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Eclipse 2017: Charleston Party Round-Up

August 2, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve heard that there’s a total solar eclipse making it’s way across the US from coast to coast on August 21st. It will reach totality in Charleston around 2:46 pm, plunging the Holy City in darkness and being utterly awesome. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and Charleston is definitely ready to celebrate it. (PS don’t forget to order your eclipse viewing glasses!).

[This list will be updated as more events are added. Last update 8/17, 2:59 am]

Daniel Island

Daniel Island Library


August 21, 1 – 2 pm, free admission

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time and parts of the Lowcountry are in the direct path! Join BCLS for this historical event.

We are throwing parties to celebrate the solar eclipse and want you to join us. Glasses for safely viewing the total eclipse will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to grab a space-themed treat while you’re there!

Don’t have the proper glasses or equipment? No problem! Come to the library and watch the live stream.

MUSC Health Stadium

August 21, 11 am – 5 pm, tickets $8

Gates open at 11:00 am- Eclipse is in the two o’clock hour. The family friendly event will include eclipse live streams, astronomy related activities, a science-based kids zone, local food, drinks, entertainment & more. Tickets are $8 for adults. Admission is free for 12 & under, Military personnel, & first responders. All tickets include Solar Eclipse glasses.

Downtown Charleston

The Alley

August 20, 8 pm – 2 am

On Sunday, August 20 the lanes are getting lit before the sky goes dark. Before the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Charleston’s most loved bowling alley, The Alley is hosting a special edition of their Light Up The Lanes event to celebrate the Eclipse.

They will be lighting it up with cosmic bowling complete with lights, lasers out of this world beats from DJ Precise. Guests can call to reserve a lane at 843-818-4080.

Bay St. Biergarten

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, free admission

4 Facts You Should Know about the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:

  1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979.
  2. A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet.
  3. This eclipse will be the most-viewed ever. Because of media, weather and access from nearby large cities.
  4. The best place to be for a Solar Eclipse Party is Bay Street Biergarten.

Join us at Biergarten on Monday, August 21st from 1pm – 4pm for a Solar Eclipse Party complete with drink specials from on Reyka Vodka, Flor De Cana Rum & a delicious wit bier called Scattered Sun. Plus, it will all be accompanied by beats by DJ Rehab.

The Brick

August 21, 1 – 5 pm

Total Eclipse Of The Heart 80s themed Eclipse viewing party

  • outdoor patio
  • eclipse glasses
  • DJ Arenaissance
  • Free admission
  • $4 Lunazul cocktails and other drink specials.

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, free admission

On Monday Aug. 21 from noon – 4pm we invite you to party with us in our side lot and witness a once in a life time celestial event.

Guests will enjoy while enjoying craft cocktails from Absoult, Jim Beam Black, and Hornitos Black Barrel, while listening to beats by Mike Tech.

Cannon Green

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, admission $50 – $60

What is better than seeing a once in a lifetime total solar eclipse? Adding yoga, friends and champagne to the mix. Join us in the beautiful courtyard of Cannon Green on August 21 to celebrate the eclipse in sweaty style.

12:30: check in

1-2 pm: Yoga in the courtyard lead by Redux Yoga owner & 2010 World Champion Griffin Peddicord

2 pm: Enjoy Moët & Chandon spa cocktails and light fare

2:45 pm: Eclipse viewing in the Cannon Green courtyard with protective viewing glasses

This event is proudly sponsored by Moët & Chandon Champagne, Redux Yoga and Cannon Green. Bring a mat and see you there!

Caviar & Bananas

$8 eclipse-themed cocktail.

Prosecco topped w/ Pure Fluff cotton candy ball. The cotton candy is mixed berry flavor and made with activated charcoal. Once the ball is dropped in the drink, it dissolves and turns it gray (see attached). The charcoal has a detoxifying affect. Pure Fluff Co. is based in Charleston and owned by Arielle Stratton. Her products are available at C&B and come in super fun flavors.

Additionally – C&B is offering a special Eclipse catering package (I’ve attached details). This is great for folks who are picnicking to watch the Eclipse or are hosting parties and want some easy food options. It comes with choice of sandwich or salad, one side, and a Black & White cookie. The package also includes Eclipse glasses, a glow in the dark straw, and glow in the dark cup. Orders have to be placed by Friday 8/18 at noon.

 

Charleston Boat Adventures

August 21, admission varies

—–Book a Boat tour with us today!—–
www.CharlestonBoatAdventures.com

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is to be right in it’s path with NASA holding their headquarters here for the day it’s gonna be spectacular. Catch this once in a lifetime opportunity while relaxing in the boat on the Charleston harbour or relaxing on a remote barrier island. Book today before it’s to late and catch this spectacular event in style and on the water. Call (843)364-1566 for Reservations.

Charleston Harbor Club

August 21, 12 – 3 pm, admission is $65 for adults and $40 for children

Enjoy a total solar eclipse experience including: Chef Montgomery’s out of this world eclipse menu, solar eclipse glasses, sun souvenirs, and the view of a lifetime!

$65++ per person
Price includes lunch, solar eclipse glasses, sun souvenirs, and the view of a lifetime!

Lunch from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Palmetto Room followed by a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on the Rooftop Terrace from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Chef Montgomery’s “Out of This World” Lunch Menu:

  • Mini Lobster Rolls on “Crescent Moon” Buns
  • Moon Crater Deviled Eggs with “Pitch Black” Caviar
  • Quail, Knots, Cream “Moon Struck” Grits, Goat Cheese, Barbeque Glaze
  • Crabcake Biscuit, Cajun Remoulade, Crisp Green Tomato
  • Mason Jar Chopped Salad
  • Local Shrimp & Grits with Andouille “Lunar Gravy”
  • Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin
  • “Total Eclipse” Potato Chips
  • Pan Seared “Moon Fish”
  • Moon Pies
  • Flying Saucer Fruit Tarts
  • Coconut Comet Macaroons
  • Cosmic Brownies

Cocktail Club

  • Eclipse-themed cocktail TBD

Cooper River Brewing

August 21, 1 – 4 pm, free admission

Another epic day Party coming your way for the Total Solar Eclipse!
Watch the total ecplipse from the best spot down town, the bridge to Nowhere. Overlooking the Ashley River will be the place to be. Saluda Shoals and Lauren Hall will be throwing down in the taproom before and after. More details to come!

Eleve at The Grand Bohemian Hotel

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, admission $65

Hope we’ll see you… in the shadow!!! Chandon Eclipse Viewing Party @ Eleve Rooftop

Reservations required, limited availability.  Doors open at noon, eclipse viewing from 1-4pm. Lunch is a buffet from 12-2pm in Eleve restaurant, followed by the Solar Eclipse viewing party on the rooftop terrace from 2-3pm.

$65/person includes Chef Ryley’s eclipse menu, solar eclipse glasses, Chandon Etoile special feature will be poured by the glass and the view of a lifetime!

Fleet Landing

August 21, 12 – 4 pm, free admission

The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming up on August 21st, and Charleston is the #2 destination on the path of totality! Join us in the parking lot for beer, food, music, and prime viewing of the main event from Noon – 4 pm on August 21st! No cover, and we’ll have glasses to protect your precious peepers

Check out the Charleston Magazine guide to the Eclipse!

Gentry Bar & Room

Sunday August 20, 10 pm – close and Monday August 21, 4pm – close

The Gentry Bar will be hosting a Pre-party: Blinded By The Light party Sunday, August 20 featuring live music from David Higgins from 10pm – close.

After Party: Monday August 21 from 4pm – close, with Light The Night featuring beats from DJ Trevor D starting at 9:30pm.

The eclipse inspired menu will include:

  • Solar Fondue – Chef’s pimento cheese fondue served with caramelized toast points, pickled vegetables, house smoked sausage.
  • Sun Sliders – game changing fried chicken with secret sauce
  • Moon Rolls – gourmet pigs in a blanket with house made sweet and savory dipping sauce
  • Sun Chips – fried to perfection with house dipping sauces
  • Moon Pies – Classic and house made for the sweet tooth.

