This carriage house, with more than 80 whiskeys, may be your best bet in all of the South to find Pappy van Winkle. Order the barrel-aged Manhattan.

76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500

Stop by this intimate space, a salon well suited for conversation, for the nightly happy hour (5-7 p.m.; $2.50 pints, $5 wine) and near-nightly live music.

Elliotborough Mini Bar
18 Percy St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0028

This is an honest cocktail bar with expertly-crafted drinks, from Pre-Prohibition classics to the perfect G&T. If whiskey is your thing, put yourself in bartender/proprietor Craig Nelson's hands.

437 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-1422

Belly up to the bar and tell the staff what flavor profile you're looking for (sweet, bitter, herbaceous) and let the drink slingers work their magic.

The Gin Joint
182 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-6111

Dollar-lined pub of the English persuasion. Charleston chefs make a beeline here after their kitchens close.You’re having a shot of whiskey and a beer back.

The Griffon
18 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-1700

Potent punches, beer-based cocktails, and high-brow bar food (red lentil hummus, confit chicken wings) keep the crowd hanging tough until last call at this Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood bar.

45 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 202-0712