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
NathanielFann says: Sometimes overly crowded. Doesn't stop me from going. Can't beat the champaign list. More...
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...
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...
EVO Pizza (Pizza)
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-1796
mickey d says: YUM...as a restaurant owner with knowledge of pizza, this place is FANTASTIC.I have no problem traveling from James Is for the Pork Trifecta.The whole experience with a wood fired oven approaching temps of 1100 degrees (or greater) is the contrast 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...
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...
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
Fred says: Overlooked gem. People think it's a tourist trap but tourists go there for a reason. THe place is hopping, the food is great and the service is tops. Just don't try to go during the peak hours (Fri & Sat 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Taco Boy (Mexican)
217 Huger St. Charleston SC
(843) 789-3333
bobblehead says: Totally 5 star. Supreme location and service and straight out forward thinking! Expands the local's options to avoid the worn out, bobble-headed, tourist tribe that invades our city. The adaptive re-use and the "off the beaten path" location alone deserves More...
The Bar at Husk (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
72 Queen St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-2500
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
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 Grocery (Modern American)
4 Cannon St. Charleston SC
(843) 302-8825
foodful says: We enjoyed our experience! The menu is set up in a way that is perfect for sharing and trying lots of new things! I really like the drink list as well. Churros..not just for the fair! Deep fried dough never More...
The Ocean Room (Steakhouse)
1 Sanctuary Drive Charleston SC
(843) 768-6253
Honeysuckle says: This is not only the best steak, but everything else is just so perfect. If you ever have a chance to try to truffled risotto, you will never forget it. Amazing. More...
The Recovery Room (Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
685 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0999
diametrica says: Super-friendly staff, great food, Trivia on Thursdays, plenty of TVs, games -- and parking. Oh yeah, and drinks. It's perfect. 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...
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...

Bars + Clubs

Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
foodlovin23 says: Wow. Al di la is hands down the best Italian food in Charleston. Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Highly recommend the pork and lamb dishes while you are there paired with something from their wine menu. SO GOOD. This restaurant More...
Art's Bar & Grill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Karaoke, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
413 Coleman Blvd. Mt Pleasant SC
(843) 849-3040
francis.geyer says: Tuesday 20, October, 2009 I had the great pleasure of visintg this ecelectic Reataurant/Bar/Gathering Place/Live Music venue/wonderful Food/ Incredible Ribs/marvelous Service especially from a psuedo Organic fantacis whom I nicknamed ORGI, for over 2 years. Kent, the owner of ARTS More...
Awendaw Green (General Location, Music Venue)
4879 Highway 17 Awendaw SC
GuineaPirate says: woo hoo
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 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 Pour House (Bar, Music Venue, Dance Club)
1977 Maybank Hwy. Charleston SC
(843) 571-4343
wil says: I'll be there!
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
Halls Chophouse (Steakhouse, Music Venue, Bar)
434 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 727-0090
Laura M. Dixon says: I went here on Saturday night with a date and absolutely loved it. I ordered the vegetarian plate, and it was AMAZING. Mrs. Hall knew my date, and she introduced herself to me and was incredibly warm and friendly. The 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 (Barbecue, Bar, Music Venue)
1205 Ashley River Rd. Charleston SC
(843) 225-7427
jonathan1510 says: My only experience has been with the W.A. locale. Always a great meal, quick service, and friendly people. They always have live music, very eclectic, and the bar staff, always very generous. AAA+ 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...
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...
Monza (Pizza, Bar, Italian)
451 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-8787
mecross says: DELICIOUS and FRESH. If you can not be pickie for one night than it's perfect. No additions no substitutions on the menu. Very innovative style pizzas. 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...
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...
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 Cocktail Club (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
479 King St. Charleston SC
Pat Mulhern says: This place really has a unique and mature environment. Service and technique are unbelievably polished, creative, and just plain fun! Classy establishment. More...
The Griffon (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue)
18 Vendue Range Charleston SC
(843) 723-1700
ScottRanger says: Great place… They always have a new craft beer on tap to compliment their standards (New Belgium and so on…) They also have great prices on old faithfuls like PBR! Try the fish and chips, it’s worth your time… And, More...
The Windjammer (Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic)
1008 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8596
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...
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 SC
(843) 577-6400
71 Broad St. Charleston SC
142 Church Street Charleston SC
(843) 722-7734

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