What to Do in Charleston

This list was compiled from Charleston City Paper's readers' and editors' top picks.

Restaurants

39 Rue De Jean (French, Bar)
39 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8881
Frugal Gourmet says: Only went in for the mussels, but they were out of this world good. Bacon and Blue cheese with lots of bread to sop up the love. More...
A.C.'s Bar and Grill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
467 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-6742
misstarajayne says: AC's in the best dive in town for fries and a coke. No joke. This place rules. Their fries will knock your socks off. <3 More...
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
31 J. C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-0024
WorldFoodTester says: Great food Great Service and One Heck of a Great place. I always like the opinion of curstormers that complain about the little things. Always blow nothing into something, because they have nothing better to do. Maybe take a deep More...
Big John's Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
251 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-DIVE
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-0088
placdaddy says: Food was excellent. I had the mussels in the guiness cream sauce. Mary had the brisket. The staff was super friendly and very attentive. Don't forget to visit the bar out back. Michael & Mary More...
Boulevard Diner (Southern, Breakfast)
409 W. Coleman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant South Carolina
(843) 216-2611
chfc says: Best food for the price hands down.
Charleston Beer Works (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Sports Bar)
468 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5885
norml912 says: Went to CBW to watch NCAA tourney... had a burger and FF. It was awesome, hand ground burgers and hand-cut french fries. Huge selection of beers and a bunch of Holy City drafts. I am honestly impressed. One of the More...
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Road Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
rsalp says: I have eaten at several of the BBQ/Rib places in Charleston and I think this place is the best. The mac and cheese is awesome, their mustard BBQ sauce is outstanding. Diffently a most for all BBQ fans. More...
Gene's Haufbrau (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
817 Savannah Hwy. Charleston SC
(843) 225-4363
jessicabcd says: Nice bar with friendly people and a large beer selection, but there are too few pool tables and dart boards. I think that there should be a time limit on games. More...
McCrady's (Modern American)
2 Unity Alley Charleston SC
(843) 577-0025
dsharlee says: Yep - McCrady's lived up to it's great reputation when we dined there last night. The 4-courses with wine pairings was impeccable and the service outstanding. Expensive but worth it. More...
Med Bistro (American, Bar, Gallery, Music Venue)
90 Folly Road Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-0323
1world says: Good food. Cool atmosphere
Mellow Mushroom (Pizza, Bar, Music Venue)
309 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-7374
twa318 says: PHENOMENAL PIZZA!!! Mellow Mushroom makes fanatic pizza, and the restaurant itself is pretty cool. The new rooftop patio is very cool and with the addition of restrooms upstairs you no longer have to walk down a set of stairs and More...
Moe's Crosstown Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
714 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC
(843) 641-0469
tattoojoe says: Can i join you at Moes??? dang bro" that's all you had to say!!! More...
Morgan Creek Grill (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
80 41st Ave. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8980
Muse (Mediterranean)
82 Society St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-1102
Walker says: This is the best place I've found in years in Charleston! Fun, friendly and really outstanding food. Indoors, outdoors or at the bar. I can't wait to come back!!!!! More...
Peninsula Grill (New Southern)
112 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-0700
abacoboat says: For a special night out Peninsula Grill cannot be beaten. The food, wine, and service are outstanding. If I were to pick one place to eat traditional Charleston favorites this would be my number one choice. Expensive but worth it. More...
Poe's Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
2210 Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-0083
possumjc says: I am not surprised that there are negative reviews of Poe's. (Or any resturant on here). A lot of people will only post a review if they had a bad experience. Poe's is a great place. The burgers are fantastic More...
462 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-7400
Social (Wine Bar, Bar, Restaurants + Bars)
188 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5665
foodie79 says: Great time we had at social wednesday. Friendly hostess, accommodating wait staff, and great food & drinks! More...
Southend Brewery & Smokehouse (Bar, Music Venue, American, Brewery)
161 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-4677
The Bar at Husk (Cocktail Bar)
72 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
The Griffon (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
18 Vendue Range Charleston SC
(843) 723-1700
Urmothershusband says: Thanks for the suggestion! While I didn't have the "Honey Badger Wrap," I can tell this staff is the ideal group to create and serve it in the city. Thanks again for the insight! More...
The Ocean Room (Steakhouse)
1 Sanctuary Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 768-6253
mynamewastaken says: We recently went for my boyfriend's birthday. Yes, it's pricey, but totally worth it for the food and the experience! Great service, great view, amazing wine list! More...
The Ordinary (Seafood)
544 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 414-7060
Claire Vernon O'Bryan says: We went in March and everything was absolutely spectacular. The swordfish was the best preparation of fish I've ever had. Went with my parents and a friend, and the bill was totally appropriate for what we ordered (plenty of food More...
Tomato Shed Cafe (Southern, Store)
842 Main Road Charleston South Carolina
(843) 559-9999
Guy says: This place has the best home cooking in the Lowcountry. Never a disappointment. The fresh caught shrimp (NO PRESERVATIVES) come in daily from their own boat. More...

