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Charleston is a vibrant city with diverse demographics, and the city’s bar scene more than reflects this particular quality. Whether looking for a subtle, quieter night with a couple of top shelf cocktails, or searching for a rowdy dive bar full of college-age young folks, Charleston has everything and more to offer. Check out these top 10 picks for an overview of this South Carolina gem’s best bars to grab a drink.
If you’re in search of a high-spirited, jovial night out in the thick of downtown Charleston, seek out Midtown Bar & Grill, located in the middle of famed King Street. The hustle and bustle outside of Midtown on a weekend is unrivaled, and once you’ve made it inside, it does not exactly stop – with a stage protruding into the middle of the bar, bands are able to provide live music nightly. The patio is adjacent to the backside of the bar and fitted with an outdoor full service bar itself. Friendly bartenders provide the final enticement to visit Midtown, where good drinks and good times are cornerstone to the atmosphere.
Midtown Bar & Grill, 559 King Street, Charleston, SC, USA, + 1 843 737 4284
Not to be confused with the Belmond hotel, the Belmont is Charleston’s premier, minimalist cocktail emporium, also located on King Street. Sophisticated and chic, the Belmont is home to a small projector that emits black and white classic films against a large brick wall, adding an elegant feel to the atmosphere. ‘A fine place to drink,’ the Belmont also serves small appetizer sized plates of meats and cheeses (such as wild boar salami and Spanish manchego cheese). If you’re feeling a bit hungrier, the Belmont also has a delicious pepperoni Panini with smoked mozzarella and tomato sauce.