The music never stops: Charleston Pour House celebrates 20 years

The music never stops: Charleston Pour House celebrates 20 years


“I cared about live music and knew nothing about the bar business. I was just doing something that I loved and trying to make it,” Charleston Pour House owner Alex Harris said of his auspicious 2002 takeover of the establishment formerly called Pour Hour Restaurant & Pub.

Alex Harris (left) and his wife Vanessa are the couple behind Pour House, which has been a mainstay music venue in Charleston | Rūta Smith file photo

The original West Ashley site of the modest operation migrated after a few years to its current James Island location off Maybank Highway with Harris’ reimagined Pour House concept.

Along the way, Vanessa Harris (Alex’s now wife) joined Alex in this endeavor, and together they crafted a bold mission statement outlining their desire to cultivate a regional epicenter for music lovers, artists of various mediums and other like-minded individuals.

Looking around the venue after 20 years in operation, it’s remarkable to see the sort of community the Harrises carefully created and maintained.

Besides offering live music nightly, PoHo regularly hosts markets, yoga sessions, mural competitions and plenty of kid-friendly programming. And of course, there is the insanely popular weekly Wednesday residency that Grateful Dead tribute act The Reckoning began at Pour House in 2010.


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