What to Do in Charleston

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

Restaurants

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...
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...
Blu Restaurant & Bar (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...
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 Grill (Modern American)
224 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-4522
dirty mck says: I went here last weekend to celebrate a new job, and as such my girlfriend and I opted for the 6 course tasting menu with pairings. It was COMPLETELY worth it, and this would easily rate in my top three More...
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...
Cru Cafe (Fusion + Eclectic)
18 Pinckney St. Charleston SC
(843) 534-2434
jessicabcd says: I had a wonderful meal here. I ordered a caesar salad, and the "crouton" looked pretty intimidating, but it tasted great with the fresh lettuce, parmesan, and the housemade dressing. My only qualm was that the lettuce was chopped too 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...
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...
Home Team BBQ (Bar, Barbecue, Music Venue)
2209 Middle St. Sullivan's Island SC
(843) 225-RIBS(7427)
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
McCrady's Restaurant (Modern American)
155 E. Bay St. Charleston SC
CharlestonEater says: Best in Charleston. Love it! Very unique favors and the best Manhattan in town. More...
Monza (Pizza, Bar, Italian)
451 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 720-8787
warwit says: DeAl's gets a lot of love and deservedly so. But every time I eat at Monza, I walk away satisfied and routinely ask myself the question "why don't I eat here more?" For a break from the PBR culture --- 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...
Peninsula Grill (New Southern)
112 N. Market St. Charleston SC
(843) 723-0700
JDChas says: Considered one of the best in town and still going strong. Would put in the same catagory as Husk, Charleston Grill, and McCrady's. Went earlier this year and still on top. 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
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...
495 King St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-0100
Jessica Roberts says: I love getting a delicious grilled steak and oysters bulls bay! More...
101 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8000
csb says: Excellent and consistant food
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...
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

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...
Al di La (Italian, Bar)
25 Magnolia Road Charleston SC
(843) 571-2321
crazygurl81 says: Al Di La - What a great time. My boyfriend and I went to Al Di La this New Years Eve and had dinner. We were greeted at the door by (what I later learned was) the owner of the More...
American Theater (Music Venue, Theatre)
446 King St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 722-3456
Clay Wine says: Brilliant cast, funny performance.
Blu Restaurant & Bar (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
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...
Circular Congregational Church (Church, Music Venue)
150 Meeting St. Charleston SC
(843) 577-6400
Dunleavy's Pub (Bar, Music Venue, English + Irish)
2213-A Middle St. Sullivans Island SC
(843) 883-9646
Edmund's Oast (Modern American, Pubs + Taverns, Bar)
1081 Morrison Dr. Charleston SC
(843) 727-1145
JDChas says: Went here for the first time last week after hearing about it and was pleased with the experience. Apps and entree's were a hit. Will be back! 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...
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 (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
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...
Kudu Coffee House (Coffee + Tea Shops, Music Venue, Open Mic)
4 Vanderhorst St. Charleston South Carolina
(843) 853-7186
warwit says: Too many men wearing tight jeans and women reading books, but those are really negligible and are worthy of a pass. They would do well to add some cornhole boards and a few flatscreens so that you didn't have to More...
Madra Rua (English + Irish, Bar, Music Venue, Sports Bar)
1034 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 554-2522
bropo says: Great place for a pint o' beer... good atmosphere for hanging with friends (4+ stars). The food is good, but not wow, fairly typical (3 stars). More...
Morgan Creek Grill (Seafood, Bar, Music Venue)
80 41st Ave. Isle of Palms SC
(843) 886-8980
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...
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...
Surf Bar (Bar, Music Venue, Pubs + Taverns)
103 W. Cooper Ave. Charleston SC
843-588-2009
The Cocktail Club (Cocktail Bar, Bar)
479 King St. Charleston SC
cocktail queen says: Love the drinks, great ambiance, awesome steak panini! More...
The Mill (Pubs + Taverns, Bar, Music Venue, Open Mic, Sports Bar)
1026 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston SC
(843) 225-2650
needtoknow says: The Mill is by far the best bar in North Charleston, no make that the entire Charleston area. The art, the music, the food, the events and of course the beer...no bar does it better. Don't listen to some of More...
Trio Club (Bar, Dance Club, Music Venue)
139 Calhoun St. Charleston SC
(843) 965-5333
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 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 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 South Carolina
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 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 South Carolina
S.C. Aquarium (Attraction)
100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston SC
(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 SC
(843) 849-5300

Best in Green

Blu Restaurant & Bar (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 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 South Carolina
40 Patriots Point Road Charleston South Carolina
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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