Charleston County bar-closing ordinance now in effect

By Ashley Barker
Published Dec. 2, 2013

Businesses that sell alcohol in the unincorporated parts of Charleston County must now close between 2 and 6 a.m.

Charleston County Council passed a bar-closing ordinance (.pdf) in June to amend Section 13-3 of the county code. The ordinance, which took effect Sunday, reads “Commercial establishments which allow for the on-premises consumption of beer, ale, porter, wine and/or alcoholic liquors shall be prohibited from operating between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.”

The prior code allowed businesses to remain open after 2 a.m. to prepare and serve meals, as long as alcohol was not sold.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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