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Charleston is known for dishing up incredible cuisine and has come to be known as quite the foodie town, but it’s also a popular destination for those in pursuit of the perfect libation. After sunny days spent exploring the streets of the Holy City and experiencing the iconic sites that are the foundation of this historic, coastal city, it’s only natural you’ll want to stop in at a local spot to enjoy some of the city’s most innovative cocktails. With a beverage scene that includes a wealth of breweries, spirit distilleries, flavorful frosés, and even alcohol  infused ice creams, be sure to include these in your itinerary to indulge in the best cocktail bars in Charleston. There are many to choose from, but we have a few recommendations to ensure you enjoy every sip along the way.  

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Here Are the Best Cocktail Bars in Charleston That You Have to Experience 


Take a stroll down charming King Street to find Proof nestled into the city’s trendiest restaurant and bar district. With an expansive cocktail menu, along with wines and beer, you can sip and enjoy in an atmosphere that feels like Charleston’s ode to a 1930’s speakeasy. You’ll also find a short menu of appetizers to satisfy any cravings before dinner. If you visit in the evening, you can enjoy each glass by candlelight.  

Gin Joint 

With a cozy, intimate bar tucked along a quiet stretch of East Bay Street, at the Gin Joint you’ll find nothing but innovative cocktails here with intriguing concoctions and creative garnishes. Order the “Your Killing Me Smalls” for a roasted marshmallow atop the glass, or the “Hollaback Girl” for a hibiscus flower decorating the creamy drink.  

Cocktail Club 

Cocktail Club is yet another King Street location serving up show-stopping cocktails with a side of romantic ambiance. The outdoor patio offers couches and benches to lounge around while enjoying every sip of your order.  

Husk Bar 

Husk is an infamous restaurant around Charleston for its spectacular food, which has even been featured on a Netflix Original series. So of course, it comes as no surprise that they also overdeliver when it comes to drinks. You’ll find unique cocktails made by a friendly, professional staff and a twist on every presentation.  

Bar Mash 

You don’t have to venture very far away from the heart of the downtown historic district to experience another wonderful cocktail lounge, Bar Mash, located on East Bay Street. As part of the restored Cigar Factory, with its rustic, industrial vibe and laid-back atmosphere it’s a quiet spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail with friends. You can often find live music here! 

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Each year as the weather warms and spring approaches, it isn’t uncommon to be struck with the travel bug. If you’re traveling from Charlotte, NC, there are a variety of opportunities to take a road trip that deliver breathtaking scenery and unique, local attractions, but one destination in particular sticks out from all the rest. Here are four reasons why Charleston, SC, is the best spring getaway from Charlotte, NC. 

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At roughly 200 miles apart, you will enjoy the short three-hour drive along I-77 and I-26 to experience all of the southern charm that this historic coastal city has to offer.  What other city can offer a world-class culinary scene, gorgeous beaches, and rich history within such a short drive of Charlotte?

Beaches and Outdoor Activities 

When you vacation in Charleston, SC, you can rest assured there won’t be any shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy any time of year. In addition to the miles of beautiful beaches stretching along the coastline, you’ll find endless ways to explore Charleston and an array of activities to experience. Whether you choose biking through the residential streets to admire the architecture, walking the Ravenel Bridge, or even kayaking and paddleboarding through the Charleston Harbor, you’ll never run out of things to see and do. 

Mouthwatering Dining and Cocktails

Another perk of exploring Charleston in the spring is the abundance of outdoor dining. Whether you choose to dine on the water or on an outdoor patio tucked along a cobblestone street in downtown Charleston, you’re sure to savor every last bite. Plus, check out some of our favorite upscale bars in Charleston, SC, that also feature outdoor sipping.  

Lowcountry Lifestyle 

There’s something about the Lowcountry lifestyle that invites and tempts you to slow down and appreciate the beauty around you. Perhaps it’s the locals relaxing on elegant piazzas while sipping an ice-cold glass of sweet tea, or maybe it’s the sound of horse hooves trotting down the cobblestone streets. While there’s plenty to do around the city and we know you’ll be eager to fill your itinerary, you’ll still find yourselespecially relaxed as you embrace the slower pace of life that comes from days spent in this wonderful city.  

Don’t forget to request a complimentary copy of our online Insider’s Guide. Using this guide, you can put together the ultimate Charleston itinerary to ensure you take advantage of every moment during your getaway.  

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There’s something about the sun-filled days in Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry that can entice anyone to lace up their shoes and embark on a little outdoor exploration. It’s not often that one city can deliver all the elements layered perfectly to make for an unforgettable vacation experience – mild weather, year round sunshine, miles of beaches, ocean views, lined with cobblestone streets, steeped in history, and mouth watering culinary experiences that are some of the best in the world.  Add in skyline views dotted with historic church steeples and topped by a breathtaking, walkable suspension bridge, and there simply is no where in the world like the Holy City. With so much rich history, vibrant architectural styles, intricate ironwork, lush gardens and hidden cemeteries it’s easy to spend days exploring the cobblestone streets of this unforgettable city.  If you’re planning a visit to Charleston, pack comfortable shoes and plan to include these five of the most unique outdoor Charleston activities in your itinerary. 

Be sure to grab our Insider’s Guide to help you discover the very best of Charleston before you even arrive! Packed full of the best restaurants, bars, activities, and hidden gems, you’ll know just how to enjoy every second of your experience.  

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5 Unique Outdoor Charleston Activities for Your Itinerary 

Gateway Walk 

The Charleston Gateway Walk allows you to step back in time and explore the network of charming alleyways and gardens throughout the city. While Charleston is known for its array of beautiful gardens that you can occasionally catch a glimpse of behind a wrought iron gate or tucked behind a historic home. Enjoy the Gateway Walk as it winds you through a variety of these gardens and even a few graveyards open to the public. This is one of our favorite ways to discover the unique nooks and crannies of this fascinating city! 

