Drinking tonight before the sun goes down? At the end of a long day of shopping on King Street, you should reward yourself with a strong adult beverage, and we know just where you should go for some delicious deals. Head to Upper King Street to hang with the locals, and let them show you how it’s done in the Holy City.
From $5 Moscow Mules to $2 beers, there are plenty of places to go on Upper King for your fix. Here are just a few of our favorite spots north of Calhoun to down a happy hour drink or three.
1. HoM – 563 King Street
- $2 domestics, wine $5/glass, $4 well liquor, $6 floats
Yes, you read that right: $6 floats. HoM not only has a wicked ping-pong room in the back, but they also serve vintage sodas — A&W root beer, Birch beer, Cane Cola, Cheerwine, orange soda, cream soda, and sparkling lemonade — over vanilla ice cream. Now add a shot of something strong, and that’s a treat that really floats our boat!
2. Elliotborough Mini Bar – 18 Percy Street
- $5 glasses of wine, $2.50 Lager
Based in the hipster area of downtown Charleston known as Elliotborough, the Elliotborough Mini Bar really is tiny. Drinks and bites priced at $3-$15 are always on hand here, and you’ll usually be pleasantly welcomed by live local music. Go on a Tuesday to be treated to an eclectic pop-up dinner hosted by a local guest chef.
3. The Macintosh – 479 King Street
- $5 apps, $5 specialty cocktails, $4 beer, $5 house liquor
The Macintosh is a swank spot to go when you feel like being pampered. Chef Jeremiah Bacon — yep, that last name is the real deal — hosts a Bacon Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-7 p.m., with each week featuring a new pork dish like bacon fat popcorn and grilled flatbread with braised pork from the James Beard nominated chef for $5 a pop.
4. Rarebit – 474 King Street
- $5 Moscow Mules, $4 grilled cheese all day
Rarebit, modeled after cushy 1950s Hollywood diners, is the bar that ushered in the Moscow Mule-in-a-copper-cup craze amongst Charleston imbibers. At Happy Hour, you can grab a Mule for nearly half the price. And if you’re hungry, know that their all-day-and-night $4 grilled cheese sammie is the best deal in town.
5. ACs – 467 King Street
- $2.25 BoM, $3 house liquor, $4 call liquor, $2 domestics, $2.25 premium domestics, $1.75 drafts, $3.25 draft imports
If you’re in the mood for a low-key dive bar with zero frills, check out local institution AC’s Bar and Grill. Large booths can sit at least six, and the beer of the month is a cheap deal that’s available all the time. You can also try your hand at pool or get your fingers greasy with a large chili cheeseburger and fries.
6. Fish – 442 King Street
- $4 hand-crafted cocktails and some craft beer, $4 bubbly and house wines, $6 bites
Fish prides itself in its artisan cocktails, which change with the season. Their recent lineup of drinks designed for the summer of 2016 highlight local ingredients and small-batch spirits from local distilleries. One to try: Monkey Business, which infuses white tea with Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, lemongrass simple syrup, and fresh mint.