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Brunch in Charleston is starting to feel like a competitive sport. So many restaurants are offering Sunday brunch now that the choices are nearly overwhelming, even if you narrow it down to just King Street.
But Prohibition has something that sets it above the rest right off the bat: Saturday Brunch in downtown Charleston, in addition to Sunday brunch.
Of course offering brunch on Saturday isn’t the only thing Prohibition has going for it.
The staff is upbeat and friendly. It has the character of a speakeasy, but it’s clean and well maintained. And that back porch — all the heart eye emojis for that one. Bright and airy, it feels like a different world from the dark interior of the main restaurant.
But I’ve been to some gorgeous restaurants that were missing something very key: amazing food and drinks.
A longtime happy hour favorite, I wasn’t at all shocked to find out their brunch menu offers cocktails that go way beyond the standard mimosa ( although they’ve got those too, if you are so inclined. ) . Scroll up to the top of this post to see our two favorites – a Breakfast Milk Punch and a lightly fruity sparkling concoction ( Raspberry Peach Bellini ) that is dangerously drinkable at 11 AM in the morning.
The food menu is full of familiar favorites that use local ingredients from vendors I’ve come to love during my time in Charleston. The shrimp and grits are some of my favorite in town, and I’ve had a lot of shrimp and grits!
The brunch burger was also a favorite – with a decadent runny egg and hollandaise that let us tell ourselves this really was breakfast / brunch and not lunch.
Although the Aperol spritz isn’t on the main brunch cocktail menu, it is on the regular offerings, and since it was rather unexpectedly roughly 1,000,000 degrees F outside when we visited, it was the perfect drink to take to the back patio to cap off our brunch.
With bluegrass music that sets the mood without overpowering the conversation, fantastic cocktails, and elevated versions of all your favorite brunch classics, this spot offers both Sunday AND Saturday brunch in downtown Charleston, but you’ll need a reservation to guarantee you get a table. Sitting at their gorgeous bar is always an option, but expect to wait outside for a few minutes before they open in order to get a spot. The back patio is perfect for casual day drinking and brunching, with a Joanna Gaines meets speakeasy vibe that is both comfortable and chic.
Shrimp and Grits, Brunch Burger, any of the Benedicts
Anything from the brunch cocktail menu – there is something for everyone!
547 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Street parking on King Street or surrounding streets, or the Visitor Center Garage