Happy hour is even happier when the sun is shining. Drinks are colder and smiles are bigger when you can take that discounted beverage to a roof or patio for some after-work revelry. Here’s our list of the best places to get toasted outdoors—for those on a budget.
1. Edmund’s Oast
Don’t miss out on the special menus created daily featuring $4 drinks and dishes on the newly renovated patio every day from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Sip on specially priced dishes and drinks while lounging on the oh-so-Italian outdoor patio daily from 5–7 p.m. (Bonus tip: take a gander at their house-grown micro greens while you’re out there.)
3. Local 616
Stop by and have a cold one with owner Dwayne Mitchell, voted Charleston's Bartender of the Year in 2014 by readers of Eater Charleston. Drink like a local on the porch and enjoy $3 well drinks and $5 local craft drafts every day from 4–8 p.m. while soaking up some sun on the patio.(Local tip: stop by on Mondays for $5 mules with Cannonborough Ginger Beer.)
4. Palace Hotel
Make your way to the Eastside for free boiled peanuts, $2 off spirits, and $1 off craft beers and glasses of wine on the back patio Monday through Friday from 4–7 p.m. Better yet, $10 bottles of wine are coming soon to the dive’s happy hour menu!
5. Park Café
Plop down at a picnic table and sip on $5 daily cocktails, $5 glasses of wines of the hour, and $2 porch beers Monday through Friday from 4–6 p.m.
6. Recovery Room
Not much can beat $2.75 wells, $3 craft beers, $1.25 PBRs, and some truly interesting people watching opportunities every day from 4–8 p.m. at one of Upper King's original dives.
Head for the roof for one of Charleston's best views and indulge in a special snack menu and $6 specialty cocktails seven days a week from 4–7 p.m.
8. The Cocktail Club
On Wednesdays, enjoy $5 bourbon drinks on the roof from 5–8 p.m., or take advantage of half-priced bottles of wine and punches on Sundays.
9. The Macintosh
Bacon Happy Hour is the best kind of happy hour, with $5 small plates and $9 specialyy cocktails Monday–Friday from 5–7 p.m.. Even better? Head to the back patio for summer special $5 glasses of rosé.
10. The Royal American
You can have a pauper's budget and still live it up at The Royal American's happy hour every day from 4–7 p.m., with $1 off all well drinks, $4 High Life and Natty Light pitchers, and $2 house-made cinnamon whiskey shots.