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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

16 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

12 Cumberland St
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401-2022
United States

(843) 577-9699 | map
www.craftsmentaphouse.com

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Added by JFerrara on 06-06-2013

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
40
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
4.51%
 
 
Taps:
48
Bottles/Cans:
70
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of manbearpack
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Visited the this place on a pub crawl of downtown Charleston and it was the best bar we went to all night. This is the type of place you I would have walked right past if not on a tour, but it is a true gem. Tons of stuff on tap and an extensive beer list, one of the biggest I have seen at a bar. Prices are reasonable. I look forward to going here again next time I am in Charleston.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bluecrow
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of bwbetts
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of redfish2942
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jakepuff
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of sarahcmueller
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.74/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Do NOT miss this place.

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Photo of Cubfanpete
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really like this place. The beer selection is very good. Currently 45 taps with many local beers. I was there on Thursday night and they have flights and bites. A sample flight with a sample food pairing.

The food is not standard bar food.they have great options and the food is better than the beer. The staff was very friendly and really enjoyed their work. My favorite place in Charleston

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Photo of dehay
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This was my second visit, and had great experiences both times. Several dozen taps, well selected and the beer menu was very organized by styles and identified local offerings. Our bar tender and the bar manager were very nice and welcoming, and offered great suggestions and were generous with samples. My wife who does not prefer beer really enjoyed her cocktail. Extensive bottle list, which is available for take out. We have made our rounds in Charleston and this is my favorite spot!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This was the first place we hit on our visit and was a fantastic surprise.

We started with a couple flights, and for their Stout flight they were out of a couple offerings and were substituting KBS for one - no big deal. Then pours of that were heavy when bought outright, bigger than anywhere else. Not a full pint, but I think definitely over 12oz.

Bartender was incredibly knowledgeable, especially on local beers which I was completely unfamiliar with. Food, especially happy hour type appetizers, were great especially for the price. Considering great food is incredibly easy to find around Charleston, I only give that a 4.5 but it gets high marks for quality for the price.

Things are pretty expensive in that area so a good deal, with great quality finds, and really helpful/friendly service - that goes a long, long way. I recommend at least checking the place out to pretty much anyone planning a trip to Charleston.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Friendly vibe and super cool people. Bar manager is the best. Selection of beer both on tap and to go home may be best in town. Can't wait to return and drink a pint or two!

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Photo of rmank
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of JDudack
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mecmd
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.83/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place. Good bartenders and good beer

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Photo of Greg_Spadea
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shadyside
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House in Charleston, SC
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