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Apr 17, 2013 11:57 AM

40-somethings for Fun Drinks and Appetizers in Charleston

We are a group of (late) 40-Something gal visiting Charleston for a Girls Getaway. We are looking for fun, age-appropriate bar/lounge for pre or post dinner drinks, and post dinner dessert. I've read some reviews of a few places, and we'd like to get an idea of the type of crowd and dress code at each. Also, do any places have dancing?

I've heard good things about the bars at the following. Would love to hear your opinions and any other local gems we should try

The MacIntosh
Gin Joint
Closed for Business
Fig..good for appetizers at the bar
Stars Rooftop
Halls Chop House

Thanks so much!

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  1. I really enjoyed Closed for Business when I was in CHS on business last year. Fig was good as well.

    Husk has a separate bar that was really unique. They have barrel-aged cocktails that my wife really enjoyed.

    WRT dress code, smart casual seems to be the way to go.

    1. Very stylish crowd at Magolia; can't miss. Gin Joint is fun as well, but less stylish.

      The rooftop bar at the Pavilion is also chic.

      We LOVE a place up on John Street called Coast. Good food, fun crowd, good bar scene, not too dressy.

      While you're up on King, consider the Cocktail Club above MacIntosh. A little more stylish than the Gin Joint, but same idea.

      1. You'll see people who just came from work at any of those places, but that doesn't mean you need to dress up. But do so if you want to. Just ditch the heels-big trouble on uneven sidewalks and cobblestone street.

        I really liked the rooftop at Stars. The bar at McCrady's is beautiful and the cocktails are great. Closed for Business is a little more casual that McC's. They have a huge beer selection.

        None of the places on your list are dance places. If you're in town at the right time, there will be Shagging on the Pier at Folly. If you don't know how they'll teach you.

        1. The rooftop at The Vendue is a neat spot. They usually have live music later in the evenings on the weekends. It's very casual but a neat inn and a lively place to hang out. Oh, and Pearlz is right across the street so go on and bar hop, ladies. ;-)

          A lot of folks like the rooftop bar at the rooftop bar at the Market Pavillion Hotel. It's kind of a scene but that can be fun with the right folks. It's neat how they light up the rooftop swimming pool too.

          The bar at Husk is a fun place to stop by too. They have some interesting crafted cocktails and they sometimes do whiskey flights paired w/ cured ham - omg! Its in a separate smaller bldg then the restaurant and it's a neat atmosphere.

          I really like Bin 152 as well. Great wines, cheeses and cured meats and they are very knowledgeable about pairings. Candle lit atmosphere and kind of chill - it's not a rowdy kind of place but it's fun nonetheless.