Indaco

  • “Eclipse Pie” featuring squid ink on Monday Night.

The Macintosh

  • Happy hour from 2 – 7 pm
  • Half-priced wine all night long!

Mercantile & Mash

  • Half-priced black coffee all day
  • Moon pie special

O-Ku

  • Open from 11 am – 3 pm for lunch service

Pounce Cat Cafe

August 21, 2 – 4 pm, admission $50

Join us at the cafe to view one of the rarest celestial events…with kittens! The Dark Side of the Mewn Eclipse Party will be full of kitties, drinks, and giveaways, and the event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 on Monday, August 21st!

Tickets for the Dark Side of the Mewn Party are $50 per person and include:
– A pair of Pounce eclipse sunglasses to peep the phenomenon
– Open bar with beer, wine, champagne, coffee, and tea
– Unlimited snuggles with a room full of kittens

Revelry & Tradesman Brewing

August 21, 12 – 10 pm, free admission

Join Revelry & Tradesman Brewing for a total solar eclipse party. “The Gathering” will take place Monday August 21st 2017 beginning at 12PM. Both breweries will be brewing special beers just for this event that are sure to play with your eyes just as the solar eclipse will.

This is a great opportunity to check out Tradesman’s new space at 1647 King St Ext and Revelry’s Rooftop Bar at 10 Conroy St. Downtown.

Yes, a dual-location party. Expect the partial eclipse to begin at 1:16pm and a total eclipse 2:46pm!

Victor Social Club

August 21, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, admission to USBG members only

Party for the USBG

  • Eclipse glasses
  • Honey-inspired Barr Hill eclipse cocktails
  • Honey-inspired hors d’oeuvres
  • Raffles and prizes
  • Sponsored by Caledonia Spirits
  • USBG Members RSVP to justin@caledoniaspirits.com

James Island

Famulari’s Pizzeria and Brewpub

August 21, 11:00 am – 10:30 pm, free admission

Skip the craziness of the beach and come on down to the Brewpub for our Total Eclipse of the Pie event! Watch the breathtaking eclipse from the comfort of Fam’s beautiful back patio. We’ll have drink specials, eclipse glasses, pizza specials, and much more.

Suga Shack Mosquito Beach

August 21, 12:00 – 8:00 pm, free admission

PTG and CharlestonGood present the first ever SEED Concert! We will be experiencing the Solar Eclipse along with Entertainment and Dance! Featuring many guest musical performances, culinary art, and much more!

If you would like to donate to our cause please visit { Youcaring.com/preservethegullah }

Mount Pleasant

Red’s Ice House

August 21, 12:30 – 5:30 pm; free admission

The Good Times Duo (feat. Jayson Sabo & Mike Reid) eclipse viewing glasses

The after party will take place at Red’s Ice House where guests can keep the party going on the dock with live music from Taco Donkey.

Tavern & Table

August 21, 12:30 – 5:30 pm; free admission

The Good Times Duo (feat. Jayson Sabo & Mike Reid) eclipse viewing glasses

The after party will take place at Red’s Ice House where guests can keep the party going on the dock with live music from Taco Donkey.

Summerville

TBD

West Ashley

Citadel Mall

August 21, 1:00 am – 3:00 pm, free admission

West Ashley’s only FREE Official NASA approved viewing location. FREE eclipse glasses for the first 500 people, sponsored by Trademark Properties Real Estate Services.
Fun for the entire family, food trucks, inflatables, games, entertainment and more! All benefiting Darkness to Light!

Middleton Place

August 21, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, free with paid admission to Middleton Place

View the Great American Solar Eclipse at Middleton Place. Join in for fun activities and crafts throughout the day for scientists of all ages and learn from Jenny Mantini, Arts & Sciences Faculty at the College of Charleston, Astronomy, about how man’s early understanding of the cosmos shaped history. Free eclipse-viewing glass for the first 500 guests. The Middleton Place Restaurant will serve lunch outside for guests who don’t want to miss the view as the eclipse begins around 1 pm.

Eclipse activities are free with paid General admission to Middleton Place.

Rick Hendrick Chevrolet

August 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, free admission

Join us for this awe-inspiring celestial event in historic Charleston, SC! From 2:38 – 2:46 EDT, visitors from all across our region will be will be able to view a total solar eclipse with the best view off of Savannah Highway at Rick Hendrick Chevy. The first 75 guests will receive VIP Viewing at this event open to the public, including complimentary protective eyewear! Stay tuned for event updates and available prizes! Limited supplies available!

St. Andrews Park & Playground

August 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, free admission

St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground is hosting a once in a lifetime, totally awesome event on 8/21/17 for the Solar Eclipse!

  • FREE ADDMISSION for viewing!
  • Bring your own tent, blanket and chairs. Viewing area will have music, food trucks, concessions, yard games and more.
  • We will also have a Kidz Zone filled with crafts and water inflatables for a $5.00 fee. Bring your bathing suit! Adult supervision is required for Kidz Zone with no admission fee.
  • For more information www.standrewsparks.com or 843-763-4360

 

Events

Win 2 Tickets to Culinary Fight Club on June 15

June 11, 2017

Happy Sunday, readers! I don’t normally post on the weekends, but I was just contacted about this awesome event happening on Thursday, and I wanted to get it out ASAP, since there’s a giveaway involved!

“This new edition to the Culinary Fight Club list of challenges anticipates to bring out all the Grill Masters, BBQ Fanatics, and BBQ Experts out for some fiery competition. The Pitmaster Throwdown is looking for the perfect BBQ Plate up. From flavor to Plate Up we’re looking for taste and gourmet style in perfect balance.

It’s time to get out and strut your Culinary Stuff! Join us as we crown the First Culinary Fight Club Charleston Pitmaster Champ and cast your Taster’s Choice vote for the best Pitmaster in town!”


Tickets are normally $30 – 40 and can be purchased here, or you can enter to win below or on Instagram!

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Events Guides

Cinco de Mayo 2017 Round Up

May 2, 2017

Everyone’s favorite excuse to drink margaritas and eat guacamole is finally here! We’ve got the scoop on where to go this May 5th.

[This list will be updated as more events are added. Last update 5/3, 2:45 pm]

Cinco-de-mayo

Downtown Charleston

492


May 5, 5 – 7 pm

Join 492 on the patio Friday, May 5 during $4.92 Happy Hour from 5-7pm for a FREE tasting of HORNITOS’ Plata, Reposado, Añejo, and Black Barrel Tequilas. Plus, enjoy Ian Miller’s specialty cocktail creations—including the one below made with Hornitos Plata Tequila, cucumber juice, habanera, agave, lime, and butterfly pea flower salt.

Executive Chef Josh Keeler will also be serving up two special dishes as well:

  • Lamb Posole with Geechie Boy Corn, Aji Amarillo Chile, and Heirloom Tomato
  • Ceviche with Nasturtium, Coconut, Green Garlic, and Lime

The Alley

May 5, 11 am – 2 am

What better way to start your weekend off than with some delicious Mexican food & bevvies?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style as we offer up specials all day long including:

  • $2 Tecates
  • $5 Margaritas
  • $5 Orders of Loaded Nachos

Bay St. Biergarten

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

Take that Taco Tuesday!

Cinco de Mayo at Bay Street Biergarten will be as unforgettable as our other infamous fiestas.

Come for the party and stay for the all day food and drink specials including Pacifico and Modelo on tap, $5 Milagro Margaritas, and delicious Mexican inspired specials like nachos and tacos with our own twist.

Salud or Prost Yall!

The Brick

May 5, 11 am – 2 am

Grab your margarita loving friends and join us for Cinco de Mayo for all day drink specials.

And at 10pm the awesome Dan’s Tramp stamp and the Money bags will be keeping the party going until 1am.

