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Downtown Charleston, SC restaurants, bars, and nightlife

  Charleston, noted as the "All American City", is widely known for it's eclectic variety of restaurants, history, and diverse nightlife options.  From local seafood restaurants and prominent low country cuisine...to fine dining, tapas, and sushi bars, Charleston may just have it all!  Research, compare, and select your evening's agenda from one (or more) of the numerous restaurants, bars, and nightlife hot-spots that Charleston, SC has to offer.

  Even Charleston's sports bars, pubs and taverns have a reputation for splendid food, as well as happening nightlife!  After dinner, pop around from bar to lounge or, gather with friends, family, and co-workers at one of Charleston's dance clubs or live music nightclubs.  Don't worry about finding a bite to eat in Charleston either, there's always an economical happy hour or well prepared midnight snack, just around the corner!

Charleston, SC restaurants, bars, and nightlife  The city was founded as Charles Towne in 1670 and moved to its present location at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston is often referred to as "The Holy City" because of the prominence of church steeples on the low-rise cityscape.  It is also home to the College of Charleston and The Citadel, two very respected institutions.  Oozing southern charm, like no other city in Dixie, Charleston has been recognized as the "best-mannered" city in the U.S!

   Sift through the downtown options below and find the optimal place to suite your mood, taste buds, and style!  Know before you go!

Charleston Restaurant, Bar, & Nightlife Directory

Charleston Restaurants
 39 Rue De Jean upscale casual
 Coast Bar & Grill casual dining/seafood
 Cypress fine dining/local/eclectic
 Il Cortile Del Re fine dining/Roman/Tuscan
 Magnolias fine dining/southern
 McCrady's fine dining/eclectic
 Mellow Mushroom casual dining/pizza/beer
 Oak fine dining/steakhouse
 Toast casual/art gallery/breakfast
 Tommy Condon's casual/Irish pub
 Tristan fine dining/local/innovative
 Tsunami sushi/djs/hip
 Charleston Bars, Pubs, & Taverns
 AC's Bar and Grill bar & grill/no frills
 Big John's Tavern dive/f&b/billiards
 Beer Works sports bar/tunes/billiards
 King Street Grille sports bar/upscale/billiards
 Mad River Bar & Grille 27 HD TV'S/pub fare/live music
 Market Street Saloon "coyote ugly" of Charleston
 Silver Dollar college/economical/live music
Charleston Lounges, Clubs, & Live Music
 Club Light Dance Club/Night Club/DJ
 Squeeze Martini Bar college/economical/live music
 Torch Velvet Lounge college/economical/live music
167 Raw
289 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 579-4997

58 Line St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5393

Black Bean Co.
429 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 277-0990

Blue Marlin Bar
19 Cumberland Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2278

Biggie's Gastropub
730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0486

Big Gun Burgers & Bar
137 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 737-0090

Boone's Bar & Grill
345 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-6665

Bull Street Gourmet
120 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-6464

Burger Babies
293 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 277-2700

Chez Nous
6 Payne Court
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060

340 King St
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 720-3631

Cocktail Club
479 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-9411

Craftsmen Kitchen
12 Cumberland St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-9699

DeSano Pizza Bakery
94 Stuart Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 637-4225

Edmund’s Oast
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145

Egan & Sons
5 Cumberland St
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 641-0131

18 Percy St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0028

350 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-4990

The Grocery
4 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 302-8825

Hello, My Name Is BBQ
616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-9800

Halls Chophouse
434 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0090

563 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7505

King Dusko
541 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 737-2961

Leon's Oyster Bar
698 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 531-6500

Lana Restaurant & Bar
210 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720-8899

15 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-2230

289 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 501-7500

Local 616
616 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-7850

Lowcountry Bistro
49 S. Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-7591

Mercury Bar closed
547 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

135 Calhoun St,
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 718-1598

New York City Pizza
190 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 805-5933

119 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-3406

Osteria La Bottiglia closed
420 King St
Charleston, S 29403

547 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2964

PaTat Spot Friet & Falafel
41-B George St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-7438

Persimmon Café
226 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-5399

437 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-1422

Republic Garden & Lounge
462 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-7400

Rutledge Cab Co.
1300 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-1440

Smith & Bull Café
60 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720-8992

Street Hero
162 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 860-9080

Spring Roll Asian Cuisine
375 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720-8816

Sunrise Bistro Express
116 A Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-4509

Sweet Radish Bakeshop
207A St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7105

Swig & Swine
1217 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-3805

306 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 576 - 3540

The Gin Joint
182 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 513-5264

The Grocery
4 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 302-8825

The Park Café Downtown
730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070

The Recovery Room    
685 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 727-0999

The Victor Social Club
39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3001

Trattoria Lucca
41-A Bogard St.
Charleston SC, 29401

Vincent Chicco's
39-G John St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3002

  Charleston Bars and Restaurants are spread out throughout the Charleston peninsula.  Some of the restaurants and bars are strategically placed in groups which makes bar hopping very convenient to the food and drink connoisseur.

One has the historic Market Street area, King Street, Broad Street, and East Bay Street areas to Choose from.  Market Street which is a popular tourist destination offers an open aired shopping market between North and South market Streets selling everything from jewelry to Charleston nick knacks.

  The Market area is mainly between East Bay Street and King Street and is lined with some of Charleston's most prominent restaurants and bars.  One can choose from fine dining restaurants, casual dining restaurants, sports bars, specialty bars, French bistros, and seafood restaurants as well.
  Next...King Street has a plethora of shopping and nightlife in the Charleston, South Carolina area.  Upper King Street, which has just blossomed dramatically with in the last five years, is a hip spot to enjoy dining and nightlife in Charleston, SC.  Besides the normal hair salons, furniture stores and specialty shops, this part of King Street is now known for its restaurant and bar scene.  One can stroll down the Upper King Street area for lunch or dinner and find Tai restaurants, Tapas bars, fine dining restaurants, French bistros, sexy lounges, seafood restaurants and college bars with live music nightly in Charleston, SC.  Students attending College Of Charleston, Medical University Of South Carolina (MUSC ), Trident Technical College, and Carolina Southern University (CSU) should find this area's central location and crowd quite appealing!
  After King Street, the Broad Street part of downtown Charleston is also a great place to go for a quick lunch or a splendid evening of drinks and dining.  During the day Broad Street is filled with law offices and other government buildings as well as specialty shops and boutiques.  But...from happy hour on, one can find fine dining steakhouses, local pubs, wine shops and bistros with an array of food and beverages to choose from. 
  Last but not least...East Bay Street from Calhoun Street and up, offers quite a bit of dining and nightlife in Charleston.  You've got fine dining restaurants, dive bars, daiquiri bars, brew pubs, seafood restaurants, rooftop bars, and sushi restaurants galore.  East Bay Street in Charleston, SC is more of a locals hot spot...but tourists who enjoy good food and good times should explore this part of downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

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