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Populated by every imaginable type of drinker, Charleston's bar scene is a thriving, vibrant phenomenon — replete with a wild assortment of venues. Whether it's an ice-cold can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, a freshly-poured proper pint of stout, a garnished tumbler of bourbon and cola, a tall, leafy Bloody Mary, or a slender glass of champagne — there's a great drink in a cool setting for every drinker — a spot for every occasionand an occasion for every spot.

This issue of Swig focuses on some of the outstanding bargains to be found across the Charleston bar scene. The Swig team (including Kelly Smith, Elle Lien, Sarah Grasmick, Anna Miller, and Anna Claire Hodge) contacted barkeeps, managers, regulars, and servers in their investigation. They searched high and low for many great eating and drinking deals — including happy hour or late-night specials on beer, cocktails, wine, and food.

Arranged by region — Mt. Pleasant, the east isles (Sullivan's and the Isle of Palms), the west isles (James Island, Johns Island, and Folly Beach), the Summerville area, North Charleston, Downtown, and West Ashley — Swig features seven calendars filled with a variety of drink bargains, affordable menu items, weekly happy hour specials, and weekend deals. It's not necessarily a comprehensive list, but it's definitely a compilation of the best deals we could find.

The Swig team put an awful amount of time and effort into compiling information for this special issue. Additionally, the team offers a bit of commentary and news on several barroom issues: basic bar etiquette, praise for perfect pints of Guinness, some dos and don'ts for the patron at the bar's front door, details on the area's longest-running beach-front bikini contest, some popular karaoke events and drinking clubs in town, and fascinating information on S.C.'s only homegrown vodka.

Keep Swig handy. Tape it to the side of the fridge. Fold it up and stuff it in the glove compartment. Photocopy it and share it with the happy hour gang from work. Consult it often. Cheers!

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