Best Places for a Cocktail on the Water in Charleston

Best Places for a Cocktail on the Water in Charleston

shem creekA wonderful way to end your day, whether you are local or just visiting, is with a relaxing waterfront cocktail in Charleston. You can gather with friends, snuggle with someone special, or go solo to mingle and make new friends. It’s always a casual and fun atmosphere when it comes to cocktails on the water in Charleston!

Locklears Beach City Grill, located at 101 E. Arctic Avenue on Folly Beach, is a favorite spot to sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down. It is right on the sand where the ocean stretches out before you and offers seating inside and outside. Take a walk along the pier connected to the patio and enjoy a cool breeze while you sip a cocktail after a warm day at the beach.

California Dreaming is also in a great location, located at 1 Ashley Point Drive in Charleston. It overlooks the Ashley River with a beautiful, breezy, wrap-around deck. (There is also a dock to tie up if you come by boat.) Enjoy cocktails, appetizers or a full dinner. The food is great and the view is fabulous!

You can also spot The Carolina Queen riverboat, one of our vessels docked at the Mega Dock across the waterway!

The Reel Bar, located at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a few minutes from downtown and just over the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, on Patriot’s Point. Here sits the USS Yorktown, a proud, patriotic landmark, and just past that, the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Enjoy a great cocktail inside the bar (overlooking the marina) or outside on the patio. This unique bar is decorated in antique tackle gear with a teak bar (recovered from a ship that sank off Miami). Sip a refreshing cocktail outside on the adjoining terrace and take in the cooling evening breezes as you chat with hotel guests or friends.

Water’s Edge Restaurant and Bar is about a mile or so past Patriot’s Point, on Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant at historic Shem Creek, which leads out into Charleston Harbor. This spot is a real favorite among locals during the warm summer evenings in Charleston. You can mingle on the dock or sit down under the covered bar area and relax with a great cocktail. Take in the beauty of the creek, where the local shrimp boats are docked, charter fishing boats come and go, and occasionally a dolphin or two will make an appearance along with a few pelicans.

Red’s Ice House is just a stone’s throw over the creek on the opposite side of Water’s Edge (there’s also a Red’s Ice House located at Bohicket Marina on John’s Island, which also overlooks the water). The icehouse was transformed into a very casual restaurant and a public gathering place. Equally as popular as its neighbor across the creek, Red’s has both an upper deck and a lower deck. The drinks and food are very reasonably priced, so whether you enjoy just a cocktail with appetizers or a full seafood meal, this is another perfect place to be at the end of a warm day!

Morgan Creek Grill is located near the far tip of Isle of Palms about 5 minutes from Wild Dunes Resort. (Isle of Palms is about 20-30 minutes from downtown.) Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 80 41st Street, it sits right on the intercostal waterway. Dock your boat or park your car. It doesn’t matter how you get there, the atmosphere is always lively and fun. You can enjoy open-air drinks on the rooftop or inside the dining room. Both areas have great views of the marshes, waterway, and marina. A full meal or just drinks, it is another wonderful way to end a day sightseeing or just relaxing at the beach.

These are just a few places to consider. Check their websites for the hours, menus, and live music events. Enjoy!

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