Local Food

The Green Door (Local Foods, Fusion + Eclectic)
251 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 754-9914
pizzaben says: Unique place with excellent food!!!

Bars + Clubs

39 Rue De Jean (French, Bar)
39 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8881
ryanh says: My wife and I went in for a late supper Saturday night close to ten o'clock, pre-Built to Spill at the Farm, after the Grocery messed up our reservations. We had the foie, the beef tartar, the sweetbreads and the More...
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw South Carolina
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-6400
Coastal Carolina Fair (Attraction, Music Venue)
Exchange Park, Hwy. 78 Charleston South Carolina
(843) 572-3161
another cofc student says: Sooooo much fun
Dunleavy's Pub (Bar, Music Venue, English + Irish)
2213-A Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-9646
EVO (Pizza, Music Venue)
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-1796
cgi-bin laden says: I have celiac disease and I still eat here occasionally. That should tell you something. More...
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Road Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
jonathan1510 says: My only experience has been with the W.A. locale. Always a great meal, quick service, and friendly people. They always have live music, very eclectic, and the bar staff, always very generous. AAA+ More...
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium (General Location, Music Venue)
77 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-7400
Henry's House (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
54 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-4363
shape1271 says: henry's kicks major ass!new years eve was a blast! SOOO many people, and the band three-legged wheel is the coolest act i've seen around here! they wore SUITS and the singer/bass dude sounds JUST like JOURNEY and AC/DC!! P.S... the More...
Hippodrome (Bar, Music Venue)
360 Concord St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-9132
Surfer592 says: I went last year and the event was amazing. I bought a vip room and from what i remember it had everything we asked for plus some food which was great. I highly recommend going this year as I have More...
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium (General Location, Music Venue, Sports Venue)
360 Fishburne St. Charleston South Carolina
Kudu Coffee House (Coffee + Tea Shops, Music Venue, Open Mic)
4 Vanderhorst St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-7186
Genette T. says: HIDDEN JEM! Tucked away right off King, we never would have found this place if it wasn't for someone at the farmers market raving about Kudu. Without a doubt, one of the top coffee shops in the south east! More...
Madra Rua (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 554-2522
whitley says: I live in Columbia, but visit my sons in Charleston frequently. Being of Irish descent, I always make a bee-line for Madra Rua. Their service and food are always excellent. Their food and drink are priced right. More...
Med Bistro (American, Bar, Gallery, Music Venue)
90 Folly Road Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-0323
1world says: Good food. Cool atmosphere
Midtown Bar & Grill (Bar, Music Venue, New Southern)
559 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 737-4284
sally78 says: Been to Midtown a couple of times and definitely think they have done it right with the bar/restaurant feel. The food was very good and the atmosphere was really fun with the outside dining and bar. I would recommend the More...
Monster Music & Movies (Music Venue, Store)
946 Orleans Rd. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 571-4657
blue jean says: Nice to find, friendly, accommodating, huge selections all types of music... and even used CD DVD and VCR sections. They'll order what you can't find. More...
Red's Ice House (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
98 Church St. Mt Pleasant SC
(843) 388-0003
blue jean says: Great place for fun and the good life with drinks, friends, and lots of seating on outdoor decks right on Shem Creek! Watch the sunset and enjoy a beer or two, then stay to party with live bands in the More...
Snapper Jack's Seafood & Raw Bar (Seafood, Music Venue, Bar)
10 Center St. Folly Beach SC
(843) 633-0174
KevinMD says: Love Snappers. I go every time I'm on Folly. The only place to be. More...
The Cocktail Club (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
479 King St. Charleston SC
Pat Mulhern says: This place really has a unique and mature environment. Service and technique are unbelievably polished, creative, and just plain fun! Classy establishment. More...
The Ice House (Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue)
104 E. Doty Ave. Summerville SC
(843) 875-5500
icehouse says: Hello Danica, My name is Woody. I am the owner of the Icehouse. I would like to inform you that you should not complain about an $18 tab you did not pay! After complaining about not being able to pay More...
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
Matt from Athens says: I came into town as part of a touring band and had probably the best experience of the four weeks we spent on the road. The staff from the owners to the bartenders were all extremely friendly and helpful and More...
The Pour House (Bar, Music Venue, Dance Club)
1977 Maybank Hwy. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 571-4343
arteear01 says: FCB, they OPEN the doors at 9pm (usually, but sometimes earlier for "early" shows...depends on the band). Don't expect the band to start when the doors open, that's just silly. If you go to a sporting event would you expect More...
The Recovery Room (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
685 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0999
diametrica says: Super-friendly staff, great food, Trivia on Thursdays, plenty of TVs, games -- and parking. Oh yeah, and drinks. It's perfect. More...
The Windjammer (Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic)
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8596
Vickery's Bar and Grill (American, Bar)
1313 Shrimp Boat Lane Mt Pleasant SC
(843) 884-4440
may64 says: Thank you Vickery's! I am a local and dine at Vick's often, but this was my first time with a large group. I organize monthly dinners for a women's group. Our outing at Vickery's was one of our tastiest and More...

