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Charleston’s Hottest New Happy Hours

These deals are worth clocking out early

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kwei Fei

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1977 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 225-0094
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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.  

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2. Azul Mexicano

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1078c E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 203-3754
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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

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100 A Spring St, Charleston
SC 29403, United States
(843) 764-9343
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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

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6768, 252 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403
(854) 222-3949
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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

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64 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-4105
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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.

6. Baker and Brewer

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94 Stuart St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 297-8233
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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

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4 Cannon St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 302-8825
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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.

The Grocery
Andrew Cebulka

8. Fuji Sushi Upper King

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585 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 459-2888
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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

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462 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-7400
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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.

10. Tradd's

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167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-7661
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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.

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11. RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

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159 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 637-3686
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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.   

1. Kwei Fei

1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
Kwei Fei
Andrew Cebulka

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.  

1977 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

2. Azul Mexicano

1078c E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

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.

1078c E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Pink Cactus Charleston

100 A Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

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.

100 A Spring St, Charleston
SC 29403, United States

4. Chubby Fish

6768, 252 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

6768, 252 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Josephine Wine Bar

64 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

64 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Baker and Brewer

94 Stuart St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

94 Stuart St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. The Grocery

4 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Grocery
Andrew Cebulka

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.

4 Cannon St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Fuji Sushi Upper King

585 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

585 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Republic Garden & Lounge

462 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

462 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Tradd's

167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Leslie Ryann McKellar

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.

167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

159 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

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.   

159 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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