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Mellow Mushroom

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Mellow MushroomMellow Mushroom
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.97%
Taps: 21
Bottles: 160
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

309 King St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-1410
United States
phone: (843) 723-7374

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mellowmushchs

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Reviews by timtheenchanta:
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Great beer bar. Probably one of the best beer bars I've seen in South Carolina. I think I counted thirteen taps and the bartender said they keep around 140 unique bottled beers. Have a small fridge with seven to ten seasonals. Being that it was winter and South Carolina bars can't sell anything higher than six percent, the seasonals weren't the best ever but I'm sure it's better in other seasons. Great atmosphere with lots of college kids from nearby College of Charleston. They have a Brewland game and 100 Beer Club for people to frequent the bar and keep up with the different brews they've had there. Great place. Definitely worth visiting.

timtheenchanta, Dec 30, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Ant4711, Jul 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MacQ32, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of bearfoxwolfdeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Other than Closed for Business, this downtown Mellow Mushroom has one of the largest draft selections in Charleston. And they are constantly rotating which beers they have on-tap. They also have a huge selection of bottled beers. They also have a 100 beer club (free to join) where you get a free shirt and mug once you drink 100 different beers. I think this is pretty neat because it gives you a goal and lets you branch out with your selection.

The upstairs bar is nice and there are lots of tables to sit at upstairs. There is also a really nice outdoor deck with a cool mural that they light up with a black light when it gets dark.

The food in generally really good. The hummus and the Kosmic Karma pizza are my two favorites. The food can be a little pricey but it doesn't usually disappoint.

Overall, I go here for the awesome beer selection, but the food is really good and it's a cool place to hang out with friends.

bearfoxwolfdeer, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -3.8%

midlifec, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BlackBelt5112203, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of thadbme
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Went there tonight for some dinner and some beer. I was very pleasantly suprised by the beer selection they had. They had around 10 different items on tap, and some decent selections of things that I had not tried. They had a respectable amount of bottled beer as well.

Food is great as usual. The pizzas here are really good and you can get some different things.

Service was a little slow, but it was good. They took care of us, but they were busy.

Atmosphere was good, but it was crowded. Its not really fair for me to ding them as a Virginia Tech meeting place, but that did take away a little bit as people were jumping line to go upstairs for the gathering up there.

Overall a nice place to stop by.

thadbme, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

This location seems to have been toned down quite a bit as compared to other MMs to fit into the Charleston atmosphere. But they have the same commitment to good pizza and craft beer. I especially like the second floor with its exposed brick walls, molded tin ceiling and worn wood floors.

They had 16 on tap including Coast IPA which I took advantage of. The only real down side for me was the use of chilled glasses. The staff was helpful and the pizza was pretty solid.

Another reliable MM location.

GJ40, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

I've been going to the Shroom since I moved to Charleston back in 2002. I used to frequent the place when I lived downtown, often going there after class, to watch games, and to work on the 100 beer club. Needless to say, the atmosphere of the bar hasn't changed... although they have expanded the seating area, put in a few more TV's and added a rooftop patio out back. Service at the bar has always been stellar, in my opinion - the current bartender (the guy who's there the most, at least) stays familiar with their draft offerings and can always make a good suggestion. As for table service, its probably hit or miss - there's a good chance you'll wind up with a college kid who knows very little about beer, with a chance that service will be a little slow. They have 15-20 taps, plus a slew of bottles, so selection is exceptional here. Last time I was there, they had Stone Smoked Porter, Prima Pils, Hennepin, and a couple of Coast offerings on draft - just to name a few. Food is great - superb pizzas and calzones, and a good assortment of sandwiches, salads, as well as some basic bar fare. I try to stop by for happy hour every once in a while - which is great by the way... half off all pints! You can't beat that.

jpro, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of gixxerman
4.2/5  rDev +1%

I gave this place a shot after checking out the MM in Spartanburg. I stopped in on Monday night and the downstairs was basically empty, all the action was upstairs. I grabbed on of the few seats available at the bar.

