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With the College of Charleston centrally located in the heart of the downtown peninsula, Charleston’s nightlife is bubbling, often seven nights a week. King Street is the heart of nighttime socializing, with bars, restaurants and music venues dotting the way for nearly a mile, from Market Street all the way to Highway 17. A new favorite is the Cocktail Club, with its refined, handsome setting and location just far enough up King Street that it’s not packed with college students.
For both a fun crowd and a chance to catch your breath in the open air, stop by the Rooftop at Vendue Inn. This spacious bar draws a weekend crowd and its views across Charleston while sipping a cool cocktail are unparalleled. Just across the street sits the Griffon, a locals’ favorite with a watering hole vibe and plenty of quality craft beers on tap.
For dancing, check out Trio Club on Calhoun Street. The vibe is that of a city three times Charleston’s size and a dress code is enforced; guys, wear pants. A nice spot to end the night is Club Habana on Meeting Street. The ventilation system keeps the air clean for non-smokers in this cigar bar where classic and nouveau cocktails are crafted with care.
I never ever venture away from my two watering holes: The Griffon and The Gin Joint. If I have to, I like this place called the Tattooed Moose, and I like The Belmont. They make fantastic cocktails. The bar at Fig restaurant has amazing cocktails. And there’s another dive bar when I’m feeling really rowdy and feel like getting into trouble called Big John’s Tavern.