The rooftop at Saltwater Cowboys is home to some of the best views of Shem Creek, especially at sunset. Their cocktails are a perfect summer treat with refreshing flavors and several frozen options. They have added an additional gazebo bar for the summer crowds, so grab a frozen dockside lemonade and enjoy the views.
Caroline’s Aloha Bar
Caroline’s is named in honor of the legendary bartender who worked at the West Ashley hot spot formerly named Voodoo Tiki Bar and greeted everyone with warm hospitality. It’s still known for its tiki drinks and during happy hour, their boozy slushies are only $6.50. Evenings are transformed into a dance party with great music and tropical vibes.
The Gin Joint
The soft and moody lighting when you walk into Gin Joint in historic downtown Charleston signifies that they take their cocktails seriously. You’re guaranteed to find unique flavors and classic cocktails with a twist. Leave your fate in the hands of the skilled bartenders and order the “Bartender’s Choice.” All they need is two adjectives and they will create a custom cocktail.
Tideland Brewing opened this year in the former Holy City Brewing location in North Charleston to the delight of residents and visitors. Their 25 taps feature different styles of beer such as pilsners, IPAs, sours and more. Their 5,000-square-foot outdoor biergarten is the perfect place to enjoy their brews and many events, like music bingo, add to the fun.
Only in Charleston would you find a happy hour that lists the seafood before the cocktails on the menu. Pearlz happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and includes discounted seafood and drinks. Spend your afternoon sipping on $3 glasses of champagne and $1.25 oysters.
Late night menu
Henry’s on the Market
Established in 1932, Henry’s is the oldest continuous restaurant in Charleston. Henry’s has three distinct spaces inside its three floors on Market Street downtown—an eclectic restaurant & bar with live music, a lively rooftop deck and dance lounge, and a classic speakeasy bar. Fuel up with a variety of fried fare like spiced gator bites and southern fried green tomatoes. Open until 2 a.m. nightly.
Dog and Duck
Dog and Duck is a locally owned and operated family-friendly pub specializing in unique sandwiches, tacos, hotdogs, wings and other pub favorites. All three East Cooper locations, in Park West, on Clements Ferry and in the Belle Hall Shopping Center, have a hefty draft beer list that includes a number of local Charleston brews. Their draft beer pairs perfectly with anything on their “munchies” menu.