Charleston has been a serious drinking town since the days her parties flowed with rum, brandy, and madeira that arrived on ships from far flung ports. And yeah, the rest of the country might have had Prohibition in the 20th century, but according to author Mark Jones in Wicked Charleston, Vol. 2, South Carolina had more than 20,000 bootleggers, moonshiners, or rum runners during this “dry” period.
You don’t need a password anymore to get a drink around here, but you should know that there are a few guidelines for “proper” Lowcountry imbibing. It’s a pastime that can lean quickly toward the “improper,” but that’s part of the fun. Follow this little primer, and cheers, friends.