Photo of the exterior of St. James Gate

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Serving traditional Irish fare and seaside favorites. Over 20 beers on draft, including Irish staples and local craft selections. Home of the famous and award-winning Frozen Irish Coffee, and the best pint of Guinness in Charleston. Just steps away from the beach.

Céad Míle Fáilte

St. James Gate Proper Irish Pub opened its doors on Folly Beach in June 2015. The name itself has always been associated with the brewing trade since the Middle Ages. On December 31, 1759 the lease of a brewery was signed over to Arthur Guinness (yes, that Guinness) for 9,000 years at €45 per year! St. James’s Gate has been the Guinness Brewery ever since.

Here in Folly we pay homage to the brewery by naming our Proper Irish Pub after the home of the Black Stuff. With a commitment to providing great food, hand-crafted cocktails, and a unique assortment of fine wine, craft beer and stout; we want to be your local Irish Pub. Designed by international designer Benjamin Kay and the Teevan Family, the pub boasts an interior of wood and stone, along with windows that open wide to allow the ocean breeze in. Our “secret” Garden is a pet friendly oasis off Center Street. It features a wood-burning fireplace for the cooler months and a sunny European style café the rest of the year.

We sincerely hope that our Pub will become your home away from home. Welcome!





Folly Beach’s Premiere Bachelorette Destination

This is one of my favorite places on Folly Beach.  Food is good, staff is always friendly and location is great.  We fell in love with the Frozen Irish Coffee.

Trip Advisor - May 2018

It was great, from burgers to Bangers & Mash.  Great selection of drinks, both American and Irish.  Fantastic pub feel.

Facebook - May 2018

IRISH you were here!  Seriously try this awesome place.  Fish & Chips were delicious, great beer selection, and the Irish Breakfast made me very happy.  Also, after hours they have a fun nightlife upstairs.  Check it out!

Google Reviews - April 2018