Closed for Business

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

42 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

453 King St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403-6232
United States

(843) 853-8466 | map
www.closed4business.com

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Added by Karalee195 on 02-27-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
78
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
Taps:
42
Bottles/Cans:
2
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by bhalter8:
Photo of bhalter8
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Closed for Business twice during my visit to Charleston, and, oddly, had two very different experiences. I'll try to balance the two, since the reasoning for them is probably fairly logical. I went on a Friday afternoon and Saturday evening, so you can probably understand how I got two different impressions of the place. On Friday afternoon, I had an incredibly good Southern style lunch with some modern twists of locally sourced foods. The service was great, in that the waiter gladly offered knowledgeable opinions on beers I had yet to try. We later got into a very in depth discussion on brewing, and I always find it great when visiting a "beer centric" location that has staff that is both knowledgeable and passionate about craft beer. The draft selection was pretty good (15 or so), a few solid local offerings, as well as some limited releases from some renowned craft brewers. Oddly, there is also Bud Light and PBR. My Saturday evening visit was vastly different. CfB turns into a more cliquish atmosphere at night, with loud music and dense crowds of hipsters drinking gin & tonics or liters of Bud Light. I get that not every place can make it without catering to a wider audience, but I also think if I am reviewing the place on BeerAdvocate I should be honest about the atmosphere. I have been to craft beer bars, that even when it gets crowded on the weekends, stick to their guns on craft only selections, and offer a somewhat subdued atmosphere without the local fraternity brothers seeing how quickly they can finish a boot of beer. I will say that even when crowded, the bartender still promptly got my wife and I our beers (even though she had to fight through the crowd to get them off the back taps), even though (and I find this somewhat humorous) the local hipster jumping up and down for his gin & tonic waited a lot longer. In the end, definitely the best craft beer selection for a bar in Charleston, and excellent food, but if you are past the clubbing stage in life, check it out during the afternoon.

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Photo of Reinmogard
4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

C4B has helped usher the craft beer scene into Charleston. Great location, rotating selection, and great food. Really neat beer encycolpedia wallpaper in the restrooms. Great vibe, but get there early.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Exceptional food, great and knowledgable service, killer draft selection.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jakepuff
4.41/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Big bar area and ample seating for dining. Large selection of Local and national handcraft beer on tap. Full service liquor bar. Tasty lunch spot; try the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Easy to find downtown, with on street metered parking.

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Photo of Drifter1
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Only stopped in for a few burs last night (no food). Cool vibe, very craft focused - some pretty rare and unexpected selections (Crooked Stave Surette... Whaaaaat?!?!). Menu looked pretty limited, and unhealthy / bar food focused, so I didn't bother getting an app. Service was great, although I'm not very needy. Pretty young and friendly crowd. Definitely hit this place up if you're in Charleston.

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Photo of djhowell
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 2Bstout
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of MtnSoup
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is awesome.
Vibe: Very comfortable, almost cabin-like decor and vibe, but all with an unmistakably Southern aesthetic.
Quality: Pretty damn good.
Service: Sat at the bar a few nights, and seated one night. Had great service both times.
Selection: Rotating tap list is pretty great if you ask me - lots of Allagash and Bells, etc., as expected, but also a great mix of local beers. I tried tons of beers not available in Colorado (but they had those too). Avery Lilikoi to name one.
Food: This place shines here. Get the Pork Slap sandwich or the Spicy Chicken Sandwich and we'll be in agreement.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mwar
2.26/5  rDev -46.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Had high expectations based on the reviews. Maybe I was grumpy or it was a bad night for them. Unimpressed. Spend your time in Charleston bar hopping!

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Photo of steveheady
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rongcsc
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Love CFB. They always have a terrific, varied selection. Their staff is knowledgeable and loves beer. The table service can sometimes be a bit slow but the bar service is awesome.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of megandupe
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

An old store front in Downtown Charleston houses Closed for Business. Walking in you are greeted by a long bar to the right and lounge chairs to the left. Dim pendant lights dangle from the ceiling and wood is everywhere you look. The bar is dimly lit all around. A set of washrooms break up the bar area and back seating area. Behind the cozy bar sits what reminds me of a library. There are odds and ends along the shelves, pictures, knick-knacks, old books, and bottles of booze. Simply noticing everything displayed could take you half the night. A couple chalkboards hang between the bric a brac and advertise what's new on the taplist and what's coming next.

The taplist is extensive, 40 or so handles, with beers being broken down by style. Multiple sized pours for each are also available, labeled, and priced. I like that option. Beer was focused largely on the Carolinas but there were a good amount of other states represented as well. The bartenders were quick to chat both nights I stopped in, giving us a rundown of some new taps and of the area. Picked up some good advice. Prices were fair and there were some damn fine choices to be had. I'm pretty sure I drank a couple gallons of Duck Rabbit's Baltic Porter while I wasted away the nights.

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Closed for Business in Charleston, SC
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