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Where to Watch The Super Bowl in Charleston

January 31, 2018

Ahh, the Super Bowl. America’s favorite buffalo-wing-related-holiday. A chance to officially break those resolutions you’ve been desperately trying to cling to for the past few weeks. Well, let me tell ya: it ain’t no thang but a chicken wang.

Here’s where you can go in Charleston to get your football and chicken wing fix:

Downtown

The Alley

5pm – 11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Guests can play Squares game for a chance to win Alley house cash (cost: $5 donation to the College of Charleston Cougar Club)
  • $12 buckets
  • 24 wings for $24
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Philly Cheeseteak
  • $3 Sam Adams Seasonal and Yuengling

Bay St Biergarten

6pm-11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Sports fans can watch the game indoors or outdoors
  • $6 Team Specialty Drinks: The Invincible, or Patriot’s Punch
  • $4 Craft Beer: Sam Adams Boston Lager and Victory Brewing pints
  • Wing Platter (dine in or take out):
    • 50 wings for $50
    • 100 wings for $85

The Brick

6pm-11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Food Specials: Philly Cheesesteak (shaved ribeye, fried onions, and brick cheese) and New England Clam Strips (1/2 lb of fried clam strips served with old bay Tarter sauce and lemon)
  • $10 bud light pitchers
  • $12 select beer bottle buckets
  • $4 liquors: William Wolf (all flavors), Bacardi (Raspberry, Pineapple, Limon), Southern Comfort 80, Shellback Spiced Rum, Bushmills Reddish
  • $4 beers: Guinness 200th Anniversary, White Claw Grapefruit
  • $3 beers: Benediktiner Hell (16 oz cans), Wolf Pup Session IPA

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

11 am – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Items Available to Go:
    • Special Super Bowl Party Platter: 20 whole wings for $20, 40 whole wings for $35, and 100 whole wings for $80
    • $2 off select 4 packs
    • Something Extra Cold, Blond Ale, 7.4% ABV, 32 oz. Crowlers for $5
    • Must place wing order Thursday, February 1 by 3p.m
  • All (6) TVs dedicated to showing the game
  • Happy Hour prices all day
  • Brunch until 5:00 p.m.
  • Special Bar Snack Menu starting at 5:00 p.m.:
    • Boiled Peanuts
    • Nachos
    • Wings

Fatty’s Beer Works

4 pm – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Mike Bastin of Chucktown Smokin’ Gringos to serve his Southern Style “Award Winning” BBQ with a “Kick”
  • Beer & BBQ pairings

JohnKing Grill & Bar

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • $4 Bacardi Specials
  • $4 Patriots blue and Eagles green shots
  • 5 big screens at the upstairs bar, 6 downstairs

King Street Public House

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • 23 HD TVs
  • $10 tall boy buckets
  • $12 domestic buckets
  • $12 pitchers

Le Farfalle

5 pm – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • 12-foot projector screen in the main dining room
  • Sports bar-themed menu
  • Buckets of beer

Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub

6:30 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Eagles and Patriots-themed cocktails
  • “Brady Sandwich” pork belly reuben
  • Eagles Nest Nachos

James Island

Famulari’s Brewpub

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Add Crowler starting at $8
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

Garage 75

6:30 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • 1/2 rack of ribs and 2 sides for $14.75
  • $14 Budweiser / Bud Light buckets

O’Brion’s Pub & Grille

4 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • $2 beers
  • $3 liquors
  • $6 food specials
  • $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys from 12 – 4 pm
  • Chance to win a $500 Yeti cooler
  • $300 Firefly Cornhole table up for grabs
  • Free raffle and prizes

Johns Island

Krazy Owls

4 pm – 11 pm
$15 advance tickets, $20 day of

  • $0.75 wings during the game
  • All you can eat oysters, 4 pm until they run out
  • Happy Hour from 4 pm – 8 pm

Mount Pleasant

The Dinghy

6 pm

  • Rumored to be giving away free Sloppy Joes during the game

Locals Sushi Bar

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge

  • Chance to win a cruise for 2
  • Giveaways at halftime

Mainland Container Co. Kitchen & Bar

5 pm – 11 pm
$120 for a couple

  • Domestic Beer, House Liquors, House Wine included in ticket price
  • Food Buffet – include pulled pork BBQ, wings, grilled sausage with peppers & onions, meatballs, macaroni & cheese, slaw, vegetable plate & assorted chips & dips
  • Chance to win prizes!

