To some folks, a bar is just a bar, a place to meet friends, grab drinks, and escape the day-to-day for a bit. But in South Carolina, some bars have proven that the total experience matters more than just location or drink specials. It takes careful attention to detail to create a bar that not only upholds a unique theme, but also provides an atmosphere that makes people want to visit. These 10 best themed bars in South Carolina have mastered the art of thematic decor and create an experience unlike any other.
Every bartender knows there’s a science to mixology, and that’s exactly what the “research” team at the Chemist is proving. This clever chemistry theme features a staff of bartenders in white lab coats serving up creative cocktails in beakers and flasks. They’re on a mission to find the formula for the perfect cocktail—what will yours be?
Bleu Voodoo brings Cajun and Creole creations straight from Louisiana to the Upstate. Vibrant colors and New Orleans-themed art and decor create a consistent jazzy theme, along with a gulf-inspired menu that offers something for every appetite. Everything from the music to the menu leaves no detail untouched.
If you’re longing for simpler days where arcade games were nothing more than a screen and a joystick, or where you could play all afternoon for just a few bucks, Tilt will become your new favorite hangout. Classic video game characters like Mario, Sonic, and Donkey Kong line the walls to satisfy your inner geek. From old-school pinball machines to classic arcade favorites like Street Fighter and Pac Man, you’ll find a huge lineup of all your favorites, along with an epic drink menu to fuel your gaming habit.
Reminiscent of the speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition offers a laid-back bar experience not easily duplicated. Vintage furniture and decor, a bourbon barrel ceiling, oak walls, and soothing live music come together to create a heavy dose of historical inspiration. There’s no secret password or knock required, which might seem like a break in character but it’s also one less step you’ll have to take.
Tin Roof has become an icon in the local music scene, offering a loyal audience for local musicians. This low-key music shack bears the semblance of a rustic semi-industrial building with roll-up doors, plenty of windows, and a (you guessed it) tin roof over the bar. Nostalgia lines the walls to add to its downhome theme.
This place carries the tiki bar theme to the extreme. Enter through the totem pole-style door into a world where bamboo and island grass invade every corner, including their all-bamboo and wood bar that lines the majority of the restaurant. Outside patio tables are covered by colorful umbrellas that look almost good enough to adorn your cocktail. From decor to drinkware, every detail has been carefully crafted to create the most authentic tiki experience on the Grand Strand.
With two South Carolina locations, this pub pays homage to the British Open in every regard. Their Titleist bar is framed with photos of past tournaments and stocks a full suite of beer and other libations for every palate. Everywhere you turn you’ll see some form of golf memorabilia, giving you a little sports history lesson in every visit.
This isn’t your average tiki bar. Inspired by New Orleans nightlife, this place is part tiki bar, part lounge, and 100 percent party. Funky art, fun seating, and colorful everything lends to the experience. Drinks come in island-themed cups and plenty of adornments to make every libation look as great as it tastes.
This Scot-Irish pub stays true to its roots. Rich, dark woods give way to a cozy bar that’s packed with some of the finest flavors from across the pond. Fans agree they feel like family here, giving you a place to make new friends every time you visit.
This airplane-themed bar and pizza joint will take your night out to new heights. Every dish bears an aviation-themed name to complement the airplanes hovering just under the ceiling and decor along the walls.