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Stand on a Roof at Sunset & Sip a Cocktail

The selection of rooftop bars has, well, shot through the roof in recent years. The Pavilion Bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel, Rooftop at the Vendue, and the Crow’s Nest at the Boathouse (on Isle of Palms) remain go-to standards, but now they’re competing with a host of newer spots. Here are a few to try:

Burwell’s: Late last year, this hidden gem perched above the Market was receiving a makeover. Look for snappy new furnishings, plus dedicated drink and food menus. 14 N. Market St., (843) 737-8700, www.burwellscharleston.com

Élevé: The funky, modern-art vibe of this swanky lounge atop the Grand Bohemian Hotel is best enjoyed after dark, when colorful up-lighting gives the feel of stepping into a big-city hot spot. Sprawl out on the circular couches and order a bowl of Grand Marnier gelato. 55 Wentworth St., (843) 724-4144, www.grandbohemiancharleston.com

Revelry Brewing Co.: This downtown brewery’s Golden Saison is called “Peculiar Paradise,” which doubles as an apt description for its rooftop tasting patio, where NoMo neighbors gather in the evening to take in the sunset at this off-the-beaten-path oasis. 10 Conroy St., (843) 203-6194, www.revelrybrewingco.com

Stars Rooftop: New since our last Bucket List, this large rooftop patio overlooks the action on Upper King. Weekend nights are slammed with revelers, but Sunday brunch is a more relaxed affair if you’re craving a mimosa but don’t want to remove your sunglasses. 495 King St., (843) 577-0100, www.starsrestaurant.com

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits: Atop The Restoration hotel, this restaurant and bar would be a culinary destination even without its view, which is one of the best in town. With a soaring scope of King Street, it’s an island of luxury in the sky. 79 Wentworth St., (843) 518-5115, www.therestorationhotel.com