What to Do in Charleston

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

Restaurants

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...
205 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-8600
Robin Hillyer Miles says: Try the shrimp corndogs! You will not be disappointed. More...
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...
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
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...
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...
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue, Bar)
434 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0090
Kfocus Sunriver says: RS2494 obviously has issues as he is reposting so I'll post a 5 rating to help negate his duplication. More...
10 Hayne St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-3474
Gentle bee says: oh yeah--- top rating.
Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Rd. Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
smokyweiner says: I dig both joints quite a lot. I go for the food sometimes and for the music other times and I always seem to come out happy. My kids enjoy it, my girlfriend enjoys it and they have a really More...
Husk (New Southern, Bar)
76 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
BonjourPrincess says: I have been to Husk only for lunch so far, but am excited to try them again for dinner and Thanksgiving. The first time I went to Husk, it was only on recommendation and I must admit I was worried. 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
Kudu Coffee House (Coffee + Tea Shops, Music Venue, Open Mic)
4 Vanderhorst St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-7186
Genette T. says: HIDDEN JEM! Tucked away right off King, we never would have found this place if it wasn't for someone at the farmers market raving about Kudu. Without a doubt, one of the top coffee shops in the south east! More...
McCrady's Restaurant (Modern American)
2 Unity Alley Charleston SC
CharlestonEater says: Best in Charleston. Love it! Very unique favors and the best Manhattan in town. 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...
Morgan Creek Grill (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
80 41st Ave. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8980
Oak Steakhouse (Steakhouse)
17 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-4220
brewengineer says: This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I have tried every appetizer and always been impressed. I am not sure if I like dry aged beef enough to splurge on that cut of steak (NY Strip) again, but it 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...
675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mt. Pleasant SC
(843) 884-5553
Captain Hungry says: Very tasty burger (I had the "colorado" which was chili + cheddar cheese). House salad + house dressing was also excellent and a great price ! The prices were right and the food great - I will be going here More...
101 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8000
csb says: Excellent and consistant food
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
mola says: Best indie venue in town... best part... never a cover! 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...
The Tin Roof (Hot Dog Joints, Bar, Music Venue)
1117 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-0775
AmericanAtheistClinicEscort says: welcome to my neighborhood eastbound curb lane veers South along Magnolia from Ashley River Road which also ends here becoming Andrews Boulevard, no "saints" anywhere in my world... plenty of parking, follow your nose to many great food joints, music, 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

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...
Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
parmapro says: I was visiting Charleston, SC for holiday and I asked around for the best Italian restaurant in town. I was pointed towards Al Di La in the West Ashley area of Charleston off of the Savannah Highway, My experience was 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
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...
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
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...
Charleston Beer Works (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Sports Bar)
480 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-5885
Scott Mullen says: The new location is great. Having an outdoor patio to go to out to is great for our running group that meets up there. All the other reviews are out dated and should be removed since they are about it's More...
Charleston Music Hall (Music Venue)
37 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-2252
sassperillo says: I have seen many great shows here! Looks like a great line-up for spring as well! 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...
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...
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue, Bar)
434 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0090
Dana_Marie says: My husband and I treated my parents at Hall's Saturday evening. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. My Dad placed his bone-in filet as one of the top three steaks he has had in his More...
Husk (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...
Kickin' Chicken (American, Bar, Music Venue)
337 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 805-5020
Monza (Pizza, Bar, Italian)
451 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-8787
JFrank says: I have to take that last review with a grain of salt. I could've attributed "Ceasar" to a typo, maybe. But "Danial Bould"-- really???? I'm not saying everyone should know who Daniel Boulud is, but if you're going to be More...
Muse (Mediterranean, Bar)
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...
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...
5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston SC
(843) 529-5050
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 Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
mola says: Best indie venue in town... best part... never a cover! More...
The Recovery Room (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
685 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0999
huger love says: Boston and his staff make this the place to head to in whatever your attire. The patrons are eclectic, the drinks are awesome, Buck Hunter is the best and the shake weight Boston has behind the bar says it all. 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 SC
(843) 853-6687
lizann101 says: Awesome, Love it , it's great.
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...
Volvo Car Stadium (Music Venue, Sports Venue)
161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston SC
(843) 849-5300

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
savannahshambler says: excellent! ms. buck is exceptional!
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
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 SC
54 St. Philip St. Charleston SC
Theatre 99 (Music Venue, Theatre)
280 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(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 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
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...

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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