The beer selection was very good, and seems to be the case at MM. I had a few Coast offerings and a Young Chocolate Stout on draft as well. For grub I scarfed down a hot sausage sandwich, it was delicious!

They have a patio available for the smoking crowd, weather permitting of course.

A great beer stop, the food is good to. You are in Charleston, and there are countless other options, but I will stop back here next time I am in town.

gixxerman, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of kiawahisland
3.95/5  rDev -5%

Had dinner at MM on 1/15. Downstairs was packed but we were able to find a couple seats upstairs at the bar. This was my first time at this particular MM as I have been to a couple other locations. Overall, this one was tops for me. Food was good as always, and they had a very impressive bottle selection centering mostly on American micros with a smaller selction of Belgiums,Germans, and other imports. Looked like at least 15 handles for drafts. I ordederd pints of Coast Brown Rye, Bells Two Hearted Ale, and Coast Hop Art. All beers came in chilled pint glasses (not frozen Glasses).
Service was great and the bartender was very personable. We talked about our dissapointment of Founders leaving South Carolina. For dinner I ordered the Steak and Cheese Calzone. Food was very filling and came out hot and fresh. With it being friday night in Charleston, the attractive co-eds were out and about. Glad I was here with a friend and not the wife, or I'd be in trouble for checking out the scenery.

kiawahisland, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

How can you miss at M.M.? A wide glass front opened onto the m.d.s. to the immediate right with round restaurant tables and chairs in each of the bowed-out windows. Booths lined both exposed back walls with some trippy paintings on the right wall and a Lite-Brite construct and a snaking mural in the overhead on the left wall. The exposed, equally snaking kitchen ran down the back of the left wall with the stairwell up to the second floor across from the kitchen on the right side. Vintage-looking tables and chairs lined the centerline. Upstairs at the top of the stairs was a Mushroom and a bas-relief rendition of mushrooms and palmettos. Continuing aft, there were two bas-reliefs: one of a surfing mushroom and another of tqll sailing ships. A series of windows all of the way forward overlooked King Street. The draw? The aluminum-topped bar on the right side wall and 7 taps and a two-doored cooler chock full of good beer. "Brewland" was their bas-relief version of Candyland above their aquarium. Wildly mellow!

I really dug watching them hand throw the dough. Their pizzas are bangin', yo! A small is plenty for one; a medium for two; and the large must be as big as the National Debt. We split the Caesar!, Caesar! pizza which came with a Caesar salad as part of its topping. No kidding. Mellow out.

woodychandler, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Mellow Mushroom has an upstairs bar that's pretty cool - cool for what is essentially a chain restaurant.

Q: There's a high quality of beers here, with quite a few good breweries being represented.

S: The bartender working the night I was there was knowledgable and friendly.

S: A wide variety of beers: COAST, Rogue, New Holland, Magic Hat, Allagash and the ubiquitous Guiness on tap. Tons of beer in bottles: Bear Republic, St. Bernardus, Weihenstephaner, Bell's, Highland and Victory to name a few.

F: Solid, well made pizza. That's all I've ever had from Mellow Mushroom.

V: Beers here are pretty pricey, though it's to be expected in that neighborhood. A Rogue and a COAST cost me $10.95. This is really one of the only complaints about Mellow Mushroom.

avalon07, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Can't miss this 2-story Shroom in the middle of busy King St in Charleston. We sat upstairs, which had a nice long bar and tables throughout.

Dozen or so taps, including COAST HopArt, Racer 5, Foothills People's Porter, New Holland The Poet, Sweetwater 420, Stella, Sam Adams Summer. Didn't really look at the bottle selection, nor was there a beer menu on the bar.

Spicoli the Bartender was quick and courteous. Word to the wise- Ask for a room temp pint glass as most of their stock is stored in the beer coolers.

As typical with Mellow Mushrooms, the food is outstanding. Had a few HopArt and Racer 5, which complemented the house special pizza like a charm.

