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The Top 10 Bars in North Charleston
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The Top 10 Bars in North Charleston

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Updated: 9 February 2017
North Charleston is a dynamic, bustling, warm and friendly American city, the third largest in the state of South Carolina. With its own unique culture, amiable attitude and homely southern style, the city is top spot for tourists to visit, explore and relax with a drink. A diverse selection of bars, pubs and clubs caters for ale drinkers and cocktail lovers alike in North Charleston. From luxurious lounges to charming bars, here’s our definitive list of the 10 best drinking spots in the city.

The Brew Cellar

Owned by two lifelong friends and South Carolina natives, The Brew Cellar is a cheerful bar oozing with southern charm. With an impressive list of draft and bottled beers sourced from both local and international breweries, beer-expert bosses John and Ryan ensure that every beverage is delicious, authentic, and has passed their personal taste test with flying colors. Relax in The Brew Cellar’s cozy interior or savor the warm North Charleston days in the outdoor garden area.

The Brew Cellar, 1050 E Montague Ave Suite D, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-554-0301

International Lounge

Nestled away from the beaten path, International Lounge is located in a quiet suburban area of North Charleston, offering affordable prices and an amiable atmosphere. The friendly and talented bar staff often experiment with traditional cocktail recipes to keep the drinking interesting, and they also serve some of the best classic cosmopolitans in town. Extremely busy on weekends, the bar plays a variety of music genres, from 90s pop to dance and hip hop, drawing in a mixed crowd and making for a fun and vibrant evening in the city.

International Lounge, 4620 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-308-9744

Madra Rua

Winner of an impressive list of awards including Charleston City Paper’s ‘Best North Charleston Bar’ for six years in a row, Madra Rua is a lively and entertaining Irish establishment oozing with Gaelic charm. The interior is rustic and cozy, featuring comfortable booth seating and quaint, celtic décor. A number of sports games are televised meaning fans are more than likely to catch their team playing here, and with traditional Irish and American pub fare being served all day, it’s easy to spend a whole day at Madra Rua. Try a pint of Morpheus, a mix of Mobius and Murphy’s beer, or sip a Samuel Jackson, a combination of Sam Adams and Guinness.

Madra Rua, 1034 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-554-2522

The Sparrow

The Sparrow exudes an all-American atmosphere with its laid-back vibe, welcoming staff and friendly local patrons. Offering a variety of traditional American beers and wines, as well as an extensive range of whisky, bourbon and spirits, adventurous drinkers are sure to find something refreshing and exciting here. This is a friendly southern bar hosting a variety of popular music and dance nights throughout the week, a perfect spot in which to relax and sample the warmth and charm of North Charleston.

The Sparrow, 1078 E Montague Ave, Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-744-7753

Deja Vu II

Standing as a premium bar, and one of the most famous LGBTQ venues in North Charleston, Deja Vu II is dedicated to providing delicious drinks in a chic surrounding, whilst also hosting shows and fundraisers in support of the South Carolina LGBTQ community. With performances from some of the region’s most celebrated drag kings and queens, as well as dance and pop music to suit all age groups, Deja Vu II makes for a unique and vibrant night in the town. A range of cocktails, wines, beers and spirits are available here, and don’t miss Rita’s Wings every Thursday, delicious chicken wings renowned throughout the region for their sweet spice and moreish flavor.

Deja Vu II, 4628 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-554-5959

Southside 17

This bar and grill is a mellow neighborhood favorite priding itself on serving fresh, locally caught seafood alongside tasty American classics. Scrumptious club sandwiches and tender burgers are on offer here as well as a tasty dish of Kobe Beef, an extremely popular choice with the locals who frequent the establishment. Southside 17 serves a number of craft and traditional beers as well as a tasty selection of wines and spirits. Providing live music five nights a week as well as hosting charity, sports and games evenings, this unpretentious venue smoothly transitions between bustling restaurant and lively night-spot, and provides an energetic and entertaining night out in North Charleston.

Southside 17, 4950 Centre Pointe Dr #166, North Charleston, South Carolina, US.

+1 843-745-9555

King’s Lounge

King’s Lounge is a charming lakeside pool and billiards venue serving a sizeable menu of wines beers and spirits, as well as a wealth of grill-style seafood, beef and chicken wings. Their popular themed evenings range from Caribbean-food nights to karaoke parties, and there are often advertised drinks offers giving customers more booze for their buck. The backyard terrace provides quaint views over the pretty local lake; enjoy an experience unavailable in any other establishment and explore the tiny island in the center of the water, accessible via the bridge running from this bar. An extremely popular destination on warm South Carolina evenings, drinkers here can recline with an ice-cold beer and soak in the stunning lakeside scenery.

King’s Lounge, 2025 Reynolds Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina, US.

+1 843-225-4776

The Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Established in 2008, and using only locally sourced ingredients, the Frothy Beard Brewing Company is an intimate South Carolina microbrewery with a passion for creating unique beer flavors. The creative philosophy of its three owners ensures that customers can enjoy deliciously refreshing and innovative ales, such as a cucumber thyme American wheat beer or a Horchata stout, a drink made mostly of cinnamon and cocoa. Frothy Beard is currently in the process of establishing its own home brewing courses, with the aim of teaching customers how to create delicious and original beer. The tasting room here is open Wednesday-Sunday and is a tantalising opportunity beer lovers should not miss.

The Frothy Beard Brewing Company, 7358 Peppermill Pkwy, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-793-2970

The Mill

Music fans will not be disappointed any night of the week at The Mill. This is an establishment renowned in South Carolina for its free live music events, and has hosted a number of successful acts including rock band Stone Giant and folk and blues inspired ensemble The Paper Crowns. Situated ideally in the center of town, the shot and cocktail list is always a good option here, where a wealth of sweet and fruity drinks are on offer as well as wine, beer and straight up liqueur. An energetic venue with a musical soul, providing a vibrant and memorable night in North Charleston.

The Mill, 1026 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina, US.

+1 843-225-2650

The Sand Shack

This sizeable bar and grill manages to transition seamlessly between restaurant, lounge-bar and nightclub. With amenities including a dance floor, a band stage area, a darts room, an outdoor Tiki Bar and a volleyball court, evenings at The Sand Shack promise to be spirited and energetic. The dress code here is smart casual, and with a variety of events including band and karaoke nights, as well as a number of drinks specials, its no wonder this place is always packed to the rafters. The wings and sandwiches here are delicious.

The Sand Shack, 5090 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, South Carolina, US. +1 843-767-6755