What to Do in Charleston

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

Restaurants

A.C.'s Bar and Grill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
467 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-6742
chaslovah says: Love A.C.'s brunch. Chicken and waffles are the best cure for a hangover. If you want to avoid college students, get there earlier. It's as simple as that. More...
Black Bean Co. (Cafés, Vegetarian + Organic, Breakfast)
429 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 277-0990
Johanna says: Chef Grossman your zucchini muffin is the bomb, thanks. Johanna 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 Beer Works (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Sports Bar)
480 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 (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 225-RIBS(7427)
FIG (Modern American, Bar)
232 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 805-5900
Mayor1231 says: My husband and I ate at FIG last night with a group of friends, and the food and service were both phenomenal! They were more than willing to accommodate the size of our group, and did a great job explaining More...
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue, Bar)
434 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 727-0090
kathyLynn says: We had a wonderful dinner at Halls Chophouse. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food was great, and the staff was very attentive. I disagree with other postings regarding the staff. We found it refreshing to have a host and waiter More...
10 Hayne St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-3474
Gentle bee says: oh yeah--- top rating.
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...
Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Road Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
Tracy Bolt says: We lOVE Home Team on Sully! Great Staff! Great Service! Always a good crowd. Good Music and the food is right on time. The menu has a fair bit of variety as compared to West Ash which keeps it interesting. More...
Hominy Grill (New Southern, Breakfast, Bar)
207 Rutledge Ave. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 937-0930
Georgiafan says: One of the highlights of the trip!
Husk Restaurant (New Southern, Bar)
76 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
aaronrichard says: Husk can be found in a beautifully restored residence on Queen Street. When you walk up to the restaurant, it reminds you of a prohibition-era estate with a beautiful landscaping and an impressive front porch that invites you inside with More...
Jestine's Kitchen (Southern)
251 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-7224
Ted Behling says: This restaurant closed temporarily and has now re-opened. My wife & I went there many times before it closed and always enjoyed it. We have not been back since re-opening so can't comment on how it is now. More...
Kickin' Chicken (American, Bar, Music Venue)
337 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 805-5020
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...
Morgan Creek Grill (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
80 41st Ave. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8980
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...
Surf Bar (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
103 W. Cooper Ave. Charleston South Carolina
843-588-2009
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 Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
Skye Paige says: The Mill RAWKS! It is def. one of the coolest places to hang in Charleston..the staff is on their toes and ready to serve...the have GREAT music...cool retro furniture... local art on the walls...and the food is actually purdy good...if 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...
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
Charleston Beer Works (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Sports Bar)
480 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5885
roger dodger says: great beer selection, great games to play while there, always have every game on TV, and there is always a ton of good looking coed's there. More...
Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-6400
EVO Pizza (Pizza, Music Venue)
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-1796
kmacky says: Great food, great beer, great service, consistently. More...
FIG (Modern American, Bar)
232 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 805-5900
Mayor1231 says: My husband and I ate at FIG last night with a group of friends, and the food and service were both phenomenal! They were more than willing to accommodate the size of our group, and did a great job explaining More...
G&M/Fast and French (French, Bar)
98 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-9797
Echarais says: There are two things that make us talk about Fast and French a year after leaving Charleston, and will make us come back again: Chocolate Croissants and French Press Coffee. Not too sweet, perfect taste! 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...
Husk Restaurant (New Southern, Bar)
76 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
Guy says: These stars are for the burger.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium (General Location, Music Venue, Sports Venue)
360 Fishburne St. Charleston South Carolina
Midtown Bar & Grill (Bar, Music Venue, New Southern)
559 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 737-4284
clay says: I've eaten at midtown twice for lunch and have been twice for drinks. Great BBQ and pimento cheese sandwiches and awesome sides like fried okra. The brunch menu looks really good and I've heard good reviews. I've been for happy 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...
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...
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 Dr. North Charleston South Carolina
(843) 529-5050
stef717 says: Saw this on opening night. Definitely as good as I remember Cirque being More...
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston South Carolina
(843) 529-5050
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 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) 261-0360
beans 1 says: Best bar in town! Also, an award winning, incredible restaurant downstairs! Great service, great active owner, great staff & management, and an extremely talented Chef who pours his heart into his food! If you haven't been, I suggest you go! More...
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
Skye Paige says: The Mill RAWKS! It is def. one of the coolest places to hang in Charleston..the staff is on their toes and ready to serve...the have GREAT music...cool retro furniture... local art on the walls...and the food is actually purdy good...if 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...
The Windjammer (Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic)
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8596
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...
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)
7 Broad 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) 242-3099
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
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
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
(844) 462-7342 ext. 2601
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 Car 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
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) 242-3099
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 Dr. 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
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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