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Cocktail Club Upper King's next place to be

Crafty cocktails in a comfy atmosphere

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It’s Friday night, you’ve had a long day at work and you’re ready for a drink – now. But you’re not in the mood to squeeze between Mr. “hey there” and Ms. “want to buy me a drink?” You’d rather not be pulled into a vodka-infused attempt of dancing, or have to scream at the top of your lungs to hear your friend who is less than a foot away.

If all you want is a place to relax, clear your head, and enjoy a drink or two than, the new Cocktail Club is about to become your favorite joint. The idea for Cocktail Club, set to open this April, was devised by Steve Palmer, veteran restaurateur and the man behind O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse.

“I loved the idea of a social club, a place to congregate, talk, and get together in a comfortable, relaxed environment,” Palmer says. The Cocktail Club, a throwback to the 1920s speakeasy, will open its arms to anyone needing some reprieve. The club’s small area, cozy couches, and plush chairs will provide a more intimate feel, a place to hang out and enjoy an actual conversation. Modern touches to décor won’t take away from the historical feel of exposed brick and high ceilings.

Palmer, a fan of Upper King since O-Ku’s success, is excited for the Cocktail Club to have the area’s only rooftop patio. But the patio’s appeal doesn’t stop at great views and open skies. Cocktail Club will have its own herb garden to generate garnishes for the Prohibition-inspired drinks. Bartender Jasmine Beck, whose “Jasmanian Devil” recently won the Barcardi Mojito Challenge, will act as beverage director and partner for Cocktail Club and serve up spirits that speak to the ‘20s with her own modern twist. The club will also feature cocktail classes the first Saturday of every month for anyone who wants to attempt Beck’s masterpieces at home.

While the food isn’t necessarily the focal point, you can expect a crafted menu composed by Oak’s Jeremiah Bacon and Joseph Jacobson. Enjoy select meats, cheeses, and homemade pretzels among other noshes to nibble on while you sit back and relax. Nestled across the street from Basil, Cocktail Club sounds like the next best thing to hit downtown Charleston. The only downside? You’ll have to wait until April, but we’re sure you’ll survive.

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