McCann’s Irish Pub

5 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public. No cover charge

  • $5 Dixie Southern Vodka, Chicken Cock Whiskey, Endless Summer Rum
  • $6 specialty cocktails
  • Prize drawings at half time and end-of-game

North Charleston

Buffalo Wild Wings

Open to the public, no cover charge

  • $2 domestic tall drafts
  • Two for $10 shareable snacks
  • $10 buckets of 5 select domestics
  • $15 buckets of 5 select imports
  • Giveaways

Chill-n-Grill

4 pm
$10 general admission

  • Free major prize giveaway every quarter – table, concert tickets, 50″ flat screen HD TV
  • $1 cans of beer
  • wing platters

Summerville

Famulari’s (Azalea & Oakbrook)

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

West Ashley

Back 9 Pub

2 pm
$10 all-you-can-eat oysters

  • $10 all-you-can-eat-oysters

Famulari’s

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

Frothy Beard

6 pm – 9 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • $25 – 64oz Pitcher of beer and 12 wings Applies to:
    • Tides Hominy
    • Creekside
    • Dunkleweizen
    • Matlese Falcon
    • Andale
    • Walhallaweisse
    • Holy Water
  • *$30 for other beers, excludes BA beers.

Mellow Mushroom

5 pm – 11 pm
$40 for general admission; $60 for VIP

  • All you can eat and drink
  • Game shown on the big screen
  • Ice luge
  • halftime Justin Timberlake dance party
  • Photo booth

Pearlz Little Oyster Bar

2 pm – 5 pm
$19 for all-you-can-eat oysters

  • Pregame oyster roast, all-you-can-eat for $19
  • Drink specials from Palmetto Brewery and Firefly Distillery

The Roost

6 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge

  • Team-themed ice luges

I’ll update as I get more info! Please message me if you’d like to be included on this list. 

 

Breweries Charleston Restaurant News

Charleston Breweries

November 17, 2017

This post was sponsored by Charleston Party Buses.

The Charleston beer scene is defined by a diverse selection of local, passionate businesses creating classic and unique flavors every day. It’s safe to say that it’s an exciting time to love beer in Charleston. If you’re known to love a good brew or two, the atmosphere of breweries and tap rooms is particularly inviting! There’s a scene to satisfy every specific taste, so you’ll never be bored exploring beer in Charleston.

 

Frothy Beard Brewing

1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

Food is available in the form of pizza from Zombie Bob’s, and if you’re familiar with these slices you know that they’re huge. If you’re a fan of unique beer flavors, you don’t want to leave without trying the Summer Summer Summer Lime. Board games and Thursday night Trivia becomes even more enjoyable after a couple of strong IPAs here, and if you’re looking for something specific you can always ask one of the talented bartenders.

 

 

Revelry Brewing

10 Conroy St
Charleston, SC 29403

This brewery in NoMo Charleston serves a number of delicious craft brews at their open-air bar downstairs and stellar rooftop upstairs.Their rooftop is arguably one of the best in Charleston (seriously, those sunset views are no joke). They host lots of lively social events, and are ideal for an after work brew or unique date night. They offer some food, but often have food trucks parked outside so that you can treat your tastebuds as you enjoy the beer & atmosphere. Revel in the fun at Revelry.

Edmund’s Oast Brewing

1505 King St Extension
North Charleston, SC 29405

There are usually seven different beers on tap here at Edmund’s, a new spot in North Charleston. You aren’t going to find any pre packaged food here, everything is made in house and it’s proven with quality! The charcuterie plate is perfect for sharing with a group, while the blackened catfish sandwich is a solid lunch or dinner option that comes loaded with fresh toppings. The open air atmosphere and simple decor makes this feel like a modern spot to enjoy some brews. A notable option is the flavorful Watermelon Thief that weighs in at a 5.5% ABV.

