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restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, live music venues, or events our
staff attended recently? We'll let you know facts, findings, and places
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Monday, August 14, 2011 - Our staff writes;
Our week started off with a little fishing on the Stono River, trying to
catch that "bruiser" I had been dreaming about all week. Yes, people who
have a fishing addiction do dream about this all the time. Needless to
say I never caught that “the granddaddy of them all”, but I did catch a
great bite and a buzz that was just as good! (Well, almost as good!)
Sun kissed and in need of restrooms and beer in a hurry, we docked at Charleston
Crabhouse restaurant on the Wapoo Cut, or if you were coming by land
just off of Maybank Highway. After a quick hand and face wash, we
decided to hunker down on the Crabhouse's back deck, overlooking the
sunset on the "cut" for some cocktails and crab legs.
Our server was a
polite, steadily accommodating, senior in high school probably. Down to
business, he took our drink order, and before you know it, we had some
Yuenglings in our hands. We were in no rush at this point and our
server was quite observant of this.
Another 10 minutes of brews and bullshitting went by and the apps
started arriving. The seared Tuna had a nice crust and a bright red
interior. My companions were happy! I could tell by how fast that Tuna
flopped into everybody's mouths.
The "not hard to mess up" Calamari had the same problem as the
Hushpuppies, a little dark on the outside. It was evident it was time to
change the fryer oil. No biggie, we decided crispy Calamari would do us
just fine, and we engulfed those as well. When you have been in the hot
sun, with nothing to eat but beef jerky since breakfast, it’s not that
hard to devour any "solid" as soon as you come into contact, lol! “I do
say though, that they were pretty darn good”.
Dinner arrived promptly after we devoured our apps, and the smell of
steaming King Crab Legs and drawn butter filled the already, salty,
low-tide, air. We got a pound each and they really did hit the spot!
After a quick nightcap at their indoor bar, we settled up the bill and
called it a night. Overall, Charleston Crabhouse restaurant really did
its job. It's a casual
dining restaurant in Charleston with middle-of-the-road appeal.
Monday, August 27, 2011 - Our staff writes;
after a heart pounding NFL Fantasy Football Draft, my business partner
Rod, our friend Lee, and my roommate/friend Rick decided to go to Oasis
Bar and Grill on James Island to discuss our picks. This
wouldn’t have been my first choice of bar, but
Rod and Lee seem to love it. They feel like it’s their "Cheers", and
get treated with respect.
walked in I was greeted by GM Jeremy sitting at the bar with a half a
buzz on. He's a nice guy and loves to joke around and make you feel at
home. It worked.
one more shot and one more beer as we enjoyed a smoke on the back porch,
which I'd like to add was overgrown with vegetation and just waiting to
see some action. It has so much potential if they would only take a
little better care of the area.
our goodbyes and headed home for the evening. Even though it’s not the
nicest bar on James Island, I would go
back simply because the GM Jeremy always treats us like family and the
owner is also an old friend.
Wednesday, August 29, 2011 - Our staff writes;
Not a bad
Charleston, SC's restaurants and bars!
We landed at a few unassuming establishments which turned out to
be quite fun for as Tuesday night in July. It filled our bellies and
quenched our thirst!
we started out at Kickin'
Chicken, located on King Street, where we enjoyed their
classic sandwich, with fries and their special sauce, as well as a few
tasty draft Sweetwater 420's. The original Kickin' Chicken' sandwich
always hits the spot and the service was impeccable!
dinner, this Charleston, SC restaurant and bar was quite dead, but the
bar had a few patrons. They were enjoying MLB on the tube while sipping
on their drink of choice. The bartender, in his mid-twenties, was
absolutely worthless! He acted as if we were a nuisance and he was a
little too important
to deal with us right away. His big five customers must have been pretty
finally caught this worthless bartender's attention, about five long
minutes, he took our order, we sat, enjoyed our beer, and took off with
out saying "thank you" or "good bye". The bartender did not deserve it
and because of the service we may try to go back on a different night,
when the "seasoned" bartenders are behind the bar working! We suggest a
Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night.
