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Charleston watering holes?

Headed to downtown Charleston on Sunday, and looking for places to drink...in a responsible, adult manner. We like hip, funky, classy, earthy, live music, sunset/harbor views. We hate pretense, price gouging, drunken frat boys.

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  1. We LOVE the Gin Joint. It has everything your looking for but views...it does have a pretty banging menu and divine cocktails.

    www.theginjoint.com

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    1. re: caiogirl

      Sweet! This looks right up our alley. Thank you so much. Let me know if you think of any others, particularly downtown.

      1. re: caiogirl

        Will be seconding you on this one. Tried here on Saturday night (okay afternoon, but wanted seats at the bar). Had a few great cocktails with the Boss (read: Spouse), and loved the pretzels. Would particularly recommend the Penicillin.

      2. Was at the Blind Tiger on Sunday two weeks ago and it was quite entertaining and a blessed refuge from the heat and humidity. if it's less tropical when you're there, they have a great courtyard. It's way downtown on Broad Street. No harbor views, but also no frat boys or price gouging either.

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        1. re: omoshiroi

          You guys are awesome. I appreciate how you're keeping us away from the college and touristy spots, too. Any places to hear quality live music on a Sun-Tues? (I'm even willing to cross a bridge, if necessary.)

          1. re: Jeff C.

            Such good recs.
            Unfortunately, Jeff C., great views usually mean watered down, pricey drinks in a plastic cup. Vickery's on Shem Creek might be an exception, but do you really want to sit outside? Augh.

            Here's a City Paper link. It will give you music choices.
            http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/ch...

            It's tough to get away from both tourists AND college people in the HD, lol! Hope you have fun. Give us a report.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              You're right, unfortunately. (We used to live in Summerville.) I'm just hoping the humidity drops off a little by the first of next week. (Hey, I guy can dream, right?) Anyway, thanks for the link.

              1. re: Jeff C.

                Yes, a man can dream. I'll continue to run from AC to AC until this business is over!

                Have you ever been to Atlanticville on Sullivans? Thai Tuesday there is great and sometimes they have live music. Not earthshaking, just nice. And the food is amazing.
                Sunday Brunch has Sangria and a guitar player that makes me wish I knew how.

                Anyway, have fun. Find a breeze.

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                Atlanticville Restaurant
                2063 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

        2. Loved The Gin Joint. Order anything with bourbon or gin in it and it WILL be good.

            1. re: LaLa

              Nice article, but they weren't too clear on the exact location of the Belmont. (Though I guess that's the whole point of a "speakeasy.")

            2. Check out some of the divey places on Sullivans Island and James Island. I used to really love this place when I lived there and i brought my dog and sat on the patio:
              http://www.charlestoncocktail.com/nec...