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May 13, 2009 02:03 PM

pubs with good 'on tap' beer selections in charleston?

Heading to Charleston in June. Staying a week on Daniel Island. Want to try a few nice restr (like SNOB, Hanks, Mustard Seed, or Cru Cafe, maybe), but we also like pub fare. Really enjoy craft beers, or micro brews on tap. Any suggestions?
Also may try The Wreck; heard food is really good. Not really into 'fancy', just GOOD FOOD that's reasonably priced. Hate tourist traps!
Good ideas, anyone?

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      I am taking a chance here since I have never been there but aspire to get there soon but there is a Blind Tiger Pub or some such named institution on Broad St. close to the harbor that I have wanted to try but I usually have the kids with me. Check it out for me.

      1. re: CecilW

        Good live music in the back occasionally...

        1. Lots of ideas for the type of food you're interested in:

          For beer: The Beer Exchange on Exchange Street downtown is a must. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable owners. Laura Alberts Tasteful Options on Daniel Island is more wine-oriented, but they recently started offering craft beer on tap. Both offer growlers.

          The Wreck is worth a visit. Cash only. Can't find fresher seafood and it's a low-key atmosphere on Shem Creek.

          Ted's Butcherblock downtown would be a good spot for lunch - amazing sandwiches and high-quality prepared foods and a great selection of craft beers by the bottle in a casual, old-school neighborhood butcher shop atmosphere.

          Of the "fancier" restaurants you mention, I'd go with SNOB - classic lowcountry cuisine in a nice but not stuffy atmosphere.

          Moe's Downtown Tavern has great "pub food" in a sports bar atmosphere. They also have a more neighborhood-style bar with the same menu on Rutledge Ave, but it's a bit off the beaten track (Moe's Crosstown Tavern).


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          1. re: FoodLoverInChs

            I picked up a growler of Coast IPA at the Beer Exchange over Easter weekend. Great stuff and nice folks.

            1. re: ted

              Thnx. Would you know if you have to buy their growlers, or can you have one from a brewery/pub filled there? We have one from Victory in PA that we thought we'd take along with us.

            2. re: FoodLoverInChs

              Thnx for the links. Not quite sure whether or not the beer xchg is also a place to drink or just buy.

              1. re: nono1

                Just off-premise sales. Don't know about outside growlers, but I'd hope so.

            3. Hi. While not "pub fare", I would highly recommend EVO in North Charleston. They have craft/micro brews on tap and in bottles, growlers of the afformentioned, beer specials and even a beer "flight" that comes with a tasting of four tap beers and a tasty bar snack. Beyond that they have delicious wood-fired pizzas, salads, daily specials...all made with fresh local ingredients. Plus they're completely reasonably priced (the most expensive pizza is $12.00 if memory serves). Anyway, like I said - highly recommended, though it is outside the downtown area. Enjoy your trip!

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              1. re: sweete

                Madra Rua, also in the same area.

                1. While not a local place, nor pub food, the Mellow Mushroom on King St. has an awesome beer selection. They carry Coast beers on draft (local) and have amazing happy hour specials ($7 pitchers of different microbrews, everyday from 4-8PM).

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                  1. Local breweries off the top of my head are:

                    South End Brewery: Based out of Charlotte and is a very small chain. Less than five restaurants I believe. I like it and they have lots of on sight brewed beer.

                    T-Bonz downtown: Parent restaurant for Liberty Taprooms/Steakhouse who brew their own beer. T-Bonz will have a good selection of beer and good food. While it is also a chain, it is a local chain. One of the founders is from Charleston and the other from Savannah. I like the Rasberry Wheat. They should have quite a few of their own on tap.

                    I like the food at both.

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                    1. re: BlueHerons

                      Actually, I think South End Brewery only has the one location in Charleston now. The one in Charlotte closed a while back. I always liked their beer very much.