What to Do in Charleston

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

Restaurants

205 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-8600
ggh says: Locals don't have to go to upper King to have fun anymore. Amen Street is a bar with great food. It's all about fresh seafood. There's no chicken on this menu. If you want to have fun with the beautiful More...
Blind Tiger (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
38 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 872-6700
Colleen says: I had the most amazing burger at Blind Tiger. It was one of the specials - kobe beef, this unbelievably thick bacon, and delectable blue cheese. There are almost no words to describe how delicious it was! The last time More...
CO (Thai + Vietnamese)
340 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-3631
eastoak says: I lived on the west coast for years where Vietnamese and Thai restaurants were cheap, plentiful, and authentic. It's rare to find the same level of tastiness here. I wish I could remember the name of the shrimp and noodle More...
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...
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
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...
Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 225-RIBS(7427)
Hominy Grill (New Southern, Breakfast, Bar)
207 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC
(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
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
martin stuart says: went there for the first time. Excelent food, good portions, very fresh, good service and a very intersting atmosphere. definately recommend it. More...
McCrady's Restaurant (Modern American)
155 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
foodtraveler says: This is one of the best restaurants in the *world*. The best chefs in other cities know it. While there are many fine restaurants in Charleston, nothing can touch McCrady's. This one isn't even close. I suspect that most who 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...
Muse (Mediterranean, Bar)
82 Society St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-1102
Walker says: This is the best place I've found in years in Charleston! Fun, friendly and really outstanding food. Indoors, outdoors or at the bar. I can't wait to come back!!!!! More...
Oak Steakhouse (Steakhouse)
17 Broad St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-4220
Culinary Cathy says: Oak Steakhouse is unparalleled in service and fine food! As a matter of fact when we go elsewhere we are disappointed. Each item on the menu is prepared well beyond all expectations. The entire staff is involved in delivering the 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...
462 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 724-7400
kevbodavidson says: great patio and great speakers
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...
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 Bar at Husk (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
72 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
The Griffon (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
18 Vendue Range Charleston SC
(843) 723-1700
Gordon Gekko's Cell Phone says: Try the Honey Badger wrap! Homemade!
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 Ocean Room (Steakhouse)
1 Sanctuary Drive Charleston SC
(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

39 Rue De Jean (French, Bar)
39 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 722-8881
TheObserver says: I don't get it. Why the complaints? This is not a fine dining place. It is a wonderful classic French dinner bistro; The kind I like to drop into in Paris. We are regulars, usually eating a salad frisee with More...
Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
LaurenRN says: This place is amazing, and we are treated so well every time we visit. From the food to the service, Mark and Gillian know how to make you family. The food is always made to perfection, the staff is gracious More...
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw SC
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
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...
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...
Charleston Music Hall (Music Venue)
37 John St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-2252
sud1183 says: Agreed. Not a bad seat in the house. I've sat in the very front row, the back of the house, the balcony, the middle, in front of the sound booth...Literally everywhere and have been please by both the view and 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...
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
cantw84sumr says: I have read thru many of the comments and find them rather suspicious. The mean spirited comments smack of being posted by disgruntled former employees or jealous competitors since the focus of the complaints are directed at the owners/hosts, not More...
Henry's House (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
54 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-4363
Yankee Tourist says: (Actualy 3.5 stars, see below about the fish tacos.) We visited your fine Southern city from the frozen North last weekend, were turned away from Hank's on Saturday night (no tables until a quarter of 9pm) and rather than take 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...
Home Team BBQ (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Rd. Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
Murphy24p says: Love this place! It was recently reviewed on What's Eating Chuck. 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...
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...
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...
Muse (Mediterranean, Bar)
82 Society St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-1102
Walker says: This is the best place I've found in years in Charleston! Fun, friendly and really outstanding food. Indoors, outdoors or at the bar. I can't wait to come back!!!!! More...
Music Farm (Bar, Dance Club, Music Venue)
32 Ann St. Charleston SC
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...
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...
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 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...
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
LocalYocal74 says: The Mill is a great local bar with good food (especially considering their limited resources), a great beer selection, and fantastic local and regional music, that covers a huge variety of genres. The staff is fast and friendly, but also 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...
Theatre 99 (Music Venue, Theatre)
280 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(843) 853-6687
lizann101 says: Awesome, Love it , it's great.
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...

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
wiltonelder says: The Groundhog Day Benefit Concert for the Halsey Institute featuring The Opposite of a Train was my first performance at Memminger Auditorium. I feel the hall has a nice resonance and an intimate yet spacious feel. I'm looking forward to 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
peggyclem says: This is a must, for women and men!
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 South Carolina
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 South Carolina
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 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 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 South Carolina
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
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...

Community

Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-6400
71 Broad St. Charleston South Carolina
142 Church Street Charleston SC
(843) 722-7734

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