Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

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10 Beers
125 Ratings
Place Score: 78
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

161 E Bay St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2125
United States
phone: (843) 853-4677

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Reviews by Baileyuk:
Photo of Baileyuk
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I stepped into this place and it was surprisingly large. There were not many people in there which worried me as everywhere else in the city seemed quite busy.

I was warned of the special spiced beer by the waiter. I am thankful for that as I tried a sip and it was quite awful. I applaud the brewer for taking risks but this one did not work out. That said if there are any spiced beer fans out there maybe you will like it.

I then got a scarlet and the Pale Ale. The latter was good. The first I was not a fan off. Overall the beers seemed to be okay, but not great.

The food was definately better than the beer. I got a pizza and it was very tasty. Other people in my party got nachos and soup and thy also said it was good.

Would probably not rush back to this place although there seems to be a very small selection in the area in regards to brewerys.

More User Reviews:
Photo of David_Menendez
1/5  rDev -69.8%

Photo of RyanByorick
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Redrover
3.31/5  rDev 0%

My co-worker picked this place out as he wanted some BBQ. I thought hey they make beer, sounds good to me.

As you enter you will notice the soaring wood beamed ceilings. I’m not sure what this place used to be, but I love these retrofitted older buildings.

There are tanks behind glass behind the hostess station and more behind the bar. The brewer was working while we were there.

There is an open kitchen at the rear, a small stage area and lots of tables. The bathrooms are on the second floor..

We enjoyed friendly service at the bar.

They offer both Southern Coastal food and BBQ. It was a mixed bag. I had a good salad, fair wings, and over cooked hush puppies.

For beer they had 5 regulars and 2 seasonal draft options. I had a full pint of a pale ale that struggled to be average and a pint of the seasonal IPA which made the APA look good.

They did have a large bourbon selection, so that is a plus.

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -32%

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1/5  rDev -69.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Chaneycc
4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of mtnst8
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Easy access from the tourist district in Charleston. Good selection of beers. Didn't try the food but the menu looked intriguing and the restaurant space is very large. Great first stop for a beer and dinner before the serious pub hopping commences.

Photo of md655321
1.25/5  rDev -62.2%

Photo of MacQ32
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Wrigfen
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A good selection of various types of beers brewed on site. Some are excellent others ok. Three story setting has a something for everybody variety of atmospheres. Great looking building, lots of character. Service has been excellent both times we went there. Good variety of quality food. A fun place that is well worth going to for the food, beer and atmosphere. There seasonal IPA right now is very very good. Highly recommend this brewery/restaurant.

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

A big, slick brewpub right in the middle of the Charleston historic district. This is a very large reastaurant with two floors of seating and a glass enclosed brewhouse right in the middle of the dining area.

The food and beer are both pretty mediocre. The menu has a smokehouse theme, but it is kind of phoned in and certainly doesn't compare to the real, down home BBQ joints that can be found in this part of the country. The beer is standard, 90s brewpub stuff and on the weak side of average at that. The best of the lot was the pale ale, which had a nice hop character, but it didn't make up for the lackluster Black IPA or the flat out awful Red Ale.

Overall, it's an out of date, touristy pub that really isn't worth a visit considering the proliferation of genuinely good restaurants and beer bars in this town.

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse in Charleston, SC
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.