Isle of Palms Nightlife: Your Ultimate Guide to the Best IOP Bars

Isle of Palms is home to a vibrant and fun nightlife. Naturally, the bars are beachy and laid back, perfect for a night out on vacation. From oceanfront rooftop bars to hosting concerts right on the beach, you’re sure to have a good time at any of the IOP bars below.

You’ll find everything there is to know about the Isle of Palms nightlife below, but the Lowcountry also encompasses historic Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Request access to our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE to get a full taste of this beautiful region in South Carolina. 

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Everything to Know About IOP Bars

The Windjammer

THE WINDJAMMER is a unique staple on IOP. The large bar directly on the beach often hosts Isle of Palms events like sand volleyball tournaments and live music. It makes for a great place to grab a quick bite, enjoy a beer overlooking the ocean, or catch a concert. The business welcomes dogs so stop by after a walk on the beach with your furry friend. After about 50 years in business, The Windjammer is by far one of the most vibrant Isle of Palms bars and is home to much of the small city’s nightlife.

Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill

COCONUT JOE’S BEACH GRILL is a fun spot with great views, a large rooftop bar, and classic seafood. They often have live music on the weekends and host events throughout the year. This Isle of Palms restaurant is a staple on the barrier island and one of Ocean Boulevard’s most popular spots.

Smugglers Island Eats and Rum Shack

This open-air bar is just what you would expect from IOP’s main beach strip. Smugglers Island Eats and Rum Shack, of course, has a menu full of rum cocktails and often serves local beers, wines, and liquors. They also have a menu full of delicious fares like seafood baskets, sandwiches, and even ice cream during the summer. Ask your server about their daily specials; they often have the best deals on the island!

The Dinghy

Another longtime bar on Isle of Palms that must be mentioned is The Dinghy. The laid-back bar is known for its great craft beer selection on tap and having everything you need. They have a large screened-in porch, lots of TVs, bar games, an awesome happy hour, and live music on the weekends. What else could you want?

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Now that you know all the best IOP bars, it’s time to book your stay. Charleston Coast Vacations provides more than 40 Isle of Palms vacation rentals from resort villas to luxury waterfront homes. Our collection of rentals on ISLE OF PALMS, in addition to the nearby islands of FOLLY Beach and SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way.  

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The Top 10 Spots for a Mouth-Watering Brunch in Charleston

Brunch and Southern hospitality are a pair made in heaven. It’s no secret that Charleston is known for world-class restaurants that represent and elevate everything that true Southern cuisine is. From shrimp and grits to Bloody Mary’s, we’re here to tell you all the best places to grab an amazing brunch in Charleston!

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The Best Places to Get Brunch in Charleston

Folly Beach

Lost Dog Cafe

Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOST DOG CAFE is a staple on Folly Beach. This cozy spot serves breakfast all day along with sandwiches and wraps for lunch. When it comes to brunch, they have everything you could possibly want! From pancakes to eggs benedict to bagel sandwiches, they are sure to have something that will satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget; no brunch is complete without a Bloody Mary or mimosa!

Local Tip: Just as the name suggests, this is a great spot to bring your pup along!

Rita’s Seaside Grille

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Completely fitting to Folly’s overall vibrant and funky vide, Rita’s Seaside Grille is a colorful and casual restaurant with frequent live music. Whether you’re looking for something sweet like pancakes or savory like shrimp and grits, you’re sure to find something delicious here. We especially love the omlettes.

Local Tip: They are also known to host Drag brunch and live music events, so be sure to check their website for an up-to-date schedule.

Isle of Palms

Sea Biscuit Cafe

Daily from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

If you’re looking for a more classic breakfast rather than your typical brunch, Sea Biscuit Cafe is the place for you! They serve just about anything you could be crazing from French toast to omlettes to biscuits with gravy. We recommend trying out one of their unique daily specials that could range from blackened salmon eggs Benedict to crab artichoke quiche. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before heading out for a day full of ACTIVITIES ON ISLE OF PALMS!

Local Tip: This restaurant is cash only, so make sure you visit the ATM outside first

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

Daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For a seafood brunch with a Southern flare, head to ACME LOWCOUNTRY KITCHEN. The goal of this establishment is to keep things upscale yet casual– everyone is welcome! The menu is full of fresh, local ingredients and sustainable seafood. With at least six different homemade variations, they specialize in shrimp and grits, a beloved Lowcountry dish popular for brunch.

Local Tip: Their servings are large so make sure you show up hungry! The restaurant fills up quickly, so we recommend making a reservation at least a few days in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on this delicious spot.

Sullivan’s Island

The Obstinate Daughter

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

THE OBSTINATE DAUGHTER is a local favorite and not just one of the best restaurants on Sullivan’s Island but in the entire Charleston area. The nautical-themed interior gives it a relaxed yet elegant ambiance that’s perfect for an upscale beach spot. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but their pasta and quiche are the always top of the line.

Local Tip: You’ll want to book your reservation here as far in advance as possible because it books up months in advance during summer. However, that should be enough to convince you of how good it really is!

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tacos and award-winning margaritas are the highlights of this Sullivan’s Island hangout. MEX 1 COASTAL CANTINA offers fresh Baja Mexican cuisine in a bright and vibrant setting. Don’t worry, they still have all the brunch cocktail classics like Bloody Marys and mimosas. It’s the ideal spot for breakfast taco and burrota lovers. Our personal favorite is the huevos rancheros!

Local Tip: They often host events like trivia and live music. Be sure to check out their EVENTS SCHEDULE for some fun within walking distance to your beach house.

Downtown Charleston

The Darling Oyster Bar

Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

THE DARLING OYSTER BAR serves up many locals’ favorite brunch in Charleston. If you’re looking to try some of the Lowcountry’s amazing seafood offerings with a brunch flare, this pot should be your go-to. We recommend the seafood frittata or the crab benedict. Have someone in your group who doesn’t love seafood, the french toast is to die for!

Local Tip: If you love Bloody Marys, you have to try the Captain Bloody Mary! It’s complete with a lobster claw, a crab leg, shrimp, a hushpuppy, celery, olives, and a lime wedge. It’s an appetizer and drink in one!

Felix

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If brunch is all about the drinks for you, you’ll love Felix. The French-themed restaurant serves up elevated classics like French toast and deviled eggs with lobster. Although you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, their cocktails are where they really shine. The mimosa Felix flight four different kinds of juice and a bottle of house bubbly. We also love the brunch daquari for those hot summer days. Mocktails are also available for those not drinking alcohol.

Local Tip: If you aren’t interested in brunch food, their burger is always in the running the best in Charleston!

Shem Creek

Tavern & Table

Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Not only does TAVERN & TABLE have great views, but this restaurant also has great food and drinks! The rustic-chic decor inside is stunning, and the menu has a wide variety of locally sourced new American cuisine. You can enjoy everything from duck chilaquiles to hash brown bowls to a fried egg burger. There’s truly something for everyone, and it’s all delicious!

Local tip: In our opinion, Tavern & Table has some of the best pimento cheese in the city. We highly recommend ordering some for your table!

The Mill Street Tavern

Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3:30pm and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3:30pm

Shem Creek is a popular spot to grab a meal or drink for tourists and locals alike because of the amazing views over the marsh. Indulge in cocktails made from regional distilleries while enjoying som of the best outdoor seating in the area at The Mill Street Tavern. For food, they have something for everyone from waffles to BBQ pulled pork nachos to avocado toast,

Local Tip: For something completely different, The Mill Street Tavern serves sushi daily starting at noon.

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Coffee Shops in Charleston That Will Make You Wish They’re In Your Hometown

If you’re like most people, you start your day with a cup of joe. You likely have a favorite coffee shop in your hometown, but when you’re traveling, you can experience what other cities have to offer. We’ve rounded up our favorite coffee shops in Charleston, so you can decide for yourself which is best. Whether you prefer coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or you need a quick bite; there’s something here for you.