Cocktail Club

May 5, 9 pm – midnight

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the Cocktail Club! We will have housemade salsa, drink specials (tepache, palomas, margaritas, etc.) and more!

Cumberland Smokehouse

May 5, 11 am – 2 am

Its time to party the day away celebrating yet another holiday in the Smokehouse style…just like you like it! $3 house tequila shots, $4 house margaritas, $4 Corona and Corona lights, $3 Bud Light drafts and Fat Tire cans, Crazy Yumz Cinco De Mayo food menu, XTRA FUN Happy Hour 4 til 7 pm! Both Bars open and friendliest staff in town! See ya there!

Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

May 5, 8 – 10 pm

Come join us for a special Cinco De Mayo performance from Delia Chariker, a talented local musician. Will be a night of great beer, great wine, and great Latin Music!

Glazed

May 5, 7 am – 2 am

Join us for Glazed de Mayo – an entire day of deliciously decadent delights inspired from Mexican favorites. From 7am Friday until 2am Saturday (or until supplies last), you’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Coconut Lime Doughnuts(vegan/gluten free)
  • Sour Cherry Margarita Boozy Doughnut s
  • Pineapple Jalapeño Doughnuts
  • Mexican Chocolate Doughnuts
  • Horchata beverages
  • Flan
  • and of course, Breakfast Tacos!

Juan Luis

May 5, 11 am – 10 pm

Juan Luis, John Lewis’s new Tex Mex outpost in Workshop, hosts its grand opening on Cincode Mayo, offering $0.99 margaritas all day long!

Le Farfalle

May 6 + 7

Le Farfalle hosts “Mike’s Menudo Brunch,” featuring a special Tex-Mex menu inspired by Chef Michael Toscano’s family recipe book. Dishes include breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, sizzling fajitas, and of course brunch cocktails. Reservations are available on Resy. (menu attached)

Pancito & Lefty

May 5, 3 – 9 pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Party starts at 3pm w/ DJ ‘Just Say Joel’. Live music by Emerald Empire Band featuring Mike Quinn at 5pm & Whiskey Diablo at 7pm.

Special Guests in the lot La Morra Pizzeria serving pies, and Chef Alex Lira. Red Rose Vintage is setting up shop too!

Original Margaritas & local beers on tap!

Royal American

May 5, 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta fundraiser at the Royal American! Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production, and the Royal American are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Royale happy hour party from 3-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5th. Get down to live music from local band Brianna Y Sus Guardianes Del Norte while enjoying “baller tacos with a Rebel attitude” from Rebel Taqueria food truck.

From tacos and tequila to sombreros and serapes, Cinco de Mayo Royale is nacho average fiesta—it’s more! Admission is only $5 and all proceeds from the event benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. Taco ’bout a party with a purpose! So skip your siesta and come fiesta at Cinco de Mayo Royale.

Special thanks to the event sponsors: BL Harbert International, LLC, The Cassina Group, LLC, and Reavis-Comer Development. Additionally, many thanks to the event hosts: Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production, and the Royal American.

Taco Boy

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

It’s almost time for our favorite fiesta of the year – Cinco de Mayo!

Grab your amigos, put on your party pantalones, and head to Taco Boy for the party!

James Island

Tap Room 805

May 5, 5 pm – until

Cinco De Mayo party at Taproom with Eddie Saulisbury on guitar! Food and drink specials all day with live music starting at 7pm!

  • $3.50 Corona and Dos Equis
  • $4 house margaritas
  • $5 Jose Cuervo margaritas
  • $6 Espolon margaritas
  • $8 Patron margaritas
  • $12 Grand margaritas
  • $15 Margarita crafts
  • $15 Margarita flights
  • $3 beef or chicken tacos
  • $6 beef or chicken tatchos
  • $5 tots and spicy beer cheese

Mount Pleasant

The Granary

May 5, 5 – 7 pm

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we are hosting a special Taco Happy Hour at The Granary this Friday, May 5!

Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. for tacos from executive chef Brannon Florie and margaritas from bar manager Roderick Weaver and team. Taco options include:

  • Shrimp – tempura shrimp, Kimchi aioli, daikon, cucumber salad
  • Pork – crispy pork, sweet onions, cilantro, radish, corn tortilla
  • Chicken – guajillo chili braised, crispy potato, green goddess, cilantro
  • Fish- pineapple salsa, chipotle sour cream

We hope to see you there!

Triangle Char & Bar

May 5, 11 am – midnight

Ole! We’re hosting amazing Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at all three locations on Friday, May 5 from open til close! Enjoy $3 Tacos, $3 Margaritas & $3 Landshark Drafts. Hasta luego!

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

May 5,  5 pm – until

Surfboard raffle and drink specials, live music from Return of the Mac, and Mission Critical.

Summerville

Triangle Char & Bar

May 5, 11 am – midnight

Ole! We’re hosting amazing Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at all three locations on Friday, May 5 from open til close! Enjoy $3 Tacos, $3 Margaritas & $3 Landshark Drafts. Hasta luego!

West Ashley

3 Matadors

May 5, 11 am – midnight

Our 5th Annual CincoPalooza 2017 will be on a Friday this year. Saturday we will have our Milagro bartender competition for a chance to win $100-200 cash!!!!
Tons of Music, Giveaways & much much more!!!

Craft Conundrum

May 5, 5 pm – 9 pm

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year – all the more reason to get together and celebrate! We’re celebrating with $3 drafts of LO-Fi BrewingMexican Lager from 5pm to close and our buddies from Rolled Quesadillas will be out front slinging #dillas and nachos from 5-9pm! It doesn’t get better than tasty grub and awesome #local craft beer for $3 a pint! Live music from Eric Vaughn 7-10pm! See y’all then!

Frothy Beard Brewery / Zombie Bob’s Pizza

May 5 11 am – 11 pm

We’re having a Cinco de Mayo fiesta this Friday 5/5 at Frothy 2.0!

Zombie Bob’s Pizza will be serving a limited edition pizza AND we’ll be pouring Andale-ritas until we run out.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

May 5,  4 – 11 pm

2 outside bars, Mex 1 taco tent, capoeira dancers & fire hoopers, live music from Batida 55, The Dubplates “Box Full of Steel” record release

$5 suggested donation to Surfrider Charleston Foundation

Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails

May 5, 4pm – close

Join at Ms. Rose’s in West Ashley for live music by Fanaticus on the patio during happy hour (5-7 pm).

Shots of Espolón Blanco Tequila, which are always $4 during happy hour, will be $4 all night.

We will also be serving all of the margaritas below for $6 from 4 pm until close.

  • Jalapeño-Pineapple Margarita: Tequila, jalapeño-pineapple pickle juice, orange, lime, sour mix, orange liqueur, salt rim.
  • Cranberry Margarita: Tequila, lime juice, cranberry juice, rosemary simple syrup, and grenadine.
  • White Oak Barrel Margarita, made with Beyond Barrels Bottle Aging Staves. Info: https://www.beyondbarrels.com/
  • Lavender Margarita.

Triangle Char & Bar

May 5, 11 am – midnight

Ole! We’re hosting amazing Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at all three locations on Friday, May 5 from open til close! Enjoy $3 Tacos, $3 Margaritas & $3 Landshark Drafts. Hasta luego!

Eat Local Month Events

Eat Local Month Spotlight: Geechie Boy Mill

April 21, 2017

We Charlestonians wouldn’t know what to do without our grits. Whether we’re eating them for breakfast, as a side item, or as a bed on which to rest some shrimp, grits are a practically perfect food. But for those of you who think picking up a pack of instant grits from the grocery store will do to satisfy your grits craving, I beg you to think again.

Living in Charleston means that we’re blessed with some of the best grits in the world (and I say that in a totally unbiased way), and those grits come from Geechie Boy Mill. Located just down the street from Charleston in quiet Edisto Island, SC, the Geechie Boy Mill and Market is an unassuming building right off of Highway 174.

A classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.”


Inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of locally-made goodies. Amazing grains of different varieties. Handmade soaps. Fresh donuts. T-shirts. Farro. Cornmeal. Pottery.

They pack a lot into a very small space.

And a wide variety of Geechie Boy’s own dressings, marinades, and jams (which are spectacular, btw). But they don’t just peddle their own goodies, they also support locally-made companies and products, like Red Clay Hot Sauce, Burnt & Salty brand condiments (try the Korean mustard; it’s amazing), Melvin’s BBQ sauce…the list goes on.

I seriously fight not to empty my entire wallet every time I stop by.

And, of course, the pièce de résistance: grits!

But not just the white or yellow grits you’re accustomed to. They also have Jimmy Red Grits. And blue grits. And speckled grits. And any other grits that might appear seasonally. There’s a whole world of grits out there, just waiting for you!

From the Geechie Boy Mill Facebook page.

So it’s an easy choice to make the switch to eating local when local means eating some of the best tasting grits of your life. Also, take a leaf out of Sean Brock’s book (and I mean this literally from his cookbook, Heritage) and soak your grits in water overnight for creamier, more flavorful grits.

Good to know.

If you can’t make it all the way out to Edisto, you can find Geechie Boy Mill grits all around town, at places like Mercantile & Mash, Blackbird Market, Bull Street Gourmet, and sometimes even in the local section at Harris Teeter or Bi-Lo.

Eat Local Month Events

Eat Local Month 2017 Kick Off

April 5, 2017

Happy April, friends and followers! Can you believe we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017? Because I truly don’t know where the past few weeks went. But, I digress! The reason we’re here is to celebrate the kickoff of Eat Local Month! Every April, Lowcountry Local First invites everyone to focus their attention on local growers, fishermen and restaurants and inviting our community to actively engage in eating what’s ripe and in season.

To participate in Eat Local Month, all you have to do is shift $10 (or more) of your weekly food spending towards supporting the local food system. Easy peasy. Sign up for the challenge here and LLF will give you all kinds of helpful tips and tricks. You can also check back on my blog on the reg, as I’ll be giving you fun updates, recipes, and reviewing restaurants who focus on local food, to help make your challenge even easier to complete!

My Favorite Places to Buy Local Food

  1. Blackbird Market 
    Johns Island
    Awesome for local veggies, meats, take-and-bake desserts (and to-die-for tomato pie), fresh baked bread, locally-made food products, and takeaway hot lunch and dinner items.
  2. Farmers Markets
     Johns Island, Downtown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant
    Chock full of local farmers and artisans, food stands, and more. A great place to buy local produce and even hear great local musicians!
  3. Veggie Bin
    Downtown
    Awesome local produce, coffee, kombucha, eggs, and more. And at amazing prices!
  4. Stono Market
    Johns Island
    Stono Market has a great selection of fresh produce, and a huge supply of take-and-bake food options. Plus, the Tomato Shed Cafe is amazing for good ole-fashioned southern cooking!
  5. Roadside Produce Stands
    Various
    Throughout town on the side of the road, you’ll find purveyors selling (relatively) locally grown produce, and for the most part, it’s all pretty great. I got some of the best collard greens ever from a lady selling them out of the back of a rusted pickup truck.
  6. Geechie Boy Mill
    Edisto Island
    Yellow grits. Red grits. Blue grits. White grits. Red Peas, Farro. I could keep going, but it’s all produced and sold at the little wooden shack on Edisto. They also have apparel, donuts, coffee, and a lot of locally-made food products.
  7. George and Pink’s
    Edisto Island
    Yes, the floor is made of dirt, but it’s been there forever, and they have great local produce. You can tell that you’re truly supporting people in this community when you shop here.
  8. Harris Teeter
    Various
    Harris Teeter does a great job of featuring local produce and locally-made artisanal products.

You can also read my Eat Local posts from previous years, local recipes, and more local recipes by perusing my blog! Be sure to check back every week for new tips on eating locally!

Charleston Wine + Food Events

Charleston Wine + Food, Night 1: Rooted in Charleston

March 2, 2017

Note: Be sure to catch up on our other daily recaps!
Day 2: Seaside Bites, Day 3: Chucktown Gets Down, and Day 4: What the Pho?!

? It’s the mooooost wonderful time of the yeeear! ? Not going to lie, Charleston Wine + Food might be my favorite festival of the year. It celebrates 2 of the things I love most in life: food and alcohol. What could be better than that?

Ok, yeah, CHSWFF could use more cat-themed events. But other than that, it’s the best.

Night 1 was pretty busy, considering it didn’t even get started until 6pm. First up was the Party for the Partners at the fabulous William Aiken House. This was for select media, partners, participants, etc. It was catered by Fish, and featured lots of yummy cheese, wines, savory macarons, sweet crepes, savory crepes, and (of course) plenty of vino!

Well, for me at least. Sydney T is “on a cleanse” *rolls eyes*

The public grand opening party was in Marion Square and featured all things Charleston! Many restaurants and chefs from around the city were featured in 1 giant tent. Picture this: a hundred chefs cooking on hot plates, plus thousands of visitors moving around and drinking alcohol, on a day that was 70 degrees with 94% humidity, in cramped quarters with no air circulation. It was hot. I was sweaty (and I wasn’t alone).

Still lookin’ fly, though.

We tried so much yummy food (and some food that was less impressive, but such is life!) and listened to rockin’ music, while sipping on refreshing cocktails. If it was 10 degrees cooler, it would’ve been the perfect night.

Another tip for next year: better lighting for Instagram purposes.

Here’s looking forward to many more amazing nights to come! If you see me or Sydney T. hanging out around town during CHSWFF, be sure to say hi! We have stickers!

Plus it makes us feel really famous when our fans accost us randomly.

Charleston, SC Events

Countdown to Charleston Wine + Food

February 9, 2017

So one of my favorite festivals in the Holy City, Charleston Wine + Food, is coming up in less than a month (*fan girl squeal*) and I couldn’t be more excited (obviously). This year’s event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, and to get you excited for CHSWFF17, I’m going to be featuring different events from the festival each week leading up to the big shebang. This week’s feature is the:

Culinary Village

Charleston Wine + Food hypes up Culinary Village returning favorites and launches new events, shows, speakers, and competitions for its 12th year, including a Top Chef inspired Quickfire Challenge hosted and moderated by Bravo Top Chef’s Gail Simmons and Charleston’s own Frank Lee.

 


On Friday at 1PM on the Main Stage in the Culinary Village, guests will witness a true Top Chef experience as local chefs battle in a Quickfire Challenge. Competing chefs will include: Emily Hahn, Jamie Lynch, Casey Thompson, John Tesar, Sarah Grueneberg, Dale Talde, Joy Crump, and Keith Rhodes. This experience is included in a Friday Culinary Village ticket.

Three days of nonstop cooking demonstrations, tastings, special guests, and local artists are among the highlights of the festival’s heartbeat, the Culinary Village, and as always there will be plenty of new additions for guests to enjoy.

What’s new:

  • Top Chef Quickfire Challenge:  Top Chef fans will be treated to the ultimate performance and epic chef throwdown on Friday at 1PM.  Bravo Top Chef’s own Gail Simmons will moderate a Quickfire Challenge on the Main Stage.
  • Main Stage: A fusion of high energy cooking demos, music and friendly competition. This space is a melding of what was the Hands On Kitchen and the Music Stage. Full schedule available online.
  • The Corkyard: The all-wine addition that will feature wines from over 20 vineyards around the world. The Wine Retail Shop presented by Bottles is conveniently located in the Corkyard so attendees can take home wines they taste throughout the day along with accessories for the home bar.
  • Snack Shacks: Four new spots will be scattered throughout the Village featuring exotic twists on Lowcountry favorites. “Duck, Duck Goose,” “Grit Happens,” “Nice Buns”, and lastly “Beer-Battered + Fried” will make for an intimate Village tasting experience between chef and attendee.
  • Teepee Talks: Heritage Radio Network’s new, expanded Teepee Talks are returning with an additional second teepee for more chatter and fun that everyone can take part in.

