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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

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Based on:
11 Beers
160 Hads
Place Score: 80
Reviews: 44
Visits: 72
Avg: 3.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @southendbrewery

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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 72
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I visited this place with my family while on vacation. We had reservations at 82 Queen, and decided to have a few drinks here before diner. The location can not be beat. A large brick building with three floors and the brewing equipment displayed around the center. It is an old historic looking building in the heart of the Charleston French Quarter with lots of charm. There is a long wood bar, and tables everywhere.

The service was kind of slow, our beer was brought out one at a time. Even though all the beers had been poored at the same time. I found it odd that instead of grabbing two at a time, the bartender kept waking back and forth with one beer in hand. The bartender did not seem to know much about the beer. Just that the beer was brewed on premise, and he repeated that several times. Nothing really bad to complain about, just average and slightly annoying.

I tried several beers, and it was hit and miss. I had the Stout, Brown, and Scarlet. The stout was very good, the Scarlet was decent, the Brown had way to much diacetyl. Overall, not the best but very enjoyable for the most part.

After reading some reviews on this sight I was kind of nervous to try this place. Though my family and I had a very enjoyable time with decent to above average beer. This is a place I will visit again next time I am in town.

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Photo of oldn00b
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

This is a great example of a place that can be easily skipped when in Charleston.

I will say this - the service was great. The staff was incredibly friendly and quick to help.

However, it feels mostly like a place whose time has come and gone. 10 or 15 years ago being able to grab a place that brews its own beer (albeit, sub par) and serves up pizza sandwiches and bbq would be cool. At this point though, it has a more corporate/chain feel. The food is mediocre at best. And sadly I can't rank/rate which two beers I had because I can't even remember. I do remember they were lacking in every way but appearance.

If this place was in a strip mall in some part of another town without much going on, it might come across better. But in a place like Charleston with so many amazing dining and drinking options, this one is one to avoid in order to give another a try.

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Photo of R3ason
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rmank
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Antc2382
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Spring Break trip to Charleston with the family.

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Photo of 2Bstout
3.19/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of gefinley
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Fabulous BBQ had by all 4 adults. My brisket was amongst the best I've had. Phenomenal hushpuppies, the best I've ever had anywhere. And great Coleslaw, which is so easy to screw up. The kids cheeseburger sliders got a great big thumbs up, too.
Beer flights are 7 of their beers for $10. Gimme! Nobody does that many anywhere I've been. Usually it's 4 for $10-12. 5 brews are year round, two are seasonal offerings.
Great service from friendly staff. Well educated and very patient with an indecisive party (mainly due to so many good choices).
This place is seriously cool on a Sunday afternoon. Beautiful, shiny tanks are center stage, the decor is in keeping with the nature of a very historic city, open yet not loud, relaxed yet elegant.
I'm not certain how the ratings prior came about but I assure you I will revisit this place next time I get to Chucktown.

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Photo of steveheady
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

I had my rehearsal dinner here a few yrs back. Vibe is really good. Selection extremely limited. Food was soso

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of David_Menendez
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of RyanByorick
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Redrover
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%

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 +16.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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1/5  rDev -70.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse in Charleston, SC
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.