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Social Restaurant + Wine Bar – Charleston, South Carolina

Social Restaurant + Wine Bar – Charleston, South Carolina

by jeffreyFebruary 12, 2013

188 East Bay, Charleston, South Carolina
Wine, Tapas, International
$$ — Entrees for $13-17

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Social, located on Charleston’s busy and exceptionally touristy East Bay Street, is a chic wine bar. The dark decor and low lighting give you an intimate, big-city experience all in close proximity to all Charleston has to offer–both sites and tastes.

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Social is predominately  a wine bar, with the centerpiece behind the bar being an entire row of those super cool wine dispensers like this one:


But don’t worry beer-lovers, they also have at least 4 craft beers on tap and also a full liquor bar. 

Being a wine bar, they have a huge menu of wine and even a cellar that holds an insane numbers of bottles (their website is claiming 4,000). Their menu is grouped by types, flavors and regions. I went in for the RIOJA FLIGHT ($17) which featured three of their small (2.5 oz) pours of wines hand-selected to go well together, complete with instructions from the waitress on the most appropriate order to sample.

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Opting for what seemed like the most traditional of wine bar starters, we ordered the  TAPAS PLATE ($10). With pickled garlic, chorizo, speck, lemon-stuffed dates, paprika almonds and olives, I wouldn’t necessarily have considered it a “tapas plate,” but the choices were all very good with lots of attention to detail. I was a bit hesitant about the pickled garlic, but it turned out to be chilled  and made for a very crisp, refreshing bite. It was by far not a very filling sampler, but it seems to go perfectly with a few glasses of red wine on a Saturday afternoon.


They’ve got a rather extensive menu, but it was obvious after looking around that their pizzas were the most popular items on the menu. We dove into the MUSHROOM PIZZA ($15) and were nothing but impressed. I would like to give lots of credit to the chef, but he had a leg up from the get-go since I’ve yet to find a dish I don’t love with crimini mushrooms, truffle oil and goat cheese. Those ingredients, combined with the crispy, light brown crust from the very fresh dough, made for an amazing pizza… One I will definitely be back for.

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BOTTOM LINE: Social’s great atmosphere, delicious food, reasonable prices and convient location have guaranteed our return.

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