Bars in Charleston

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At Walks in History, 1-mile tours are based on stories from the books Haunted Charleston and Haunted Harbor by authors Geordie Buxton and Ed Macy. The 90-minute Pirate and Haunted History tour tracks the fading footsteps of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonney, and Mary Read through the cobblestone streets and bastion walls of the Old Walled City. Making pit stops at six to eight haunts, the guides unravel tales regarding pirate hangings, Fort Sumter and the Pink House, where Blackbeard once shot rum and drunk dialed former first mates.

The 90-minute Haunted Charleston Ghost Tour ventures into the murky twilight like a darkness-starved vampire bat after the summer solstice. As the expert guides snake through six to eight stops, they shed light on ghostly activity at sites such as the Old Citadel, a Revolutionary War burial ground, and the remains of the Charleston Orphan Asylum.

174 East Bay Street
Charleston,
SC
US

Aqua Terrace Roof-Top Bar purveys pours to Carolinians while supplying the scenic sumptuousness of the Ashley River. Begin a jaunt across the dinner menu with oven-made flatbreads smeared in pesto or pepperoni toppings ($9), which tempt tongues without the hindrance of a third dimension. The crab-salad bruschetta fills famished fingers with tomato jam and chervil-apex grilled pumpernickel ($12), and empty stomachs pull for the Green Giant burger, smothered with fresh spinach, tangy green tomatoes, garlic, and dill havarti ($12). Signature cocktails slake tenacious thirsts with fresh flavors such as the strawberry mojito ($9) or the Goombay Smash, a concoction of light and dark rum, orange juice, and fresh pineapple ($8), and craft beers provide ample nourishment for conversing tongues and microscopic civilizations of tipplers.

170 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston,
SC
US

Torch Velvet Lounge's numerous plush couches and candles surround imbibers as they sample decadent cocktails and martinis. Potable creations burst forth in forms such as the Captain's Choice, a mix of Captain Morgan rum and orange curacao splashed with Bacardi 151 and drizzled with cinnamon and caramelized sugar, much like most tax forms ($11). Sate sweet teeth with the Grapes of Wrath, a blend of Smirnoff watermelon, white-grape juice, and Red Bull ($11). The Mint Chocolate Chip's mélange of Rumple Minze, Bailey's Irish Cream, Godiva, and Hershey's-chocolate-dappled rim whets palates tired from sharing ideas or saying "palate" ($11), and the occasional disc jockey spins tunes on-site to keep energies high.

545 King St
Charleston,
SC
US

Jazz Artists of Charleston's Jazz Series summons renowned local musicians to the stage to share in the rich American tradition of jazz music. JAC's fourth annual Jazz Series will take place this May and June during Spoleto Festival season and will groove through jazz styles including modern, bebop, funk, and extra jazzy. Performances take place upstairs in the Gallery Room at McCrady's Restaurant, where staffers serve up libations and farm-fresh cuisine including beef, flounder, and duck. Each Jazz Series set comprises approximately 75 minutes of toe-tapping tunes and people calling other people cats. The special May 31 Holy City Homecomin' show is an annual tradition that changes each year and has become a popular part of JAC's annual programming.

185 Saint Philip Street
Charleston,
SC
US

Named after the owners' sociable golden retriever, Boone's Restaurant & Bar serves warming fare alongside an extensive selection of specialty drinks and shots, bourbon, wine, and craft beers. Classic American pub fare with a homey spin packs Boone's lunch and dinner menu, boasting many dishes concocted using time-tested family recipes and organic ingredients. Sample savory selections such as the shrimp-and-artichoke-dip appetizer (small, $4.50), or sink canines into ever-popular burgers (starting at $7), wings ($7.95 for 12), and hot dogs ($5). If Boone isn't making one of his guest appearances, patrons can stay entertained with the bar's other nightly attractions, like team trivia, karaoke, live music, and local cats scribbling poetry in their journals.

345 King St
Charleston,
SC
US

Mad River Bar & Grille's chefs blend landlocked and seafaring comestibles into a manifold pub fare menu spanning three mealtimes. A Chicago Bull burger’s juicy patty lounges atop a butter-toasted kaiser roll as it tries on hickory-smoked bacon and fried-egg jerseys, unable to decide which one to wear to its playoff game against an underdog team of seasoned french fries ($9). Three mahi tacos ($10) and three pulled-pork sliders ($8) compile triplicate appetite suppression with a choice of flaky, guacamole-capped mahi-mahi or local Birney's pulled pork. Alternately, a menu of Sunday brunch items such as a pancake board ($7) populated by blueberry, chocolate, and banana batter disks flavorfully fill the space between lunch and chewing your pillow in your sleep.

32 N Market St
Charleston,
SC
US