Rooftop Review: Eleve

Rooftop bars are scattered throughout downtown Charleston, and when I had meetings scheduled downtown on a Monday afternoon, I decided to visit Eleve, sit down with my laptop and finish some work that was waiting for me.  Here’s a recap and observations from of my visit.

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Eleve is located on the fourth floor of the new Grand Bohemian Hotel, located on Meeting St. & Wentworth.  The rooftop bar is easily accessed through the hotel or by entering the café entrance. 

The rooftop is scattered with white umbrellas, couches, chaises and a turf grass.  In addition, there is a lovely long coffee table surrounded by 6 wing backed chairs for an informal meeting. 

Whether your thirst is going to be quenched with cocktails, wine, or what’s on tap, there’s a wide selection.  The Boheme, their signature cocktail includes Espolon Tequila, Pineapple Shrub Fresno Pepper Simple Syrup, with fresh lime and is priced at $14. 

My meetings had me visiting the rooftop at 3:00 and a ‘small bites’ menu was offered that included Frites, Escargot, Chilled Oysters, Calamari, Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese, and Beef Carpacio. 

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The dinner menu and their dining room were luxurious.   Features such as the Grilled Australian Lamb Chops ($34), Filet De Boeuf ($33), Steak Au Poivre ($38) Ginger Honey Chicken Nicoise ($24), or Seared Grouper ($33). The full menu can be viewed here

My visit was nearing a close around 4:30. Keith was working from our home office, and my work day was coming to a completion.  I’m fully planning on returning with Keith though and already have my eye on the Steak Au Poivre.  The ambiance was lovely, not overcrowded, quiet and inviting.  The staff and service was exceptional. 

As with all our reviews, if during your stay in Charleston found you at Eleve, please let us know about your experience in the comments below!

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Restaurant Review: Prohibition

Let’s face it, there are hundreds of options when choosing where to be on a Friday night in downtown Charleston.  This past weekend we had friends in town, one of who is an accomplished musician.  So on the list of fun things to do hunting down some really excellent jazz music. 

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After some online browsing and research, I stumbled on Prohibition.  I’ve heard a lot about it from guests who have come out on tour with us, but had never personally been. 

The atmosphere was fun and fresh.  Edison light bulbs hung from the ceiling, intimate tables lined the wood paneled walls and the music didn’t disappoint.  When you open with Gershwin, it rarely does.   

There were three separate areas to the building.  The first (that you enter into) includes a long bar, with the live music towards the end of the room.  You pass through a narrow hall to reach a room with another bar, high ceilings, and cute décor.  Finally, in the back is a lovely patio area that was sublime on that warm Friday night.

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The food selection was minimal.  Be sure to check the menu prior to going, however upon comparison I realized the menu on the website is outdated from what I had been given at the restaurant.  I ordered the Charcuterie & Cheese ($25) along with the Foie Gras Crème Brulee ($14).   The Charcuterie & Cheese was as you’d expect it to be.  The Foie Gras Crème Brulee was an interesting combination that some at our table enjoyed, and others found disappointing.  Combining two favorites such as this gave a distinct foie gras flavor with a crème brulee texture.  It was paired with a few pieces of bread (more would have been appreciated for the amount of crème brulee served). 

The wine and drink menu was extensive with some interesting recipes that would be fun to try. Pricing was fairly standard for downtown Charleston.   Here's a link to the drink menu

In summary, if you’re looking for a fun, relaxed atmosphere for exceptional music and drinks, this is a great option.  With all of the exceptional places to eat in Charleston, I wouldn’t waste your time eating here, but absolutely include this in your plans as a fun place to land after dinner.