decided to meander on over to Burns
Alley, which is located parallel to Calhoun just after King
Street. We did make the right decision there! The three of us took a
seat at this Charleston, SC bar
and enjoyed the scenery, as
well as our cold adult beverages! Burns Alley was offering $2 house
drinks which packed the house with hot young professionals and college
students galore! Like I said before, the scenery was hot!
enjoyed a Guinness while my acquaintances slurped up the $2 well drink
special. The bartender, who
introduced himself as TJ, took great care of us! He was "quick with a
joke or to light up your smoke!" There
were around 30 people in this Charleston bar and he was "on point",
making sure everybody had a full glass. We suggest you give Burns Alley
in Charleston, SC a shot!
Wednesday, Dec 29, 2011 - Our staff writes;
Joe Pasta, on King Street in Charleston,
a few friends and I decided to have some dinner at a restaurant on upper
King somewhere. We decided on 39
Rue De Jean in Charleston, SC!
kindly greeted by the hostess and were seated in the bar area, which we
prefer. After a kind greeting by the server, we started with a few
glasses of vino. We then went on to order the duck confit, braised pork
belly, mussels (garlic aioli) and braised lamb shank. The server that
waited on us was a Folly Beach resident and he turned out to be buying
in to Rue De Jean's menus, --well informed, quick, witty, and not
was just the brand we wanted, and we would give the menu items, that we
chose, the following ratings: pork belly, 8/10, mussels, 10/10, duck
confit, 9/10, and lamb shank, 7/10. Once again, 39
Rue De Jean restaurant & bar in
disappoints! We highly suggest Rue De Jean to transients and locals who
have not had the fortune to
dine at Charleston's finest French restaurant!
Charleston Cocktail haven't had an opportunity lately (if you call 3
days lack, lol), to visit the several new
Charleston bars that surfaced! We desperately needed a night on the
town! So, we made a few phone calls, gathered for a pregame cocktail,
and then hit the road. First stop, Cocktail
about some talent behind the bar! Not only were the cocktails
inventive and packed with flavors, but the mostly female staff was
especially easy on the eyes, too!
décor at Cocktail Club reminded me personally, of a childhood memory.
Seeing my family's new house being built, for the first time. Skeletal
(in a good way)! Mostly separated with just 2x4 frames, Cocktail
Club's openness is soothing. Three lounge
areas, packed with wonderful earth tone colored furniture, interact
with Cocktail Club's main bar area, nicely. It makes it feel w-I-d-e
open inside! You see everything around you, including their remarkable
liquor selection which can only be reached by ladder. Remember that
comment "...especially easy on the eyes"? Lol!?
Reminiscent of Raval (old tapas bar where Closed For Business is now
stands), Cocktail Club has a
small butcher/cold food production area, on
the left-hand side of the bar. One can choose from small "bites" to
accompany the imaginative cocktails, Cocktail Club serves-up. We love
the place! Drinks are well prepared, staff are hotties, and the place
is comfy! We'll be back for more soon!
Tuesday, January 17, 2011 - Our staff writes;
Charleston Restaurant Week appears in Charleston, SC January 12 - 22.
Choices are 2, 3, and 4 courses for $20, $30, and $40. We highly suggest
you check them out!
Here are the
Charleston restaurants and bars participating in “Charleston Restaurant
are offering 3 courses for
Shucks Seafood Restaurant, Bricco Bracco, Butcher & Bee, Charleston Crab
House, EVO Extra Virgin Oven, Firewater Grille, Fish Restaurant, Five
Loaves Cafe, Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill, Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant,
Grindz Burgers & Brew, Heirloom Eats, Hyman’s Seafood, Iacofano’s
Italian Bistro & Bar, J. Paulz, Juanita Greenberg’s, Locklear’s
Restaurant, Manny’s Neighborhood Grille, Mellow Mushroom Downtown,
Mercury Bar, Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant, North Towne Grill and
Seafood, Old Towne Grill and Seafood, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Southend
Brewery, Starfish Grille, Swamp Fox,The Roost Bar N’ Grille, Tommy
Condons, Tsunami Downtown, Vespa Pizzeria, Virginia’s On King, Wild Wing
Cafe, Yamato Japanese Steakhouse, Yokoso Japanese Restaurant and Zeus
Grill and Seafood Restaurant.
