Lowcountry drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Distillery in Charleston County Sea Islands

Firefly Distillery

The world’s first hand-crafted sweet-tea-flavored vodka came from this gem of a distillery, tucked into the forest on Wadmalaw Island. Sampling this classic, which is made with tea grown on the nearby Charleston Tea…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Mt Pleasant

Two Blokes Brewing

Two blokes – an American-Australian duo – founded this great Mt Pleasant brewery, one of three (and counting) in town. The Aussie brewmaker steeps 6.5lb of chipotle peppers for the excellent and well-balanced Chipot…
Brewery in Charleston

Edmund's Oast Brewing Co

Edmund's Oast in NoMo has this new baby brewing cousin just down the street, set in a 20,000-sq-ft facility with 26 boozy beverages on tap and two hangover-prevention chambers (a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish s…
Microbrewery in Charleston

Holy City Brewing

Church on Sunday or craft beer and yoga? Holy City ain't scared! Sunday morning yoga at 10am ($15) is par for the course at this North Charleston microbrewery that loves to shake things up with its product as well: …
Cocktail Bar in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough


This delightful Jazz Age gastropub serves up excellent craft cocktails (from $10) that tend to pair well with the lip-smackin' Southern grub. Think a 'bacon maple old-fashioned' cocktail with some deviled eggs, or a…
Distillery in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

High Wire Distilling

A bright downtown tasting room where you take shots of small-batch gin, whiskey, vodka and amaro, right in a row. Tasty cocktails are also available, and the 'bee's knees' (with botanical gin, lemon, honey and laven…
Cocktail Bar in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough


It may be snug in here, but the cocktails ($9 to $13) sure are first-class and their mixologist is some kind of visionary. Case in point: the 'knuckleball' has Old Grand-Dad, a spicy cola reduction, orange bitters a…
Pub in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

Closed for Business

A 42-tap selection of local and national craft brews (from $4.25) and hipster-rustic decor give this inviting 'draft emporium' a neighborhood vibe and just the right amount of edge.
Winery in Charleston County Sea Islands

Deep Water Vineyard

OK, so muscadine wine isn't usually at the top of an oenophile's list. It is, however, a fine product of South Carolina, and at this here winery (the only one in the Charleston area, mind you), a few of them aren't …
Microbrewery in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Revelry Brewery

Probably the hippest of the Northern Peninsula breweries. It's hard to beat knocking back a few artfully crafted cold ones on Revelry's fairy-lit and fire-pit-heated rooftop, which affords expansive views all the wa…