On Sunday, locals are able to purchase a discounted ticket to the Culinary Village for only $75. Locals should enter their billing zip code upon checkout to receive the $50 discount.

For more information + to purchase tickets, visit Charleston Wine + Food’s website + join the Facebook event.

Events

Valentine’s Day Deals Around Charleston

February 7, 2017

Whether you’re lucky in love or single and ready to mingle, here are all the great parties, dinners, and events happening now thru Valentine’s Day!

[Updated 2/7/17, 8:30 am]

5 Church


5Church will be serving a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu as well as an la carte option beginning Friday, February 10 – Wednesday, February 15 from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.  With options for three courses at $70 per person, 5Church’s beautiful interiors make it the perfect place for a romantic dinner out to celebrate the holiday with someone special.  Hand-selected wines by the bottle and half-bottle are available for purchase as well. Full menu can be found here.

Bay Street Biergarten

We are hosting a Bitterness Bash that would make Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood proud. DJ Natty Heavy will be dropping beats that will make you wanna dig your key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive.

Did they tell you they needed space? And then call you up again last night? Tell you that they missed you and they’ve changed? They won’t. But you know what will? Our prices on drinks – $4 Burning Love Shots (Jack Fire), $4 Black Heart Shots Jagermeister), $15 Shotskis (Jack Fire & Jager) and $6 Jager Bombs.

Cannon Green

Chef Amalia Scatena has a beautiful prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Dishes include lobster salad, broiled oysters, crab cakes, and lavender panna cotta. Reservations and the full menu are here.

Cocktail Club

In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Cocktail Club will host a cocktail class devoted to cocktail recipes for two. Starting at noon, participants will learn how to create cocktails led by bar manager Ryan Welliver. Patrons will enjoy a step-by-step lesson through the making of three unique recipes that can be easily recreated at home.
Small bites will be provided.

Tickets are $25 per person plus tax and can be purchased at the link above. Space is limited to 20 seats.

Lewis Barbecue

John Lewis is spicing things up this Valentine’s Day with a sizzlin’ fajita platter, perfect for sharing. This “Tex Mex for 2” special is available all evening starting at 5 p.m. and includes beef fajitas with peppers, housemade toriillas, and all the fixings.

Low Tide Brewery

Join us for our Valentine’s gourmet chocolate and craft beer pairing. We have teamed up with Christophe Artisan Chocolatier – Patissier again to create a fun and tasty night out. You will get six samples of the most decadent chocolates and delicious beers that have been paired to bring out the most flavors in both.
We are hosting our event TWO nights on the week of Valentine’s. This event is perfect for a date night, a group of friends, or individuals.
We want to keep this event intimate so there are a limited number of tickets available for each night.

  • Dates include: February 13th & February 14th.
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Ticket Price: $22

Stop in the taproom or call to purchase tickets at (843) 501-7570

Mac’s Place

Get your tickets here: https://goo.gl/1te6pB

Are you single, competitive and love winning great adventure-based prizes? Well, don’t let being single ruin the opportunity of having a blast on Valentine’s Day. On Purpose Adventures has partnered with Mac’s Place in downtown Charleston for our Valentine’s Day Nuts & Bolts Singles Party. Come mix, mingle and compete for great prizes while enjoying the music of the talented Gracious Day band

Upon arrival, each person is allowed to choose a nut (ladies) or bolt (men) from a bin. Once you have your hardware, the goal is to find the person(s) that matches up with the hardware you have. If/When you find your ‘mate’, you are eligible for a free drink. There are also upgrade stations where you will have one minute to solve problems or complete activities (together) to receive an upgraded drink special. You can return to the hardware bins and try again and again throughout the event. And of course – not all hardware will have a match, so you can also swap yours at anytime.

Each time you match or win at the upgrade stations, you will receive a raffle ticket. All tickets will be put into our drawing for raffles throughout the evening and Grand Prize drawings at the end of the event. Prizes include adventure-based dates and other items from On Purpose Adventure, Nature Adventures, Charleston Zipline Adventures and MORE!

Tickets are $20 up until February 13th at 8pm. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $25.

Prohibition

At the speakeasy hot spot, Chef Greg Garrison has a prix fixe dinner menu with dishes like Shrimp & Grits, Grass-Fed Angus Burger, and an Ambrose Farm Pork Chop. This three-course menu with a champagne toast is $45/person and reservations can be made here.

Zero George

For an over the top celebration, Chef Vinson Petrillo pulls out all the spots with a 6-course meal including Aerated Foie Gras, Poached Cod,  Beef Wellington, and a Chocolate Caramel Tart with each course paired with a carefully selected beverage. The prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $160/person.
Charleston, SC Events

Restaurant Week Dining Guide – Winter 2017

January 5, 2017

Winter restaurant week in Charleston is upon us yet again, which means you have another special opportunity to try some of Charleston’s best restaurants without putting a big dent in your wallet (which is great news for those of us still trying to recover from holiday spending). The list of restaurants participating grows every new RW, and the new, less restrictive pricing list means that you can have a totally new experience every time RW rolls around. I’ve been to more than my fair share of RW meals, so I can say with the certainty of experience that not every restaurant week deal is created equal.

Here are some of my recommendations for restaurant week, based on past experiences (RW or otherwise), followed by some places to avoid. 

Do Visit:

Zero Restaurant + Bar


3 courses for $49

Why it’s great: Normally, their 9-course prix fixe menu will run you about $125/person, so if you don’t want to drop that chunk of change on a meal, the restaurant week deal is pretty fantastic.

Recommendations: Although the menu changes frequently, if the octopus a la plancha or the beef wellington is on the menu, definitely go with those for your meal. Also, they have an upcharge to do the “snacks for 2,” which features their world famous deviled eggs, and I highly recommend you do that if you’ve yet to experience them. You won’t regret it.

Pictured: Octopous a la Plancha at Zero George

Vincent Chicco’s

3 courses for $30

Why it’s great: Their normal entrees tend to average about $20 – $30, so 3 courses for $30 is a great deal.

Recommendations: Although the 1st course options leave a little to be desired (mostly because their bruschetta isn’t one of the choices), the lamb sugo is one of my favorite entrees and it is on the RW menu this year.

Pictured: Lamb Sugo at Vincent Chicco’s

Halls Chophouse

3 course for $45

Why it’s great: normally, a dinner at Halls costs me at least $100 (it’s worth it, but it’s not something I can afford to do on a regular basis). I’ve never had a bad meal at Halls, and the service is so great that you can sometimes get them to be a little lenient with the RW restrictions (just don’t be an asshole about it).

Recommendations: I recommend seeing if they will switch out one of the salads for the chopped salad, because it’s my favorite salad of all time. For entrée, you BETTER get the filet, because if not why are you even eating at Halls. Dessert varies by day, but you can bet that it’ll be delicious. Pair it with a 434 cocktail because it’s one of my favorite cocktails in the Holy City.

Pictured: The filet mignon at Halls Chophouse

Henrietta’s at the Dewberry

3 courses for $35

Why it’s great: I was delightfully impressed by my meal at Henrietta’s and is one of the few new restaurants in Charleston that I tried before restaurant week (PawPaw and Scarecrow, I’m coming for you). Their menu features a number of really creative (and tasty) options that are pretty impressive for a RW menu (methinks they’re trying to get more people in the door).

Recommendations: The gnocchi for course 1, the flounder amandine for course 2, and the crepe cake for dessert.

Pictured: I’m not sure, but it looks delicious.

Twenty-Six Divine

4 courses for $40

Why it’s great: I went to Twenty Six Divine for restaurant week dinner a year or 2 ago and was seriously surprised (considering it was a restaurant I hadn’t ever heard of before). They put a lot of effort into each dish, and for such a small space, the atmosphere was great.

Recommendations: it’s a prix fixe menu, so just have an open mind.

