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Life-Saving Charleston Late Night Food

Stop the midnight munchies

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Perhaps it's a late shift or the plane landed later than expected — where can a hungry person eat after the typical 10:00 p.m. restaurant closing time? During the week, there's plenty of bar food, but on the weekend, there are many more choices for an awe-inspiring meal from some of the top kitchens in the Holy City. However, if it's midnight on Monday, cheese fries can be just as epic as a three-course meal when paired with a cheap beer. There's no need to go hungry if it's late — stop by one of these establishments instead.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Early Bird Diner

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1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 277-2353
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On Friday and Saturday, order chicken and waffles until 4:00 a.m. at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner. Slump into a booth and hunker down on some Southern favorites. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

2. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

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15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 769-0228
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Surely the only bar featuring traditional lumpia for an evening snack, Avondale's Voodoo Lounge is the most unique late night experience around. The bar bites menu also features an "addictive" cheese fondue, truffle tater tots, and Hawaiian cheese balls. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

3. Gene's Haufbrau

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817 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-4363
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Avondale dive bar Gene's Haufbrau is funky stop full of pool tables, televisions, and interesting characters. The oldest bar in Charleston, Gene's offers a menu of typical bar fare but also boasts a "Famous Wienerschnitzel" served with traditional potato cakes, topped with a lobster cream sauce,and a side of steamed cabbage. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

4. Zia Taqueria

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1956A Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 406-8877
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Order tacos, nachos, and guac to cure the midnight hunger pangs at James Island's Zia Taqueria. It's an easy stop after a film at neighboring Terrace Theater. Kitchen Hours: 12:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

5. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

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714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-3287
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Moe's Crosstown Tavern has some of the best burgers around and the grill works until late. Order an Eye Opener (burger topped with an egg) and a side of onion rings for an indulgent midnight snack. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

6. Tattooed Moose

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1137 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 277-2990
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Order the entire menu of super stacked sandwiches, corn dogs, and wings at Tattooed Moose until 1:00 a.m. every night. Everyone who comes to Charleston must try the famous duck club and duck fat fries at least once. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

7. Smoky Oak Tap Room

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1234 Camp Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-6268
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The pizza oven stays burning at Smoky Oak Tap Room until 1:00 a.m. The back can also indulge your taste for "anything fried" at that time of night. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

8. Home Team BBQ

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126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403

The Home Team BBQ locations have a post-10:00 p.m. menu to satisfy any carnivore and vegetarian's dreams. There's dry-rubbed wings, barbecue nachos, fried ribs, and more. Kitchen Hours: Midnight at West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island locations; 1:00 a.m. at the downtown location.

9. Recovery Room

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685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0999
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Grown-up dive bar Recovery Room keeps the kitchen open for late visitors. Order the tachos (tater tot nachos) and a PBR. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

10. The Royal American

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970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 817-6925
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Stop by dive bar/music venue The Royal American for loaded baked potato, chili, muffuletta, and a rum punch. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week.

11. Belmont

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511 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(760) 213-7356

Those hangering for an artisanal PopTart or fancy cheese plate should stop in The Belmont. The top-notch cocktails are the perfect nightcap. Kitchen Hours: Until close

12. Smoke BBQ

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Find elevated barbecue far past bedtime at Smoke BBQ. Try the hash over grits, smoked wings, or brisket sandwich for a super-filling meal. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

13. The Rarebit

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474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-5483
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Upscale diner The Rarebit pushes the breakfast menu for anyone wanting an a.m. experience. Choose from huevos rancheros, waffles, an omelet, or the life-saving patty melt, among other choices. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

14. A C's Bar & Grill

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467 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-6742
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Safe haven for F&B workers and the slightly tipsy, A.C.'s Bar & Grill keeps the cheese fries and Philly sandwiches going until till late. The best part? Those with a hangover can stop in the next day at 11 a.m. for some more fries and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 1:30 a.m, seven days a week

15. JohnKing Grill & Bar

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428 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 965-5252
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Find burgers, hot dogs, wings, and cold draft beers at JohnKing Grill & Bar. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

16. Palace Hotel

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35 Hanover St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 501-7994
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Eastside dive Palace Hotel serves fancy hot dogs, boiled peanuts, duck confit tacos, and burgers late into the night. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., seven days a week.

