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Top 5 rooftop views in Charleston

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Charleston is known for its glittering coastline and stunning views, so what better way to enjoy the Lowcountry than from up high? While the summer weather can sometimes feel oppressive, the evening breeze, beautiful views and stunning ambiance are worth forgoing the air-conditioned indoors. And, certainly the temperate winter, spring and fall seasons make the outdoors even more irresistible. Here are five of our favorite rooftop bars in the Charleston area. We selected venues with a unique flair, a comfortable environment and excellent customer service. Each is unique in what they provide as far as drinks and menu items so be sure to take a look at the offerings before going. Several of them sit atop hotels that would offer a lovely place to stay if you are looking for accommodations in the area. Certainly, if you would like further recommendations of things to do and see in the Charleston area, we are full of ideas! Joining one of our highly rated culinary tours is an excellent way to get a feel for the city as well as to enjoy delicious food with an experienced expert. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides know a great deal about our beautiful city so our culinary tours are not only historically educational but a true adventure for the palate. Be sure to sign up ahead of time as many of our tours fill up.

Rooftop at Vendue 
Offering gorgeous views of the Charleston Harbor, Waterfront Park, and The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Rooftop is nestled in the French Quarter of Charleston and sits atop a historic hotel. With a stylish ambiance and imaginative craft cocktails as well as a full lunch and dinner menu with tempting selections, this bar is definitely worth a visit. The hotel also has much to offer in its own right. Housed in renovated warehouses dating back to the 1800s, no two rooms are alike and each is decorated with different period pieces. Additionally, more than 300 pieces of original art are on display, creating a unique hotel dedicated to the arts. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

Artfully styled with natural wood, glittering chandeliers and bright pops of color, the Elevé restaurant is certainly something to experience, but venture outdoors on the rooftop for a more casual extension of the indoor environment. Serving herb-infused cocktails and refreshing craft beer as well as other drinks, the intimate setting of this rooftop bar has comfortable seating, a fireplace and beautiful views. Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and on weekends 7 a.m. – midnight.

Cocktail Club 
The Cocktail Club is an institution in the Holy City. Savor house-made infusions, rare liquors, and curated cocktails incorporating modern ingredients. Guests can also take in the beauty of the historic 1881 building while sipping on a boozy drink. Be sure to head up to the club’s rooftop terrace for some Instagram-worthy eye candy. Open Monday through Sunday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Citrus Club 
The crown jewel atop the Dewberry, this gem has the highest public viewpoint in the city. Take in tropical cocktails and fresh, light fare in a lounge setting. You better act fast, however, as patrons must make a reservation in advance. Open Wednesday through Sunday 2-10 p.m.

Revelry Brewing Company 
This bar and brewery is a destination for affordable tasty small-batch brews. They have gained a reputation for their happy hours and free social events. They offer an invitation: Revel in the fun at Revelry. Open Monday through Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you during your trip here to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina! The sights to see combined with top-notch dining establishments make this city a wonderful place to visit not just once, but time and time again. We hope to help make your experience here memorable, relaxing and enjoyable. Feel free to give us a call to discuss options or to schedule a tour during the time you will be here in the Holy City. Charleston is a city that definitely delivers an experience visitors will not easily forget — we know you’ll want to come back for more. See you soon!

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