So you've just finished the 6.2 miles of the 35th annual Cooper River Bridge Run, and damn it, you need a beer to celebrate. Fortunately, local bars around Charleston know exactly how you're feeling, and they're opening their doors early to accommodate that post-run victory brew.
Big John's on East Bay is getting up extra early, opening at 9 a.m. with a $5 breakfast plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, and tots. The most important meal of the day is even better with $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys, $3 Firefly, and $2 High Life bottles. Live music with Make It Go starts at 10 a.m. and resumes at 10 p.m. Saturday night if you're hanging around.
Joe Pasta is also setting an early alarm, opening at 9 a.m. for a Pajama Brunch. Wear your race clothes or your cutest jammies and enjoy a special brunch menu. Order a pitcher of mimosas or Bloody Marys and sit out on the patio as you watch other stragglers from the race make their way down King Street.
Head to The Brick on East Bay for an all-day music fest starting with Gracious Day from 1-4 p.m. The tavern is opening at 10 a.m. with a brunch menu running until 2 p.m. with $3 mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys. Feeling really gluttonous after burning all those calories? Try the burger of the week, an 8 oz. bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two donuts, dubbed the Luther Burger. Music continues throughout the day with Calhoun's Calling from 5-8 p.m. and Fowler's Moustache from 10:30 p.m.- close.
With Bloody Marys seeming to be a trend of the post-race morning, things are getting really serious at the Bloody Mary Throwdown at the Hippodrome following the race from 10-2 p.m. The competition features 12 bartenders from across the peninsula, from Coast, Macintosh, Voo Doo, A.W. Shuck's, Closed for Business, Basil, Cocktail Club, Fiddlers, Fleet Landing, Roost Social, and Poogan's Porch, all vying for the title of best bloody. If that doesn't fill you up, a cash bar will offer beer and wine as "reggae and riddim" band The Dubplates get the party going.
If Bloody Marys aren't your thing, head to any participating Blue Moon post-race bar on Saturday and have your frosty beer served up in a special commemorative glass. A sponsor of the Bridge Run, Blue Moon is stocking bars like Wild Wing, O'Malley's, Molly Darcy's, Midtown, King Street Grille, Beerworks, Moe's Downtown, Poe's Tavern, Vickery's, California Dreaming, and O'Brions Pub and Grille, among others, with their special beer glasses for the race.
Planning on being downtown well into the night? The Blue Dogs are hosting the first annual Post-Run Concert at the Visitor's Center Bus Shed off of Meeting Street. A $40 advance ticket or $50 at the door gets you an all-inclusive night of the Blue Dogs and other special guests as well as brews from Blue Moon and delicious Lowcountry fare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.