The Griffon

Bar, Eatery

18 Vendue Range
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2114
United States

(843) 723-1700 | map

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Reviews by jshusc:
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jshusc from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Mar 09, 2015
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Apr 06, 2018
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shadyside from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Oct 03, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This is a typical old style english pub that is dark, and has probably a few thousand dollar bills stuck to every available open spot on the walls and ceiling. Smallish bar with some dining tables filling the rest of the room. Electronic beer list above the bar. 16 on draft and probably 40 in cans and bottles. Decent variety here of local and national brands.

Service was friendly and quick. Didn't try any food here. This seems more of a tourist stop than some of the other bars in the area, but it is worthy of a visit.

Aug 12, 2017
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Highbury09 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Apr 29, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Jan 22, 2015
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JonSC from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

This is one of my all-time favorite bars in Charleston. They allow folks to decorate and hang dollar bills on the walls and according to Dan, the longtime bartender and now owner there are about 5,000 of them up. They make a lot of effort to find and feature local craft brews, the prices are fantastic and the bartenders very knowledgeable. It is a dark, interesting bar so I enjoy the atmosphere as well. The food is excellent and is the "pub grub" in Charleston by a running long shot. I would definitely recommend checking this place out on any trip to Charleston.

Dec 01, 2014
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Oct 22, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

A few pople around Charleston mentioned the Griffon as being a real dive bar with good beer. I had to stop at that point. A cool brick store front, old like the rest of Charleston, with a neat old English looking sign out front. Stepping inside you are greeted by an open floor plans with a moderate sized bar, tons of tables set wherever, and exposed beams. The unique thing about this place is that every open beam of wood has a dollar bill stapled to it for some odd reason, but it's cool. It's dark, it's loud, and there are some dart boards in the back. I like this place.

There are 15 or 16 taps, all craft, from your entry level Sam Adam's stuff to bigger bolder local offerings. The list focuses mainly on local stuff but there's a smattering of offerings from elsewhere.The beer was fresh and delicious. The prices were cheap enough to keep me at the bar for a while, and the bartenders were chatty and regular. A couple dirty jokes, some attitude, some laughs. The Griffon is good times.

Aug 22, 2014
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megandupe from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Aug 22, 2014
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Jul 15, 2014
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Ant4711 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Jul 08, 2014
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Mikeg051 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Jun 22, 2014
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Jodi215 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

We went here when the place we wanted to go to was not open. I liked this place, it had the feeling of being a place for locals and was a little dark place that had dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling. It seemed clean and the service was friendly and fast. Lots of ya'll's ! Beer selection wasn't great but the beers the guys had they liked. I had a BLT and it was quite good although it would have been better on sourdough instead of rye. The other dishes ordered were fish and chips which was said to be delicious and chili cheese fries also delicious. Prices were very reasonable for what we got .

Jun 14, 2014
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Jlang2012 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Apr 29, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Feb 19, 2014
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black_out from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

My wife and I were in Charleston over the weekend for a wedding and after finding an insanely long line at Closed for Business we decided to check out The Griffon. The beer selection was OK. I had West Brook's White Thai and IPA and both were kind of boring and that was the best they had to offer. The fish and chips I ordered was really solid. Prices were more than reasonable. 5 beers between the two of us, plus dinner and we walked out spending under $50. I wouldn't go out of my way to go to this place, but it wouldn't hurt me feelings if I ended up here again.

Jan 13, 2014
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bearfoxwolfdeer from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Nov 04, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 14, 2013
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George1005 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 13, 2013
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rtrasr from Arkansas

4.88/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Not the biggest selection of beers usually have a good selection of local Charleston Beer. That is not an issue for me. I love the atmosphere so cool and dark. It feels really good after being in the hot sun. You almost expect Blackbeard in there. This place does pub grub better than anyplace I have been at prices you will not beat at inferior establishments. This is my favorite place to drink.

Jul 12, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

A dive that is just around the corner from The Gin Joint. A wood bar zig zags a bit back and forth. Lots of wood everywhere. Tables spread out and plenty of TV's turned to sports.

The service is standoffish, but effective. A few decent offerings on tap. Some local Charleston beers. The food is just pub grub. Some burgers, wings, and other fried stuff. Not much to see here IMO.

Just an OK dive. Nothing all that special, but decent for a beer every once in a while.

Jun 21, 2013
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A great beer bar with atmosphere and quite a selection on tap. The Griffon is right in the heart of the tourist area but it manages to keep an authentic feel. The location certainly makes it ideal for anyone visiting the city. I saw some accounts that it's an English pub. Maybe it was but I'd consider it more of an American craft beer bar. The décor is simple, worn and comfortable with many of my favorites (exposed brick walls, wood beam ceiling, etc.). The main feature is personalized dollar bills posted all over the walls and ceiling. It’s pretty unique.

They had twelve solid selections on tap including fresh Sculpin. We managed to get the last glass and a half. I also tried a Coast Kolsh. The bartender was a cool guy and the prices were reasonable for the location.

Griffon is a great stop and even better if you combine it with the Charleston Beer Exchange which is close by.

May 18, 2011
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jpro from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The first time I visited the Griffon was in August of 2002. I had just moved to Charleston and I stumbled into this place looking for a beer to help cool me from the subtropical humidity-induced-near-heat exhaustion I was on the verge of succumbing to... I can't remember what I had that night, but I do know, that over the years (especially the last year and a half or so) the quality of the draft selection has improved dramatically. Last visit was a couple of weeks ago, and they had a nice variety of drafts (about 10 or 12) including Coast 32/50, DFH 90 Minute, Sweetwater 420, and I believe Dale's Pale Ale. Throw in NB Ranger IPA, The Bruery Saison De Lente, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale on previous visits and you can see they manage a pretty tight rotation. Service is always above average - although it gets a little tough to make your way to the bar on a busy Friday or Saturday night. Food is average pub fare - the burgers are good. I enjoy the small, pub-like atmosphere at the Griffon - although it sometimes gets a little too crowded in there. They've hosted events with Foothills, The Bruery and New Belgium (that I know of) so that's a plus. One of my go-to stops when I'm downtown.

Aug 16, 2010
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jwfleck from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is across from the hotel my wife and I stayed in so naturally I had to stop in and see what they had on draft.
I was happy as it was a good selection of things I hadn't encountered before around where I live (Chicago area). Foothills and Southern Tier beers I had never had on tap and really enjoyed both.
They had I believe 12 taps. Only 1 or 2 were majors.
I was impressed, as 4 beers on tap changed over the 2 days in between my visits which I thought was great. Had a He'brew IPA which I liked.
The atmosphere, which featured doodled-on dollars bills on the walls wasn't my taste, really. Also, a bit dark. But I guess this place has been around for years as a college hangout, long before this quality of beers was served.

Mar 11, 2010
The Griffon in Charleston, SC
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 29 ratings