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Charleston, SC

“Walking around late at night on Broad Street is magic…gas lamps line the streets and classic Charleston architecture is everywhere. I drive all my guests around downtown. Charleston is just as beautiful at night.” — NEEDTOBREATHE

Curated by: Brave Baby, Carolina Liar, Christa Polinsky, Garrett Garnos, Grace Joyner, SUSTO, NEEDTOBREATHE

city guide:
Charleston, SC
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East Bay Street
"East Bay Street lines the water and there is a lot of history, cobble stone roads, and restaurants." — SondorBlue
East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, United States
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Cannon Park
"Close to where we lived when recording our recent E.P. Lots of dogs and an overall great hangout. The giant pillars in the middle of the park were once part of a museum." — SondorBlue
Cannon Park, Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC, United States
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Channels of Charleston
"For clothes we really like Channels. It's got a cool local surf and skate kind of vibe." — SondorBlue
507 King Street, Charleston, SC, United States
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Colonial Lake
"It's right by the house we used to live on Ashley Ave (Our EP is named after Ashley Avenue.) It's got free wifi and is our favorite afternoon getaway. Walking around the lake is an unusual experience in an urban metro." — SondorBlue
Colonial Lake, Charleston, SC, United States
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Black Tap Coffee
"Drip over coffee is the beverage of choice. Best coffee in Charleston! It's where we do a great deal of work for the band." — SondorBlue
Black Tap Coffee, Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC, United States
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Dellz Uptown
"It's got vegan jazzy pizza that we love and they always play great range of music and there is a positive energy about this place." — SondorBlue
511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC, United States
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Poe’s Tavern
Relaxed watering hole with a menu of America grub & decor devoted to author Edgar Allan Poe.
Poe's Tavern, Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC, United States
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Monster Music & Movies
If you live in West Ashley or want a pretty broad selection, head on over to Monster Music. 
Monster Music & Movies, Charleston, SC, United States
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The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
Casual, comfy hangout for artisan sandwiches, tapas, coffee, wine & beer, plus new & vintage LPs.
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl, Spring Street, Charleston, SC, United States
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The Battery
The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site. The surrounding area is known for its many stately, antebellum homes.
Battery Pl, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Bridge to Nowhere
If you're a fan of unique and bizarre places then check out this landmark. The protected pedestrian walkway leads to nothing but a big field due to a development falling through.
1593 Oceanic St, Charleston, SC 29405, USA
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Brittlebank Park
Brittlebank Park is a ten-acre park located between Lockwood Boulevard and the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina
185 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie is a seacost defense fortification on Sullivan's Island built to protect the city of Charleston spanning from the Revolutionary War through World War II. It is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776–1947) can be traced.  
Fort Moultrie Dr, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
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Magnolia Cemetery
This historical cemetery dates back to 1850 and sits on a former rice plantation and is one of the most beautiful examples of rural and Victorian cemetery design. Many prominent figures of Charleston and South Carolina's history rest here.
Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC 29405, USA
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Morris Island Lighthouse
Built in 1767 at the southern entrance to Charleston, the original tower was destroyed during the Civil War. The new tower, was built in 1876 and stands 161 feet tall.
James Island, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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Old Charleston Jail
This historic jail, operational from 1802 until 1939, housed Charleston's most infamous criminals, including Lavinia Fisher and her husband John Fisher (convicted of robbery and murder), Denmark Vesey, Civil War prisoners, and 19th century high sea pirates.
21 Magazine St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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The Rarebit
Bustling eatery crafting American comfort classics, from patty melts to chicken & waffles.
474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Tin Roof
Festive hub offering live music, game nights, karaoke & comedy, plus cocktails, burgers & more.
1117 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC 29407, USA
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Warehouse
Industrial-chic bar & restaurant specializing in artisanal cocktails & New American cuisine.
45 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Angel Oak
Visitors snap photos of the legendary Angel Oak Tree, which is over 60 ft. tall with a wide canopy.
3671 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455, USA
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Royal American
Cozy, low-key bar and concert venue featuring local and regional musicians, plus hearty pub grub.
970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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The Belmont
Classic black & white films are projected on the wall of this chic bar offering creative cocktails.
511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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The Cocktail Club
Stylish speakeasy-style bar with exposed beams offering bespoke adult beverages & a rooftop terrace.
479 King St #200, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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The Commodore
Old-school bar offering a jazz club atmosphere with a dance floor, live music & DJ sessions.
504 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Little Jack’s Tavern
Casual chophouse serving steaks, salads & sandwiches, plus martinis amid vintage surrounds.
710 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Local 616
Local 616 has specialty cocktails, craft brews, live music, and televised Futbol - all in a fun, clean environment that has a very unique view of Charleston's sunset.
616 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Poogan’s Porch
Traditional Southern cooking served in a Victorian townhouse with porches & a massive wine cellar.
72 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Proof
Bustling bar serving classic cocktails, wines & diverse beers in a relaxed yet refined setting.
437 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Recovery Room Tavern
No-frills bar offering pinball, darts, pool, pinball & bocce, along with wings, sandwiches & beer.
685 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Cutty’s Bar & Grill

