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AL FRESCO DINING IN CHARLESTON SC: ROOFTOPS & OUTDOOR PATIOS
Outdoor living is a signature of life in Charleston SC, dating back to the city’s inception when Charleston Single homes were built with piazzas oriented to take advantage of the ocean breezes. Whether it’s shopping at the market downtown, relaxing on the beach, biking the Battery, or attending festivals in Marion Square, we know that everything is better outside in the summer – dining and cocktails are no exception! The only thing better than a delicious, lowcountry meal is one served with a view! Enjoy the Charleston weather from any of these top Holy City rooftops and outdoor patios…
Stars is home to the city’s ONLY rooftop bar with a 360 degree view of the city’s historic district. On the first floor, the upscale restaurant offers delectable Carolina cuisine. After dinner, head up to the rooftop for drinks under the stars, pun intended. Comfortably furnished, complete with lush greenery and unmatched views, it’s not hard to find a quiet corner at this popular night spot.
Carolina Ale House is every sports fan’s dream. With walls of televisions and more than 70 beers on tap, you’ll be able to watch ALL the games with your favorite local brew from the top floor and deck overlooking Marion Square. Whether you stay inside or enjoy the breeze (and super-sized fans) from the top of Calhoun Street, you’ll have floor-to-ceiling views of the heart of Charleston.
Uptown Social is relatively new on the Charleston food scene, but offers a top notch roof deck. Housed in an iconic, turn-of-the-century building on King Street, this trendy take on the classic sports bar features its own custom brews on tap, unique flavors including ghost-pepper wings, and of course a rooftop bar. The roof is where you can find yoga in the morning and the party in the evenings.
Prohibition is a nod to the classic 1920s speakeasies, featuring not one but TWO climate-controlled patios, comfortable furnishings, and an outdoor bar. Come for dinner and dine on elevated southern classics and craft cocktails. Come in the evening for the music from some of the best blues, soul, jazz, and swing bands in town – dancing is always encouraged!
82 Queen, one of Charleston’s oldest restaurants, is nestled in the heart of the historic French Quarter. Serving up an authentic Charleston dining experience from the fare to the service and especially, the atmosphere. The courtyard is the definition of quintessential Charleston charm, paved with brick, shaded by a canopy of greenery, with tables adorned with fresh-cut wild flowers.
Blind Tiger has long been a staple of Charleston society. Newly renovated (by our LS Construction team), the pub features a spacious rear courtyard with long picnic tables, perfect for large groups. A casual spot for happy hour or late night drinks with friends, you’ll find plenty of shade and an outdoor bar. The kitchen serves up pub classics including chicken wings, cheese curds, and Nashville “hot chicken.”
This is just a sliver of the INCREDIBLE (and countless) outdoor dining choices around Charleston, from Folly Beach to Shem Creek and Sullivan’s Island. Whether you’re dining on the first floor patio or the top floor roof deck, you can’t go wrong dining al fresco in Charleston. In a city where there’s no such thing as a bad view and a 5-star restaurant on nearly every corner, you’re bound to find the place that suits you best. For your next visit to Charleston, any of our downtown luxury retreats offer a short walk to most of the restaurants featured above. Start planning your next trip…