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
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...
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...
199 St. Philip St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-0833
Rabun Jones says: I love Brown's Court! Everything I've had there has been incredible. The cookies are the size of your head, and each and every flavor is perfect. I had no idea one of my favorite cookies there was gluten free--it's that More...
Charleston Grill (Modern American)
224 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-4522
emichan says: Dinner here is an annual birthday tradition for me, and it is always the best part. I've had fine dining experiences all over Charleston, and many in New York and Boston. This restaurant tops all others for consistency, freshness, innovative More...
Coast (Seafood, Bar)
39-D John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8838
csb says: Excellent food in a funky atomosphere
EVO (Pizza, Music Venue)
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-1796
nofaith says: Not that Urbanspoon is the end all be all but after reading Rosemary's review and positive comments about Baroni's I figured I would look them up. I am always up for a good pizza. Well, 74% approve for a restaurant More...
Fish (Seafood)
442 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-FISH
23park says: I LOVE FISH!!!!! The staff is so nice and the food has been terrific EVERY SINGLE TIME! The servers are well informed and very pleasant. My husband and I love to go there for a terrific meal without the stuffy 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...
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue)
434 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 727-0090
Joey Mama says: Have always wanted to eat here, and finally two weeks ago I stumbled in here one evening because I was entertaining a client who was fiending for a steak. We breezed through to a table, was sat down and was More...
10 Hayne St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-3474
Gentle bee says: oh yeah--- top rating.
Jestine's Kitchen (Southern)
251 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-7224
Clodette Winters says: In Dec. I was in S. C. and by accident I found "JESTINE"s. There was a parking space on the side of the restaurant but the sign said, "no parking 2 - 7 p m". It was after 7 so More...
Moe's Crosstown Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
714 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC
(843) 641-0469
JennaRee says: I had brunch for the first time at Moe's last weekend. By far one of the best I've had in Charleston! Fantastic food, little to no wait time because we got a seat at the bar, and no pretentious prices. 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
alicia66 says: Wash of the everyday with a vacation at Muse. The wine bar is the perfect petit spot to avoid the high heels & cologne of other obvious night spots. Muse quietly oozes conversation, charm mixed with Matts magic tricks & 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
kevbodavidson says: great patio and great speakers
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston SC
(843) 766-7770
CircleHook says: Consistenly good burgers and every topping you could imagine using Meyers Farm fresh ground beef (had to ask my gf what the name of the farm was). Been going there for the better part of 2 years. Ask them about 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
101 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8000
csb says: Excellent and consistant food
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...
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...
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...
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...

Bars + Clubs

American Theater (Music Venue, Theatre)
446 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-3456
Clay Wine says: Brilliant cast, funny performance.
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw South Carolina
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
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...
Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-6400
Coast (Seafood, Bar)
39-D John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8838
shocksplicer says: Always a great meal at Coast, the interior and outside dining areas are fun and really well done. Its a great place to go with a small group, service is excellent. Its def. on the high side with prices, but More...
Coastal Carolina Fair (Attraction, Music Venue)
Exchange Park, Hwy. 78 Charleston South Carolina
(843) 572-3161
another cofc student says: Sooooo much fun
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...
Kickin' Chicken (American, Bar, Music Venue)
337 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 805-5020
Kudu Coffee House (Coffee + Tea Shops, Music Venue, Open Mic)
4 Vanderhorst St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-7186
warwit says: Too many men wearing tight jeans and women reading books, but those are really negligible and are worthy of a pass. They would do well to add some cornhole boards and a few flatscreens so that you didn't have to 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...
Moe's Crosstown Tavern (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
714 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC
(843) 641-0469
Webmaster says: Awesome burgers
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...
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston South Carolina
(843) 529-5050
Southend Brewery & Smokehouse (Bar, Music Venue, American, Brewery)
161 East Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-4677
Surf Bar (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
103 W. Cooper Ave. Charleston South Carolina
843-588-2009
101 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8000
csb says: Excellent and consistant food
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 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 Ice House (Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue)
104 E. Doty Ave. Summerville SC
(843) 875-5500
Patrick Ewen says: I have ordered take-out from the IceHouse on several occasions and have no complaints. The food was very good, and reasonably priced. Service has always been cheerful and attentive. I will return again. 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...
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
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...
Wild Wing (American, Karaoke, Music Venue, Sports Bar, Bar)
36 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-9464

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
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
Golden Ratio says: RLS is truly a wonderful place to hangout and enjoy some great fine art. Every aspect of the gallery is beautiful - especially the spirits of founders Robert & Megan. Whether you are a high end collector looking for the 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
dimples68938 says: This restaurant was by far the best restaurant I have been to in years. Our waitress was lovely and the atmosphere couldn't have been more perfect. My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner, while remaining intimate, yet somewhat casual. More...
54 St. Philip St. Charleston South Carolina
Theatre 99 (Music Venue, Theatre)
280 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-6687
lizann101 says: Awesome, Love it , it's great.
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
chasfoodie says: I have eaten at Blu several times and it is always great! Personally, I love the pepper seared tuna and it is one of my favorites on the sharing menu so I guess that's a matter of taste. The artful 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 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
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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