“Upscale,” and “modern,” and “sleek” are all words that have been used to describe King Street’s newest addition, Proof. Although it has only been open since May, this cocktail bar is already making a name for itself as the next great Charleston watering hole. It has attracted large crowds each weekend, and rightly so — the small space only seats 42.
"Sophisticated cocktails, good beer and a great wine list. I felt like those were things you could get in a restaurant but not on a bar, so we wanted to fill that niche,” co-owner Craig Nelson told ABC News. The concept of Proof, Craig explained, is a place to savor and appreciate the art of inspired and well-crafted cocktails, not a place to “throw back a few.” There is something for everyone at Proof—from $1.75 PBR’s to a selection of “real good beers” like the award-winning Grand Teton Bitch Creek and Avery Out of Bounds. Two noteworthy cocktails include Le Gin et Le Juice, made with Tanqueray, Ricard, Peychaud's Bitters, and grapefruit juice, and le Club Fez Aperitif, which is a blend of Lillet Blanc with blood orange bitters.
With a creative selection of small plates that rotate daily, you can sample from this upscale bar food menu with marinara meatballs, Nelson’s wife’s pimiento cheese recipe, or a pickled egg from the jar they keep on the bar — if you dare.