Pictured: things to get you excited for Twenty-Six Divine, but not necessarily on the RW menu.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

3 courses for $30

Why it’s great: I feel like The Watch doesn’t get enough love. The food is great, the views are breathtaking, and the drinks are creative.

Recommendations: I don’t have any feelings toward either of the appetizers, but the Shrimp & Grits is some of the best I’ve ever had in the entire city. For dessert, I would recommend the banana pudding, because I think they really do it justice.

Pictured: Shrimp and Grits at The Watch.

Indaco

3 for $35

Why it’s great: Indaco has one of the most comprehensive RW menus of all the participating restaurants, offering pretty much the entire menu with full portion sizes. To me, this is what restaurant week is all about.

Recommendations: Course 1: antipasti (burrata) or pizza (brussels sprouts) Course 2: pasta (black pepper tagliatelle) or piatta (wreckfish) Course 3: dessert – any

Pictured: Black Pepper Tagliatelle at Indaco.

Grill 225

3 for $45

Why it’s great: Grill 225 has the biggest restaurant week menu of all the steakhouses on the list, with a 7 different options in the entrée category (including 1 vegan option!).

Recommendations: blue crab chowder to start, the 12 oz Prime ribeye or the tuna tower (depending on how hungry you are), and finished with the banana bread pudding, which is a perfect way to end any meal. Be sure to add one of their signature Nitrotinis to add a little fun to your dinner!

Pictured: The Prime Ribeye at Grill 225

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

Lunch (3 for $16) or Dinner (3 for $33)

Why it’s great: I think Chef Landon Ganstrom is a hidden gem of the Charleston culinary scene. Although it disappoints me to my core that the mac & cheese isn’t an option on the RW menu, it features a number of new and cool options I haven’t had the opportunity to try yet.

Recommendations: Lunch: Risotto tots, leafy greens side salad, and blackened fish tacos.
Dinner: Southern tomato pie, Beef Wellington, vanilla crème brûlée with seasonal berries.

Pictured: Fish tacos at Crave

Le Farfalle

Brunch / Lunch (2 for $20) or Dinner (3 for $35)

Why it’s great: I really enjoyed my dinner at Le Farfalle recently, and would like to go back, but I think these restaurant week prices would help me try more of what’s on the menu without having to take out a personal loan.

Recommendations: Brunch: 1. Bellini (not sure if this is included or just encouraged) 2. Biscuits & gravy or Nutella waffle 3. Apple & quince crostata
Lunch: 1. Whipped ricotta or Italian wedding soup 2. Ricotta gnudi all’amatriciana
Dinner: 1. Polpette Alla Siciliana 2. Fazzoletti verde 3. Cookie plate.

Pictured: Fazzoletti verde at Le Farfalle

Oak Steakhouse

3 course for $45

Why it’s great: I get the impression that people think of Oak as an old people steakhouse. And yes, that may be their main demographic, but I think they have some redeeming qualities. I do still have some lingering resentment from when they pre-cut my filet without asking me, but the food tastes great and the service is friendly as well.

Recommendations: 1. Chopped Salad, 2. Filet mignon (request that they don’t pre-cut it) 3. Chocolate turtle torte

Pictured: the filet mignon at Oak Steakhouse, Oscar style.

Restaurant Week Restaurants to Avoid:

Drawing Room at Kiawah

The waitstaff at Kiawah tried really hard to talk us out of ordering from the RW menu. And I get it, restaurant staffs across the world abhor restaurant week because they tend to not make any money unless people order off the menu (plus with a lower price, waiters are making less in tips) So I get it. But our waiter became kind of surly and dismissive once he found out we were sticking to the RW menu. The portions were small, and in general, it was definitely not worth the drive out to Kiawah.

The Macintosh

Ok, so I’ve written about Macintosh being disappointing in the past, specifically for the way they handle restaurant week. I love them for brunch, but would recommend skipping visiting The Macintosh at pretty much any other time.

Stars Rooftop

Ugh, Stars. I would have to say this this was one of my most disappointing restaurant week meals of all time.  Come for (overpriced) drinks on the rooftop, but plan to get dinner elsewhere.

82 Queen

Restaurant week or not restaurant week, 82 Queen is consistently underwhelming. It just happens to be even more so during this period of time, for reasons I addressed earlier.

Poogan’s Porch

I actually like Poogan’s, but they always do a rollback menu (this year from 1/23/17 – 2/9/17) that gives diners 40% off the normal cost of a meal, which tends to be a better deal than their restaurant week offerings. So just wait til right after RW is over to make your reservations!

Al Di La

I would wait until Avondale Restaurant Week to try out Al Di La. Or better yet, just go to Indaco or Vincent Chicco’s, because I’ve been disappointed with Al Di La for years now. It’s been a while since I’ve been, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (maybe things have gotten better), but there are so many other restaurants to try, I’m not in a huge hurry to go back.

Ms. Rose’s

I’m not saying that Ms. Rose’s gave me food poisoning during restaurant week one year, but I’m not not saying that.

Any restaurant offering a RW deal in the $20 range whose normal entrees cost ~$10

(I’m thinking things like Wild Wing, Carolina Ale House, Mellow Mushroom, Mex 1). This is a lesson learned from a personal strategy of mine, that restaurant week should be saved for the restaurants that are more expensive so that I’m not out quite as much money if it’s disappointing. But also, a number of the places on the $20 spectrum are offering deals that aren’t really deals. You might be saving $5 or so, but is that really worth it? Unless you were planning on going there anyway and forgot that it was restaurant week, I wouldn’t waste a RW meal on these places.

Events

New Years Eve Party Round Up 2016

December 28, 2016

Charleston is known for putting on a great party, and there’s no better night to party than December 31st! Here are all the great options for your NYE event:

[editor’s note: I’ll be updating as I get more details leading up to New Year’s Eve]


[Last Update 12/28/16 7:30 pm]

The Alley

The Alley is rolling into 2017 with their annual all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, December 31st at 9pm.

The general admission ticket, which is only $85, includes everything you’ll need to to ring in the new year, including drink tickets for house beer, wine and spirits, beats from DJ Phamtastik, light hors d’oeuvres, free bowling and arcade games, a photo booth and a champagne toast at midnight.

For guests looking to start the new year in style, 4 VIP lanes are available for groups up to six people. The VIP treatment, which costs $750, includes premium liquor from the private, back bar area, a personal server and a bottle of bubbly for a new year’s toast.

The Alley will be open to the general public starting at 3pm for the Alabama vs. Washington CFB playoff game, and then, starting at 7pm, only ticket holders will be able to stay and enjoy the Clemson vs. Ohio State playoff game.

Please visit www.AlleyNYE.com for more information and to purchase tickets. The Alley is located at 131 Columbus Street, Charleston.

Bay Street Biergarten

Bay Street Biergarten, one of America’s best biergartens, seeks to defy the laws of time, space and gravity with their Cirque Du Soleil inspired New Year’s Eve event, Zirkus Der Garten, on Saturday, December 31st 9pm – 1am.

Guests will escape into a biergarten of make-believe with surreal characters and watch as daring aerialists fly through the air while exhilarating music spun by DJ rDot brings the magical world to life.The all-inclusive general admission ticket, which includes haus liquor and wine, domestic biers and hors d’oeuvres, is only $100.

Guests may also purchase VIP tickets for only $25 more to enjoy a bourbon bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, access to the craft bier wall, as well as a private bar featuring premium liquor and wine.The Garten welcomes all ticket holders to a pre-event, special Clemson Viewing party from 6:30 – 9pm, where attendees will enjoy an exclusive viewing of the bowl game on the big screens.

This event is 21 & over. Tickets available at BiergartenNYE.com.

Red’s Ice House/ Tavern & Table

Tavern & Table and Red’s Ice House will say goodbye to 2016 and raise a glass to a New Year at their annual New Year’s Eve Party on the Creek.

