First look: Mercury Bar on Upper King (Updated with food review)

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Update May 2: Mercury Bar has established itself as the ultimate club experience, but did you know that they are a serious contender for the best shrimp and grits in town?

The Charleston City Paper's Eric Doksa has made a point to frequent the Upper King Street establishment for dinner and brunch, giving the tapas style menus very high marks.

You'll find his review, which critiques both the food and the service, here.

First reporting: It opened quietly on Wednesday of last week, but Mercury Bar is sure to be anything but quiet once you step inside the doors at 547 King Street.

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The new bar, which should more accurately be deemed a club, is the newest addition to the expanding nightlife scene on Upper King Street. If you want to dance, this place is for you. Mercury Bar is making it a point to book a healthy mix of local DJs which will guarantee different styles of music each night of the week.

The front bar sports cushy leather booths for lounging and/or eating (Mercury Bar has a tapas menu), a dance floor, a nice amount of bar seating and ten beers on tap. A highlight: seven out of the ten beers on tap are local brews. In addition to the swanky inside bar, there is also a patio bar which offers additional seating, the same ten beers on tap and a more laid back atmosphere.

As far as specials go, beginning this Wednesday night, Mercury Bar will be kicking off a Ladies' Night. All ladies will get in the door free of charge and will be privy to a handful of drink specials.

Take note: there is a dress code at Mercury Bar, which means you need to dress to impress. No sneakers, no shorts, no athletic wear, get the idea.

Mercury bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday - Sunday.

To follow along with the most up-to-date news from Mercury Bar, check out the official Facebook page.

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