Hours: Tues.-Sat., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
This is a members-only bar on Johns Island that’s happy to let you check it out a time or two before you pony up for membership. It’s owned and operated by one of the coolest Irishmen in town, Gerry Kieran, a longtime bartender who is much-loved by his clientele, and for good reason. The specialty drinks use artisanal bitters, cherries pickled in-house, and plenty of true Irish whiskey. Gerry has a small barrel of the Dublin, his version of the Manhattan, which features Irish whiskey, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, and maple bitters. He also has what must be the best Irish whiskey list in town from blended whiskeys to single malt and a handful of single pot still whiskeys, like Middleton Very Rare from Cork that’s aged 25-27 years. It’s a true neighborhood watering hole, with no TVs, a low volume conducive to conversation, food trucks on Friday, and good live music from local groups like the Flat Foot Floozies, which should have you doing a happy Irish jig. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Winter 2013)
A members-only club that invites visitors in to check it out and enjoy handcrafted cocktails and good beer.