Charleston’s Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

Charleston’s Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

Charleston can get a bit steamy when you’re on ground level, but when you’re up above the buildings with a nice breeze and a fantastic view, there’s nothing quite like it!

Below are some of the best rooftop bars in Charleston: 

Market Pavilion

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Image above taken from the Market Pavilion Facebook page

Probably the swankiest of the Charleston rooftop bars, the Market Pavilion rooftop is arguably the best place in Charleston to grab a cosmopolitan, martini, or other fancy cocktail! It also has an exceptional wine and champagne list, as well as a variety of signature cocktails.

But drinks aren’t the only items you can order at Market Pavilion. They have a full menu that includes gourmet appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. A few of the must-try menu items include the Tuna Tower appetizer, the Lobster Thermidore and Portobello Pizza, and their signature burger.

The Market Pavilion is located on the corner of East Bay and Market Streets, making for a picturesque view of downtown Charleston!

Vendue Inn

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Image above taken from the Rooftop Bar at Vendue Inn Facebook page

Probably Charleston’s most iconic rooftop bars, the Vendue Inn Rooftop area is quite large, with two separate outdoor deck areas. This is one of the best bars to enjoy breathtaking views of Charleston harbor as you relax with a cocktail and social with friends.

Visitors at the Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn can enjoy lunch and dinner. Note that dinner is more of a tapas-style experience, as they serve appetizers, small plates, and dessert.

Henry’s House

Situated on the bustling Market Street in downtown Charleston, Henry’s House is one of the most happening bars in Charleston on the weekends and is a great place to grab happy hour and an appetizer! They have a full menu as well, in case you’re in the mood for dinner with friends or family.

Their rooftop area is cozy and also includes two decks. The lower deck is connected to another Charleston nightlife hotspot, NV Dance Lounge.

Star’s Rooftop Bar


Image above taken from the Stars Restaurant & Rooftop Bar website

For exquisite cuisine and a comfortable and relaxing ambiance, head to Star’s Restaurant & Rooftop Bar! This is Charleston’s newest rooftop setting and can seat 140 people, making it perfect for private events as well as casual evenings!

The Star’s rooftop bar offers exceptional wines, specialty cocktails, craft beers and, one of our favorites, artisan cheese platters. We suggest making a reservation for the main dining room area around 8pm and heading to the Rooftop to enjoy drinks and a cheese plate around 7:15pm.  Now THAT is a perfect evening!


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