When you think of Charleston, you think of charming cobblestone streets shaded by ancient oaks, lovely antebellum mansions and an unmistakable Southern charm. And you’d be right, too, except to add that Charleston is also home to a thriving nightlife scene centered mainly around the Market Street and Upper King Street areas in the city’s historic district. Inviting streets are lined with excellent late-night restaurants, hip bars, clubs, and live music venues that come alive when the sun sets. Here are some area highlights not to be missed–have fun!
Best Nightlife in Charleston
Blind Tiger Pub
3638 Broad Street / 843.577.0088
Housed in a building dating back to 1803, this popular restaurant and bar brings a casual, kicked-back vibe to its otherwise pristine and upscale Broad Street surroundings. Regular patrons of The Blind Tiger keep coming back for its drink specials, frequent live music nights and the unbeatable brick-walled back patio, which is secluded from the street and neighboring buildings. The shady brick courtyard is perfect for enjoying a warm evening with a few cold drinks.
249 King Street / 843.577.4522
This fine dining restaurant and lounge showcases a level of luxury dining and in-room entertainment that one expects from its grand Charleston Place Hotel setting. Apart from the hotel, The Charleston Grill has become a destination in its own right, offering live jazz performances that resound so well acoustically within the wood-paneled walls of the restaurant and lounge. And speaking of restaurants, don’t miss the Charleston Grill’s octopus salad or braised pork shank–delicious!
The Cocktail Club
479 King Street / 843.724.9411
Located just above The Macintosh on bustling upper King Street, The Cocktail Club prides itself on superior cocktail craftsmanship and service. This intimate, brick-walled ‘hideout’ evokes a Prohibition-era speakeasy. This upscale club also features a rooftop deck, which doubles as the source garden for garnishes on their specialty craft cocktails.
Stars Rooftop Bar and Tap Room
49 King Street / 843.577.0100
Want to enjoy your cocktails or late-night dining with a rooftop view of Charleston? Enjoy an evening under the stars at Stars Rooftop Bar and Tap Room, serving mixed drinks, artisan wine and craft beer alongside a reasonably-priced menu that features updated Lowcountry favorites including wood-grilled blue crab soup, lobster and grits and more. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can always opt to enjoy a cocktail at the larger downstairs bar.
276 King Street / 843.853.4515
The sleek decor, upscale dress code, and smooth live jazz found at The Mezz evokes the feeling of a 1920’s classic jazz club. This jazz club and lounge is located on the second floor of a historic King Street building and features a semi-circular bar and sleek stage for live musical sets. Pair your night of hot jazz with delicious Mediterranean cuisine from served from Sermet’s Downdown, a fine dining venue housed on the first floor.