Cocktail with a View: The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Charleston

When in Charleston, beautiful and historical views are around every corner, as far as the eye can see. What better way to take it all in than sweeping rooftop views of the entire city? Nothing beats watching the sunset with a cocktail in your hand, and a bird's-eye-view of the magnificent city of Charleston. Check out this list of 10 of the best rooftop bars that Downtown Charleston has to offer!

Fiat Lux

Check out this brand-new rooftop atop Hotel Bennett in Marion Square! The Fiat Luxe rooftop bar and pool draws its name from the Latin phrase for “let there be light.” Experience a panoramic view of Charleston’s skyline paired with an expansive spirit selection and Mediterranean-inspired culinary offerings.

Location: 404 King St

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Balao

This rooftop restaurant and bar has a clear ocean theme, from the food to the decor. Tiki-style drinks are offered at the bar, to get you into a beachy state of mind. Local seafood graces the plates at Balao, and the menu even changes daily to stay fresh and new!

Location: 16 North Market St

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Revelry Brewery

Revelry not only has a rooftop with a great view of the sunset, but they are also a craft brewery! Tobo Sushi food truck offers food here every day, featuring sushi and South American food. Revelry is also one of the only rooftops in Charleston that is dog-friendly! Don’t miss out on Taco Tuesdays, starting at 4 PM every Tuesday, and live music every weekend!

Location: 10 Conroy St

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The Watch

Check out The Watch, on the rooftop of The Restoration Hotel. At this farm to table restaurant, it’s all about celebrating the bounty of local ingredients, sourced directly from nearby purveyors. They also offer a breathtaking panoramic view from the heart of downtown Charleston.

Don’t miss these weekly specials, all starting at 4 PM:

Burger Night on Mondays
Tiki Tuesdays
1/2 Price Wine Wednesdays

Location: 79 Wentworth St

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The Rooftop at Vendue

The Vendue “Art Hotel” is well known for its ever-changing art exhibits on the first floor, but even more well known for its rooftop bar. Located near Waterfront Park and the French Quarter, The Rooftop at Vendue also offers views of the Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge that can’t be missed. Enjoy some delicious cocktails with even more fabulous names, and check out their happy hour on Monday-Thursday from 4-7!

Location: 19 Vendue Range

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Eleve

Located atop The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Eleve has a whimsical ambiance that will make you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Give in to your cravings on their rooftop garden, where French dishes have taken on a gypsy twist. As the sun paints the sky shades of pastel and gold, toast to a day well spent with an herb-infused cocktail or refreshing craft beer.

Location: 55 Wentworth St

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The Market Pavilion

The Pavilion Bar is a rooftop oasis, complete with views of historic Charleston, a cascading pool, signature cocktails, eclectic cuisine offerings, and the city’s most spectacular sunsets. Enjoy the view of the Charleston Harbor, as well as the historical US Customs house and City Market! Expect a sophisticated and stylish evening on this rooftop.

Location: 225 East Bay St

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Citrus Club

Across from Marion Square in the heart of downtown, this exclusive rooftop is located on the 8th floor of the swanky mid-century modern hotel, The Dewberry. Enjoy citrus-inspired cocktails and fresh light bites, packed with flavor. Featuring a spectacular view speckled with church steeples that really hits home the popular nick-name for Charleston: The Holy City! They’re only open from Wednesday-Sunday, so mark those days on your calendar.

Location: 334 Meeting St

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Pour Taproom

Enjoy a panoramic view of Charleston from the highest rooftop downtown! Imagine going to a beer and wine festival every day of the week. That’s made possible for you at Pour Taproom, where you pay for drinks by the ounce, rather than by the glass! Just open a tab and you’re free to taste 70 of the most unique selections of craft beers, wines, cocktails, and ciders in Charleston.

Location: 560 King St

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Aqua Terrace

As the sun sets every evening in Charleston, Aqua Terrace is one of the only rooftop bars where you can experience the beautiful views of the Ashley River and marina. They also have fire pits for the cooler nights, and live music on the weekends!

Location: 170 Lockwood Dr

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