2 Locations • 3 Entertainment Acts • Cocktails • Beer & Wine • Champagne • Party Favors • Fireworks!

Live Music Lineup:
Red’s Ice House

  • Not So Serious
  • Morning Fatty

Tavern & Table

  • Dance Party with DJ Scoobie!

Ticket Options
9pm

  • $90 all inclusive for Red’s + Outside at T&T
  • $145 all of the above, plus premium bar & food options inside at Tavern & Table

Early Access at 6pm

  • $165 for EARLY ACCESS VIP Watch Party at T&T, 6pm. Catch the Clemson vs. OSU game at 7pm on the big screen on the docks, oysters, food and beverage.

Cash Only – purchase at Red’s or Tavern & Table

5Church

Ring in NYE on Market Street!

$70: 5:00-5:45 pm
$80: 6:00-6:45 pm
$90: 7:00-7:45 pm

  • Delectable 3-course meal
  • Half a bottle of champagne for a party of 2 and a full bottle for a party of 4.
  • $30 upgrade for open bar from 10 pm – 2 am
  • Champagne Toast
  • Balloon Drop at midnight
  • Festive party favors
  • Live DJ
  • Countdown of the ball drop

$100 8pm – till

Everything that’s included in the earlier options, but without the $30 upgrade to the open bar (it’s included in this price).

To make reservations, please visit www.5ChurchCharleston.com or call 843.937.8666.

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, Crave Kitchen & Cocktails will ring in 2017 with an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests are invited to enjoy a night full of great food and great times with a special dinner, designed by Executive Chef Landen Ganstrom.

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails will offer a New Year’s Eve menu, food and drink specials as well as couples packages. The couples packages include a five course dinner and a shared entree course that must be selected upon at the time of reservation. To view the full New Year’s Eve menus and for more information, visit CraveKitchenandCocktails.com/New-Years.

Guests that dine with Crave on New Year’s Eve are also welcome to party the night away with evening festivities including a Campfire Oyster Roast on the patio at 11:30pm, music and dancing with DJ SaturDave beginning at 11:45pm, a champagne toast at midnight and more.

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails will also be open on Sunday, January 1, 2017 for a New Year’s Day brunch from 10am – 4pm. Executive Chef Landen Ganstrom will be serving up all of your favorite brunch dishes including Shrimp & Grits, Eggs Benedict, Chicken & Waffles and more.

Reservations are strongly recommended for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as they will fill up fast. To make your reservations, please visit CraveKitchenandCocktails.com/New-Years or call the restaurant at 843-884-1177.

The Cedar Room

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in The Cedar Room on Saturday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar provided by Mercantile and Mash. In addition, we will also be showing the Fiesta Bowl (Clemson vs Ohio State).

Musical performances by The Mighty Kicks and Wade Walker “DJ United.” Midnight champagne toast to ring in 2017.

  • Attire: Black Tie
  • Tickets are $125 and are nonrefundable.
  • Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

*The Clemson / Ohio State game will be on for those who want to watch.

Edmund’s Oast

Offering a special December 30th and New Year’s Eve dinner option featuring:

  • Bone-in 32oz ribeye with an optional foie gras and/or lobster upgrade.
  • Pumpkin tortellini with rabbit confit in parmesan brodo
  • Head bartender Jayce McConnell will offer some classic cocktails made with extremely high-end and rare ingredients.
  • Special champagnes offered like Étienne Calsac champagne at $22 a glass
  • “Oude Quetsche Tilquin a l’Ancienne” (a sour plum lambic, 6.4%ABV) offered by the glass at $12/5oz pour.

To make reservations, please visit www.edmundsoast.com.

Bar Mash

Join us at Bar Mash on December 31st beginning at 9pm, as we Ring in the New Year “Westworld” style, sponsored by Macallan Scotch whisky.

Saunter into Mash, donned in your best Western attire, as a “guest” in our world.

Tickets are only $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and will include a complimentary glass of Macallan punch, a ticket for a shot off of our custom Ice Luge, and a Macallan scotch toast at midnight! Snacks and full bar will be available for purchase throughout the evening, as well as some fantastic Macallan drink specials.

Prizes will also be awarded for best costumes!

Hope to see you there!

Cocktail Club

Ring in the New Year at The Cocktail Club! The event is open to the public and includes live music, a “dress to impress” dress code, $10 cover after 10 p.m. and more!

Saturday, December 31
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Burns Alley

The good, the bad, the ugly….say Goodbye to 2016 and come Rock in the New Year with Action City Blackout and Hearts on Fire at Burns Alley, King Street, Downtown.

9PM
$10 and 21+
PBR swag and PRB Toast at Midnight.

Come on, let’s spend the night together!

Check out Hearts on Fire

O-Ku

Ring in the New Year at O-Ku beginning at 9 p.m. with a DJ and midnight champagne toast! This event is open to the public but there will be a $10 cover (cash only) beginning at 10 p.m. See you then!

Club Trio

Come ring in the New Year with your favorite people!

Doors open at 9, $40 cover charge, champagne toast at Midnight. Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Cover includes individual split bottle of Chandon per guest

****ONLY 2 VIP TABLES LEFT**** EMAIL FOR VIP
VIP CHAMPAGNE TOAST INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE SPONSORED BY VEUVE CLICQUOT

DJ C-Nile upstairs
DJ Precise downstairs

Dudley’s On Ann

Join us for the most Glittery and Glamorous party of the year… Glitter and Glam 2017! Our annual party returns to bring in 2017 the only way we know how… plenty of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, great music, a champagne toast at midnight, and the best host we have, Patti O’Furniture!

We have limited tickets available to this private party, which sells out every year. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com now to guarantee your spot at the party! Avoid the long New Year’s lines and waiting at different bars for a drink, and join us for a night of New Year’s magic as we watch 2016 come to a close!

Prohibition

Prohibition cordially invites you to ring in the New Year with an unforgettable evening at Prohibition! Gather all your friends and tell them that this year, we are going to celebrate New Years Eve the Charleston Way!

With live Jazz, Featuring The Bill McSweeney Swing Band, plus DJ Brian, a champagne toast, passed hor d’ouevres and party favors, this is a party you are not going to want to miss.

Tickets sales are only $20 and are limited to first come first serve, so be sure to assure your spot by buying a ticket today! Stop by the restaurant today to purchase your ticket, or buy them online at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-nye-the-charlston-way-tickets-29445231480.

It’s time to ring in a New Year, the Charleston way.

Revelry Brewing

Join us on the Rooftop @ Revelry Brewing Saturday December 31st for an all day, and through the night, celebration as we ring in 2017 in Revelry style.

Mynt

General Admission: $40

DJ Kevbo and Seth G

Please email for VIP reservations myntcharleston@gmail.com

Dress Code: cocktail attire

Spiritline Cruises

Kick start your New Year by kicking up your heels with SpiritLine Cruises!  This cruise is a true SAIL-ebration and one not to miss.  The Spirit of the Lowcountry will be rockin’ the harbor and rollin’ on the river with awesome dance music provided by your favorite DJ, Ric Rush.  A pleasing menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available, everyone is sure to have fun. Make your reservation now, these tickets will go fast as the number is limited and sells out every year!

SAIL-ebration Event Details

  • Saturday – December 31, 2016
  • $70 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
  • Cash bar available onboard
  • Menu
  • Cruise departs from Aquarium Wharf (downtown Charleston)
  • 360 Concord Street, SC 29401
  • Boarding time begins at 9:45pm
  • Cruise time is from 10:30pm to 1:00am

Triangle Char + Bar – West Ashley

Ring in the New Year with us at Charleston’s only Ball Drop at Triangle West Ashley! There’s no cover charge so get there early. Enjoy food & drink specials…DJ starts at 10pm!

