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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 70
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

12 Cumberland St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2022
United States
phone: (843) 577-9699

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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 12
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

So glad I stopped in!! Sat at the front bar, but if it's crowded, go around back for the longer bar. Bartender Sarah could not have been any more awesome - every suggestion was spot on. Had the Thursday night sampler for $10, which featured four 4oz pours of killer Allagash brews with great little food pairings for only $10! Best $10 I've ever spent. Then had the Crunchy Dame sandwich (pork) with an Anderson Valley Gueze - holy crap, get this. It's special.

What I also loved about this joint is that they offer either 8 or 16oz pours for everything under 10% ABV... And they'll do little 2oz sample if you're not quite sure what to get.

If you find yourself in Charleston, get yourself here.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cool place.
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.
Beer selection is very good, both local & national.
1/2 price burgers & sandwiches after 7 on Tuesday. My Farmhouse burger rocked, my nephew had the Crunchy Dame which is pork belly, cherry jam, sunny side up egg, and gruyere and got a rave review. Sounds weird but works.
Go here.

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place. Good bartenders and good beer

Photo of Greg_Spadea
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been in Charleston for a couple of days and have gone to Closed for Business and Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House. There is no comparison between the two. Not that Closed for Business is bad, it is that Craftsmen is one of the top ten gastropub/beer bars that I've been too. And I don't say that lightly having been to Hopleaf in Chicago, Mikkeller in SF, Torst in Brooklyn, The Pony Bar in NYC and Two Stones Pub in Newark DE.

I was greeted by a great hostess, Alyson who offered to take my coat. That doesn't happen everyday at a gastropub.


I was already prepared to give Craftsmen 5's across the board, after eating the Crunchy Dame Pork Belly & Cherry Jam sandwich, sweet potato tamales and two great local beers. Frothy Beard's Mermaid's Milk stout and Freehouse's Hoodoo Imperial stout.

While considering which beer to order, I mentioned to the bartender, Sarah, that I have been looking for Westbrook's Mexican Cake. Sarah asked one coworker who said they thought they sold the last of it. Sarah said let me see what I can do, and she went to ask her GM, Robbie Chinn, if they had anymore. They proceeded to call one of the owners at home, and after a few minutes I was following Robbie to Nirvana. A room full of large format bottles. I was able to purchase a bottle of Westbrook Mexican Cake, 4th Anniversary and Old Time Brandy. That is what I call going above and beyond. Most bartenders would've just said sorry, but Sarah was on a mission to get me a bottle of Mexican Cake, and she really knows her beer. Also most GM's generally don't go beyond the cursory "How was your meal", but Robbie seems really passionate about great beer and food.

I was already loving Charleston, but this seals the deal. Awesome town and awesome gastropub. Charleston you need to make it to this place. If you rating Closed for Business a 4+, than Craftsmen is a 10.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House combines high quality food and service with a very well thought out selection of 48 draft beers. It's truly a "gastropub" and you shouldn't even consider stopping in for just a beer.

The space is divided up into different sections which is interesting, and it gives you a little bit of choice in the 'feel' of your experience. Personally I prefer the "IPA bar" in the back because it's more quiet and comfortable, but if I went with a group I'd probably want to be at the main bar. The decor is basically brick and wood, and it's polished but with an edge. It's not the 'modern industrial' that you find so often these days - because most of it's real! I'm not sure what the building used to be, but it definitely has character and charm.

Beyond the food and the beer, the service really stands out, and they've got some of the best bartenders I've ever had the luck of coming across. It makes for an entirely different experience when you've got someone who's intelligent and interested, and not just pretending to care.

Although I love Edmunds Oast, I'd have to say 'Craftsmen' is my favorite place in Charleston due to it's welcoming and casual charm.

Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Craftsman is a big space on a little side road in downtown Charleston.The bartender told us it was many places over the years but originally a loading station for the old docks. Large timbers and high ceilings make the front bar cavernous. Winding through a hallway brings you back into another, larger open bar area. Raised seating at the bar and tables throughout the rest of the room. The back bar is longer with more tap handles although all beers are served at each bar. A couple appetizers were ordered, Scotch egg and squid fries. While the Scotch egg was good the squid fries are not to be missed. Insanely delicious!

The taplist is extensive. All beers are sorted by style, which is always nice. The bartender was easy to talk with and quick to offer a sample when questions were asked. There were also no punches pulled when asked about certain beer. I appreciate truth in servers. Suds from across the country were all on tap along with a goodly amount of draft only locals. Prices were more than fair. I would highly recommend a stop by Craftsman on your way through Charleston, get the squid fries.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The beer scene has dramatically changed in Charleston in the few years I've been away. This is a neat spot - two bars - great beer selection - attentive and knowledgeable staff. We had a blast and enjoyed an Evil Twin brew I'd never seen before. If you're in the area, definitely check these guys out.

