Often in the mood for a pre-show beverage? How about a post-performance nightcap? Spoleto Festival USA has partnered with several top bars and restaurants in Charleston in order to quench your thirst and celebrate the Festival with Spoleto-inspired cocktails. Better yet? The locales are all within a short distance from many of the Festival’s 12 venues. So if you’re parked, stay parked—and walk to one of these 14 spots for a signature drink—on menus from May 22 to June 11 at a special price for Festival ticket holders*.

Courtesy Zero Restaurant + Bar

Black Rabbit
Location: Zero Restaurant + Bar at Zero George Street (0 George St.)
Beverage Creator: Kendall Moore, beverage director
Nearby venue: The Charleston Gaillard Center
“This is I nspired by the Charles Lloyd Quartet’s (info + tickets here) avant-garde jazz style whose music challenges you to let go of preconceived notions of what a song is and how it should flow—moving in and out of time signatures which can be almost jarring at times. To match this unpredictability, the Black Rabbit is pitch black yet surprisingly very bright in flavor. This cocktail includes Bristow Gin which is made in Mississippi where Charles was born, activated charcoal, Cointreau, orange bitters, lemon juice, and egg whites.” —Kendall Moore
Special price: $15; $10 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders on nights with Charleston Gaillard Center performances.


Courtesy Le Farfalle

Spoleto Cobbler
Location: Le Farfalle (15 Beaufain St.)
Beverage Creator: Brad Goocher, bartender
Nearby venue: Memminger Auditorium
Inspired by Il n’est pas encore minuit (info + tickets here), this cocktail is made with aged rum, Bruto Americano, and Vermouth di Torino.
Special price: Free with purchase of a meal for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders; 50-percent off for a single cocktail with a ticket.


Courtesy Victor Social Club

The Spoleto Martinez
Location: The Victor Social Club (39F John St., Hutson Alley)
Nearby venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard
Inspired by the Pedrito Martinez Group’s concerts (info + tickets here), this cocktail includes gin, sweet vermouth, Luxardo, and two dashes of Angostura bitters.
Special price: $8; $6 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy The Darling Oyster Bar

Spoleto Swizzle
Location: The Darling Oyster Bar (513 King St.)
Beverage Creator: The Darling Oyster Bar
Nearby venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard
Inspired by the 2017 Festival Season (full show schedule here), this cocktail is made with rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters.
Special price: $9


Godot
Location: The Drawing Room (19 Vendue Range St.) 
Nearby venue: Dock Street Theater
Inspired by Waiting for Godot (info + tickets here), this cocktail includes “Estragon” infused Myers Platinum, Carpano Antica Formula, and house made Charleston loquat liquor that has been barrel aged for 30 days.
Special price: $12; $8 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy O-Ku

The Monchichi 75
Location: O-Ku (463 King St.)
Beverage Creator: Allison Radecker, bar manager
Nearby venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theater
Inspired by Monchichi (info + tickets here), this cocktail includes “Soju—a Korean liquor—and yuja juice—a Korean citrus fruit. It’s topped with cava, a Spanish sparkling wine. It incorporates both cultures in the performance of Monchichi.” —Allison Radecker
Special price: $11; $8 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy Thoroughbred Club

Spoleto Sipping Soda
Location: Thoroughbred Club (The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St.)
Beverage Creator: Mouzon Taylor, bartender
Nearby venue: Dock Street Theatre
“For our Spoleto Sipping Soda, we barrel and carbonate a ‘house-made’ lemonade. This cocktail includes Deep Eddy Vodka, strawberry puree, lime juice, basil water, zest of lemon and lime, and cane sugar.” —Mouzon Taylor
Special price: $15


Contratto en Travesti
Location: McCrady’s Tavern (2 Unity Alley)
Beverage Creator: Kevin King, bar manager
Nearby venue: Dock Street Theatre
“Honoring the 2017 Spoleto Festival, we proudly present a mixed potion of disguise in tune with Vivaldi’s original production of Farnace (info + tickets here). This cocktail includes Contratto Vermouth Bianco, Amontillado Sherry, Braulio Amaro, Peychaud’s Bitters.” —Kevin King
Special price: $12; $9 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy Pawpaw

Vivaldi Smash
Location: Pawpaw Southern Plates (209 East Bay St.)
Beverage Creator: Jared Jones
Nearby venue: Dock Street Theatre
Inspired by Vivaldi’s opera Farnace (info + tickets here), this cocktail includes Tanqueray gin with berry puree and mint.
Special price: $12


Courtesy The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel

The Final Act
Location: The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel (334 Meeting St.)
Beverage Creator: Ryan Casey, bar manager
Nearby venue: The Charleston Gaillard Center
Inspired by the Wells Fargo Festival Finale (info + tickets here), this cocktail is made with vodka, Aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters.
Special price: $12


Courtesy 5Church

Lucky of the Irish
Location: 5Church Charleston (32 North Market St.)
Beverage Creator: Patricia Smith, beverage director
Nearby venue: Dock Street Theatre
“This cocktail is inspired by the Spoleto performance Waiting for Godot (info + tickets here), to pay homage to one of the play’s character’s, Lucky, and the Irish theatre company, Druid, performing it; this cocktail is made with Irish whiskey, caramelized pineapple and sage simple syrup with hibiscus tea and house-made citrus bitters.” —Patricia Smith
Special price: $12; $6 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy Prohibition

Tapped Out
Location: Prohibition (547 King St.)
Beverage Creator: Kim McCourt, beverage director
Nearby venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse
Inspired by tap dancer Ayodele Casel (info + tickets here), this cocktail is made with gin, blood orange juice, campari, and sweet vermouth.
Special price: $11; $8 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders


Courtesy The Macintosh

Spoleto Spritz
Location:
 The Macintosh (479 King St.)
Beverage Creator: the bar team at The Macintosh
Nearby venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse
Inspired by the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA season (full show schedule here), this cocktail is made with Campari, Cocchi Americano, Pineapple sage, and soda.
Special price: $11


Courtesy The Cocktail Club

Woodwind Road
Location: Cocktail Club (479 King St., #200)
Beverage Creator: Ryan Welliver, bar manager
Nearby venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse
Inspired by Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road (info + tickets here), this cocktail is made with Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Dumante Pistachio Liqueur, Peychaud’s bitters, and Herbsaint.
Special price: $11; $8 for Spoleto Festival USA ticket holders

*Spoleto signature cocktail prices are at each bar’s discretion and are subject to change.