The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in South Carolina!

Cocktails have evolved from purely taste-based into visual and flavorful works of art. Take a look at any specialty drink menu and you’ll likely find that many of the classic cocktails we all know and love have been replaced with multiple ingredient, uniquely-flavored, heavily garnished, and sometimes over-the-top concoctions. Which is totally okay, because that means you never have to settle for a boring cosmo or martini ever again (unless that’s your thing). If you want to know where to get the most delicious and original adult beverages, look no further than these 10 best cocktail bars in South Carolina. 

1. The Cocktail Club, Charleston, SC

Nestled above the famed Macintosh restaurant on King Street, the Cocktail Club prides itself on its farm-to-shaker ingredients and house-made infusions. Their sole purpose for existing is dedicated to creating unique cocktails that surprise, delight, and satisfy—and they’re doing all of the above with ease.

2. The Chemist, Myrtle Beach, SC

This cocktail experiment is dedicated to making breakthroughs in the cocktail world, finding the best flavors to fuse together to create the world’s best tasting drinks. They take a scientific approach to pairing various spirits and flavors for a final product that’s proven to please.

3. The Purple Cow, Hilton Head Island, SC

Part coffee shop, part snack shop, part cocktail bar, most places would struggle to master three distinct formats, but the Purple Cow does it with ease. They haven’t been in business long, but they’ve already gained quite a reputation among locals and travelers alike for their variety of cocktails. They offer a complete bar so you can get just about any drink you want, or their master bartenders can create something special just for you.

4. The Belmont, Charleston, SC

Reminiscent of the bars of the 1920s, this golden era establishment offers some of the best in creative cocktail. This little speakeasy features some of the most knowledgeable, talented bartenders in town, and their skills reflect in every cocktail they create. They also offer meat and cheese plates and other light fare to complement your experience.

5. Goats, Columbia, SC

Equal parts restaurant and wine and cocktail bar, Goats is home to some of the area’s most talented bartenders who are dedicated to their craft. If you can’t find something you like on their specialty menu (and there’s plenty to satisfy nearly any preferences), they’ll create an off-the-menu cocktail you’re sure to love. 

6. UP on the Roof, Greenville, SC

Nine stories above the ground, you’ll get some of the best cocktails and vistas of downtown Greenville. In addition to their delicious selection of cocktails, UP on the Roof is also well known for its all-star cuisine. There’s no shortage of perfect food pairings here to make every perfect cocktail even better. Make sure you come hungry!

7. The Uptown Lounge, Anderson, SC

This hotspot may be well known for its delicious burgers, but the Uptown Lounge is also a destination for craft cocktails. They feature plenty of entertainment throughout the week, including Buzztime trivia, live music, pool, and the NFL Sunday Ticket, along with a drink menu that rivals some of the best cocktail bars in larger cities.

8. Arkos Martini Bar, Lexington, SC

Artisanal handcrafted cocktails are the focus at this cocktail bar-slash-scratch kitchen. They take pride in their trade, and the fine details in every drink prove it. From the perfect balance of ice to liquid and the right garnish that adds flavor without fuss, you won’t be able to leave disappointed. (The Black Magic is an absolute MUST!)

9. Zero Restaurant & Bar, Charleston, SC

Tucked away inside the Zero George boutique hotel lies one of Charleston’s best kept secrets—a prime destination for creative cocktails. Their bar masters know how to fuse some of the best flavors into a drinkable masterpiece, using high quality spirits and complementing edibles to give you a cocktail experience you won’t find just anywhere. (Hint: the Moneypenny and Smoke on the Water are sure to be your next favorites!)

10. Vault & Vator, Greenville, SC

This truly original concept is dedicated to crafting unique libations to suit every preference. As Greenville’s only speakeasy-style cocktail bar, you and your friends can sip on your favorite flavors in a non-imposing environment. And for those who are as passionate about craft cocktails as the folks at Vault & Vator, they also offer cocktail classes to help you hone your own mixing skills and learn more about your favorite spirits.

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