While this bar isn’t nearly as old as Gene’s, it was still ahead of the craft beer wave that Charleston is currently experiencing, so it's safe to say the staff knows a thing or two about the scene. What’s really fun here is that you can get your pours in three sizes: 10oz, 16oz, or a liter (which is a monster of a beer). If you're staying for one of those, better order the Pork Slap sandwich to go along with it (a piece of fried pork cutlet and some braised pulled pork topped with swiss, tomatoes, pickled mustard seeds, and house sauce on a brioche bun.) But whatever you do, don’t take that as an excuse to slap anyone, OK? (Unless they deserve it... )
Established in 1952, Gene’s is the oldest bar in Charleston, and it has always welcomed in patrons to enjoy its wide selection of beer. It's a dive bar of the best kind (which means the requisite dicey bathrooms) and is where generations of Charlestonians learned a beer language beyond just Budweiser. Not that Gene's doesn’t have (and serve) plenty of Bud, of course; there’s just a lot more to pick from on this beer list. If you’re not sure where to start, find a seat at the bar in front of the beer cooler and take a gander.