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17. 39 Rue De Jean

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39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-8881
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Rue de Jean has been a staple of late night fine dining so long that it should be considered the cafeteria of Charleston. Stop by after an event to order a burger or mussels and mingle with the downtown crowd. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; bar menu until 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

18. The Brick

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24 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

The Brick’s kitchen stays open for any and all cravings for burgers, wings, and shrimp po' boys. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

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19. Sabatino's NYC Pizza

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151 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
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Sabatino's NYC Pizza serves slices to the masses coming off King Street. The pies are said to be the closest thing to authentic New York street fare in Charleston. Kitchen Hours: 3:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

20. Gilroy's Pizza Pub

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353 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-9200
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Every undergrad at the College of Charleston knows that Gilroy's Pizza Pub serves up pies until 4:00 a.m. It can get a little rowdy, but when you need to prevent a hangover the next day, this pizza will help. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., seven days a week

21. Kickin' Chicken Downtown Charleston

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337 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 805-5020
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Kickin' Chicken keeps the wings flying for the evening crowds. This local chain serves signature chicken sandwiches, loaded fries, wraps, and 16 flavors of wings. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday; 11:00 p.m. on Sunday

22. Bin 152

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152 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7359
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Romantic wine bar Bin 152 offers large selections of European cheeses and charcuterie for a sophisticated late night snack. Kitchen Hours: Until close

23. The Gin Joint

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182 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 513-5264
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The Gin Joint serves beef jerky, pad thai popcorn, and giant pretzels to help keep its customers drinking. The menu is constantly changing, so check the specials after ordering a cocktail. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

24. Coleman Public House Resturant & Tap Room

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427 W Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 416-8833
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Yes, they do late-night in Mount Pleasant. Coleman Public House keeps the kitchen running well into the evening. This spot is known for its excellent craft beer selection and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 12:30 a.m., seven days a week

25. Benny Palmetto's Pizza

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Giant slices of pizza are available into the night at Benny Palmettos. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, midnight on Thursday, and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There's also a location on King Street for downtowners.

26. Vickery's

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1313 Shrimp Boat Ln
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-4440
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Visit Vickery's for views of Shem Creek and Southern-fried favorites. The shrimp or fried oyster baskets seem a perfect match for the waterfront restaurant. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

1. Early Bird Diner

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

On Friday and Saturday, order chicken and waffles until 4:00 a.m. at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner. Slump into a booth and hunker down on some Southern favorites. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

2. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge

15 Magnolia Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

Surely the only bar featuring traditional lumpia for an evening snack, Avondale's Voodoo Lounge is the most unique late night experience around. The bar bites menu also features an "addictive" cheese fondue, truffle tater tots, and Hawaiian cheese balls. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

15 Magnolia Dr
Charleston, SC 29407

3. Gene's Haufbrau

817 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Avondale dive bar Gene's Haufbrau is funky stop full of pool tables, televisions, and interesting characters. The oldest bar in Charleston, Gene's offers a menu of typical bar fare but also boasts a "Famous Wienerschnitzel" served with traditional potato cakes, topped with a lobster cream sauce,and a side of steamed cabbage. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

817 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

4. Zia Taqueria

1956A Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412

Order tacos, nachos, and guac to cure the midnight hunger pangs at James Island's Zia Taqueria. It's an easy stop after a film at neighboring Terrace Theater. Kitchen Hours: 12:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

1956A Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

5. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

714 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Moe's Crosstown Tavern has some of the best burgers around and the grill works until late. Order an Eye Opener (burger topped with an egg) and a side of onion rings for an indulgent midnight snack. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Tattooed Moose

1137 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

Order the entire menu of super stacked sandwiches, corn dogs, and wings at Tattooed Moose until 1:00 a.m. every night. Everyone who comes to Charleston must try the famous duck club and duck fat fries at least once. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

1137 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Smoky Oak Tap Room

1234 Camp Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

The pizza oven stays burning at Smoky Oak Tap Room until 1:00 a.m. The back can also indulge your taste for "anything fried" at that time of night. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

1234 Camp Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

8. Home Team BBQ

126 Williman St, Charleston, SC 29403

The Home Team BBQ locations have a post-10:00 p.m. menu to satisfy any carnivore and vegetarian's dreams. There's dry-rubbed wings, barbecue nachos, fried ribs, and more. Kitchen Hours: Midnight at West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island locations; 1:00 a.m. at the downtown location.

