What to Do in Charleston

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

Restaurants

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
31 J. C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-0024
Snoova says: WOW! Recently went to Acme on a Thursday night, had no idea they served all you can eat crab legs. Figured for 19.99, why not? I was really surprised. The snow crab legs they served were GIANTS! Not the little More...
Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
Gingerman says: We went yesterday for the Halloween party and had a great time. The food and service were outstanding. The patio was very nice yesterday as well. Highly recommended. More...
Alluette's Café (Cafés, Vegetarian + Organic, Restaurants + Bars)
80A Reid St Charleston SC
(843) 577-6926
205 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-8600
Frenchie says: Amen to Amen When you live in Charleston it is easy to become jaded with food. We are so punished by choice that we stick to what we know for fear of dissapointment of something new. Another fish house on More...
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-0088
lchite says: I know, 5 star rating... before you judge I'll admit that the restaurant as a whole: not a 5 star restaurant in my mind. The 5 star rating is specifically for their burgers (which are half off every Tuesday after More...
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...
Hominy Grill (New Southern, Breakfast)
207 Rutledge Ave. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 937-0930
durwoodx says: The service was friendly and attentive. The food (especially the SIDES) ranged from very good to JAW DROPPING. I will never look at lima beans the same way again. More...
Hyman's Seafood (Seafood)
215 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-6000
martin stuart says: went there for the first time. Excelent food, good portions, very fresh, good service and a very intersting atmosphere. definately recommend it. More...
Kudu Coffee House (Coffee + Tea Shops, Music Venue, Open Mic)
4 Vanderhorst St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-7186
blue jean says: Great treat to have good coffee in a garden and read, meet friends, get some early spring sun and listen to the birds sing. That's not all; there's a sitting room in the back you could be lucky enough to More...
Madra Rua (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 554-2522
scottschad says: Just came back from a visit to the local pub Madra Rua. Had the prime rib sandwich and and some strongbow ciders. Pretty tasty (especially with the hand cut fries (mine with vinegar)). Wife had the corn beef and cabbage More...
Moe's Crosstown Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
714 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC
(843) 641-0469
Master Shinzou says: I live right down the street from this bar, my favorite is the Barbecue Bacon and Cheddar Burger. I love the way their burgers are char-broiled and have that smokey flavour :D And I can even smell them cooking when More...
Poe's Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
2210 Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-0083
just beachy says: the best place at the beach.
462 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-7400
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-7770
ChesterCopperPot says: Great food, my favorite burger in town. And the beer dinners are fun and a great meal for cheap. Ditto on jaxx's comment on front-of-house service, unfortunately. I'm a regular here and just deal with it and try to make 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...
Social (Wine Bar, Bar, Restaurants + Bars)
188 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5665
Aliwake says: My husband and I enjoy Social for Happy Hour. It's not crowded then, service has always been great and the drinks and appetizers are really a good value. Also they had Pinot Noir from Oregon! More...
Surf Bar (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
103 W. Cooper Ave. Charleston South Carolina
843-588-2009
The Bar at Husk (Cocktail Bar)
72 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
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 Griffon (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
18 Vendue Range Charleston SC
(843) 723-1700
SCWriter says: Great Place… With one exception I really enjoyed the Griffon. Food was good and the beer selection was great. However, one bartender almost ruined it. It’s a small guy with black hair kind of spiked. Lee or Lloyd (I think). More...
The Grocery (Modern American)
4 Cannon St. Charleston SC
(843) 302-8825
foodful says: We enjoyed our experience! The menu is set up in a way that is perfect for sharing and trying lots of new things! I really like the drink list as well. Churros..not just for the fair! Deep fried dough never More...
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
LocalYocal74 says: The Mill is a great local bar with good food (especially considering their limited resources), a great beer selection, and fantastic local and regional music, that covers a huge variety of genres. The staff is fast and friendly, but also More...
The Tin Roof (Hot Dog Joints, Bar, Music Venue)
1117 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-0775
daisy says: The Lost River Cavemen are the best! ENJOY!! More...
Tomato Shed Cafe (Southern, Store)
842 Main Road Charleston South Carolina
(843) 559-9999
jshaft00 says: Just "discovered" this place last weekend & had lunch, my wife is now teaching school in that area. Unreal. Best crab cake (sandwich) I've had in my life (I've had a lot), excellent cuke/tomato/onion salad, and water/tea/lemonade for $7. Ended More...
Wild Wing (American, Karaoke, Music Venue, Sports Bar, Bar)
36 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-9464