Arts

American Theater (Music Venue, Theatre)
446 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-3456
Clay Wine says: Brilliant cast, funny performance.
617 Johnny Dodds Blvd. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-7334
360 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-2296
34 Prioleau St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 958-6484
Corrigan Gallery (Gallery)
62 Queen St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-9868
135 Church St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-3968
kvegasgrl says: Re: Dock Street Theatre Attend a play, in the comfortable, historical Dock Street Theatre, ... and treat yourself to a grand step back in time. This is my favorite theatre in the U.S. and I love sitting in the open More...
54 St. Philip St. Charleston SC
843-953-5604
2143 Heriot St. Suite F Charleston South Carolina
(843) 425-3576
Eye Level Art: 103 (Gallery, Music Venue)
103 Spring St. Charleston SC
(843) 425-3576
Randolino says: Superb in every way.
Fort Sumter (Attraction, Museum)
Charleston Harbor Charleston SC
(843) 883-3123
161 Calhoun St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 953-4422
Med Bistro (American, Bar, Gallery, Music Venue)
90 Folly Road Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-0323
1world says: Good food. Cool atmosphere
56 Beaufain St. Charleston SC
Chance says: An amazing show! Made me proud of Charleston. More...
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston South Carolina
(843) 529-5050
79 Cumberland St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-9350
Edgewater Kitchens says: Sailing on the high seas takes a dedicated and seasoned sailor. Thank you to the crew and her captain for bringing her to Charleston. More...
PURE Theatre (Theatre)
477 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-4444
r maria says: LOVED PURE Theatre's Waffle Haus Christmas! Run, don't walk, and see it before the play closes! More...
2 Queen St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 805-8052
peggyclem says: This is a must, for women and men!
Sottile Theatre (Theatre)
44 George St. Charleston SC
(843) 953-6340
Ed says: As good and as fun (and as offensive and as sexist -- as only Mel Brooks can get away with) as the Broadway show. The actors are all incredible (but 'Max', 'Bloom', 'Uma' and exceptionally funny 'Roger' deserve special note); More...
12 Hagood Ave. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-6906
24 N. Market St. Charleston South Carolina
54 St. Philip St. Charleston South Carolina
Theatre 99 (Music Venue, Theatre)
280 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-6687
thatscenegirl says: An excellent and worth-while show to see. More...
Village Playhouse (Theatre)
730 Coleman Blvd. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 856-1579

