Across the street from Gene’s Haufbrau, the retro-chic Voodoo Lounge (15 Magnolia Ln., 843/769-0228, Mon–Fri. 4 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat.–Sun. 5:30 p.m.–2 a.m., kitchen open until 1 a.m.) is another very popular West Ashley hangout. It has a wide selection of trendy cocktails and killer gourmet tacos.
The aptly named Rooftop Bar and Restaurant (23 Vendue Range, 843/723-0485, Tues.–Sat. 6 p.m.–2 a.m.) at the Library Restaurant in the Vendue Inn is a very popular waterfront happy hour spot from which to enjoy the sunset over the Charleston skyline. It’s also a hot late-night hangout with a respectable menu.
Located in a 200-year-old building and suitably right above a cigar store, Club Habana (177 Meeting St., 843/853-5900, Mon.–Sat. 5 p.m.–1 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m.–midnight) is the perfect place to sink down into a big couch, warm yourself by the fireplace, sip a martini (or port or single-malt scotch), and enjoy a good smoke in the dim light. Probably the last, best vestige of the cigar bar trend in Charleston, Club Habana remains popular. You get your cigars downstairs in Tinderbox Internationale, which features a range of rare “Legal Cuban” smokes, i.e., rolled from pre-embargo tobacco that’s been warehoused for decades in Tampa, Florida.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition