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) 886-3474
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...
160 E.Bay St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 577-2180
thebackyardgourmet says: Baked is a real gem and is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys a sweet treat now and then. They are right on East Bay street and have a nice sitting room indoors or you can enjoy the More...
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 872-6700
tinamanley says: We eat here every time we are in Charleston and have never been disappointed. The tilapia with garlic spinach, the shrimp salad, the crab cakes, and anything that happens to be the special of the day will be outstanding. We 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...
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...
CO (Thai + Vietnamese)
340 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-3631
factoryconnection says: Overall: a solid, rich menu in a very cool space without a huge price tag I went as part of a trio on Saturday; 8pm no problem getting a seat (that won't last) but there was a solid crowd. There's More...
Edmund's Oast (Modern American, Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
1081 Morrison Dr. Charleston SC
(843) 727-1145
brewengineer says: I am not sure what the previous review is all about, but I am guessing there is a common trend from all the hating on top restaurants. My 3 experiences at Edmund's Oast have all been fantastic. I will go More...
EVO Pizza (Pizza)
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-1796
Ayarkay says: Best pizza in Charleston. It is thin-crust (but not too crispy), and wood-fired. My husband always gets the much-discussed Pork Trifecta, and I get the bianca with wild mushrooms and olives. Start off with a farmer's salad with blue cheese 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, Bar)
434 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0090
jojo16 says: The first time I went to Halls I took my parents and it couldn't have been a more enjoyable night. The food was delicious and the owners came and introduced themselves and came back throughout the night making sure everything More...
10 Hayne St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-3474
tcrump says: Good food and service. Apparently we have gone to the wrong restaurants before now because we found Charleston to be lacking good restaurants ....way too much fried food but Hanks delivered. Thanks!!! 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...
Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 225-RIBS(7427)
Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Rd. 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...
Hyman's Seafood (Seafood)
215 Meeting St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-6000
Larry Roberson says: If i could give more stars they would recive them. They have always been great to me my family and friends and the food has always been great.I guess you bring someone in that has not been in the south 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
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...
Oak Steakhouse (Steakhouse)
17 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-4220
Trevor M says: What a memorable night. We arrived just a bit early for our reservations and waited about 15 minutes in the bar. As we waited Brett Mckee introduced himself and two gentlemen uprooted from their seats for my wife and my More...
675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mt. Pleasant SC
(843) 884-5553
JDChas says: I have gone here on multiple occasions (Citadel Mall) and usually order the burger special for that day. Ingrediants are very good and the offerings are creative. The fries and homemade sauces are good as well. One of the best 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 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...
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

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
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...
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
31 J. C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-3474
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...
American Theater (Music Venue, Theatre)
446 King St. Charleston SC
(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
Sark says: All you can eat local oysters on Sundays. $10. Yes. More...
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw SC
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 872-6700
Joey Mama says: Personally I have always had a great time here. Everyone is really chill, nice. Good drinks, awesome place out back. More...
Blu Beach Bar & Grill (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...
Charleston Music Hall (Music Venue)
37 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-2252
OutdoorEnthus says: Favorite venue in Charleston!
Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-6400
Coast (Seafood, Bar)
39-D John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8838
C17Mark says: This place is NEVER, EVER, a disappointment! The seafood is always unbelievable, the service is impeccable. This is always one of my top recommendations for friends who visit... More...
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
G&M/Fast and French (French, Bar)
98 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-9797
Bob Fell says: My wife and I have had the opportunity to eat lunch at G&M perhaps 10 times. Every time we've been there we've loved it. Sometimes it is very crowded, other times it's just crowded. Elbow to elbow, everybody here is 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...
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...
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 SC
(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...
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...
Monster Music & Movies (Music Venue, Store)
946 Orleans Rd. Charleston SC
(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...
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 SC
843-588-2009
The Bar at Husk (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
72 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
Wallie says: That's right southernchick80 you tell them. 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 SC
(843) 722-3456
Clay Wine says: Brilliant cast, funny performance.
617 Johnny Dodds Blvd. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 723-7334
360 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-2296
34 Prioleau St. Charleston SC
(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 SC
(843) 953-4422
56 Beaufain St. Charleston SC
Chance says: An amazing show! Made me proud of Charleston. More...
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston SC
(843) 529-5050
79 Cumberland St. Charleston SC
(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)
134 Cannon St. Charleston SC
(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 SC
(843) 805-8052
dirty mck says: Best art in town...
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 SC
54 St. Philip St. Charleston SC
Theatre 99 (Music Venue, Theatre)
280 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(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 SC
(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 SC
Fort Sumter (Attraction, Museum)
Charleston Harbor Charleston SC
(843) 883-3123
871 Riverland Drive Charleston SC
(843) 795-4FUN (4386)
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium (General Location, Music Venue, Sports Venue)
360 Fishburne St. Charleston SC
Old City Jail (Attraction, General Location)
21 Magazine St. Charleston SC
S.C. Aquarium (Attraction)
100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston SC
(843) 720-1990
Terrace Theater (Movie Theater)
1956 Maybank Hwy. Charleston SC
(843)762-9494
The Battery (Attraction)
East Battery Street & Murray Blvd. Charleston SC
Volvo Car Stadium (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston SC
(843) 849-5300

Best in Green

Blu Beach Bar & Grill (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 SC
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 SC
149 Village Green Lane Johns Island SC
(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 SC
Monster Music & Movies (Music Venue, Store)
946 Orleans Rd. Charleston SC
(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 SC
(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 SC
40 Patriots Point Road Charleston SC
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 SC
(843) 577-6400
71 Broad St. Charleston SC
142 Church Street Charleston SC
(843) 722-7734

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