The 10 Best Pubs in South Carolina!

Pubs may have gotten their start across the pond, but you don’t have to travel abroad for a good pub experience. South Carolina has given this British icon a strong following stateside, with a quality selection of pubs throughout the Palmetto State. If you want cold beer and strong cocktails, go to a bar. If you want good food and friendly service, go to a restaurant. If you want all of the above, a trip to one of these 10 best pubs in South Carolina won’t disappoint:

1. Heroes Pub, Goose Creek, SC

This military-themed pub isn’t just paying homage to brothers in arms, but to all heroes who sacrifice themselves for others. Their fans rave about the amazing food, including the highly sought after Irish Tater Joes, as well as the friendly atmosphere. Offering activities like pool, darts, and the occasional live performance, this pub is ideal for evening out with friends or family.

2. British Open Pub, Hilton Head Island, SC

Whether you love or loathe golf, this British-style pub is the place to be. Dishing out authentic British-style eats and American favorites, this family-friendly atmosphere is perfect for a fun afternoon hangout or night on the town. The pub is chock full of British Open memorabilia for your viewing pleasure. They also have another location in Bluffton, South Carolina.

3. Handley’s Pub and Grub, Myrtle Beach, SC

Great food needs great beer, and Handley’s is brimming with plenty of both. This quiet neighborhood pub is well off the beaten path of the Grand Strand, which makes it an appealing choice for the locals. You’ll find plenty of your pub favorites dotting the food menu here, including Shepherd’s pie, burgers, fish and chips, nachos and wraps, along with unique concoctions like the pork loin French dip and meatloaf sandwich.

4. The Highlander, North Augusta, SC

This British-style pub is the only one of its kind in the area. A neighborhood favorite for nearly 40 years, visitors can dine on British-style cuisine you’d think came straight from the motherland itself. If you’re looking for something beyond the typical Shepherd’s Pie, try the Scotch Egg or Drunk Sausage for a tasty adventure in eating.

5. Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Aiken, SC

Despite the name, the service here is quite friendly. Fans love the fact that they can get some of the best food and coldest beer in town while watching whatever sports game suits their preference. Their beer list is the longest in town, so you’re sure to find your favorites (and maybe even find a new one!)

6. Islander Pub & Grille, Pendleton, SC

Though it’s far away from the South Carolina coast, the Islander Pub & Grille will place you on “island time” from the moment you walk in. Laid back, relaxing, and delicious, guests love the wide variety of food and drink choices. It’s a hidden, unexpected small town gem, and one that’s definitely worth searching for.

7. Charleston Sports Pub, West Ashley, SC

Three words: Pub. Food. Delivered. Let’s face it, there’s nothing like tasty pub food, and Charleston Sports Pub will bring it straight to you. For those who prefer to eat in, you can expect you can catch all the major sports action on TV or play a few games yourself (corn hole, giant Jenga, and a solid variety of arcade games). If you can’t make it to the Charleston location, they have two more in Summerville and Mount Pleasant.

8. Six Pence Pub, Fort Mill, SC

This British-style pub isn’t exclusive to South Carolina (there’s one in Savannah, Georgia and one in Blowing Rock, North Carolina), but Fort Mill is the lucky location of the Palmetto State’s only one. This pub serves up only the best in craft beer and British comfort food. It’s favorite spot to mull life’s biggest questions over a pint or two while you treat your ears to live music Thursday-Saturday.

9. The Cock ‘N Bull Pub, Columbia, SC

Combining the best of British food and drink with the love for soccer, this friendly neighborhood pub is as close to a British-style pub as you can find stateside. They feature 21 beers on tap, including craft and imported varieties, as well as a food menu that won’t let you leave hungry. 

10. The Hare and the Hound, Landrum, SC

This pub’s scenic location and rich Landrum history are the foundation for an exceptional experience you’ll have here. The rich wood and brick interior gives off the classic pub vibe, along with a menu filled with classic pub items like fish and chips, burgers, and their locally-loved Guinness Beef Pie.

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