Mellow Mushroom

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Bar, Eatery

309 King St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-1410
United States

(843) 723-7374 | map

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timlyon from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Jun 18, 2014
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JoshuaShort13 from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jan 02, 2016
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Apr 30, 2015
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steveheady from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Good pizza for the south. Specially white pizza is where it's at. Beer selection not bad at times. Stumbled on some hopslam last yr so they have some heady brew every now and then

Mar 01, 2015
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rongcsc from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Feb 15, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Jan 22, 2015
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AndrewRivera21 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 17, 2014
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SCanthony from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Oct 17, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Jul 10, 2014
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Ant4711 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15%

Jul 08, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Mar 04, 2014
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bearfoxwolfdeer from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Nov 04, 2013
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midlifec from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nov 02, 2013
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Oct 09, 2013
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thadbme from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Oct 02, 2011
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Jun 06, 2011
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jpro from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Aug 16, 2010
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gixxerman from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Mar 21, 2010
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kiawahisland from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Jan 17, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

Dec 16, 2009
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Jun 09, 2009
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RustyDiamond from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

May 05, 2009
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aracauna from Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Feb 16, 2009
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Oct 10, 2008
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glid02 from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

Sep 01, 2008
Mellow Mushroom in Charleston, SC
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 40 ratings