SC Aquarium

Snyder Grand Ball New Year’s Eve 2017
Saturday, December 31st
8pm – 1am | 21+

All-inclusive VIP tickets: $149 (advance purchase only)

FEATURING:
– Full Open Bar
– Chef Action Food Stations with Heavy Hors D’oeuvres
– Champagne Toast at Midnight

ENTERTAINMENT:
David Higgins Music
DJ NattyHeavy

ATTIRE:
Black Tie Optional

The Rooftop at Vendue

Ring in 2017 on Charleston’s Favorite Rooftop Bar!

  • $20 Cover Charge
  • DJ
  • Midnight Champagne Toast

Purple Buffalo

Come celebrate NYE with the herd at Purple Buffalo! Doors: 9pm, Music: 10:30pm featuring hip-hop duo Speakerbox, and DJ Raz (RAZ Productions) Tickets are $40 BEFORE Christmas, and $50 AFTERChristmas. Includes indulging on a smoked whole pig and a champagne toast. Live countdown. Games. Excitement. History being made.

Brought to you by: BigBadBetter and JYVE

Tin Roof

The END is NIGH! Come party like it! DJ Lanatron will be spinning so you can boogie 2016 away. Come dressed for an apocalyptic PROM. Gas masks, last day on earth, fancy pants… dress however you would celebrate the end of days!

California Dreaming

Celebrate the New Year with us at California Dreaming #Charleston!

Live DJ | $10 admission beginning at 10PM | Drink specials all night long.

We look forward to seeing you! ?

Midtown Bar + Grill

Say goodbye to 2016 with Midtown! Don’t worry about bringing a mask, well have masks + face painters! Complimentary champagne toast at midnight
Photographer + Free Pizza at 1am!
$20 cover at the door
DJ TYEDYE starts at 10!

VIP Cover $50- Skip the Line! Also includes a bottle of champagne! Email us if interested at jenna@kshgevents.com. Limited quantities available.

The Dewberry

Join us for a Mid-Century New Year’s Eve at The Dewberry!

Entertainment by Joe Clarke Big Band Featuring Greg Massaro, Frank Puzzullo, David Patterson and Brent Swaney. If you love Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and great American Jazz Standards, come out for a Fun, Memorable, and Romantic evening.

Dancing, a Premium Open Bar, Passed Hors d’oeuvres, Late Night Bites and Champagne Countdown!

Adults are $175 all inclusive.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. All transactions are nonrefundable. Tickets are transferrable.

Call (877) 835-6530 or visit https://new-years-eve-at-the-dewberry.eveyevents.com/ to purchase tickets!

Tabbuli

The most exclusive New Years Eve Party in Charleston, where only a golden ticket will get you in…..Tabbuli’s Gold Party!

Tickets will be available for purchase at Tabbuli. This WILL sell OUT!

$100 ALL INCLUSIVE TICKET = HOOKAH, DRINKS AND FOOD PLUS VIP SEATING!

$25 General Admission

Join us as we deck out in ALL Gold for New Year’s Eve!

Sponsored by Moët

Warehouse

HELLO, 2017

8 pm
99 People
99 Tickets
99 Dollars
99 Libation Menu / Open Bar

  • Passed Snacks & Fancy Fare
  • DJ Breeze @ Epic Charleston
  • Dress to Impress
  • Festive Props Aplenty
  • The best party in Charleston for an intimate evening.

Happy New Year!

Zero George 

7-Course Prix Fixe menu including beverage pairings. $245 per person.

Que d’Keys

Join us for New Year’s Eve at Que d’Keys! THREE Pianos will be dueling long into the night and in to the new year!

Located at 32 D North Market Street, right above Queology BBQ. Que d’Keys Dueling Piano Bar is Downtown Charleston’s ONLY Dueling Piano Bar. Guaranteed to have you on your feet, laughing, singing and dancing with your friends.

Boone’s

Saturday, December 31st 2017 at 9 pm
Photobooth
Light hors d’oeuvres
DJ Jerry Feels Good
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Ice Luge on the patio

Kingdom Bar & Grill

We at Kingdom Bar & Grill invite you to join us as we ring in 2017 with some really great people.

We will be offering several NYE options this year:

Dining Only – Be our guest on NYE and enjoy our dinner service from 5pm until 8pm. Call to reserve your table today! 843.577.9911

Dinner & Celebration – Join us for dinner service between 5PM and 8PM & receive a complementary ticket for each person who orders a dinner entree. We will be offering special dining options for the special occasion. Live music starts at 7pm and goes unti 10pm when our special guest DJ will take the stage.

VIP lounge – Book a VIP lounge with us! *While supplies lasts* For more information or to reserve your lounge call 843.518.3678.

Celebration Only – Join us in ringing in the new year right! We have pre sale tickets that are $25 in advance (ends Dec 15th) and our regular admission tickets are $35 at the door. Tickets include, heavy hors d’oeuvres, free champagne toast, cash prizes, live music and a special guest DJ!

ALL tickets can be purchased on site at Kingdom Bar & Grill – 468 King St

Republic Garden & Lounge

Doors open at 4pm to 2am

2017 Door Prizes and Giveaways all night(Cash and Prizes)

Complimentary general admission for everyone until 9:00pm. (Subject to cover charge and line wait after 9:00pm

  • VIP Access $55(No line wait, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and Champagne)
  • VIP Tables(Please call for availability)(Will sell out fast.)
  • VIP Tables Include: 2 Premium Liquours, 1 Premium Champagne, and Heavy Horderves.

Slightly North of Broad

Enjoy our special three-course prix fixe menu on Saturday, December 31st, with several dishes featured in Chef Lee’s cookbook, ‘The S.N.O.B. Experience’!

$80 per person, non-inclusive of alcohol, sales tax, or gratuity.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling us at 843-723-3424.

Charleston Beer Works

Come for football, stay for a New Year’s Eve celebration!

Clemson Football plays Ohio State University Football in the Fiesta Bowl. Kickoff is at 7:00.

A $10 cover charge starts at 9:00 pm and live music from Token Marystarts after the game ends. The cover charge takes care of your midnight Champagne toast!

Charleston Wonderland

Charleston Wonderland features live music and performances inside and outside of our 15,000 square foot facility. Enjoy a top shelf open bar sponsored by Red Bull and Titos Vodka, local cuisine, Charleston’s best DJs andlive bands, cirque performances, insane audio/visual, Charleston’s largest balloon drop, phoro booths and so much more.

Visit Charlestonwonderland.com for more information
Instagram – @Charlestonwonderland

Henry’s / NV

Come join us for our New Years Eve 2017 Celebration! Its been another great year for us and we are ready to end it the right way! The staff will be set and ready to make sure this is one amazing night. Let’s bring in 2017 with a good time.

Party begins at 8pm

MIDNIGHT BALLOON DROP
FIRE SHOW
LIGHT SHOW
MORE TBA

General admission: $25 in advance $30 at the door
(Includes entry, party favors and champagne toast)
Get tickets at: www.shinebright2017.brownpapertickets.com

VIP Packages

PACKAGE #1: $600
• Up to 6 people
• 1 bottle of premium liquor
• 1 bottle of premium champagne
• Hors d’oeuvres
• Entry fee

PACKAGE #2: $900
• 7-9 people
• 2 bottles of premium liquor
• 1 bottle of premium champagne
• Hors d’oeuvres
• Entry fee

PACKAGE #3: $1200
• 10-12 people
• 3 bottles of premium liquor
• 2 bottles of premium champagne
• Hors d’oeuvres
• Entry fee
(Each additional person is $50 extra)

Taxes and gratuity are not included

To reserve your VIP package today contact TYLER WILLIAMS
PHONE: 240-271-6801
EMAIL: TYLER.THEEPICBRANDS@GMAIL.COM

Marion Square

This free to the public celebration offers a family friendly, non-alcoholic event featuring kid friendly activities, including karaoke. The program continues after dark with high-energy performances from local bands and unique lighting displays to help ring in 2017.

Activities for kids include jump castles, face painting, a crazy hat station, a photo booth and a karaoke stage.

The lineup for the Main Stage kicks off at 6pm and includes performances from New Galaxy Band and Whiskey Diablo.

 

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