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...
Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
alteredstate says: Wow! On Saturday night we had one of the best meals we've ever had in Charleston at Al Di La. More...
Art's Bar & Grill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
413 Coleman Blvd. Mt Pleasant SC
(843) 849-3040
msdjyoung says: I've eaten there and it's honestly good and the best evening is when any night "Baby Fat" is rocking the joint. They are excellent musicians. 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
lchite says: I know, 5 star rating... before you judge I'll admit that the restaurant as a whole: not a 5 star restaurant in my mind. The 5 star rating is specifically for their burgers (which are half off every Tuesday after More...
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...
Family Circle Tennis Center (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 849-5300
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 883-3131
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium (General Location, Music Venue)
77 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-7400
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue)
434 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 727-0090
Michael J. Pate says: Seems like someone in town has organized a campaign to attack Hall's on this board, (Charleston is still a very small town-not surprised at this). I've been there four times and found both the service and the food to be More...
Henry's House (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
54 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-4363
Yankee Tourist says: (Actualy 3.5 stars, see below about the fish tacos.) We visited your fine Southern city from the frozen North last weekend, were turned away from Hank's on Saturday night (no tables until a quarter of 9pm) and rather than take More...
Hippodrome (Bar, Music Venue)
360 Concord St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-9132
Jason Partee Young says: I currently work in the #2 rated nightclub in the WORLD, "LIV" with is located inside the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. And last years Platinum Ball rivaled ANY event the our club as produced. If you TRUELY More...
Madra Rua (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 554-2522
bropo says: Great place for a pint o' beer... good atmosphere for hanging with friends (4+ stars). The food is good, but not wow, fairly typical (3 stars). 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
citychic says: I could live off the boiled peanut hummus, what a fabulous idea! The chicken salad is a must; the BBQ amazing, and the brunch chimichanga is off the chain! Once you hit your mid-twenties it is hard to find a More...
Morgan Creek Grill (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
80 41st Ave. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8980
Music Farm (Bar, Dance Club, Music Venue)
32 Ann St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-3276
mickd says: I really like the Music Farm. I read one comment about the sound being bad. I totally disagree. I usually try to get to the front of the stage for photography but the last 2 shows I went to at 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...
The Cocktail Club (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
479 King St. Charleston SC
ApocalypseMeow says: Best bar in Charleston! Excellent service, delicious drinks, and tasty food. Will be back again and again! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could! More...
The Ice House (Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue)
104 E. Doty Ave. Summerville SC
(843) 875-5500
Gisele Farmer says: Awesome Bar! Fantastic bartenders, and always make people feel welcomed! 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 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 Tin Roof (Hot Dog Joints, Bar, Music Venue)
1117 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-0775
yeah yeah yeah says: Great food, cheap drinks, great fun!
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...
Trio Club (Bar, Dance Club, Music Venue)
139 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 965-5333

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
savannahshambler says: excellent! ms. buck is exceptional!
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 Drive 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
max says: A group of us went to Blu last week to try it out for the first time. The rennovations at the Holiday Inn are great. The Blu dining room is huge, which was expected because it is in a hotel. More...
Social (Wine Bar, Bar, Restaurants + Bars)
188 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5665
-A says: Very sophisticated and upscale without being snobby. The service is great with a great selection for drinks and food. I always have a good time here. Check out the info pages because they have themes (like little black dress night) 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
joshl725 says: Ok, ok. After discussions with many about my review, maybe i overreacted. maybe i was the one having the bad day and i did the same thing that i myself complained about and took it out on an undeserving party. 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
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...

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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