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Get Your Caffeine Fix At These Delicious Coffee Shops in Charleston

Second State Coffee

Second State Coffee is a staple around Charleston with four locations around the Lowcountry. Their first shop opened a decade ago in Downtown Charleston. Two more locations are in Mount Pleasant not far from Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The last location, under the name Broom Wagon Coffee, calls West Ashley home which isn’t far from Folly Beach. They roast their beans locally and currently craft 10 different blends. They even have their own matcha blend. If you stop in during breakfast, the shops offer cafe favorites like baked goods and sandwiches.

Mercantile and Mash

Much more than just a coffee shop, Mercantile and Mash combines coffee with whiskey, wine, butcher, grocery, and dining all in an awesome modern space. If you are working remotely and want a cool place to plugin in Charleston, this is a great spot. And if you’re looking for some steaks to grill in your beach house, you can pick up some great cuts.

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is, like they like to say, “more than just a cup of coffee.” The shop hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and by doing so, empowers them and creates and more inclusive community. It’s not just a great idea for a business; Bitty and Beau’s is easily one of the best coffee shops in Charleston! If you’re not much of a coffee perfect, we recommend a breakfast sandwich or smoothie.

Vintage Coffee Cafe

Known for their great outdoor space under large live oaks, Vintage Coffee Cafe offers a classic coffee menu along with sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas. If you’re staying on Sullivan’s Island of Isle of Palms, it’s a great spot to grab lunch and a mid-day pick-me-up because it’s a quick drive from either beach. While you’re there, you can sit back and relax under the shady trees; you are on vacation after all!

Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

It’s all in the name, Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer is a popular spot to get an iced coffee and an iced cold beer. Don’t expect to get work done here though; the shop doesn’t have wifi to encourage its customers to enjoy good conversation. They have a great courtyard in Downtown Charleston to do so and often host live music.

Clerks Coffee Company

Located within Hotel Emeline in Downtown Charleston, Clerks Coffee Company makes a great iced coffee on the go when you’re exploring our historic city. The shop is next to the Charleston City Market and just two blocks from King Street.

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6 of the Best Isle of Palms Restaurants to Dine At

After a day at the beach, you’re sure to get hungry! While all of our vacation rentals are equipped with excellent kitchens, we think that dining out is one of the best parts of a vacation. Not only is indulging in local cuisine a great way to learn about the area, it also lets you kick back and relax while you enjoy a delicious meal. Here are some of our favorite Isle of Palms restaurants to dine at during your getaway! 

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You’ll Love These 6 Isle of Palms Restaurants! 

Below, you’ll find some of the best Isle of Palms restaurants. They are all sure to satisfy your crazings, but Charleston is known as a culinary epicenter. If you choose to branch outside of Isle of Palms, there are amazing restaurants in Shem Creek, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Downtown Charleston.

1. Long Island Cafe

The combination of an amazing menu and elegant, coastal decor make Long Island Cafe one of the best Isle of Palms restaurants by far. It has been cooking up unbelievable seafood, chicken, and fresh pasta dishes since 1986. Browse the menu, and don’t forget to check out their specials! They change every day and will keep you coming back over and over again. Our last tip is to make sure you save room for dessert. Indulge in decadent cakes, pies, and even warm bread pudding. 

Local Tip: They have an incredible wine selection so be sure to ask your server what pairs best with your dinner. They can get busy on the weekend, so you might want to make a reservation in advance.

2. Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

For seafood with a Southern flare, head to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen. The goal of this establishment is to keep things upscale yet casual– everyone is welcome! The menu is full of fresh, local ingredients and sustainable seafood. They specialize in shrimp and grits, a Lowcountry classic, with at least six different homemade variations!

Local Tip: Their servings are large so make sure you show up hungry! They fill up quickly, so we recommend making a reservation at least a few days in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on this delicious spot.

