Take a look inside Charleston’s speakeasy Scotty Doesn’t Know. One of Charleston’s best-kept secrets is hidden behind the newly-opened Charleston Custard and Candy Shop and Big Johns Tavern on East Bay Street. Upon entering the colorful custard shop, head to the back door, where a doorbell is hidden behind the drink fridge. Ring the bell to kick off your evening of cocktails, wine, and bites in the relaxing hideaway.
Don’t be fooled by the colorful front—you are in the right place.
The Prohibition Era-inspired bar is decorated with antique furniture, glass light fixtures, and a variety of wall art to take guests back in time. There’s a variety of cozy seating options in the dimly-lit space, where patrons can sip carefully handcrafted cocktails.
The Menu at Scotty Doesn’t Know has unique, high-quality cocktails, wine, and champagne. If you want something refreshing and creative, order the Flowers Cocktail (Tanqueray gin, strawberry-infused Aperol, egg white, lemon, simple syrup). The speakeasy also offers small bites, including a macaron board, cheese board, cashews, and olives.
Guru Tip: Be sure to ask the team about their specialty drink made in an old-school Siphon Coffee Maker—they craft seasonal sake infusions in the traditional coffee maker.
Make a reservation at this hidden gem in Charleston. It’s an ideal spot for before/after drinks, date night, or an evening out with friends.