RustyDiamond, May 05, 2009
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -3.8%

This was actually one of the better bars we visited in Charleston. The upstairs bar is actually pretty cooler. It looks like it may be the the top end as far as Mellow Mushroom goes, and they had incredible music playing the night we visited. Seriously, how often are you going to hear Iron and Wine played in a bar? The beer selection was a little better than what was on tap at Charleston Beer Works, but would easily be surpassed in a larger city. Sadly I missed being able to get a pint of Coast Brewing's Black Beerd Imperial Stout by a single day here.

My only complaint is that they put the very cool and well-stocked bar on the top floor. Seriously, how are they going to expect drunk people to make it down that spiral staircase without falling to serious injury. Luckily, I stopped after a Victory Storm King and an Atlanta Brewing Bogart.

As for food, I really like Mellow Mushroom's pizza and pretzels. They've got some of the best crust (texture and taste) of any chain pizza place I've ever been.

aracauna, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Stop number five on our tour was for dinner here and to watch the Sox win the ALDS (which they did this night). Downstairs is more restaurant like, so I sat upstairs at the bar where there are a few tvs. The place has a cool restaurant/hippie vibe to it, which gave it a fun, young atmosphere. The bartender here was top notch. A young guy, very friendly. Went out of his way to make sure that a tv with the Sox game on was facing my end of the bar. Was also very helpful with aiding me in my search to drink local beers. His recommendations of three different Highland (NC) beers and one from New Holland (MI) were excellent. This place had the best selection in the city, in my opinion. Lots of great craft taps, and a great selection of bottles beers. Plus, the pizza here kicked butt. I recommend the house pizza, which had a crazy amount of toppings on it. Prices I thought were very good here considering the high quality of the product and service. We had a small pizza, and 5-6 beers, and it was about $45 before tip. Not bad. This was my favorite place in Charleston. And the Sox beat the Angels. A good night was had by all.

morebeergood, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Went here as part of my beer foray into Charleston.

Atmosphere is good. The upstairs bar is a good size with a lot of TV's to keep me entertained. Not quite a sports bar, but pretty close. I saw a lot of families eating there.

Quality is good. Every pint glass I was served with was a Sweetwater 420 and you have to ask specifically for unchilled glasses, but nothing too terrible. I did notice they did have different glassware for Belgians.

Service was very good. I never had to wait long for a beer, and the staff actually knew a good bit about what they were serving.

Selection is the best I saw in Charleston. They had about 12 beers on-tap, including one COAST, three Rogue, a couple New Holland, and a few other microbreweries that I can't recall. Their bottle selection was also solid. I went there for Bear Republic, Palmetto and New Holland and they had plenty of that for me. They also had a lot of Georgia and North Carolina micros as well - I'd probably say there were about 100 bottle selections total.

Food was good, I got a steak 'n cheese as a snack to hold me over until dinner. Of course their pizza is the way to go.

I agree with some previous posters in that it's a little more expensive than the norm, but it's worth paying the extra dollar to get the selection available there.

Definitely stop by here if you're in Charleston and looking for local beer, or any good beer for that matter.

glid02, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nice chill atmosphere on the second floor of a pizza chain, its generally not terribly crowded but I'm a cook and am never there on a fri/sat night. Long bar with lots of lcd tv's and what not definitely a cool looking place in my book and not too pretentious.

The quality of the food is pretty good, ive only ordered food once and they definitely make good pizza dough.

Beer selection is about as good as charleston gets, they definitely have the best draft selection in charleston. 3 rotating Rogue taps with a lot of limited edition stuff floating through which is the highlight in my opinion. They also have 2 or 3 coast taps which is also a big plus. WHen I was there last they had avery's ipa and stout so they keep up with the time too which is cool. Bottle selection is not bad, a lot of sold selections. Abt 12, old rasputin, terrapin, lots of carolina and georgia stuff going on which is cool.

Prices are kinda steep in my opinion, a pint will run you like 4-6 bucks and an old rasputin set me back 6 so I definitely wouldn't call it cheap but that location is definitely not cheap either so its to be expected. IF you like draft beer, as of right now the MM is the place to go in Charleston check it out.