126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Recovery Room

685 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Grown-up dive bar Recovery Room keeps the kitchen open for late visitors. Order the tachos (tater tot nachos) and a PBR. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. The Royal American

970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

Stop by dive bar/music venue The Royal American for loaded baked potato, chili, muffuletta, and a rum punch. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week.

970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

11. Belmont

511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Those hangering for an artisanal PopTart or fancy cheese plate should stop in The Belmont. The top-notch cocktails are the perfect nightcap. Kitchen Hours: Until close

511 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

12. Smoke BBQ

Charleston, SC

Find elevated barbecue far past bedtime at Smoke BBQ. Try the hash over grits, smoked wings, or brisket sandwich for a super-filling meal. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

13. The Rarebit

474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Upscale diner The Rarebit pushes the breakfast menu for anyone wanting an a.m. experience. Choose from huevos rancheros, waffles, an omelet, or the life-saving patty melt, among other choices. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

14. A C's Bar & Grill

467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Safe haven for F&B workers and the slightly tipsy, A.C.'s Bar & Grill keeps the cheese fries and Philly sandwiches going until till late. The best part? Those with a hangover can stop in the next day at 11 a.m. for some more fries and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 1:30 a.m, seven days a week

467 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

15. JohnKing Grill & Bar

428 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Find burgers, hot dogs, wings, and cold draft beers at JohnKing Grill & Bar. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday

428 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

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16. Palace Hotel

35 Hanover St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Eastside dive Palace Hotel serves fancy hot dogs, boiled peanuts, duck confit tacos, and burgers late into the night. Kitchen Hours: 2:00 a.m., seven days a week.

35 Hanover St
Charleston, SC 29403

17. 39 Rue De Jean

39 John St, Charleston, SC 29403

Rue de Jean has been a staple of late night fine dining so long that it should be considered the cafeteria of Charleston. Stop by after an event to order a burger or mussels and mingle with the downtown crowd. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; bar menu until 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403

18. The Brick

24 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins

The Brick’s kitchen stays open for any and all cravings for burgers, wings, and shrimp po' boys. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

24 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403

19. Sabatino's NYC Pizza

151 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401

Sabatino's NYC Pizza serves slices to the masses coming off King Street. The pies are said to be the closest thing to authentic New York street fare in Charleston. Kitchen Hours: 3:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday

151 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401

20. Gilroy's Pizza Pub

353 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Every undergrad at the College of Charleston knows that Gilroy's Pizza Pub serves up pies until 4:00 a.m. It can get a little rowdy, but when you need to prevent a hangover the next day, this pizza will help. Kitchen Hours: 4:00 a.m., seven days a week

353 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

21. Kickin' Chicken Downtown Charleston

337 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Kickin' Chicken keeps the wings flying for the evening crowds. This local chain serves signature chicken sandwiches, loaded fries, wraps, and 16 flavors of wings. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday; 11:00 p.m. on Sunday

337 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

22. Bin 152

152 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Romantic wine bar Bin 152 offers large selections of European cheeses and charcuterie for a sophisticated late night snack. Kitchen Hours: Until close

152 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

23. The Gin Joint

182 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

The Gin Joint serves beef jerky, pad thai popcorn, and giant pretzels to help keep its customers drinking. The menu is constantly changing, so check the specials after ordering a cocktail. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 1:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

182 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

24. Coleman Public House Resturant & Tap Room

427 W Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Yes, they do late-night in Mount Pleasant. Coleman Public House keeps the kitchen running well into the evening. This spot is known for its excellent craft beer selection and burgers. Kitchen Hours: 12:30 a.m., seven days a week

427 W Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

25. Benny Palmetto's Pizza

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Giant slices of pizza are available into the night at Benny Palmettos. Kitchen Hours: 11:00 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, midnight on Thursday, and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There's also a location on King Street for downtowners.

26. Vickery's

1313 Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Visit Vickery's for views of Shem Creek and Southern-fried favorites. The shrimp or fried oyster baskets seem a perfect match for the waterfront restaurant. Kitchen Hours: 1:00 a.m., seven days a week

1313 Shrimp Boat Ln
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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