In the mood for a tasty pre-show drink? We partnered with five Charleston hot-spots near Spoleto Festival USA venues and asked the talented mixologists of each to create unique cocktails inspired by the 2018 season. If you’re headed to hear Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdés or en route to see the spectacular, brand-new Tree of Codes, why not take advantage of Charleston’s robust food-and-beverage scene in true Spoleto-style?

Read on to learn where we suggest snagging seats at the bar. And while you’re imbibing Festival-themed cocktails, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram and include the hashtag #SpoletoSips!


“Two Worlds in Thyme”
Inspired by the U.S. premiere of Tree of Codes at the Dock Street Theatre

Get it: Zero Restaurant + Bar
0 George Street

Made with: Thyme-infused Aperol, rum, vermouth, bitters, gin, lemon, egg white, citrus-thyme syrup

See it made here.

“A Fiery End”
Inspired by the U.S. premiere of Pia de’ Tolomei at the Sottile Theatre at College of Charleston

Get it: Le Farfalle
15 Beaufain Street

Made with: Vodka, Chile liqueur, citrus juice, Campari

See it made here.

“Victor Valdés”
Inspired by Chucho Valdés Quartet at the Charleston Gaillard Center

Get it: Victor Social Club
39F John Street

Made with: Blend of aged, white, and coconut rum; Creole shrub; house-made falernum; fresh citrus juice; lime

See it made here.

“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”
Inspired by National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at Woolfe Street Playhouse

Get it: The Macintosh
479B King Street

Made with: Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, vermouth, pomegranate seeds, chamomile tea

See it made here.

“Ranky Tanky Ring Shout”
Inspired by Ranky Tanky at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Get it: The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits
75 Wentworth Street

Made with: Peanut-infused sorghum whiskey, peach, vermouth, simple syrup, benne seed bitters

See it made here.

Tickets to Spoleto Festival USA’s 2018 season can be purchased HERE or by calling the Festival box office at 843.579.3100. Tickets are also available at the box office at the Charleston Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street).