The Griffon doesn’t care what you think. It’s just going to be what it is, which is the Lowcountry’s favorite grungy little dive bar. For nearly 20 years, patrons have stapled signed dollar bills to the wall of this intimate, English-style pub that serves fish ’n’ chips, a straightforward burger, and a broad selection of craft beer. 18 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29041
Don’t ask for a menu at this funky Birmingham cocktail bar. Instead, prepare to be asked a few questions by your bartender. Knowing your preferred poison, the skilled folks behind the stick will shake you a custom craft drink beneath the whimsical paper planes that hang from the ceiling. Extra perk? The place is full of smartphone charging stations, so you’ll never run out of juice. 2125 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203; thecollinsbar.com
Charleston SC: Husk Restaurant - LOVE the fried "buffalo" chicken skins. NEXT if the Catfish is on the menu dear lord...EAT THAT! - Finally and MOST IMPORTANTLY - sides for the table THE CORNBREAD - cooked in bacon drippings filled with bacon craklings and baked in a wood fired grill. Crispy on the outside moist on the inside. You will leave stuffed and happy.