Charleston, SC restaurants and bars are offering 3 courses for $30 during
this year's "Charleston Restaurant Week":
Roadside Kitchen, 39 Rue de Jean, 82 Queen, Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar,
Anson Restaurant, Bambu, Barbadoes Room, Bistro 536, Blossom, Blu
Restaurant & Bar, Bocci’s Italian Restaurant, Chai’s Lounge, Circa 1886,
Coast Bar & Grill, Cork, Cypress, Eurasia Wine Bar & Cafe, Fat Hen,
Fleet Landing, Fulton Five, Graze, Gullah Cuisine, High Cotton, Huck’s
Lowcountry Table, Husk Restaurant, IL Cortile Del Re, Jacob’s Kitchen,
La Fourchette, Lana, Leaf Cafe & Bar, Magnolias, Mercato Italian
Restaurant, Middleton Place Restaurant, Morgan Creek Grill, MUSE, O-Ku,
Oak Steakhouse, Old Village Post House, Opal Restaurant and Bar, Osteria
La Bottiglia, Poogan’s Porch, R.B.’s Seafood Restaurant, Red Drum
Restaurant, Red’s Ice House, Saffire Restaurant, Sea Island Grill, Shem
Creek Bar and Grill, Slightly North of Broad, Social, Stack’s Evening
Eats, Station 22 Restaurant, Atlantic Room, Boathouse at Breach Inlet,
Grocery, Jasmine Porch, Library at Vendue Inn, Macintosh, Tomasso at
Turtle Point, Two Keys Tavern and Wentworth Grill.
Tuesday, February 15, 2012 - Our staff writes;
and I started out our evening with a little din-din at Zen
Asian Fusion, on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. The
Asian fusion claimed restaurant is located across from the Citadel
Mall. Server was
informative, sweet, talkative and precise. She made it well worth it!
We had a few glasses of house vino, which where priced quite fairly for
the location. Food was so-so, as we tried the Udon Noodle Bowl (not a
soup like we hoped), Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice, and couple a few
are better options in the area for that type of Asian food, but the
place is posh. It's fashioned with a lot of Bamboo and several other
types of modern Asian flair. It seemed like a spectacular place to go
for happy hour. Or, on date night. :)
Afterwards, an old favorite on Folly Beach we always are partial to, Surf
Bar was the next
stop. Again, we love this
Folly Beach Bar! Live music, wood-fired eats, island cocktails, surf
videos, and friendly owners keep us coming back!
Charleston, Mt Pleasant, or
North Charleston restaurants can be a wonderful experience...with the
right people and choice. This next
stop happened to be the right selection, with the best of company!
Sunday afternoon, with friends in town, we decided to go enjoy some high
gravity beers. Closed
for Business was
the bar, and we loved every minute of it!
first round we started off with was a suggestion
from the gentleman tending bar. Ben was his name-o, lol. It happened to
be a warm and sunny spring
afternoon and he suggested a White Ale would be perfect! He was right
with his suggestion!
SC restaurant handpicks a
selection of rotating beers that change with season and availability.
Only makes sense, right? So many restaurants and bars don't get this!
Such an easy task when planned out properly.
big decision was what to order from the lunch menu. It all looked so
good! Whenever the scent of bacon fills
the air air (which it was), you've got to be pretty excited about what
you are about to dive into! We ordered the hotdog, with house-made
mustard and pickles, along with fresh local green beans. Not the typical
side dish for a snappy dog, but when a restaurant knows what they’re
doing, all rules go out the window. We also sampled a few apps and had a
several more rounds of dank beers. Great experience, great place, great
always trust any restaurant or bar Rev owns
Tavern and Closed
for Business). They don't spend buckoo bucks on advertising, but
instead properly train their staff members the right way. So
key in the Charleston F&B
biz! This practice keeps locals and tourists coming back to their unique
Charleston restaurants for
more! Their latest project is a Seafood restaurant, somewhere in uptown
Charleston. Not sure of the name yet. We'll keep you posted a soon as
we hear more. We also heard rumors of a brew pub in the works. We're
excited to try both of these new Charleston bars and restaurants, once
they are completed! Kudos to Karalee, Tim, and Ben! Hi guys!
