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. 


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.


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  Be sure to check the menu prior to going, however upon comparison I realized the menu on the website is outdated from what I had been given at the restaurant.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.