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The Charleston

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174 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.718165 -73.957681
nr. N. 7th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-599-9599 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Dive Bar, Live Music, Nightclub, Outdoor Area
Photo by Robert K. Chin

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Daily, noon-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, noon-8pm; $1 off draft beer and well drinks, $2 off pitchers of beer, shot specials

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


The Charleston used to be your stereotypical rock-and-roll rathole: bathroom conditions that would make GG Allin hold it in and a light system consisting of one guy running frantically around the stage flipping switches on and off. But things have been changing since the owners of the Alligator and Crocodile lounges took over—well, except for the bathrooms—and the place has assumed an almost-quaint retro feel, complete with comfy booths and comfort food in the form of personal pizzas (free with any order during happy hour, $1 each after that). The dirt-cheap rock shows have moved downstairs into what looks like a WWII German bunker, while the upstairs bar area plays host to Wii nights. The crowd is vintage Williamsburg, with hoodies and leather jackets predominating and the occasional youngster rocking an ironic bowl cut.