Charleston

Charleston Dive Bar Directory

Scoundrel’s Field Guide only reviews dive bars, diners and breweries after an in-person visit. Because of that, we don’t have deep reviews for every dive bar in America (yet). For cities we haven’t yet visited, we’ve scoured all available sources to take a stab at the dive bars we’d like to visit if we could. Divided into must haves and further options, let’s stress again, these are our best guesses without visiting in person. Have a better idea? We’re all ears. Let us know through the form below.

Absolute Must Visit Charleston Dive Bars

Cannonborough

Cutty's

227 St Philip St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Cannonborough

Recovery Room Tavern

685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Folly Beach

Sand Dollar Social Club

7 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439
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French Quarter

The Griffon Pub

18 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
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King Street

Burns Alley Tavern

354B King St
Charleston, SC 29401
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West Ashley

Gene's Haufbrau

817 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
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West Ashley

Tin Roof

1117 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
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Other Charleston Dive Bar Options

AC's Bar & Grill

467 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Moe's Crosstown Tavern

714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
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Planet Follywood

32 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Salty Mike's Deck Bar

9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401
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The Bangkok Lounge

353 King St 2nd floor
Charleston, SC 29403
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The Mill

1026 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
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The Royal American

970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
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The Tatooed Moose

1137 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
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Northside Tavern - Atlanta Dive Bar - Outside

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Harbor Inn - Cleveland Dive Bar - Sign

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Pete's Bar - Jacksonville Dive Bar - Neon Sign

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Magnolia Bar & Grill - Louisville Dive Bar - Exterior

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CC Club - Minneapolis Dive Bar - Outside

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Snake & Jake Christmas Club Lounge - New Orleans Dive Bar - Outside

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McSorley's Old Ale House - New York Dive Bar - Outside Sign

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Mahuffer's - Tampa Dive Bar - Interior

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