Tuesday February 29, 2012 - Our staff writes;
restaurant and bar in Charleston, which we don’t always remember to
visit, is T-Bonz!
Located on the Market, between East Bay and Meeting Streets, this
Charleston restaurant and bar has been popular with casual dining
restaurateurs and steak lovers for years! They also brew damn-good beer
which flows freely from several taps!
popped in to see a friend who was just getting off work. We sat at the
bar (usually the case unless it’s formal), and
she ordered a cocktail. I did too, and decided on a New
Belgium Belgo IPA. Hoppie and delici-oso! We ordered a few
steaks, too! One had a wonderful blue cheese crumble on top and was
cooked perfectly mid rare! Not bad! We suggest you try it out for
T-Bonz family of casual
dining restaurants in Charleston, SC consists of their spot on
Market Street downtown, another on Cosgrove in West Ashley, Pearlz in
West Ashley on Magnolia Road, and Pearlz on East Bay Street next to
McCrady’s. And, don't forget Kaminsky's next door to T-Bonz on the
Market, known for deserts and coffee drinks. Pretty sure Liberty in
Mt. P is theirs, too. All great choices!
really enjoy the customer service and oyster shots at Pearlz, downtown
on East Bay Street. They are always naturally friendly and courteous!
oyster shots are a unique alcoholic concoction containing Absolute
Peppar, an oyster, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, and some horsey sauce (No,
I wasn't referring to Arby's, lol). Yummy! We sometimes substitute
rounds of oyster shots for appetizers, lol. They are meals of their
ventured to see an old bartender friend of ours, at Tommy Condon’s Irish
Pub, just steps away from the historical
T-Bonz. Unfortunately, he wasn’t in that evening but that didn’t stop
us from knocking back several pints of Guinness and a few Fish and Chip
Platters. When in Rome…lol. One can catch live music at Tommy's with
their Irish house band. They jam Irish rock and more, Wednesday through
Condon's Irish Pub was, and always is, a
great time! For those visiting or new to the area, make sure to stop
in. Whether it’s a weeknight,
weekend night, St Patty’s Day, or
Halfway to St Patrick's Day, this place is the original Irish Pub in
Charleston! Halfway to St Patty's Day, you ask? Yes! Why not, lol?!
Years ago they used to close off the street in front of their Charleston
bar and restaurant! Fun times! The streets would be lined with
party-goers, beer trucks, live music and familiar faces! Definitely
miss those college days, lol!
Tuesday March 14, 2012 - Our staff writes;
don’t always have to spend a fortune in Charleston to have
a good meal. This next Chinese buffet in Charleston is a prime
example. We at Charlestoncocktail.com are longtime fans of
Chinese buffets and
have been known to put down
more than our fare share of
all the popular dishes that are usually offered at that sort of place.
Buffet was the victim this time! We’ve seen signs hinting that they were
opening soon and wanted to give it a shot.
used to be another "spot-on"
Chinese Buffet in Charleston (actually West Ashley), called King Buffet,
in that same shopping center (Harris Teeter on 17 where he, Coburg
proud). We always agreed that it would be a great idea to stick another
one there, in the same general locale. Finally someone did and it was
worth the approximate 5 year wait!
settled in for what turned out to be the best Chinese Buffet in
Charleston! Hands down! They had roughly 50 dishes, ranging from the
norms to a few unique choices.
We had 2
different steamed clam dishes, raw oysters on the half shell, sushi,
squid salad, seaweed salad and a few different types of dumplings. A1
Super Buffet also offers a “Mongolian
Barbeque“, where one can choose items and have them freshly
stir-fried right in front of you.
Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of
the food and the attentiveness they showed each guest! We saw, what
seemed to be an owner, staying on top of the entire operation like it
was nobody biz. The décor could use a consultant, but we aren't too
picky about that sort of thing if the food is on point, which it was!