Holy City Brewing

4155 Dorchester Rd
Charleston, SC 29405

Holy City is kind of the quintessential Charleston brewery, with most of their beers being named after popular Charleston locales and personalities. The taproom is located in an old warehouse, with lots of picnic tables, pool tables, and fun to be had. They often host fun events (like trivia every Wednesday), and have delicious food that pairs well with pretty much any of their beers.

Low Tide Brewing

2863 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

In addition to being the only brewery on Johns Island (aka the closest brewery to my house and therefore where I spend most of my time), the brews that Low Tide puts out are seriously good. The brewery is an awesome place to hang out, as they often have fun events, live music, and other treats, plus the occasional food truck (or I usually get takeout from Wild Olive, which is right next door). It’s definitely worth the drive out to Johns Island!

Twisted Cypress Brewing Company

1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

This destination is highlighted by a casual atmosphere, welcoming staff and large dog friendly outdoor area complete with games. Food trucks come along on Friday and they also feature live music for entertainment. Overall, this is a spot best visited with your friends. Coffee lovers will rejoice knowing they have skilled baristas here. Sometimes they sell out of certain types of beer, but you can always call ahead or check out social media to get more information about what’s on tap.

The best kind of bus is a party bus

When you’re exploring breweries and getting your drink on with friends, the responsible thing to do is plan ahead for transportation. This way, you wont be drunk ordering multiple Ubers or pointing fingers at who was supposed to be the designated driver for the night.Transportation in Charleston in the form of a party bus or limousine is especially convenient for brewery trips because you can get picked up and dropped off right at the doors of each location. Not to mention, you have a guaranteed safe ride home by a smiling face. It even ends up to be around the same price range when you divvy it up evenly among the group.

Charleston Party Buses

1713 Boone Hall Drive
Unit I-14
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 790-8843

Charleston Restaurant News

The Granary Announces Curtis Wilson as Executive Chef

October 5, 2017

Mount Pleasant restaurant The Granary is excited to welcome Curtis Wilson as executive chef starting Monday, October 9. The Indigo Road alum will replace former executive chef Brannon Florie.

Florie’s need to shift his time and energy to his two other concepts, Pier 41 and On Forty-One, as well as to his family was the driving force behind this change in culinary leadership.

“I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity and the mentorship I have received from Steve,” said Florie. “I’m also very grateful for our talented team and their hard work since the reopening. I look forward to watching their continued success under Curtis.”

“We fully support Brannon’s decision and wish him the best in his future ventures,” said Palmer. “I’m excited to see where Wilson takes the menu, and I’m happy to be able to promote from within the Indigo Road family again.”

Wilson brings extensive culinary experience to The Granary, including five years working in downtown Charleston restaurant The Macintosh where he served as sous chef.

Located at 835 Coleman Boulevard, The Granary delivers Lowcountry inspired American fare featuring seasonal ingredients in an expanded and casual space.

The Granary serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. On Sundays, guests can indulge in half-priced bottles of wine, followed by a Lobster Roll special every Monday, oyster specials on Fridays and live music on Wednesdays. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit The Granary online and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Charleston Restaurant News

Warehouse Announces New Executive Chef

September 5, 2017

Chef Jason Daly will take over as Executive Chef at Warehouse in Charleston later this month. Relocating from Portland, Maine, where he served as Executive Chef at SALT, Daly will bring a new food concept to the popular, neighborhood eatery and bar – progressive fare inspired by European flavors and technique.

I just hope they don’t get rid of the deviled eggs!

Daly’s passion for modern interpretations of classic food and arts will be reflected in Warehouse’s new menu. With vast experience pairing cocktails and other flavors, Daly’s new menu will enhance the current bar program at Warehouse.

Daly explains, “The new direction of the menu will be a blend of old world European technique with new American flavors and ingredients – what I like to call “progressive Americana”. Pulling from my New England roots, the new menu will blend Low Country and New England styles.” Daly also has a love for brunch, which will be apparent in Warehouse’s new brunch menus.