3. Papi’s Taqueria

If you’re craving some delicious tacos, head to Papi’s Taqueria. Apart from the kids’ menu, you’ll only find starters, sides, tacos, drinks, and one dessert on their menu. They keep it small, so they can focus on what they do best: make tacos. Start out with some chips and dip; then, study the menu for which tacos you’re going to order. They have a few permanent options as well as daily taco specials.

Local Tip: If you have some vegetarians in your group, their Gotta Go Gringo taco gives you the choice of black beans or grilled veggies. It’s sure to satisfy even the meat-eaters.

4. Coda Del Pesce

Coda Del Pesce makes an excellent date night or celebration dinner with the family. This Isle of Palms restaurant serves delicious Italian seafood dishes prepared with fresh, locally or sustainably caught seafood. Enjoy homemade pasta, gnocchi, and more with a coastal twist! They also offer some of the best oceanfront restaurants on IOP.

Local Tip: You’ll need to book your reservation at least a week in advance or more during the summer. If you’re wanting to eat outside, you’ll have to book several weeks in advance.

5. Sea Biscuit Cafe

If you’re looking for one of the best Isle of Palms restaurants for an excellent breakfast spot, head to Sea Biscuit Cafe! Here, you’ll find everything from classic breakfast dishes to Lowcountry specialties. We recommend their omelets, French toast, and of course, the biscuits. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before heading out for a day of fun! It’s the perfect place to start a beach day full of activities on Isle of Palms.

Local Tip: This restaurant is cash only, so make sure you visit the ATM outside first. 

6. The Windjammer

Also known as a local music venue and a hot spot for Lowcountry events, The Windjammer is practically a landmark on Isle of Palms. It’s a great place to grab a casual bite of bar fare and sit on their large deck overlooking the Atlantic with a cold drink. Their fried pickles and wings are favorites among locals.

Local Tip: When it comes to nightlife, The Windjammer always has some going on. Be sure to check out their events page for great live music and unique local events. Because of some events, dinner may not be available that day.

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Top 6 Sullivan’s Island Restaurants For the Traveling Foodie

Everyone enjoys an evening of great food, friends, and family. Why not combine all of those in an unbelievable setting on your Lowcountry vacation? Sullivan’s Island is the perfect place to sample excellent cuisine, enjoy a fun happy hour, or relax with your family after a day on the beach! Our list of the best Sullivan’s Island restaurants breaks down five of the top places to eat in this slice of paradise. 

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What Are the Best Sullivan’s Island Restaurants? 

Sullivan’s Island restaurants are very popular, especially during high tourist seasons. You can expect long wait times during evening weekends. We recommend arriving early or calling ahead if you have a large group. Grab a local beer or cocktail from the bar while you’re waiting and soak in the beautiful Carolina sky! 

1. The Obstinate Daughter

The Obstinate Daughter is a local favorite and one of the best Sullivan’s Island restaurants. The nautical-themed interior gives it a relaxed yet elegant ambiance that you won’t find anywhere else in the area. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but their pizzas and pasta are the top of the line. Don’t forget to try their Geechie fries as well!

Local Tip: You’ll want to book your reservation here as far in advance as possible because this place books up months in advance during summer. However, that should be enough to convince you of how good it really is!

2. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina 

Tacos and award-winning margaritas are the highlights of this Sullivan’s Island hangout. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina offers fresh Baja Mexican cuisine in a bright and vibrant setting. Walk straight from the beach to your table in minutes and savor fresh guacamole, bangin’ shrimp tacos (a favorite), and a jalapeño margarita.

Local Tip: They often host events like trivia or comedy nights. Be sure to check out their events schedule for some fun within walking distance to your beach house.