Low key hipster dive bar serving $2 beer specials and a vending machine that dispenses art and condoms in a former members-only club. Happy hours is every day from 4:30pm - 8pm: order the $1 mystery beer (for the brave of heart).

227 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Fuel Charleston
Refined pub eats with Caribbean twists in a repurposed 1950s-era gas station with a big patio.
211 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ
Bustling tavern serving generous portions of smoked meat & Southern sides, with nightly live music.
1205 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407, USA
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Jack of Cups Saloon
Global pub grub, housemade sangria & lots of beer offered in a cozy, no-nonsense space with a patio.
34 Center St, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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King St Grille
Sports bar offering a big menu of pub-grub favorites, plus plenty of games on multiple screens.
2150 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406, USA
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The Windjammer
Lively spot with a bar menu, a deck overlooking the water & a beach volleyball court out back.
1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451, USA
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AC’s Bar & Grill
Low-key watering hole with pool tables serving pub food such as burgers, cheesesteaks & nachos.
467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Bar Mash
Led by bar manager Teddy Nixon, Mash is a cozy American whiskey and beer bar offering an extensive American-driven spirits collection and menu of elevated bar food.
701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Bay Street Biergarten
Rustic-chic tavern for Bavarian-inspired Southern bar food & craft beers, with pour-your-own taps.
549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Cane Rhum Bar
Colorful, laid-back joint for inventive tiki drinks, plus inspired twists on island street food.
251 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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The Macintosh
Creative menu items include bone marrow bread pudding at this lively farm-to-table American eatery.
479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Xiao Bao Biscuit
Creative, multicultural Asian cooking & specialty cocktails in a trendy converted gas station.
224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Charleston Music Hall
19th-century Gothic Revival building, now a venue for concerts, dance, theater & comedy shows.
37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Music Farm
"You are sure to see lots of great music and familiar faces in the crowd. Always lots of musicians an artists in attendance." — SondorBlue
32 Ann St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Husk
An ever-changing menu of locally sourced Southern dishes served in a restored Victorian-era home.
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Luke’s Craft Pizza
Quaint roadside mom-&-pop serving straightforward to-go pies with housemade, locavore toppings.
271 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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The Obstinate Daughter
Eclectic New American fare, plus a raw bar, pizza & pasta served in an elegant, country-style space.
2063 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
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The Park Cafe
Bright, airy cafe serving American fare with global influences & an emphasis on local ingredients.
730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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The Grocery
Welcoming eatery with an innovative, seasonal menu plus signature cocktails, wine & craft beers.
4 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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White Point Garden
Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, this prominent landmark provides a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. It was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. Many of the historic mortars and cannons from the Civil War used to shell as well as defend the city can be found here.  
2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Barsa Lounge & Bar
Elevated Spanish tapas, hearty paella meals & cocktails are the draw at this sophisticated lounge.
630 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Bert’s Market
Bert's is the rockingest grocery in town. From serving fresh baked biscuits and fresh brewed coffee in the morning to 9-to-5'ers and surfers to late-night revelers purchasing booze, Bert's Market has a little bit of everything for everyone. There's even a rack of guitar strings and other equipment for musicians gigging on the island.
202 E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
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Black Magic Cafe
Warm, casual cafe offering hearty breakfasts along with creative burgers, salads & wraps.
103 W Erie Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
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Chez Nous
Pint-sized neighborhood spot with food & wine from southern France, northern Italy & northern Spain.
6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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D’Allesandro’s Pizza
