Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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44 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(843) 577-9699 | map

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Added by JFerrara on 06-06-2013

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3.25/5  rDev -27%

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3.74/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of bb-magic
4.05/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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 avalon07
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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 on 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-pours 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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Only stopped in for one beer, but it was exactly the one I was hunting for... Key Lime Pie Gose. Didn't disappoint, and the beer list was seriously impressive. Plently of local representation, various styles organized well into straightforward categories. A reserve list with some high prices soaring up to $80.

The vibe was low key and relaxed, small bar in front and larger bar in back with the majority of the taps. A small patio in the back that was fully enclosed with windows into the bar area.

Bartender and hostess were friendly and helpful, offering tastes of beers and waters.

Overall this was a cool spot and I hope to return soon.

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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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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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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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

When you first walk in you notice a small room dominated by a L shaped bar that can seat about 10 folks, and a few tables for dining. Follow the walkway into the back and you will see a larger space with another larger bar and tables. Lots of brick and kind of a historic and relaxed feel here.

Between the front and back bars there were roughly 40-50 drafts, and there was a large bottle and can selection in glass front refridgerators. The draft selection had a good percentage of local beers, and they were not the typical ones found around town. The beers I had over two seperate stops over the weekend were very fresh.

Service was good and knowledgable. Prices were a bit steep but it is downtown Charleston. If I had one stop in town, this would be the place. Great vibe and great selection.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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