Did you know that no buildings in Charleston, SC, can be taller than the city’s tallest church steeple? Fun fact: It’s at Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church on King Street! This unique law is just one of the reasons we’re known as the Holy City. With no flashing lights or skyscrapers, the rooftop bars in Charleston, SC, are the perfect place to take in panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor or downtown Charleston, depending on where you’re at. Continue reading to learn more about five of our favorite places for a rooftop cocktail!
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5 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Charleston, SC
1. Boathouse at Breach Inlet
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet is one of our favorite places for outdoor dining on Isle of Palms. This casual fine dining restaurant is a great place to enjoy appetizers, fresh seafood, and craft cocktails. Head upstairs to the rooftop bar to enjoy happy hour deals with fantastic views of Breach Inlet.
2. Mill Street Tavern
Mill Street Tavern is a beautiful place to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner on the water. Located on Shem Creek, the rooftop bar here boasts beautiful marsh views, as well as a glimpse of the Ravenel Bridge in the distance. The views and the food make it one of our favorite Shem Creek restaurants!
3. Pavilion Bar
Pavilion Bar, located on the rooftop of the Market Pavilion Hotel, is one of our favorite rooftop bars in downtown Charleston. Here, you can enjoy eclectic cuisine and an extensive drink menu that includes craft cocktails, martinis, wines from around the world, and more!
4. Citrus Club
The Citrus Club is the Dewberry Hotel’s rooftop bar. Located on the eighth floor of the hotel, bar patrons can delight in citrus-flavored cocktails and small plates.
5. The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue
The Vendue, Charleston’s Art Hotel is home to the most popular rooftop bar in the city. Named the “Best Rooftop Bar” by the Charleston City Paper and Instagrammers alike, the Rooftop Bar at Vendue is a hot spot for outdoor drinks and dining. It’s a great place to enjoy dinner, drinks, and panoramic views of historic downtown Charleston!
Stay With East Islands Rentals
More beautiful views of our coastal city await at your rental home with East Islands Rentals. We offer a wide selection of Isle of Palms rental homes that are perfect for family or group getaways. In addition to these rooftop bars in Charleston, SC, check out these Isle of Palms bars during your stay on the island. Whether you want to plan a date night downtown or enjoy an après-beach cocktail with friends, there are many options for outdoor drinking and dining. Stay near it all when you rent with us!
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