Cocktail lounges in Charleston are exclusive, swanky and stylish night spots, though neither pretentious nor stuffy. They are bastions of civility and sophistication. Different from saloons where the point was to become inebriated rapidly and economically, these lounges are a place where ladies and gentlemen socialize in a productive and cultured way. They introduce their guests to another time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat is both healthful and enjoyable. Industry judges describe the cocktail served as the most refined, elegant and modern; the balance is perfect and the texture, velvety smooth. With a fine selection of whiskeys, scotches, and cognacs, and a toasty deck, they draw the city's A-listers.