to have just what you want.
And they aren’t just a brewery, they also feature a full fledged restaurant. They feature tons of large screen televisions playing sports with comfortable seating indoors. But if you just want a relaxed evening in the night air, they also offer plenty of outdoor patio seating.
“Chucktown was by far my favorite brewery we checked out. They had both indoor and outdoor seating- the outdoor patio was dog friendly! You can also order from either area as they had two bars. They have a decent size beer selection and everything I tried was delicious. Service was super friendly and inviting. I didn't try the food but I saw some others with it and it looked great.
Highly recommend!” - Yelp Review
You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Chucktown Brewery at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new best bars and locations in Charleston are added all the time!
375 Meeting St | Mazyck-Wraggborough | charlestonbrewscruise.com/
Like I mentioned earlier, Charleston happens to have a flourishing craft beer scene. And if you really want to check it out, you can get a professionally guided tour. Chucktown is great don’t get me wrong, but if you are looking for more of an event/adventure, or are just genuinely really into craft beer than the brews cruise is going to be the perfect fit for you if you are out looking for drinks in Charleston.
Not only will you get four generous beer samples at each of the breweries you stop at, you will also learn about the brewing techniques and be offered opportunities to expand your palette. The Brews Cruise is perfect for drinkers of all levels. The knowledgeable host can serve up the right sample for anybody. Which makes the Brews Cruise the perfect bar if you are celebrating or planning an event.
“I chose the Brews Cruise as an activity for my bachelorette and the team did not disappoint. First off, Josh was the kindest host and literally the best driver/beer connoisseur we could have asked for. He took us to 3 breweries and catered the beers to our tastes.
Even the girls who didn't like beer found brews they enjoyed! It was the perfect activity. They are professional, kind, and we had such a good time!!!” - Yelp Review
Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to Charleston Brews Cruise but check back because there’s more best things to fo and stores in Charleston added all the time.
237 Meeting St | Ansonborough |littlepalmbar.com/
Little Palm is perfect if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the night life and just have a relaxing evening with a couple of wonderful drinks. Little Palm offers a lively and spirited environment full of fresh and vibrant cocktails. You are really going to find yourself enjoying a relaxing coastal getaway every time you stop in at Little Palm. And if you are looking for more than just drinks, not to worry, Little Palm is a fully stocked cafe and they can provide plenty of delicious options for you to choose from.
“Oh my gosh. You HAVE to go to Little Palm. The drinks are unbeatable and the decor is perfect. Wish I could've sat here all day and tried every cocktail on the menu! Perfect atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.” - Yelp Review
Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to Little Palm but check back because there’s more best bars and stores in Charleston added all the time.
354 B King St | King Street | burnsalley.com/
If you are looking for more than just drinks for your evening, and are hoping to go somewhere with some live entertainment, then Burns Alley is going to be the place for you. On top of having plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails they are also Charleston's home for live music. And even when there isn’t a live band playing, there is going to be music bumping through the jukebox all evening long. So if you want to have a beer and hear a rock show, come on down to Burns Alley and enjoy a bit of nightlife off the beaten bath.
“A definite hole in the wall...but o sooooo good. Highly recommended.. it's definitely hard to find”- Yelp Review
Unfortunately Burns Alley isn’t one of the best bars in Charleston participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.
There you have it! All the best rated bars in Charleston, South Carolina. Sorry none of the bars on my list today we’re accepting convenient GiftYa digital gift cards yet. But you can check right here to see all the other great things GiftYa offers in Charleston. And if you get burned out on the nightlife in Charleston, South Carolina, be sure to check out some of my other lists on the best museums in Charleston and the best things to do in the Charleston area.
But for now, I hope this list brought you what you were looking for. I tried to include a little bit of everything. From dive bars to hand crafted signature cocktails, you should be able to find whatever it is that whets your whistle somewhere on my list today. Just remember whenever you are out drinking to please never drink and drive. Make sure you have a designated driver or can catch an Uber back to your place before you enjoy too many signature cocktails or microbrews.