Tuesday March 28, 2012 - Our staff writes
end of March and starting to get hot! That means it's time for the
Cooper River Bridge Run in
Charleston, South Carolina! If you’re looking for a just the right spot
to relax before, after, and during this year’s bridge
run, Mad River Bar and Grille on South Market Street is offering ALL DAY
specials. After the "River" Run, stop by the "River" ("washing me down")
for; $2.50 Mich Ultras, $2.50 Bud Lights, $2.50 Bud Selects, $5 Bloody
Marys, and $4 Mimosas!They also have a special bridge run food menu,
available ALL DAY!
great event, coinciding with this
Run, is the
Bloody Mary Throwdown. It involves several restaurants
(Coast Bar & Grille, Poogans, Cocktail Club, Fleet Landing, Fiddlers,
Voo Doo Lounge, and more) competing for the rights to "the best Bloody
Mary" in Charleston, SC. Each Charleston restaurant or bar competing
this year, will be represented by one of their own stud bartenders.
Can't wait for this one! Watch out for John from Coast...he's won
several contests like this in the past and can mix up quite a fine
Tuesday April 10, 2012 - Our staff writes
Loggerheads Tavern - Folly Beach, Folly Beach Sunset Cay
Marina Bar, Max & Henry's - James Island
We made our way to
Folly Beach on a
Friday night, to listen to live music in Charleston (or,
Folly in this case) and enjoy a bit of "downtime'. I have to
say, it worked out quite well:)!
We started at
Loggerhead's Beach Grille,
on Folly Beach. Great
Bar on Folly Beach to visit!
It is located two blocks off Center Street, at 123 West
Ashley Ave, going towards Folly Beach County Park (or,
what's left of it). We had a group 6 that evening, and have
only great things to mention! We absolutely loved the set-up
there, now that it’s been revamped. The deck mostly!
The outdoor deck/patio/bar is well equipped with a
sufficient sized bar and seating area, for around 75 people,
easy! That area offers a great communal high-top table, with
the coolest centerpiece of flames and stones! Captivating
and pleasing to the eye, the esthetics of fire draws one in
and renders a more intimate feeling to the area. It’s just
right for catching up with friends. Loggerheads Bar on Folly
Beach capitalizes on that effect!
Loggerhead's restaurant and bar on Folly Beach also has
ample space inside! It's equipped with a large bar that
seats roughly 20 people, and approximately 15 more tables
and booths. They have several Flatscreen HDTV's, a stage
for great live music, and a pool table. The live music though,
makes Loggerhead's "tick"! They fit right into
Charleston, SC's live music
The only neg for
the evening was trying to order drinks over the live music
inside. We just adapted by buying our drinks between
songs:). Not a biggie whatsoever, just a "tip". The door to
the deck is usually closed, so the deck scene provides a
quieter ambiance where the music can be enjoyed, but it
doesn’t hinder ordering drinks or friendly conversation.
Outside on their patio there would not have been that issue.
The areas are separated by a door and provide separation
BTW - did we mention the ladies? That's nice too, if you’re
a single guy, "looking"! And ladies, there’s also eye candy
for you. Plenty of men to go around, so please no pushing! K
Next, we meandered over to Folly Beach's
Sunset Cay Marina Bar and Restaurant, formerly a Folly
Beach bar called “The Hideaway.” A friend of ours keeps his
yacht there, and has always had nothing but good things to
say about the spot. He was dead on! Great bartenders,
interesting crowd to spark up conversation with, and above
average food, for "just" a marina bar!
We ordered several rounds of cold
that's what you do by the water, lol) and menu items to
share. First we decided on a "Fresh Catch" sandwich which
offers several preparation options as well as the choice
between local Snapper or Grouper. We went with the
Yummy flavor and tender!
We also tried the Fish Tacos and Turkey Club. Like the
“Fresh Catch” sandwich, the Fish Tacos were offered in
Snapper or Grouper and several preparation options. Since we
had chosen the Grouper for the sandwich, we went with the
Snapper for the tacos. They came stacked with fresh tasty
nuggets of well-seasoned Snapper, red onions, lettuce,
tomatoes, drizzled with sour cream, and served on a round
soft corn tortilla.
