Take in the views at a rooftop bar
The cooler evenings in the fall make it the perfect time to sip and stay awhile without the fear of sweat and humidity. And sitting high above the rooftops at one of America’s oldest cities presents a modern view of history by the sea. Awarded “Best Rooftop Bar” in Charleston since 2007, The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue Boutique Hotel is an excellent spot for drinks and food with a view, as is the rooftop at the Market Pavilion Hotel.
Eat at some of the best restaurants in the south
The Charleston food scene has always existed somewhere between impressive and world-class. However you score it, some of the absolute best food in the entire South is served daily in the Holy City. There are Michelin-star worthy spots like Zero Restaurant + Bar, longstanding favorites like 82 Queen and Sullivan Island’s The Obstinant Daughter, legendary Southern food joints like Bertha’s Kitchen and Nigel’s Good Food, modern classics with a flare served at Xiao Bao Biscuit or the utterly impeccable seafood at 167 Raw. Make your reservations today, these restaurants are high in demand.
Groove to live music
The Charleston Pour House, Forte Jazz Lounge, Charleston Music Hall, The Commodore, The Sparrow, Tin Roof and the return of beloved Music Farm — the Holy City is also one that never sleeps.
Star in your own show at Bangkok Lounge on King Street for karaoke seven days a week. And spots like the Blind Tiger regularly host local talent.
Ride on down to Folly
Venture out of Charleston to this eclectic island for a chill, local vibe. Rent bicycles or golf carts and ride to either end of the island for a special sight; the northern tip of Folly will lead you to views of the Morris Island Lighthouse, and the southernmost point is kept pristine by Folly Beach County Park. Watch surfers at the “Washout” area, dine at one of the many restaurants on Center Street and make it a late night at Chico Feo with local brews and live music.
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