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After Dark: Charleston's Nightlife Offers Something for Everyone
After Dark: Charleston's Nightlife Offers Something for Everyone
Meagan Moore

It’s no secret that downtown Charleston, SC has a lot to offer both guests and locals alike. Its southern charm, combined with its sandy shores, make it an ideal vacation destination for families, friends, and honeymooners, as well as girlfriend weekend getaways and bachelor parties. With a rich culture and growing, vibrant downtown that includes "Michelin star" awarded restaurants and swanky rooftop bars, Charleston’s dazzling nightlife offers something for every occasion ... whether your vacation goals are to experience the history and glamour of this elegant southern city, or simply hit the beach and soak up the sun.


Friends, Food & Fun

Hitting the town with friends? Kick off the evening with some slow-cooked barbecue and southern fare at Poogan’s Smokehouse. After dinner, stroll over to Charleston City Night Market in Charleston's Ansonborough neighborhood, where you’ll find a variety of handcrafted items by local artisans and craftspeople (along with other retail goods).  After City Market winds down but the night is still young, walk over to the trendy Upper King Street district for some of the city's hottest nightlife. The rooftop bar at Stars is the perfect place to raise a glass to good times with great friends in the Holy City!


Table For Two

For a quieter evening with that special someone, dine on elevated European fare at Chez Nouse. Designed with couples in mind, this cozy dining spot offers a daily changing menu of local ingredients consisting of three courses served in pairs. Afterwards, hail a pedicab-built-for-2 from Charleston Pedicab and take a ride through the romantic, South of Broad and French Quarter neighborhoods.  Explore cobblestone streets lined with elegant historic homes, gardens and courtyards lit by the glow of authentic gas lamps. End your night at Battery Park (White Point Gardens) with a stroll along the Charleston Harbor.  


Child’s Play

Spend the afternoon at the South Carolina Aquarium, where kids will enjoy spotting colorful sea creatures, learning about local wildlife, and getting up close & personal with some of their favorite finned friends. Little tummies will be hungry after all of that underwater fun, so head on over to the Kickin’ Chicken on King Street for some dinner, with their over the top kid friendly menu.  After that?  If it's summertime, when daylight lingers well into the evening, head to Charleston's Waterfront Park to delight the kids.  From the ability to splash in the fountain, to the rows of over-sized porch swings, there's even an area on the wharf that that is lined with Tower Viewers ... those fun coin-operated, over-sized binoculars that will let the kids view far away landmarks like Fort Sumter or the Morris Island Lighthouse.


Whether you’re on a couples staycation, a family vacation, or celebrating that big promotion you won’t be disappointed with a night spent in the Holy City!


Note: Don’t just take our word for it. Come visit and experience Charleston for yourself. We offer 5-star accomodations and exceptional "Concierge level" service.  Have a look at our luxury portfolio to discover the perfect place to put your feet up after a night on the town.

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