YankChef, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Stopped in here for a bite to eat on my way through town. I always try to make it a point to stop in at a friendly place and this was about as friendly as you can get. Nice two story place with the Pizza part downstairs, since the family was with me this is where we ended up. Huge selection of bottles rivaled anything I have seen in SC, I mean just a huge number. Must have been around 20 taps and all were pretty much quality. No BMC to be seen. Some nice Rogues and lots of locals. Food was excellent and the service was fast and efficient. Very cool atmosphere and a nice place to bring the family. Traffic getting there is a bit rough, but the trip was worth it. I will definitely be stopping back in here again.

mikesgroove, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Met up with a fellow Charleston for pizza, draft and beer trade. Figured this way I can give Mellow Mushroom the 30 dollars instead of giving it to Fedex as a trade.
The only downside to this place is the fact that it is downtown in the tourist area. A charlestonian tolerates tourists like a cat tolerates water. However, it was worth the trip.
This is a two level college type bar. The top floor is a bar, but the bottomw floor is a pizzaria where all the bar selections are available. The beer selection is great for anywhere, but since it has little competition, OUTSTANDING for Charleston. The bar menu listed over 200 bottled beers and the draft selection is exotic and fresh. Tonight they were offering Rogue JLS Glen Ale, Terrapin India Brown, Rogue Imperial and too many others to mention. The service was great considering how busy they were and the food is good and affordable.
This will be a standard haunt of mine, especially when it gets colder and the tourist are less dense. All around a great draft bar.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of BeTheBall
3.66/5  rDev -12%

Went there after a tour of the city with my wife. Drank at the bar, which is on the 2nd floor (pizza restaurant on the first).

Was hoping to see some big beers since the law changed, but although the selection is large, I found myself not being impressed by much they had. I love big IPA's, and they have none. When I asked the bartender what their best IPA was, she pulled out a bottle of Harpoon. Harpoon is OK, but their best? Yikes. No Imperial Stouts either. They had Weihestephaner listed as on tap, but were out, as well as another German Hefe they were out of. They did have Hogarten, Ayinger Hefe, Hobgoblin, Arrogant Bastard, and many other fine beers, just nothing that a hop head would crave. No Stone, Great Divide, Victory, Bear Republic, and other than the Witbier, no Belgians at all.
I suppose some things only change slowly. Here's to hoping that SC becomes a beer destination some day.

BeTheBall, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Willibomb
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

First and foremost, this bar is one of 50 participating in the JLS (John's locker stock) program, therefore offers beer, that I cannot aquire in my home therefore, moves the party to the bar, which is key.

Also the "tome" as it is called has well over 200 beers to choose from, from $1 pabst cans to small time lowcountry mico's. The downstairs is where it's namesake pizzaria is located, which servers very good pizza and even better soft pretzles to go along with the beer and the kitchen stays open as long as the bar does.

There is also a 100 beer club, which is further incentive to try different beers and micro's as well as make regulars. I feel as though this breeds an exceptional atmosphere. In conversation, I mentioned that I was in the Navy, and immediately the regular I was talking beer with, bought a round, and the bartender got the next one on the house. Can't beat that!

Willibomb, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Stopped by last night to watch Ohio State get blown out of the water by Florida in the BCS Championship game. I left at half time but had a good time while at MM.

Same setup as most other ones: Booths and tables downstairs with the kitchen, bar and more booths and tables up stairs with the teles. I was upstairs. Lots of The Citadel cadets were there since school was back in session. I actually had the best service at this MM than I have had at any other. The bartender paid attention and refilled my water and beer glass whenever needed.

They had about 20 beers on draft and maybe 50 bottles. I had draft beers: $4 Rogue Santas Private Reserve, $3.50 Terrapin Rye, $4 Imperial pint of Guinness, $4 Highland St Terese, and finished the night off with some $1 PBR cans.

This is a nice MM with tons of stuff to do around town as well. SInce it is right in downtown, there are about four or five more decent bars within walking distance.

Monday night is Metal Monday Karaoke right next door. WOW!!

SaCkErZ9, Jan 09, 2007
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Mellow Mushroom in Charleston, SC
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.