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Best Bars in Charleston

A great city for drinking. In particular the day drinking options here are fantastic. Most places are trying to serve good cocktails. While most do not succeed, some do. They were still not good enough to recommend, but lots of fun anyways.

1. Edmund's Oast

Type: Low Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 1081 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC - map
Website: http://www.

Ryan is the star of the show here and is the finest bartender in Charleston from what I have found. He likes to focus on the classics, but his modern stuff is incredible. The best stuff I found was off list: Birch Smoked Old Fashioned, Salted Scotch Cocktail, white wine sage rhubarb thing, tequila savory cocktail. Go and have many many drinks from him as I have had.

Edmund's Oast

2. Fig

Type: Low Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 232 Meeting Street Charleston, SC - map

Simple, very well done cocktails. Mainly slight twists to classics, all delicious and balanced.


3. Husk

Type: Medium Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 76 Queen St., Charleston, SC - map

Some interesting and very tasty cocktails are served here along with a wonderful bourbon selection. They also serve some great ciders and Madeiras.


4. Gin Joint

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 182 E Bay St., Charleston, SC - map

Oddly enough (or maybe not) only a few of the cocktails on the list are gin based. The list is quite good and offers quite a variety of flavor profiles.

Gin Joint

5. Belmont Lounge

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 511 King St, Charleston, SC - map

When you walk into this mainly classic cocktail bar you immediately want to settle down and order a drink. Happily the drinks are well balanced and that desire is well sated. There are a few modern options available which was nice.

Belmont Lounge