8 Rooftop Bars in Charleston You’re Going to Love

Because Nothing is Better than Cocktails with a View

Ready to take your Charleston nights to new heights? Whether you’re in the mood for a stylish evening out or a laid-back sunset sip, these spots are sure to elevate any outing. Join us as we explore eight rooftop bars where the views are as spectacular as the cocktails.

Views: Marion Square, Ravenel Bridge
Cuisine: International

Set above King & Calhoun Street, Ritual Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge is Charleston’s chic new spot, infusing Tulum vibes into its decor. This rooftop sanctuary blends stylish dining areas with cozy lounges, offering both sheltered and alfresco options surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Enjoy breathtaking views of Marion Square and Ravenel Bridge as you dive into a menu of international shared plates and local seafood. Sip on handcrafted cocktails or select from a thoughtful wine list while the evening’s live entertainment transitions into late-night DJ sessions. VIP table booking is available for an exclusive experience.

📍145 Calhoun Street #301
Views: 360° over Charleston
Cuisine: Small Plates

High atop The Dewberry hotel, the Citrus Club shapes a luxurious rooftop escape with its mid-20th century charm and sprawling city views. The terrace, adorned with olive trees and palms, offers a perfect spot for lounging while enjoying the panoramic sights from river to river. The menu features an array of fresh small plates and exquisite cocktails like the ‘Citrus Spritz’ and ‘Spicy Coconut Margarita’, making it a premier venue for a sophisticated yet relaxing evening.

📍 334 Meeting Street
Views: Skyline, River
Cuisine: Bar Bites

Located on the 9th floor of the Hotel Bennett, Fiat Lux commands stunning views over Charleston’s skyline. This elegant rooftop bar blends a luxurious indoor lounge with a more laid-back terrace atmosphere. Indulge in chef-selected bar bites such as Duck Fat Fries and a Cheese & Charcuterie board, paired with artisanal cocktails, local beers, or fine wines. Open from noon to midnight, the setting shifts from relaxed daytime to an upscale evening ambiance.

📍404 King Street
Views: Skyline & Harbor
Cuisine: International

Known as Charleston’s original rooftop venue, The Rooftop at The Vendue offers a dynamic setting atop an art-focused hotel. The two-tiered space features playful art installations and panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park. It’s a hub of activity, serving everything from Ahi Poke Bowls to Greek Meze Plates alongside creative cocktails and local brews. Whether it’s a casual lunch or a lively weekend night, The Rooftop at The Vendue promises a spirited atmosphere.

📍19 Vendue Range
Views: 360° over Historic Charleston
Cuisine: American / Grill

In the heart of Charleston’s bustling King Street district, the Satellite Bar at Stars Rooftop & Grill Room pairs a rustic American grill with a refined rooftop bar. Enjoy panoramic views over historic Charleston while sampling seasonally inspired dishes cooked on a live fire wood grill. The rooftop bar offers a comprehensive drink menu, creating an ideal environment for social gatherings in its stylish yet casual setting.

📍39-C John Street
Views: Downtown Charleston
Cuisine: Coastal-Inspired

Élevé sits atop the Grand Bohemian Hotel, offering a blend of artistic interiors and a whimsical outdoor garden terrace. This elegant rooftop spot provides a stunning overlook of downtown Charleston’s cobblestone streets. Savor coastal-inspired dishes with a playful twist on traditional Southern and French techniques, accompanied by a creative drink selection. Élevé is perfect for everything from a lively happy hour to intimate gatherings.

📍55 Wentworth Street
Views: Shem Creek
Cuisine: American

Experience the laid-back charm of Red’s Ice House on historic Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. Known for its casual vibe and scenic views, Red’s features a rustic ‘tree house’ rooftop perfect for sunset views and people watching along the creek. Enjoy a menu filled with fresh local seafood, burgers, and cold drinks, often accompanied by live music, ensuring a lively and enjoyable atmosphere.

📍98 Church Street
Views: 360° over Charleston
Cuisine: Small Plates

Nestled on the 3rd floor of the Charleston Marriott, the Aqua Terrace Rooftop Bar offers a peaceful retreat with striking views of the city and Ashley River sunsets. This rooftop features a modern design with comfortable seating, fire pits, and a vibrant bar scene. The menu includes American favorites from flatbreads and sliders to fish tacos and burgers. Open seasonally from March to November, it provides a tranquil spot for enjoying Southern hospitality and relaxing river views.

📍170 Lockwood Drive
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