Speakeasy


The Gin Joint

Charleston-City-Center

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

Joe Raya’s cosy and intimate bar boasts a handome1920s-inspired design and serves cracking cocktails to match. They take their drinks really seriously here. Really seriously.

Joe Raya’s cosy and intimate bar boasts a handome1920s-inspired design and serves cracking cocktails to match. They take their drinks really seriously here. Really seriously. Bitters and infusions are made in house and the bar even features one of those Clinebell ice machines for getting the ice just right. Cocktails are layered and complex creations with many ingredients locally sourced. From the gin section of the menu, the Waterloo Sunset blends Voyager Gin with Lemon, Riesling, Strega, Cinnamon, Muddled Pear, and Angostura, while the bourbon-based Colonel Angus features Lemon, Fernet, St. Germain, and Strawberry. The ‘top shelf’ collection includes punchy potent drinks made with the very best spirits, like the smooth Midwinter Old Fashioned, made with Midwinter Night’s Dram, Dem, Angostura, and Orange Bitters. It’s a husband and wife operation and Joe’s wife, MariElena Raya, serves up an impressive array of small bites and treats including soft pretzels, pad thai popcorn, duck empanadas and beef jerky. They stock a great array of artisanal cheeses. You’ll want to save some belly space for their peanut butter chocolate bar for dessert. Decadent but delicious. NB. Reservations are for parties of 6+

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