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 7 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?
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 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.