When we know we want a quick bite at a place we can always count on to deliver, we head to Poe’s. You know that when you order your favorite item it’s going to be delivered to you quickly and “Just right”.
We decided to go to Poe’s on a Sunday when most restaurants serve Brunch only, and brunch just wasn’t grabbing us. Poe’s is a typical beach bar on Middle Street in Sullivan’s Island. It sits among a few restaurants in a one block area. When other restaurants might be slow, Poe’s is most often packed. There is seating on a two level patio outside, and even on very hot days the crowd overflows to the patio.
I personally don’t know the history on Poe’s but it appears that it has been around since Moby Dick was a guppy. It was apparently founded to preserve the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a nondescript place, old tables and chairs, some community tables and high tops, a large draft beer selection and t-shirts for sale and the burgers are named for Edgar Allan Poe stories like the "Tell-Tale Heart": fried egg, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese. Like I said…… nondescript. T don’t let that put you off.
Their menu is limited, which is a good thing, for this is a place that does a few things great, not good, but great. My husband and I ordered our usual, chicken sandwich for me burger for the big guy. There are a variety of ways that these can be ordered and so we decided to go with the special of the day with a little twist. The special was topped (either chicken or hamburger) with Pepper jack cheese and fried pickles. I ordered mine topped with Cheddar cheese and fried pickles as I never had a fried pickle before.
Although somewhat routine as we always order the same or similar items I’ve found that when I’ve ordered other menu items I’m disappointed and missing my old friends. Our sandwiches came out quickly and were perfect. The fried pickles… were off the hook! The bartender (we were seated at the bar), was quick to ensure that everything was to our liking. The bartender himself is also a fixture at Poe’s. We’ve been going there for six years and he’s almost always there. ‘Don’t know his name, but he’s always there – another thing we can count on, good service.
We left with full stomachs, a very small dent in our wallet and a smile on our faces. When you go there look past the surroundings and directly to the menu. You won’t be disappointed.
This bar is a WELCOME change from the stuffed up and stuck up locations around it. (Not naming, but you KNOW what I'm talking about) The atmosphere is worth the trip here, and a good time is usually had by all. The great beer selection is impressive, and the jukebox is instant-fun.
I've been in roughly 15 times, and have come to the following conclusions:
-The bartenders here do NOT care about women sitting at their bar. While I understand that women generally tip less, I wonder if these bartenders aren't propagating that problem. (I'm a waitress myself, and never tip under 20%, but the service here remains consistently inattentive and cold.) I would not mention this if it had only happened to me, but it's a consistent assumption here. Other people have said it as well.
-If you are not a regular and you come in late night (after 10pm, they close at 2), prepare to be the last priority in the joint. The servers are closing out, and downing beers at the end of the bar with the still-working bartenders. I get it, after a long day you want to unwind. But this means that the bartenders and owners are all crowded up and getting wasted, and won't be taking a drink order from you for a WHILE.
-Don't order cocktails that require a shaker. Usually it will have the taste of whatever shot was made before still left in it.
So as long as you sit down at the bar realizing that the service isn't going to wow you in any way, you're in for a good time. It's really just a gaggle of people looking to get drunk. Don't try to make it into an experience of anything else. And don't get hustled in pool.
great beer selection, great games to play while there, always have every game on TV, and there is always a ton of good looking coed's there.
Great place to grab a drink with friends, extremely helpful staff and pretty good food (I was suprised how good it actually was). The place has a great feel to it and was extremely well done inside. Drink prices are about average but everytime i've been they have had ridiculous drink specials.
Favorite bar in Charleston hands down, the ambiance, food, knowledgeable waiters/waitresses, and ever changing stellar beer list has led to my group of friends finding ourselves at CFB at least three nights a week.
