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Address: 251 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2631
Phone Number: +1 843-723-3483
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12:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00

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Big Johns is Great

We came across this bar about 10 years ago while visiting Charleston. Our tour guide recommended it as an off the tourist path place to have a beer. We go back every year. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2015
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Avon Lake
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Avon Lake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015

We came across this bar about 10 years ago while visiting Charleston. Our tour guide recommended it as an off the tourist path place to have a beer. We go back every year. The staff is always friendly and the decor is constantly changing and interesting. If you don't want to sit in a stuffy Charleston bar, Big Johns is... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014

We were walking around downtown looking for a local spot for cheap beer and food. We stumbled upon Big John's. Though they didn't have food (they DO have free hotdogs for every beer you drink lol) we stayed & enjoyed ourselves anyways. They have a special: a 16 oz. beer (miller light or PBR) & shot (house liquor) for $5.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014

I went here with my spouse for a few hours awaiting for another family member to finish seeing some show downtown. I had seen this place before, but hadn't been in for whatever reason. Clearly, I had missed an experience to be sure., Big Johns is a dive bar to be sure. Its dark, its bathrooms are interesting and covered... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Johnny Cash blasting on the speakers, cold beer, friendly staff and pool tables...what more do you need?

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

We loved this old tavern, located right down the street from our B&B in Charleston. The place was long a narrow with a great old bar, one row of booths, a separate pool room, excellent drinks & service, and a plethora of entertaining bumper stickers, political posters, sports memorabilia ... all of it the real deal, not a decorator's idea... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Our son was very patient all week with the fussy restaurants and bars we were visiting and we wanted to take him to play pool - something he loves - so after a few clicks on the i-phone we stopped in at Big John's where he enjoyed seeing the bras hanging from the ceiling, we enjoyed a few craft beers... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Looks scary from the outside, but once you open the door to this little hole in the wall you will feel welcomed. The decor is interesting, a collection of bras hanging from the ceiling and a Christmas tree made out of Grand Marnier in the corner. The serve awesome wings, fresh not frozen. Beware of the $3 grandma shots. A... More 

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Wadsworth, Tx
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

Visited Big John’s recently. This is a dive bar in downtown Chucktown. There are no dives in downtown Charleston, so Big John’s is somewhat of a curiosity. To me, and I’m sure many others, this is not just a dive bar. Back in the day, I accidently integrated the place with a friend (I remember him observing, “A lotta brothers... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Big johns has a legendary local following. Add 4 buck or less appetizers and other food blocks away from the same stuff for 18 dollars you will see why its so beloved by locals. I come at least once everytime I am in town. 1 dollar drafts on sunday are just one of their great values. Check out the ceiling... More 

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