The Turkey Club was "on-time", and while simple, it was
delicious! Bacon, Turkey, and Provolone cheese, were layered
on a perfectly toasted piece of white bread! When a bar or
restaurant realizes the importance of precise cooking
techniques (easier said than done), the sky's the limit! Try
out Sunset Cay Marina Bar and Restaurant next time you’re
out to Folly Beach! Or, if you’re traveling by boat, pull in
for a bite and a beer! You'll be glad you did!
Last, but not least that eve, we stopped off at
Max & Henry's on Folly Road
--- just for a nightcap...or so we thought. :) Max & Henry's
has a game room stuffed with video games, pool tables, ping
pong, and more. It’s a bit like
Dave and Busters,
just on a smaller scale. We wrapped ourselves in Max &
Henry's arcade-like environment! We had a few competitive
(that's what guys do) Nascar Races, shot some stick, and
soaked up several "beves".
Max & Henry's on East Bay Street has a great "separate but
together", feel to it. There are two entrances and areas, to
savor. Walking into the main bar/seating area, one can watch
sports and relax. The second area allows for easy access for
drinks (it has a "service bar") and is stacked with
entertainment! If you’re against fun, Max & Henry's is
probably not for you! If you’re out to have a blast, we
James Island bar and restaurant
is the "ticket".
Tuesday April 24, 2012 - Our staff writes
Mac's Tavern -Downtown Charleston and Recovery Room -
you ask? This downtown Charleston bar and restaurant is
sweet! Talk about comfortable! They have live music,
bartenders that actually give a shit, great food, and there
really isn't a particular "type" of crowd that goes there.
That's why we prefer this Charleston bar! It has a cool
neighborhood feel to it! We met a few out-of-towner's,
several locals, and other chefs/food & bevy employees, that
It kind of reminds you
of an Irish pub, but classier. Mac's Place has a cool open-aired freezer
tucked into the wall, behind the bar, where shots meant to be served
cold, are housed. Brilliant! They have half a dozen (if not more) beers
on draught and do a bang-up job on the food, too! We ordered a round of
burgers cook to our various desired temps. The kitchen delivered with
burgers “just right” for everyone; and instead of the usual boring
fries, crispy hand-cut potato chips accompanied the burgers.
If one is looking for a non-pretentious
Charleston bar &
restaurant to enjoy some good food, drinks, and live music, Mac's
place in Charleston, SC “certainly fills the bill”
Our next stop was
((known as the Rec Room by locals) on upper King, and underneath the I26
Recovery Room is
a Charleston bar you have to take advantage of! The crowd at this bar is
an eclectic mix, unlike others we have mentioned recently. I enjoy the
mix of people there, and it doesn’t hurt that the crowd contains many
that are “easy on the eyes.” Drinks are moderately priced, crowd
is sociable, and the bartenders are on-point! You'll see students
colleges in Charleston,
service industry employees, and neighborhood folk, soaking up suds ands
The Rec Room was packed when we showed up...and rightfully so! Good
people congregate at good bars:). There is an average sized
horseshoe-shaped bar, several booths, a patio in front, a pool table,
and an alley for you smokers.
Rec Room isn't anything special to look at when you break it down. It's
more the people that make this Charleston bar such a great place to
visit! Check it out...if you haven't done so already!
Thursday May 17,
2012 - Our staff writes
Mad River Bar And
Grille In Charleston Introduces their New Spring Menu
Beside watching Facebook's initial launch price today, lol, check
out Mad River Bar &
Grille's new Spring menu! They brought in some great new
additions to the table for the hot season! We suggest trying the
Lobster Ravioli, Tuna Taco's and Fried Pickles!
Also, "Metal Monday"
are back in Charleston on Mondays, Ladies Night is on Wednesdays,
Thursday's are reserved for VIP parties and "Parties For A Purpose", and
Sunday means All-You Can-Eat Brunch Buffet (include a free Mimosa)!
Check out Mad River's weekly line-up
for a more detailed look at their upcoming events, entertainment,
specials, and happenings.