Entertainment

Carolina Ice Palace (Sports Venue)
7665 Northwoods Blvd Charleston South Carolina
(843) 572-2717
Cinebarre (Movie Theater)
963 Houston-Northcutt Boulevard Mount Pleasant SC
(843)884-7885
2072 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 556-4629
dee37 says: I've been about 5-6 times and have always had a good experience. You aren't paying $2 "for the glasses", you are paying extra for the advanced technology and the fact that you are watching it in 3D is worth the More...
Coastal Carolina Fair (Attraction, Music Venue)
Exchange Park, Hwy. 78 Charleston South Carolina
(843) 572-3161
another cofc student says: Sooooo much fun
Family Circle Tennis Center (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 849-5300
Fort Moultrie (Attraction, General Location)
1214 Middle St. Charleston South Carolina
Fort Sumter (Attraction, Museum)
Charleston Harbor Charleston SC
(843) 883-3123
871 Riverland Dr. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 795-4FUN (4386)
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium (General Location, Music Venue, Sports Venue)
360 Fishburne St. Charleston South Carolina
Old City Jail (Attraction, General Location)
21 Magazine St. Charleston South Carolina
S.C. Aquarium (Attraction)
100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston South Carolina
(843) 720-1990
Terrace Theatre (Movie Theater)
1956 Maybank Highway Charleston SC
(843)762-9494
The Battery (Attraction)
East Battery Street & Murray Blvd. Charleston South Carolina

Best in Green

Alluette's Café (Cafés, Vegetarian + Organic, Restaurants + Bars)
80A Reid St Charleston SC
(843) 577-6926
Blu Restaurant & Bar (Seafood, Music Venue, Restaurants + Bars)
1 Center St. Folly Beach SC
(843) 588-6658
eatingout says: Met some friends there last week as they were on vacation on Folly. Sat outside and it was fantastic. I cannot believe how much the Holiday Inn has changed. It is modern and just looks great. Service was slow, but More...
Social (Wine Bar, Bar, Restaurants + Bars)
188 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5665
mynamewastaken says: Great pizzas, great wine selection. I was actually surprised at their extensive craft beer selection as well. Young, hip ambience made for a nice change from other downtown restaurants. More...

General

Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw South Carolina
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
14 Exchange St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5446
chrys says: My only problem with CBX is that it's not located closer to me, which is probably a good thing or I'd spend most of my paycheck there. I love that place and I don't understand the "jerks" comment - every More...
Fort Moultrie (Attraction, General Location)
1214 Middle St. Charleston South Carolina
149 Village Green Lane Johns Island South Carolina
(843) 768-6491
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium (General Location, Music Venue)
77 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-7400
Generation XXX (Store)
7219-A Cross County Road Charleston SC
(843) 552-9700
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium (General Location, Music Venue, Sports Venue)
360 Fishburne St. Charleston South Carolina
Monster Music & Movies (Music Venue, Store)
946 Orleans Rd. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 571-4657
blue jean says: Nice to find, friendly, accommodating, huge selections all types of music... and even used CD DVD and VCR sections. They'll order what you can't find. More...
North Charleston Coliseum (Music Venue, General Location)
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston South Carolina
(843) 529-5050
stef717 says: Saw this on opening night. Definitely as good as I remember Cirque being More...
Old City Jail (Attraction, General Location)
21 Magazine St. Charleston South Carolina
40 Patriots Point Road Charleston South Carolina
Southend Brewery & Smokehouse (Bar, Music Venue, American, Brewery)
161 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-4677
Tomato Shed Cafe (Southern, Store)
842 Main Road Charleston South Carolina
(843) 559-9999
rjm says: My favorite spot for lunch in the Charleston area!! Everything is absolutely delicious and well priced!! My only recommendation would be to add a few more tables and eliminate some of the freestanding displays. I think they have enough of More...

Community

Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-6400
71 Broad St. Charleston South Carolina
142 Church Street Charleston SC
(843) 722-7734

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