When we set out to do a photo essay last year on the swanky offices of up-and-coming tech and design companies around Charleston, we expected lavish interiors, thoughtful design, and grown-up play areas complete with Lego tables and video games. What we didn’t see coming was a delightful new trend in office design: free booze. Apparently a few enlightened souls have moved beyond the stigma of drinking on the job, and now the offices for BoomTown, Blue Ion, and PeopleMatter include well-provisioned bars. House rules vary, but generally speaking, it’s now acceptable to start drinking early in the afternoon. We at the City Paper like to think we were way ahead of the curve on this trend, only instead of a bar, we have a fridge, and instead of free beer, we have a BYOB policy ... Hang on, we’re going to go talk to the bosses about this.