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Suggestions for Rooftop Bar in Charleston, Sc?

fterie4u Apr 5, 2010 07:47 PM

We are heading to Charleston in a little over a week and would love some suggestions on the various rooftop bars. We were looking at, in particular, the Vendue Inn rooftop cocktail bar. How is it? Can you make reservation if you would like to eat at the rooftop as well?

Thank you!

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    alisontsmith Sep 7, 2011 07:14 PM

    Go for the view but nothing more, not even an overpriced drink. The place will try to sell you seafood, but there is much better and cheaper seafood to be had across the street at Pearlz or Amen St. This is a wannabe place that fired all of their longterm employees and hired cheaper, tourist season staff, which they will in turn fire when the tourist season ends. Not a place to support with your hard earned dollars. For outdoor dining, go find Leaf, where many former Rooftop employees now happily work. Good food and happy employees make for fun times--on Beaufain St.

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      Sue in Mt P Sep 8, 2011 02:41 AM

      Wow. Do you mean Market Pavilion?

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      MyNextMeal Feb 24, 2011 05:48 AM

      FUEL (it's a Caribbean style cantina in an old gas station) doesn't have a rooftop bar but an awesome patio space in the back. It's more of a locals place with great tacos and sweet potato fries.

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        alisontsmith Sep 9, 2011 01:29 PM

        Yes, Fuel has a good vibe.

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        NewToDelray Feb 23, 2011 10:05 AM

        The bar at the Market Pavillion is more upscale. With all the great resataurants in Charelston don't waste a meal there though. It is great for cocktails before dinner / sunset or after.

        1. sunbums Apr 8, 2010 08:39 PM

          $250? No way.
          You don't need reservations at any of the places.
          Snapper Jack's (like ALL of Folly) is very laid back. No shoes or shirts required. But great.
          Vendue has 2 levels, try the upper deck if you want some privacy.
          The Pavilion Bar above Grill 225 at the corner of Market & East Bay is more refined I think.

          Don't forget Henry's on Market as well. A bit more relaxed.

          BUT! I certainly would NOT eat at any of them. They are totally for after hours cocktails.

          Grill 225
          225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

          Snapper Jacks
          10 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439

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            Mickey D Apr 8, 2010 02:37 PM

            No frills, no food, no blenders, but if you are going to be on Folly beach I would go to the rooftop bar on the 3rd floor of Snapper Jacks.Has an ocean view and you can enjoy the laid-back Folly lifestyle.Beach attire is fine.

            1. Sue in Mt P Apr 5, 2010 08:13 PM

              Vendue is nice. I've never needed a reservation. The view is not as great as it used to be-somebody built condos between it and the harbor. The other one is the rooftop at Market Pavilion.

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                fterie4u Apr 6, 2010 01:27 PM

                Does the Market Pavilion require reservations? I see that they do take them but they are $250 minimum??? ($125/person)

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                  Sue in Mt P Apr 7, 2010 05:55 AM

                  On the roof or in the restaurant? I have been up there just for a cocktail. I would never go anyplace that has a $250 minimum!

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                    greenmon Apr 7, 2010 03:23 PM

                    We used to stay at the Ansonborough Inn which had a rooftop terrace overlooking the city and river. There was a hot tub and sitting area up there. We'd take a bottle of wine and just enjoy the view. I haven't been in 6 or 7 years so check their website. They may have developed it into something since then.

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