Daly is a former Lowcountry resident, graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. He then attended Le Cordon Bleu Boston, where he earned his AAS in Culinary Arts in 2011. Daly’s culinary career includes a position at Chef Michael Scelfo’s Russell House Tavern in Boston, stages at Gramercy Tavern, Perry Street by Jean Georges and Le Bec Fin by Georges Perrier. He served as sous chef at Timber Steakhouse, Maine’s premier steakhouse, which also touts New England’s largest bourbon selection. He also served as Executive Chef of Crooners and Cocktails, New England’s only Sinatra-style supper club.


The roll out of Warehouse’s new culinary concept will also bring additional food service hours. More details and chef Daly’s full menu are forthcoming.

Charleston Restaurant News Random Fodder

Charleston’s Own Megan Deschaine Wins National “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition

July 26, 2017

Earlier this summer, I had the honor of judging the USBG “Make It Exotico” cocktail competition at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, at which the other judges and I crowned Megan Deschaine the Charleston winner for her take on a “margherita pizza-inspired margarita.” At the competition’s final round, held July 19 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, a four-person judging panel crowned Charleston, S.C., mixologist Megan Deschaine the overall winner with her cocktail, “The Napoleonic Complex.”

#GirlBoss

Along with the trophy, Deschaine receives an all-expense paid trip to Exotico Tequila’s distillery – Destiladora González González – in Jalisco, Mexico. While there, Deschaine will visit the agave fields in the highlands of Jalisco and tour the distillery, which is located in the heart of Guadalajara.

“I think the partnership Exotico Tequila has created with the USBG is so enriching to the whole bartending community, giving us bartenders a platform to meet one another,” Deschaine said. “I am so excited to go to Mexico, because I actually paid for college with bartending, to be a Spanish high school teacher.”

Deschaine’s “The Napoleonic Complex” cocktail recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Exotico Blanco Tequila
  • .75 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. agave syrup
  • 4 dashes Bittermen’s Hellfire Bitters
  • 2 dashes Scrappy’s Celery Bitters
  • 1 ripe roma tomato, quartered
  • 8-10 basil leaves

Instructions:
Rim half of a rocks glass with salt and pepper. Muddle tomato quarters and basil in a mixing tin, then add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Double strain cocktail into dressed rocks glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a skewered mozzarella ball and basil leaf.

The USBG “Make It Exotico” cocktail competition invited mixologists from across the country to submit their best cocktail recipe using Exotico Blanco or Exotico Reposado 100% agave tequila as the base spirit. The six finalists competed against 47 other contestants in semifinal events in Nashville, Tenn; Philadelphia, Pa.; Denver, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; and Charleston, S.C.

As with the semifinal events, at the final round, finalists had a maximum of seven minutes to make their cocktails live for a panel of judges, who judged the cocktails on appearance, aroma, creativity, taste and overall impression. Judges included USBG professionals, tequila and cocktail experts, and local media personalities.

This is the kind of cocktail party you definitely don’t want to miss.

Earning second place was Elizabeth Powell with “Play in the Sunshine,” and in third place was Brandon Paul Weaver with “Piñata Punch.” The other finalists and their cocktails included Ryan Williams with “Bigly,” Katie Loeb with “Javelina,” and Nate Maston with “Beber Esta.”

The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition is organized by the United States Bartenders’ Guild and sponsored by Exotico Tequila. This is the competition’s inaugural year.

Charleston Restaurant News Restaurant Openings

I Met Andrew Zimmern, Y’all

June 14, 2017

How’s that for a headline? I mean, to be fair, I sort of stalked him through a crowd and enlisted the help of Charleston Foodie Babe to corner him into taking a pic, but still…a photo’s a photo.

Even if it’s not the greatest photo quality. Still counts!

Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to a media open house for the new restaurant 1Kept in the Renaissance Hotel (replacing Barony Tavern, RIP). I had a plus one and invited my friend and fellow food blogger, Elise from Cookin’ With Booze. She’s also a fellow CofC grad, and a Yelp Elite and… (come to think of it, she might be trying to bodysnatch me…)

‘Cept she remembered the booze for the photo, so she’s already one step ahead of me.