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I am totally impressed with the service at the Craftsman. They prematurely posted Mexican Cake on draft. When I came in and requested it, theyes told me it was a mistake and only had bottles. A few minutes later the manager, Robbie, came out and said they did have a keg they were going to put out later. He then said he would put it on draft right away to be fair. I am super impressed with this place and recommend this place to anyone.

Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Almost missed it as we walked down East Bay Street, as there is at least a side entrance on Cumberland (the smaller bar we walked into we found was the OT part open pre-dinner hours).

There are two bars, with a smaller set if taps at the smaller area (shocked?), and a larger set int the dining/large bar area. The beers I tap are segregated I the menu into 4 sections when we were here, IPA, local, session, and "mash" (the rest). They had a good selection of styles and new-to-me options, although I felt they had an overwhelming percentage of taps dedicated to New Belgium (not the standards, necessarily). Maybe they had a tap takeover recently. Loved the fact they offered half-ours so we could try more without getting bloated or trashed.

Food menu supposedly changes daily and is fresh. Our food selections did nothing to make us believe otherwise. Enjoyed both our meals, and looking at what others received for their meals, everything looked/was presented really well.

I felt the need to ask when they closed, in case we wanted to return for a nightcap later.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This place is the real deal. Definitely, definitely check it out if you’re in town. The atmosphere is great. It’s a relatively new place, so stuff looks nice. The front area, which is open all day, has a good amount of seating and a decently-sized bar where you can get all of their offerings. While this space is nice, the back, which opens in the evening, is where it’s at. The bar goes on forever with tons of seating. There are also scattered tables and a cool outdoor courtyard seating area, too. It gets busy at night, but there’s more than enough space for everyone. Quality and selection are fantastic and are up there for best in town. They have tons of taps that rotate and lots of bottles (mostly large format), as well. The bottles are a bit pricey, so I’d stick to the taps. They only have craft offerings with a good amount of them being local. However, they also have a fair share of rarities that pop up from time to time. My favorite part about this place is the ability to get 8 oz pours for $3-4! If you’re looking to try a bunch of stuff, it’s the perfect size with a terrific price. The service is fantastic. They keep an eye on your glass, even when it’s busy, and are very knowledgeable about their selection and brews in general. If you’re having a tough time picking something to try, they’re always good for suggestions. I would highly recommend grabbing something to eat here, too. Their menu changes daily, and the food is fantastic, particularly the different freshly-made sausages that show up every day. The Italian sausage I had for dinner was out of this world. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and for the area, especially the $3 8 oz pours as previously mentioned.

If you’re in the area, check out Craftsmen Kitchen & Taproom for dinner and a few pints. You’ll definitely be glad you did.

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A: This is a very comfortable place with two separate bars. It's relatively new and therefore doesn't have much wear and tear on it. Nicely decorated. Got a bit loud in spite of the fact that it wasn't full. Still, this is a minor complaint.

Q: A pretty high quality of beers to be found here. NO - absolutely NONE - macro-breweries. You won't find Bud, Miller, PBR haunting the shelves of this place. Strictly a well-chosen array of microbrewed beers.

S: An attentive bar staff here. I never quizzed them on anything, but they were efficient and friendly.

S: A good selection of local beers (Westbrook, Holy CIty, Frothy Beard, et. al), as well as Evil Twin, Goose Island, Stillwater, Brooklyn, and Stone. The only problem I had was that I ordered a Frothy Beard Never Winter Wheat beer and it was served in a pint glass and not a weizen glass. Otherwise a good deal.

V: As far as the draft beers go, the prices were very reasonable. $3 for an 8oz. glass or $6 for a pint (some went $4 and $8 respectively). The bottles, which were predominantly bombers and 750mls, were pretty pricey ($15 and up). Still, an affordable place.

On the whole, this is a solid place with a good selection. Well worth checking out.

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I walk in for lunch, and the first bar is right through the front door. With about 10 taps, all seem to be IPA's. Several tables scattered about. Exposed brick everywhere, which I always love. The second bar is huge. More wood high top tables in the second bar area, and a great inclosed patio.

A ton of taps in the second bar area. Local breweries are well represented, Westbrook being prevalent. Also Stillwater, Weyerbacher, and a bunch more. You can get anything in half or full pints. They certainly give Closed for Business a run for their money for the best tap selection in town, that will continue to rotate as well.

The service is friendly, and fairly quick. I order a Westbrook Bearded Farmer, but the bartender gave me the IPA instead. Not a big deal, but they did not seem to really know the selection all that well. Still, pretty knowledgeable on the food menu.

There are two food menus. The main stays, and an ever rotating daily features menu. I went with the ham curried duck breast. Which is very flavorful, with a host of pickled veggies and candied walnuts. Very good, and the rest of the menu is top notch as well. Country Pate anybody? Nice.

A great place for a beer and food. I could of just said that, which is all you need to know.

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House in Charleston, SC
95 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.