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It isn’t known for wild nightclubs, but that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t know how to have a good time. Charleston’s style is more bachelor parties, late night nachos at a rooftop bar, or rum punch in a courtyard – all served up with a hefty dose of Southern gentility. Last call is 2 a.m.

Charleston Nightlife

Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale

This local cantina is well-loved for its burritos and cheap beer on tap, served in a bright, kitschy little King Street storefront with an outdoor patio. A favorite for post-bar eats and a Corona nightcap.

439 King St., SC, 843-723-6224,
Tags: family | budget | nightlife | patio | open late


Beautiful people sip bellinis late into the night at the marble bar of this swank Italian restaurant, one of the best places to see and be seen. With occasional live jazz and DJs, you’ll feel just like you’re in Milano.

102 North Market St., SC, 843-722-6393,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | trendy

Rooftop at Vendue Inn

There's live music every night at this rooftop bar with stunning views of the Charleston skyline. A young, preppy crowd packs in to sip cocktails and flirt on the weekends.

23 Vendue Range, SC, 843-723-0486,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | editor pick | views | trendy

The Trusted Palate

A cozy wine bar with warm lighting and exposed brick walls, The Trusted Palate is a new addition to the Charleston scene. An elegant, subdued crowd nibbles on cheeses, olives, and paninis as they sip from hundreds of expertly-chosen vintages.

563 King St., SC, 843-577-7271,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | wine bar


A massive outdoor patio makes casual Vick's the place to be on breezy evenings, where groups of friends dig in for a good time over plates of burgers and pitchers of beer. 

15 Beaufain St., SC, 843-577-5300,
Tags: budget | nightlife | patio

Wet Willie's

Specializing in frozen concoctions with names like “Bahama Mama” and “Call a Cab,” this neon-lit daiquiri bar and arcade is hugely popular with a young, party-hearty crowd. On muggy summer evenings, you can see the appeal.

209 East Bay St., SC, 843-853-5650,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | dancing

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