Big Johnís Tavern | Charleston, South Carolina
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Big Johnís Tavern
Good based on 7 ratings
Type: Bar

251 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina United States 29401 [ print map ]
843 723 3483 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 4pm to 2am

Taps: 12 | Bottles: 40

Big Johnís Tavern

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7 reviews for Big Johnís Tavern
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  84%
 Selection  69%
 Food  80%
 Value  90%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  76%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
Boudicca  (986) London, England | April 12, 2015
We were passing on the way back into town after a visit to Fort Sumter so we thought we might as well call in. As others have said, itís a bit of a dive and itís cheap(ish) but I had difficulty reconciling the comment about an ďawesome beer selectionĒ with what was on offer. Perhaps it was meant to be ironic although Iíve been led to believe that Americans donít do irony. Sarcasm perhaps? Anyway, there are three or four taps (Bud Lite, Stella and Westbrook IPA) and about 16 bottles and cans (Allagash, Bud and some others). Not much of a beer destination but they have darts and pool if thatís your bag. (Visited 16 February 2014).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey  (504) Croydon, England | October 7, 2013
Decent dive bar with a solid craft beer selection. To make sure we fitted in we spent our time chugging cans of New Belgium IPAs (no joke). Nothing particularly exciting on the beer menu, but it is a fun place to enjoy a few hopped-up beverages. Pretty cheap actually. Decent, but not a must-visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator  (113) Tucson, Arizona | October 6, 2013
Solid dive. Opens at 3, or whenever. If the doorís open, come on in. I lost the $2 "mystery beer" challenge, so I settled for "Icehouse" for my first beer, but I felt right at home wincing as I slurped it down. No pretense, decent tunes, nice "enough" bartenders, and foosball, pool, and sports, what else do you want? Also, they have decent craft beer too.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
BigBadBob  (2) | November 9, 2012
1st off, I like dives - theyíre genuine. BJís is a dive and makes no pretense to be anything else. But they have a great selection of bottles and a good spread of beer types on the limited taps they have. Thereís a chalk board behind the counter with the selection and the bartender was right there to help my wife and I as soon as we came in. Great place for beer in Charleston and away from the snooty booty shops.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
mcc5468  (10) | July 1, 2010
I agree. A total dive bar. Awesome beer selection. First place in the South I went to that had Bellís Two Hearted on tap. Gotta Love thsi place. Cheap beers, good service.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Boungustatio  (18) South Carolina | June 20, 2010
Charlestons dive bar. If youíre looking for a night of PBR, pool and checking out CofC senior girls - this is the spot. Youíll feel like you just walked into a pimped out garage - this place has character out the wazoo - a great place to hang out if youíre down by Wentworth St.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
condonj  (1) | May 11, 2010
If you love a good dive bar, this place is for you. Character only able to be created over 55 years of service beers. Good craft beer selection. Decent pub grub. Great staff!

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