Rising temperatures signal that summer in Charleston is quickly approaching, and the change in season often means fewer hours in the office, as sun-starved Charlestonians scoot to the nearest happy hour. This Happy Hour Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz, highlights the newest deals around town. Try one of these newbies today.Read More
Charleston’s Hottest New Happy Hours
These deals are worth clocking out early
1. Kwei Fei
James Island Sichuan eatery Kwei Fei offers happy hour bites and libations Tuesday through Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and snack on dumplings or peel and eat shrimp while sipping $4 Sapporo or $6 house wine.
2. Azul Mexicano
Park Circle’s new Mexican destination Azul offers post-work $2 Tecate and discounted margaritas to pair with a menu full of authentic dishes like molcajete and fried chimichangas.
3. Pink Cactus Charleston
Spring Street newcomer Pink Cactus offers $5 margaritas and $3 Tecates during its weekday happy hour, which runs from 5-7 p.m. Sip while enjoying discounted Oaxacan-style dishes on the brand new patio.
4. Chubby Fish
Head to Chubby Fish for a $1 Oyster Hour featuring locally-sourced, shucked-to-order bivalves from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The power hour also includes $2 Tecate and $6 wine pours from French importer Frederick Corriher.
5. Josephine Wine Bar
This Spring Street wine bar’s happy hour does feature discounted beverages, but the real star is executive chef Shaun Connelly’s inventive small plates. Find smoked trout dip, curry roasted carrots, and smoked paprika dusted Marcona almonds, all for under $10.
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6. Baker and Brewer
Baker & Brewer is a mashup of two wildly popular North Charleston concepts, EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing. Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m., the eatery/bakery/brewery offers $3 select house beers, $4 well drinks, and $5 wines.
7. The Grocery
The Grocery launched a new offering in the fall featuring three ever-changing cocktails for $6, along with a selection of wines and local beers. Guests can also nibble on selected snacks for $5 or less from 5-7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.
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8. Fuji Sushi Upper King
The fourth installment of Fuji Charleston opened up on Upper King Street last August, offering the downtown crowd reasonably priced sushi and hibachi. Look for an expansive happy hour featuring $2 Bud Light and $7 cocktails along with sushi rolls, gyoza, steak tataki, and more.
9. Republic Garden & Lounge
Republic Garden and Lounge recently rolled out a new “Lucky Seven” happy hour that’s available starting at 4 p.m. daily. Find a selection of $7 cocktails and bar snacks along with half-priced punch bowls for the group, all to be enjoyed while listening to live music on the outdoor patio.
For those looking for a bougie happy hour, Tradd’s is the spot, as they offer half-priced caviar at their champagne bar. Additionally, the full happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. daily with specials like $5 local beers and $8 specialty cocktails.
11. RuRu's Tacos & Tequila
This Charlotte-based cantina now has a home on East Bay Street offering happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Cool down with a frozen margarita for $6.50 while munching on queso and tacos.