Food & Drink

Behind the Bar With Charleston's Bartender of the Year

Published On 11/01/2016 Published On 11/01/2016
Teddy Nixon
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Courtesy of Teddy Nixon
Courtesy of Teddy Nixon
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1. Bar Mash 701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403

With a history as a former 19th-century cotton mill and cigar factory, Downtown Charleston’s Bar Mash space alone makes you want to guzzle down some of the American whiskey and beer bar’s extensive bourbon collection. Bar Mash pays homage to its industrial past by keeping with a steampunk look, and while exposed dark piping and light-colored wooden tables give the illusion of spaciousness, the bocce court, shuffleboard area, and the perpetually steady stream of patrons inside betray the bar’s small size. As for bites, opt for small plates like pretzels, wings, or fried pickles.