Taps: 12 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Not sure what needs to be said that hasn't been. Woody interior, Euro open room style somewhat. Bar right, seating left upon entering. Boards games around as others mentioned. Pool tables and other games back left. A few tvs around, none at the bar though.
Similar selection to Closed for Business and Smokey Oak, the other two places with large selections in town I could find. Solid craft and 6 or so locals, Coast, Holy City and Westbrook. Was quite impressed with the Holy City stuff I had around town. Bottle selection looks like it rotates rather slowly, stick to the non hoppy brews. Many more imports that domestics in the bottles.
Service seemed a little indifferent, but they were plenty adequate. Looked like they took more care of the locals which I'm fine with. Possibly part of their attempt at a laid back atmosphere, which they have.
If I lived close with friends I could see hanging out here often. Has some entertainment options, good selection and away from the college kids, parking and general hassle of downtown.
02-12-2012 01:33:50 | More by Bung
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Gene's is definitely one of my favorite bars in Charleston. Yes it's a little pricey and yes the service tends to disappear when the place gets busy, but the atmosphere and the selection makes up for it. As other people have said, it rarely gets too loud or too crowded to carry on a conversation - something that cannot be said for a lot Charleston bars. The rowdy College of Charleston crowd doesn't tend to make it out that far, so it's a nice change of pace from downtown establishments. One interesting feature is that Gene's has lots of board games that you can play at your table while drinking beer - something that I personally think is awesome.
01-20-2012 06:00:46 | More by BlackBelt5112203
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Gene's is definitely one of my favorite bars in the Charleston area. They have a great selection of all types of beers and about twenty tap handles. The staff is very knowledgeable but can be hard to track down at times. The extensive bar is usually filled with fellow food and beverage alumni which keeps me coming back all the time. Although, the icing on the cake is the shuffleboard table and 2 pool tables. They have tons of beer memorabilia which always makes me dream of becoming a klepto and taking all that cool stuff home with me. Gene's is a "MUST SEE" beer destination in the Charleston area.
09-15-2010 13:06:05 | More by jhawn384
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Gene's is an interesting place... It's on the divey side, but they have a pretty expansive selection of brews - especially bottles. They have a good draft list as well, although it rarely sees any rotation. That being said, some of the regulars (at least over the last year or so) include Coast HopArt, Sweetwater IPA, Franziskaner Hefe-weisse and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Of course there are the not-so-impressive regulars like Yuengling, PBR and Blue Moon, too. Anyway - it'd be cool if they mixed up the draft selection a little more. Service at Gene's has always been lackluster - especially if you're at a booth or table - it will be slow - just sayin'. If you're at the bar, things will probably go much better for you. Food is OK - nothing great - just standard bar food. The burgers are usually pretty good. Some of their bottles, as well as the occasional draft, are a touch overpriced in my opinion. Overall, Gene's is a fun neighborhood bar with a good mix of patrons - mostly college kids and younger folks that live in the area.
08-16-2010 18:36:05 | More by jpro
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: A typical, low key bar with TVs on the walls, pool tables and board games. It's an inviting, unpretentious, homey sort of space.
Q: There's a pretty high quality of beer at Gene's. Granted there are some typically mainstream macros to be found, but overall a good quality.
S: Our server was attentive, friendly, and prompt.
S: A good selection: Stone, Dogfish Head, COAST, Chimay, Weihenstephaner, and many others. One down side: The beer menu wasn't entirely up to date (they had Founders Red Rye listed, even though Founders isn't available in SC at the moment). Still, a solid selection.
V: While there were some overpriced beers, the prices were reasonable.
Overall, Gene's a good, solid, neighborhood bar.
07-04-2010 14:10:04 | More by avalon07
Gene's Haufbrau in Charleston, SC
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.