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8 most ridonkulous outdoor bars

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1. Blind Tiger. Blind Tiger's sprawling patio feels like a secret garden in the middle of downtown, thanks to the vine-covered brick walls enclosing the space.

2. Taco Boy downtown. While TB's Folly Beach location has plenty of outdoor space, their downtown outpost has one of the best patios in town. It's big and beautifully decorated with kitschy and colorful memorabilia. The sparkling lights surrounding the place make us want to stop anytime we drive by.

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3. Red's Ice House. Although Shem Creek has a handful of choice waterfront bars, Red's is the place to see and be seen. With multiple decks, solid drink specials, and live music, they're our top choice for drinking on the Creek.

4. Rooftop Bar. High above the heat and hustle of downtown, the Rooftop Bar atop the Vendue Inn has the breezes and the views to set it apart from the rest of the city's outdoor bars.

5. Coconut Joe's. This Isle of Palms mainstay is a little on the tacky side, but when you're looking for fruity drinks you can sip in your bathing suit while looking out over the ocean, this is the place.

6. Triangle Char & Bar. When the weather's nice, Triangle lifts up their big ole windows and becomes a completely outdoor spot. The wide beer selection and grass-fed burgers keep us coming back.

7. Salty Mike's. Located in a big, basement-like room beneath the Marina Variety Store — adjacent to the Charleston City Marina and the historic Rice Mill building — this no-frills watering hole boasts a rustic, riverside deck area overlooking the little boats on the Ashley River, the scene along south Lockwood Boulevard, and endless beds of sun-bleached oyster shells and rustling marsh reeds.

8. Vickery's. A little off the beaten path on Beaufain Street, Vickery's has a big shaded patio and one of the best happy hours in town.

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