3. Poe’s Tavern

If you’re searching for a casual place to grab one of the best burgers in the Charleston area, look no further than Poe’s Tavern. This eclectic local dig features quirky décor centered around poet Edgar Allan Poe and his many famous works. Trust us; you won’t want to miss out on one of their juicy award-winning burgers with a delicious side of fries and a local brew. For vegetarians, they also make arguably the best black bean burger in the Lowcountry.

Local Tip: If one of the reasons you love Charleston or want to visit is the history, this is the restaurant for you. It is a truly unique establishment that people from across the state know and love.

4. Home Team BBQ

Delicious smoked meats steal the show at Home Team BBQ. This is our favorite of the three local joints around Charleston, and it’s the perfect place to indulge in a rack of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and a variety of savory sides with an ice-cold beer. 

Local Tip: Of course, Home Team cooks up some tasty BBQ, but locals know they make even better drinks! You can’t go wrong with any of their cocktails, but the Game Changer truly lives up to its name. It’s a sweet and flavorful frozen beverage that will have you thinking you’re in the Caribbean.

5. The CO-OP

The Co-op is one of the most amusing Sullivan’s Island restaurants. They offer quick bites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like salads and sandwiches throughout the day, but their frosé (frozen rosé) is what draws people in time and time again. Grab a cup to go with your sandwich, or head there to pick up an entire bottle for dinner!

Local Tip: Like we already mentioned, you have to try the frosé! It’s the perfect beach beverage. There offer great options for vegetarians like the veggie sammie and Caprese panini.

6. The Longboard

With a light and healthy seafood menu, The Longboard has become the perfect addition to the Sullivan’s Island culinary scene. Executive Chef Will Fincher makes a point to cook with fresh, local seafood and ingredients. The menu features a raw bar, craft cocktails, and a few but delicious options for entrees.

Local Tip: We recommend visiting during their Oyster Hours. Every day from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., they have a great deal on their raw and grilled oysters plus some happy hours specials on drinks.

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Yum! Here’s What You Need to Know About Charleston Restaurant Week

Vacations without great food can crash and burn quickly. You won’t have that problem here in the Lowcountry, especially during Charleston Restaurant Week. Our seaside city is home to some of the most incredible culinary showcases in the country! But don’t just take our word for it; taste for yourself. 

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About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week gives you a fantastic excuse (not that you need one) to experience all the incredible places to eat in the Holy City. Participating restaurants usually offer a special lunch and dinner menu designed to give you a taste of their fare. Plus, these multi-course meals are always a great price. We recommend going with a group of friends or someone you know won’t mind sharing a little bit. That way, you can each get something different and try them all! 

Local tip: Don’t feel limited to only trying their multi-course menu. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu, and you can also order restaurant week items à la carte.  

Lunch Menus 

Restaurants participating in Charleston Restaurant Week lunch usually create a menu with two courses to choose from. You’ll receive an appetizer and an entree!  

Dinner Menus 

The restaurants in Charleston go all out for this special week. The dinner menu usually consists of three courses: an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Don’t worry– portions sizes are smaller so you can enjoy each course. If you’re too full, just take your dessert to go!  

When Is Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week?

There are two Restaurant Weeks here! One is in September, and the other is in January. The dates change every year, so make sure you check before making your plans. Plus, Restaurant Week lasts a little longer than a week. It’s typically about 10 days! 

Who Participates?

From the city to Folly Beach, the entire Charleston area participates in our Restaurant Week! Dozens of restaurants join in every year, and you can see exactly who is taking part on the website. As the week gets closer, the restaurants begin to release their menus. Take a peek and choose which ones you want to try out! 

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7 of the Best Charleston, SC Breweries

Charleston has one of the fastest-growing and hottest brewery scenes in the Southeast. With so many places to grab an ice-cold craft brew, it can be difficult to choose where to go. Luckily, we have you covered with our list of best Charleston, SC breweries

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Where to Find the Best Charleston, SC Breweries 

Westbrook Brewing Company – Mount Pleasant 

Westbrook Brewing sits tucked away near the Wando Bridge spanning between Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island. This well-known local brewery is home to a collection of popular regional brews focusing on refreshing pale ales. Try a One Claw and White Thai while you’re here, two of their top-selling beers. 

Palmetto Brewing Co. – Downtown Charleston  

This small downtown brewery located just off King Street has a large outdoor patio and a beautiful interior. Palmetto Brewing Co. is a great place to stop a grab a local beer while touring historic downtown! They also serve up delicious burgers, salads, and sides.  

Revelry Brewing – Downtown Charleston  

Revelry is hands down one of the most popular breweries in Charleston, SC. This funky building north of downtown Charleston has a large bar on the first floor in addition to the expansive rooftop area with panoramic views of town. They also serve food!

Cooper River Brewing Company – Downtown Charleston 

Cooper River Brewing Company concocts refreshing beers in their small but fun brewery north of downtown Charleston. Be sure to try their Orange-Infused Blond Ale (it’s a favorite). 

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. – Downtown Charleston 

Edmund’s Oast offers the perfect mix of delicious cuisine and incredible craft beer. This fantastic local spot sits in a new, vibrant food court-style area off the King Street Extension with a solid amount of parking for its location. They also have a restaurant down the street that serves up fine cuisine, and of course, more of their great beers. 

Holy City Brewing – North Charleston 

Holy City Brewing is one of the best Charleston, SC breweries with food. Pair one of their flagship brews like the Pluff Mud Porter, Overly Friendly IPA, or Holy City Pilsner with smoked wings, a porkstrami Reuben, or a juicy burger.

Low Tide Brewing – Johns Island 

If you want to relax with a local brew in the quiet corner that is Johns Island, head to Low Tide Brewing. From refreshing lagers to Belgian tripels, you’ll find your favorite beer on tap here. They also have scheduled food trucks and events every month.

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5 of the Best Shem Creek, SC, Restaurants

Who doesn’t love waterfront dining? If you’re looking for a meal or a drink on the water, head to Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A handful of restaurants line both sides of the of this wide creek, and there’s even a scenic dock you can use to walk off the meal you just ate and see some gorgeous views! Here are some of our favorite Shem Creek, SC, restaurants

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5 of the Best Shem Creek, SC, Restaurants

1. Tavern & Table

Directions to Tavern & Table

Not only does Tavern & Table have great views, but this restaurant also has great food and drinks! The rustic-chic decor inside is stunning, and the menu has a wide variety of locally sourced new American cuisine. You can enjoy everything from house-made charcuterie to seafood towers to steak frites. There’s truly something for everyone! Local tip: In our opinion, Tavern & Table has some of the best pimento cheese in the city. We highly recommend ordering some for your table!

2. Saltwater Cowboys

Directions to Saltwater Cowboys

Saltwater Cowboys arguably has the best view on Shem Creek! Because they are situated at the mouth of the creek, your view isn’t blocked by any other restaurants. They have a large, outdoor deck as well as a small rooftop you are allowed to bring your drinks to for an even better view. Their cuisine is best described as Southern, and the portions are big. Enjoy plates of barbecue, pork rinds, fish tacos, and more. 

3. Red’s Ice House

Directions to Red’s Ice House

Red’s Ice House may seem like a bit of a dive, but it’s where countless locals go to drink and enjoy pub fare year-round. The no-frills atmosphere gives it a unique allure, and you’ll love the energy the crowds bring. The menu consists of fresh seafood and bar eats– if you don’t like seafood, don’t worry! There are other options, too.

4. Shem Creek Crab House

DIRECTIONS TO SHEM CREEK CRAB HOUSE 

Shem Creek Crab House is one of the best places to satisfy your seafood cravings. You’ll find fresh oysters, crab legs, Lowcountry boil, fried shrimp, and more. Don’t forget to walk out to the dock after your meal for a view of the incredible Charleston sunset. 