The space is totally revamped from when it was Barony Tavern, instead of a campy hunting lodge, it now feels a lot more upscale without losing the rustic charm that I loved.

Andrew Zimmern is the Renaissance Hotels’ “Global Navigator” which as I understand it is basically a fancy word for “spokesman.” He was in town to help kick off the restaurant’s debut, and spent the day hanging out with awesome Charleston people like The Cocktail Bandits, Mike Lata, and Elise Testone. Hardly anyone seemed that impressed that he was there, but Elise and I definitely got a little starstruck. In fact, I think I still have the nail marks in my arm from where she grabbed me and whisper-shrieked “he’s here!” when he walked in.

Host of 1 Kept Opening Party! Andrew Zimmern checking out @rencharleston new digs & restaurant. #businessunusual

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The drinks available were your choice of a Moscow Mule or a Negroni, and it was Negroni week so obviously I had to try that (although you know I tried both cocktails and even let the Cocktail Bandits slip me a shot of tequila, because that’s how I roll).

The food was not as prevalent, and honestly as far as passed hors d’oeuvres go, not that impressive. But I also don’t think it was indicative of their actual menu.

  • Watermelon gazpacho with crab: best bite of the night-refreshing, sweet, a lot of crab
  • Pimento cheese toast: tomato jam on top had a nice sweetness that complemented the sharpness of the cheese
  • Skewer with pork and fruit: (I did not try this, but according to Elise) “the fruit was soaked in something and tasted artificial”
  • Steak with chimichurri: chimichurri had nice flavor, steak was really chewy and too big of a piece for a 1 bite appetizer. The potato offered little-to-no flavor

In addition to listening to Andrew introduce the new space, we also were treated to a mini-concert with Elise Testone, which was a very special treat.

Can’t wait to try out the actual food soon! Also, be sure to follow Elise on Instagram: @CookinWithBooze

Charleston Restaurant News

Poogan’s Porch Introduces Weekday Brunch during April

April 6, 2017

Brunch lovers rejoice! Charleston institution Poogan’s Porch will be offering their brunch menu for a full two weeks in April. It will be available Monday through Sunday, April 8-23.

Regular brunch hours will still apply for the weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 9AM to 2:30PM) while Monday through Friday, the brunch menu will be available from 10:30AM to 2:30PM during that two week period.

Charleston Restaurant News Restaurant Openings

Félix “Cocktails et Cuisine” Coming to King Street

April 3, 2017

Construction is underway for Félix, a new Parisian inspired cocktail bar serving small plates, coming to upper King Street this summer.

Longtime restaurateur Félix Landrum has a profound passion for hospitality:

“I believe dining and drinking are experiences that should be cherished and enjoyed,” he said. “My family and I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the Charleston community.”

Félix is working in collaboration with Nathan Thurston of Thurston Southern. For a peek at what’s to come at 550 King Street, visit www.felixchs.com.

Charleston Restaurant News

“Make it Exotico” Cocktail Competition Seeks Submissions

March 23, 2017

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next great mixologist? Time to prove it! Entries are now being accepted for the USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition. Mixologists from across the U.S. are invited to submit their best cocktail recipe using Exotico Blanco or Reposado Tequila as the base spirit for a chance to win a trip to Tales of the Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans and the Grand Prize, an all-expense paid trip to Jalisco, Mexico, to visit Exotico Tequila’s distillery, Destiladora González y González, and its agave fields.

Online applications are now being accepted for semifinal event consideration. Entrants can submit their Exotico Tequila cocktail recipes until April 7, 2017. Semifinalists will be contacted between April 10-21. Click to read full competition rules and regulations.

Important Dates

Semifinal Competitions

  • Nashville, TN: April 18
  • Philadelphia, PA: May 9
  • Denver, CO: May 16
  • Portland, OR: June 6
  • Seattle, WA: June 13
  • Charleston, SC: June 27

Final Round

  • Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, LA: July 19
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