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
Chas 40oz says: Rue de Jean is a Charleston classic that never disappoints. Downtown is so saturated with new and amazing restaurants that it’s easy to forget the ones who have been a fixture for such a long time. We were endlessly debating 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...
205 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-8600
mecross says: Honestly, probably the best seafood I have ever had. Portion size was perfect and the price was very appropriate. The atmosphere would be great for a number of occasions, and the wait staff was incredibly helpful. 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...
Charleston Grill (Modern American)
224 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-4522
dirty mck says: I went here last weekend to celebrate a new job, and as such my girlfriend and I opted for the 6 course tasting menu with pairings. It was COMPLETELY worth it, and this would easily rate in my top three More...
Dunleavy's Pub (Bar, Music Venue, English + Irish)
2213-A Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-9646
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 883-3131
FIG (Modern American, Music Venue)
232 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 805-5900
katiek11 says: Fig is fantastic! Their cheese plates are always eclectic and excellent and I have yet to be pointed in the wrong direction concerning wine selection. My favorite thing to do is order a few different apps. and nibble on them More...
Fish (Seafood)
442 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-FISH
cornbread says: The food and service at Fish are excellent. I really enjoy sitting at the bar with a few friends and enjoying their dim sum. I also enjoy "the mercy of the chef" which is offered on Tuesdays for $25. It More...
10 Hayne St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-3474
Gentle bee says: oh yeah--- top rating.
Hominy Grill (New Southern, Breakfast)
207 Rutledge Ave. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 937-0930
csb says: Never been disappointed here. Always a good selection and terrific wait staff More...
Husk Restaurant (New Southern, Bar)
76 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
another cofc student says: Spent an hour at the bar two nights ago, awesome experience, one of the classier bars I've been to in Charleston and the pre-prohibition cocktails are bangin. More...
Hyman's Seafood (Seafood)
215 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-6000
Fred says: Overlooked gem. People think it's a tourist trap but tourists go there for a reason. THe place is hopping, the food is great and the service is tops. Just don't try to go during the peak hours (Fri & Sat More...
Kickin' Chicken (American, Bar, Music Venue)
337 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 805-5020
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...
Mellow Mushroom (Pizza, Bar, Music Venue)
309 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-7374
Meta Sapient says: I remember eating at Mellow Mushroom on my lunch break on a weekly basis in Atlanta. They were never so “upscale” so I really miss just calling in to pick up a calzone or a house salad. I miss the More...
Monza (Pizza)
451 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-8787
charlestonchick says: Good quality food, good veggie options, nice atmosphere. 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...
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
jas says: Concernicus411, I am so sorry to hear you had a bad experience at The CC. I am the general manager and we are fully committed to superior service and using the freshest ingredients to craft our cocktails. Please join us More...
The Grocery (Modern American)
4 Cannon St. Charleston SC
(843) 302-8825
willywoody says: I've eaten here about 5 times and have had excellent service and food each time. Last time I had a confit of pork shoulder. I think it was likely the best pork dish I've ever tasted. It's a destination dish. More...
The Med Eatery & Bar (Southern, Bar, Gallery, Music Venue)
90 Folly Road Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-0323
1world says: Good food. Cool atmosphere
The Ocean Room (Steakhouse)
1 Sanctuary Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 768-6253
Honeysuckle says: This is not only the best steak, but everything else is just so perfect. If you ever have a chance to try to truffled risotto, you will never forget it. Amazing. 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...
Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
160 Church St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-3818
talleypowertrader says: Great place to go for Beers and Music. Best part about this place is the Band, Bartenders, and Beers. It is not the best place to eat nor the best "Irish Bar" but the music and atmosphere has always made More...

Bars + Clubs

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
GreatFoodFinder says: Once again I have got up and Said to My Lady lets go get some Good Eats. So I pack a small over night bag and place it in the car for a 13hr drive to get some of the More...
American Theater (Music Venue, Theatre)
446 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-3456
Clay Wine says: Brilliant cast, funny performance.
Art's Bar & Grill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
413 Coleman Blvd. Mt Pleasant SC
(843) 849-3040
francis.geyer says: Tuesday 20, October, 2009 I had the great pleasure of visintg this ecelectic Reataurant/Bar/Gathering Place/Live Music venue/wonderful Food/ Incredible Ribs/marvelous Service especially from a psuedo Organic fantacis whom I nicknamed ORGI, for over 2 years. Kent, the owner of ARTS More...
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw South Carolina
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 872-6700
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...
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...
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 883-3131
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Road Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
lowcountryfun says: Great for catering also!! Catered our wedding at Folly, their catering director Hope is a true doll, very knowledgeable, and extremely nice!! Highly reccomend!! 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...
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...
Kickin' Chicken (American, Bar, Music Venue)
337 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 805-5020
Madra Rua (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 554-2522
JenngleBells says: Amazing place. Great staff, good food, good drinks. Music is not too loud, tv spacing good too. Wifi seems to be hit or miss though, depending where you're sitting. My boyfriend and I LOVE coming here. Shoutout to Jake! More...
Mellow Mushroom (Pizza, Bar, Music Venue)
309 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-7374
Meta Sapient says: I remember eating at Mellow Mushroom on my lunch break on a weekly basis in Atlanta. They were never so “upscale” so I really miss just calling in to pick up a calzone or a house salad. I miss the More...
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...
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
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...
Poe's Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
2210 Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-0083
doris the finkasauraus says: Once again, Poe's rocks! I'm just posting again to get that effin dive Montreaux off of the CP home page! What a piece of work!! 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
foodful says: We had an amazing experience at the Cocktail Club! We are new to Charleston and the bar was recommended to us by the concierge at The Charleston Place. They took great care of my family and were very gracious in 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 Tin Roof (Hot Dog Joints, Bar, Music Venue)
1117 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-0775
Toasty says: These guys will rock your face!! Great music. Buy their CD! More...
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...
Volvo Cars Stadium (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 849-5300

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
Fort Sumter (Attraction, Museum)
Charleston Harbor Charleston SC
(843) 883-3123
Gaillard Center (General Location, Theatre)
95 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-5212
161 Calhoun St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 953-4422
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
Kathleen Ann Tompkins says: RLS is my favorite gallery to be at in Charleston, hands down phenomenal! Once you walk though the doors you're welcomed to make yourself at home. The owners Robert and Megan are more than friendly and approachable. Often you can More...
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
The Med Eatery & Bar (Southern, Bar, Gallery, Music Venue)
90 Folly Road Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-0323
1world says: Good food. Cool atmosphere
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
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 Theater (Movie Theater)
1956 Maybank Highway Charleston SC
(843)762-9494
The Battery (Attraction)
East Battery Street & Murray Blvd. Charleston South Carolina
Volvo Cars Stadium (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston South Carolina
(843) 849-5300

Best in Green

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...

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
ETimmonsP says: Josh, are you serious? Please click these links and realize you're talking crazy talk, because ratings like this from visitors all over the country don't happen when people act like you're alleging they do. I've been going there for 3 More...
Fort Moultrie (Attraction, General Location)
1214 Middle St. Charleston South Carolina
149 Village Green Lane Johns Island South Carolina
(843) 768-6491
Gaillard Center (General Location, Theatre)
95 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-5212
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
Lagunitas TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary (Bar, Music Venue, American, Brewery)
161 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-4677
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
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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