With The Bar at Husk getting ready for the crowds, the bar here is just as beloved as the restaurant next door. The inside of this dark and sensual pub seems a little like a pirate ship, but not in a theme-park manner. The basement is dominated by a large bar, and the exposed brick wall opposite it has some bar seating as well—but come ready to get intimate because it may be packed wall to wall with thirsty eaters on weekends. Snag a table upstairs or opt to try your luck next door at Husk. You’ve heard about the burger, the bourbon collection, and the balanced-yet-boozy drinks, and now you’re here to try them all. Sure, you’ll run across individuals who read food writing before booking their holidays.
Still, The Bar at Husk has also begun to attract a constant stream of cocktail-loving locals, particularly those in the Charleston Brown Water Society (a club of whiskey aficionados). This bar is well-known in the cocktail world, and you’ll find some rare (and expensive) bottles on the shelves. There are many options, but if you like a cocktail, try the Charleston Light Dragoon’s Punch, a 1792 recipe unearthed in the records of the Preservation Society of Charleston that combines two types of brandy, rum, black tea, and lemon.
This bar isn’t a replacement for a table next door, so even if the menus overlap in a lovely Venn diagram, don’t expect to get your complete Husk fix here. Many of your favorites are unavailable at the bar, and the bartenders will not make an exception for you (a request they field daily). If they’re available, go for the Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps and order a burger; it’s big enough to split if you want to preserve room for supper, and it comes with seasoned wedge fries. The bartenders know that they work exceptionally well and the value of excellence—after all, it keeps customers coming in and money going into their bank accounts. They’re well-trained, used to questioning, and have the know-how to maneuver around crowds of people. So, this is one of the best bars in Charleston!