Almost any night of the week, especially during the summer, you’ll find downtown Charleston lively through all hours of the night. Follow the sounds of music and the throngs of people and you typically won’t be able to go wrong. Charleston offers a unique ambiance with a diverse range of nightlife. This ranges from laid back wine bars to music venues to college town bars.While most of the younger crowd will be found at any number of the city’s watering holes, those who are more laid back will enjoy Charleston’s swanky cocktail lounges and upscale bars that are typically found in the higher end restaurants.
As you would come to expect, most of Charleston’s nightlife takes place in historic downtown. A favorite among locals is the Blind Tiger Pub. Although it’s often frequented by the college crowd, it accommodates to all groups of people with its different offerings. Live music can usually be found at the Blind Tiger Pub on Friday and Saturday nights. Unlike many small pubs, guests can head to the adjacent room and grab a table or belly up to the bar and still enjoy conversations without the threat of loud music overtaking them. On cool spring and fall evenings, the outside patio is a popular gathering spot.
The Music Farm is one of the largest Charleston venues for attracting larger musicians, such as regional and national acts. Located in downtown Charleston, the Music Farm is housed in an old train depot, which is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Musical acts that have appeared at the music venue have included national reggae, jazz, blues and rock bands. There’s typically at least three shows per week.
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern is making a reputation for itself as one of the best bars in Charleston. During the daytime it’s often frequented by local business people, as it has delicious offerings for both breakfast and dinner. During the evenings it transforms into a fun dive bar with a relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff. As the name suggests, the Charleston bar is located across town, closer to the Citadel. Weekend evenings usually consist of live music from local acts.
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