I love this place and could eat there multiple times a week. I don't really understand some of these comments, but to each his own. I personally love the food, the beer, and the ambiance, and I hope it sticks around!
craphole. Food is horrible. Service is a joke. I wear a suit for 60 hours a week, if Im going to a BAR in North FRIGGIN Charleston, which is the armpit of the area anyways, and I dont want to tuck my shirt in, then I wont. NEVER go to this sh!thole
The best thing for this place to do would be to prepare to close. The food was mediocre at best. The service was extremely poor. I took my parents and younger brother here for "dinner" and left being disgusted and embarrassed. Definitely not worth the money I spent there. My mother and I thought we were ordering Ribeye steaks as stated in the menu at $17 each; well what we got were tough sirloins, ordered mid-rare; received more medium. the asparagus spears that came as one of the sides was cold and over cooked. My father ordered Chicken Parmesan ($12) and got 4-6oz chicken breast covered with 4oz of breading over a bowl full of fettuccine with 2oz shredded Parmesan, 1 piece of sliced mozz over "chicken" ; all swimming in around 10 - 12 oz of marinara sauce. My brother "Buffalo" Chicken sandwich looked like it had been dipped in hot sauce and was so hot that he could not finish it (and believe me, there is nothing the boy can't eat---until now) it was utterly gross to even look at. As an appetizer we ordered 20 pc lemon pepper chicken wings; well, the chicken tasted and smelled like it was about to expire; not to say the seasoning helped it at all. The "lemon pepper" tasted more like pepper and sugar with a hint of lemon. Our serve was new (that was most evident) but she was not being helped or should I say "trained" by either of the other 2 people there.
There were four tables including ours and it took 40 minutes for the appetizer and another 30 minutes for entrees. When we made the serve aware that we were not at all happy with our food she laughed. Well, a little later someone that appeared to be one of the "owners" came to our table asked about the issue and simply smiled it away as if it were nothing to be concerned with. I could go on and on about what is wrong with this place but will stop here.
The shame is that, with the right people owning and running this place it could be a gold mine. The atmosphere could be so much more than what it is. The building is beautiful (for a sports bar/ restaurant). Unfortunately, I will never be back there and will most certainly NOT suggest Rendezvous to anyone.
Good people, good food, good drinks. Especially for those who love a neighborhood dive, this place is home away from home. Always a mix of ages and backgrounds and always a great time.
Boston and his staff make this the place to head to in whatever your attire. The patrons are eclectic, the drinks are awesome, Buck Hunter is the best and the shake weight Boston has behind the bar says it all.
Honestly the best wings and burgers in town. Super friendly and accommodating staff. The 32 degree beer lines keep the beer deliciously cold, which is especially helpful with some of the spicier wing options. I particularly like the atmosphere of the restaurant; it's not too bright or loud or flashy, it just goes with the relaxed Charleston flow.
Ahem. Jucifer has a seven-day gap between their show in Columbia on the 13th and the show in Savannah on the 20th.
Is there any chance the Tavern will reopen that week? Maybe?
All you can eat local oysters on Sundays. $10. Yes.
On the bright side, if you are looking for a cool sports bar without having to go to far, then this is a great place to go. They have many tvs set up inside and out. As far as anything else goes, the food is terrible...they must rely on liquor and beer sales to stay open. Some of the staff and very friendly and like to have fun, but others are just kind of stupid and are only there to try and make a buck. If you are able to be there on a day when the owners are not drunk, then they are pretty nice guys and will do anything for their patrons, unfortunately, they are drunk about 90% of the time they are there. I will still go to have some drinks and watch some games, but I do not go there because I like DIG.
The Tavern is getting some major wizork done! I went by there the other day an holy man manowits they are revamping that dirty filth hole.
Hardcore downtown "suits" happy hour crowd. Pool, darts, foul language, stiff drinks, mostly hospitality and hotel industry regulars. Except they're all friggin' Boston fans. What's up with that?!
nice folks, but food safety is scary! Sat at the bar for 2 hours and the cook/chef did not wash his hands at any time. Raw hamburger meat was handled by the same 'unwashed' hands of lettuce, tomatoes, bread, fish, cooked potatoes( stored inches off the floor). I am from out of town....so do not know if this is the standard for Charleston.
Didn't know what to expect.. Had a great time with great food and lively music from a duo whose name I didn't catch.
Boston makes me hotter than a junebug on a frying pan!
I'm pretty sure i could eat that 3lb burger... This place is great! Suprisingly every time i have come it's pretty slow (capacity wise, not service), saturday afternoons and such. But the food is always great and the beer selection even better.
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