5. Water’s Edge

Directions to Water’s Edge

Water’s Edge has both an indoor dining area and an outdoor cabana bar. This restaurant is known for being one of the most sophisticated spots on Shem Creek. Guests can enjoy a variety of freshly caught seafood and steak. If you want surf and turf, consider coming here! 

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The Charleston Coast has so much to offer! From dining at these Shem Creek, SC, restaurants to plenty of fun in the sun, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Start planning your stay! Charleston Coast Vacations offers a variety of homes all over the coast. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront property big enough for the whole family or a small villa perfect for you and your sweetheart, we have you covered. Browse our properties and start planning your getaway today.

The Best Ways to Enjoy a Staycation in Charleston, SC

Millions of people flock to Holy City each year to experience its magnetic draw. There’s a reason why Charleston is one of the South’s most popular vacation destinations. From the beautiful beaches to the unbelievable cuisine, there’s so much to see and experience here. Why not take advantage of everything right in your own backyard? Step outside of your day-to-day routine to indulge in everything our city has to offer. Here are a few ways to enjoy a staycation in Charleston, SC.

You might think you know Charleston, but there’s always something new to discover. Request a copy of our free Vacation Guide to find ideas and inspiration for your upcoming staycation.

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Explore the Beach Like Never Before

Many of us have been to Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms as locals, but have you ever experienced it from a vacationer’s perspective? It’s easy to spend a weekend dining on the beach, soaking up the sun, and indulging in everything the area offers.

Spend a Day as a Tourist

Get reacquainted with the historic charm that attracts so many people to Charleston. Take a day to admire the small pieces of the city that you might take for granted as a local. You could use the morning to stroll down East Bay Street by Rainbow Row, then stop for a picnic in White Point Park on the Battery. Even walking through the downtown streets can be a wonderful activity as you appreciate the pops of color on every road and gaze into the mysterious gardens tucked behind private drives.

Get Adventurous With New Eats and Brews

Spend the weekend going to those restaurants that you’ve meant to try for weeks! Charleston has become a premier foodie destination in the last few years, so there is always somewhere new to try. Whether you opt for an upscale seafood joint or a casual seaside cabana, you’re sure to discover a new favorite place. Be sure to follow up that delicious meal with a trip to one of Charleston’s local bars. You can’t go wrong with a cold beer or a creamy piña colada.

To Eat: Wiki Wiki SandbarChico FeoRita’s Seaside Grille

To Drink: Loggerhead’s Beach GrillPoe’s TavernThe Windjammer

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Let’s make this feel like a real vacation! We offer a variety of oceanfront condos on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly Beach that will be the perfect setting for your Charleston staycation. In addition to waking up to the sound of crashing waves, you can also enjoy things like private pools, hot tubs, and even outdoor lounge spaces that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

The ultimate vacation is waiting for you right outside your door! Don’t wait another day to start planning it. Browse our portfolio of vacation rentals and book your stay with us today.

Where Is the Best Place for Happy Hour in Charleston, SC?

Where is your go-to spot for a cold beverage after a fun-filled day in Charleston, South Carolina? If you ask five different locals, you might get five totally different answers. That’s because there are simply so many fantastic bars in our area! Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re looking to try something new, we can help. Check out the list of possibilities below and discover the best place for happy hour in Charleston, SC, for you!

We included several of our favorite bars below, but there are many more that you should visit while you’re here. Access our free Destination Guide to get the full list of our recommendations for bars, restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. It’s the key to an unforgettable Charleston vacation!

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Enjoy the Best Happy Hour in Charleston, SC

Folly Beach

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Isle of Palms

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Sullivan’s Island

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Mount Pleasant

Downtown

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Now that you know where to find some of the best happy hour deals in Charleston, SC, it’s time to find a vacation rental near your favorite spots! You can score some incredible deals on properties with Charleston Coast Vacations for your upcoming getaway. 

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Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway with your special someone, a family reunion, or a group trip with old friends, we have an excellent townhouse or villa waiting for you. There are several beautiful options in Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and more. Browse all of our properties now!