Walk the Ravenel Bridge 

It’s worth taking the time to walk one of Charleston’s most iconic structures. Whether you’re seeking a little exercise after too much seafood, or you’re in search of a scenic, leisurely stroll, the Ravenel Bridge will definitely deliver. As you walk over the bridge connecting Downtown Charleston with Mount Pleasant, you’ll witness the bustle of a busy seaside port, spot Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and marvel at the breathtaking, sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Pitt Street Bridge 

The Pitt Street Bridge is a true hidden gem in the area, even for many locals! Cross the Ravenel Bridge into Mount Pleasant to find a former trolley bridge that was a vital connection to Sullivan’s Island. Today, lined with palmetto trees and park benches, it’s used as a hangout for all things outdoor recreation. Relax with a picnic on the grass, enjoy fishing, or kayak through the surrounding marsh and tidal creeks that lead out to Charleston Harbor. 

Charleston Tea Garden 

Pay a visit to the Charleston Tea Garden to cool off and enjoy a refreshing treat! You’re free to tour the factory, browse specialty items at the gift shop, and relax around the grounds as you take in the expansive views of tea bushes reaching towards the horizon. Of course, there is plenty of delicious teas to taste as well! 

Angel Oak 

Many may say you haven’t really been to Charleston without witnessing this iconic landmark in person or even snapping a photo with it. The Angel Oak remains a beloved sight in Charleston, and a top destination with visitors traveling to see it each year. Though there’s debate over the age of the tree, estimated to be 400-500 years old, it’s certain by the sheer size and complexity of the branches that it existed long before anyone knew the name “Charleston.” 

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While it’s well-known that Charleston is one of the top destinations in the South for mouth watering cuisine it’s a common misconception for visitors to assume they need to travel to downtown Charleston for a top notch culinary experience. For vacationers who’ve chosen to vacation on the slower-paced, small town island of Folly Beach, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While the dining scene on Folly may cater to a “flip flop and shorts” kind of clientele, that doesn’t mean that they are serving up only corndogs and baskets of burgers & fries – delicious food can be found pretty much everywhere on Folly. From shrimp & grits at breakfast, to Spam sliders (yes! that’s even on a Folly Beach menu) and Kimchi Beef tacos, you’ll find the local dining spots on Folly Beach serving up some taste-bud-pleasing, delectable fare. You’ll definitely enjoy the casual, laid-back atmosphere of the area plus the diversity of food offerings awaiting you at each amazing restaurant. We’re sharing our guide for where to eat on Folly Beach 

And, before you plan your next trip to Charleston, don’t forget to request access to our Charleston Insider’s Guide. We’ve pulled together a guide to “where the locals go” for the best in dining, spas, parks, golf – you name it! Local recommendations can be invaluable when planning your itinerary and trying to make the most of your time in the Lowcountry. 

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Your Guide for Where to Eat on Folly Beach


Lost Dog Café 

Indulge in traditional Southern cuisine with a twist! Lost Dog Café is one of the most delicious stops if you’re searching for breakfast to power up for a long day on the beach, or if you need a go-to eatery for a family brunch. With a diverse menu full of both classic favorites and innovative creations, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Folly Benedict is a real crowd-pleaser, and you’ll be blown away by the Graham Cracker Peanut Butter French Toast.  

Jack of Cups Saloon 

Get an authentic taste of Folly’s food scene at Jack of Cups Saloon. As a long-standing local favorite, there’s a reason visitors and locals alike flock to this unique café in the heart of Folly. Here you can enjoy Asian Fusion, Indian cuisine, and Italian plates all in one seaside joint. Each plate offers a unique taste, so much so that it may even turn into a highlight of your trip.   

The Crab Shack 

Calling all seafood lovers! Experience some of Charleston’s freshest seafood at The Crab Shack on Folly Beach. After all, what’s a beach trip without a dozen oysters and a Lowcountry boil? That’s not all! You can often find live music at this Folly favorite while enjoying creative frozen cocktails and great times with family.  

Taco Boy

With more than one location in Charleston, Taco Boy is considered a local legend for margaritas and tacos.  The team at Taco Boy elevates the street taco of West Coast, beachside food trucks and adds a lowcountry twist.  And with an all new location on Folly Beach Taco Boy now features an updated taco menu, frozen drink bar, festive décor, and a roof top mezcal and tequila bar with ocean views.

Wiki Wiki Sandbar

You might not even know that you were looking for a Hawaiian-inspired fusion restaurant until you actually came across one, but Wiki Wiki Sandbar offers a one-of-a-kind taste of Polynesia. This newcomer to the Edge of America, features a menu inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and melds flavors that reflect both exotic island travel and its lowcountry Southern roots.

Loggerhead’s Beach Grill 

Loggerhead’s Beach Grill offers a classic beachy atmosphere with plenty of outdoor seating, so you don’t have to say goodbye to the sunshine, even on a lunch break! The atmosphere is only made complete by the old bright blue Volkswagen bus parked outside and the frequent live music found here. Don’t forget to try the conch fritters for a true taste of Charleston’s seafood offerings. 

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When you’re looking for a vacation that delivers all the rest and relaxation mixed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences Luxury Simplified Retreats is here to help craft your unique Charleston vacation. Whether you’re staying on Folly Beach, Downtown, or even a luxury destination like Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC, you can rest knowing that you’ll be in good hands. From a friendly, professional concierge service team to assist you every step of the way, to exquisite rental homes in Charleston’s most desirable areas, you’ll find everything you need when staying with Luxury Simplified Retreats. Contact us to begin planning your uniquely tailored getaway and book your stay in one of our luxury Charleston rentals homes.