Neighborhood pizzeria offering lots of sauce & topping options, plus happy hour & lunch specials.
229 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Fast & French Gaulart-Maliclet
Bustling cafe offers all-day eats plus coffee, beer & French wines to guests at communal tables.
98 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Fig
Elevated takes on Southern classics, cooked with seasonal ingredients, in an upscale-bistro setting.
232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Gnome Cafe
Hip cafe serving plant-based fare plus Stumptown coffee drinks in bright, breezy environs.
109 President St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
Bustling eatery & bar serving up seafood, including raw-bar items, in a grand, classic setting.
10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Capers Island
Capers Island is a state-owned barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston County, South Carolina about 15 miles north of the city of Charleston.
Capers Island, South Carolina 29429, USA
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Edisto Island
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County.
Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Edisto Beach State Park
Rich in Native American history, Edisto Beach is one of four oceanfront state parks in South Carolina and features trails for hiking and biking and an environmental education center with exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin.
Edisto Beach State Park, 8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Folly Beach
Referred to by locals as the "Edge of America," Folly Beach offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a rich history, good food and expansive beaches.
Folly Beach, SC, USA
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Hampton Park
Hampton Park is one of Charleston's largest parks and is known for its extensive floral displays including an old rose collection and seasonal displays.
30 Mary Murray Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Kiawah Island
This barrier island is a little oasis. From wooded uplands to the beaches, animals thrive in the rich natural environment of Kiawah Island. Deer, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, river otters, and ospreys are just a few of the many animals that can be found here. 
Kiawah Island, SC, USA
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Shem Creek Park
Shem Creek offers boardwalks with beautiful views of the creek and surrounding wetlands. Enjoy the many trails, seafood restaurants, boats, fishing and more.
Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
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Sullivan’s Island
Nestled at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor and neighbor to the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island is an inviting mix of wide beaches and watersports, history and folklore, local restaurants and shops, peace and perfect - just minutes from Charleston.
Sullivan's Island, SC, USA
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Wadmalaw Island
Historical island known in more recent times for its tea production including, The Lipton Tea Company who operated here from 1960 until 1987. It was then converted into The Charleston Tea Plantation. It's American Classic Tea has been the official tea of the White House since 1987. In 2003, Bigelow Tea Company purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation and is one of the last remaining working tea farm's in America. Wadmalaw now also produces Firefly, a sweet tea flavored vodka.  
Wadmalaw Island, SC, USA
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Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park is a twelve-acre park along the Charleston Harbor known for its many fountains, including the Charleston Pineapple Fountain (pictured) where many people make a wish.
1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Second Sunday on King Street
Charleston's most exciting shopping and dining district is King Street, the most unique Main Street in the world. Now on the Second Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, King Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to celebrate Southern Sunday afternoons by welcoming everyone to stroll, shop, dine and enjoy Charleston at its finest.
King St, Charleston, SC, USA
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Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area
3,363 acre Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area is a state preserve on Edisto Island, adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped marine and estuarine wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. The area is used for nesting by endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Botany Bay Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
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Bull Island
Bull Island, also known as “Bulls Island”, is a breathtaking estuary housing loggerhead sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, 293 bird species including bald eagles, Alligator Alley and Boneyard Beach - a forest stranded in the surf. The result of surf that is steadily moving sand away from this end of the island, there's hundreds of oaks, cedars and pines that are left behind that, weathered by the salt and sun, create a skeletonized forest in the sand.
Bulls Island Rd, Awendaw, SC 29429, USA
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