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BamaMan45
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4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
I'm flying over to Charleston on Friday morning. I've been planning to go to the Bama/USC game in Columbia for years now in order to knock that stadium off my SEC list. Figured I'd make a vacation out of it and decided to spend a few days in Charleston since I've heard nothing but good things about it.

I wont be leaving until next Tuesday afternoon after lunch, so I've got about 3.5 days to spend in the city. Saturday I'll be getting a rental car & heading over to Columbia so most of that day is already planned out.

Friday I've already got the Fort Summter/USS Yorktown tour booked to satisfy my inner history nerd. I was thinking of doing a brewery or mixology tour that evening and of course, finding some dinner and drinks to finish the night.

Sunday I considered making strictly a museum day. Charleston Museum, Nathaniel Russell House, and the Old Exchange Prevost where the main 3 I was looking at. Mix in some more food/drinks and shopping.

Monday and Tuesday are open for now though. I do plan on seeing the Confederate Museum on Tuesday (not open on Sunday & won't have time Friday or Sat) before I leave out.

I'm open to any all suggestions on things to do, places to visit, and of course, food & drink recommendations. This is actually the 1st time I've gone on a vacation without family or a girlfriend in tow so I'm looking forward to being able to set my own pace and do everything I want to do. On that note, any recommendations for a early 30's single man on where to be around some decent female scenary would be appreciated.


Decisions
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
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where to be around some decent female scenary would be appreciated.


King Street will be lit. It’s quite possibly the most stocked pond I’ve ever fished in.


BamaMan45
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
This is good to know. I'll be staying at the French Quarter Inn so I won't be too far away.


OTIS2
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Oysters....hit The Ordinary or O Bar, or both. Lunch at Husk.dinner at McReady’s. BBQ at Rodney Scott’s.

Your museum picks are on point.


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agreenway6
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Just got back from there!

Charleston Beerworks on King Street for drinks, Hall's for an expensive but incredible dinner. I second Scott's BBQ. We ate at Poogan's Porch for brunch and it was fantastic. The Rarebit has great Moscow Mules


kciDAtaE
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
McCrady’s Tasting Menu. Much cheaper since you won’t have a chick with you


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Suntiger
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Huge fan of Holy City Brewing. They do early morning yoga (if you’re into that), have great beer and the food for brunch is amazing!


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TigerMan327
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Rooftop bars up there are pretty sweet. Rooftop bar at the Vendue was my favorite. Definitely a cool place to chill and get a drink\app

Also had my first ever lobster roll at 167 raw. Very good. Quickest $27 you will drop on a sandwich though.


Can vouch /w other poster. Poogans Porch brunch was very good as well
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BamaMan45
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
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The Rarebit has great Moscow Mules


Big fan of Moscow mules, I'll be putting that one on the list.

It's good to see a few places I had on my short list to visit for food and drinks have been mentioned. I've dieted and hydrated consistently for the last 2 weeks in preparation for the damage I'm about to inflict on my body

Appreciate all of the information


dirtsandwich
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Edmund’s Oast is a good brewery. Starting to see some of their beers being distributed to AL.

Also, second the roof top bar scene.


metallica81788
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Edmund's Oast Brewing Company (wings, pizza, burger, amazing beer) and Edmund's Oast restaurant (also amazing beer but less options and more of a nicer restaurant) are fantastic. Lewis BBQ has the best brisket I've ever had. Little Jack's for an incredibly good (but pricey) burger - down the street is Leon's for an awesome chicken sandwich.

For fine dining, Husk is great but I prefer FIG. You can get a drink and the burger at the Husk bar without reservations.

If you have any beach desires, go out to Sullivan's then hit Obstinate Daughter afterward.

Prohibition after dark has always been good for scenery. So are most places on Upper King. If you want landscape scenery, the rooftop bars are great. Vendue is the classic but I prefer the Watch. The Rise is also at the Restoration and they have great coffee. The Dewberry has a great lounge/bar and restaurant, but they also have a rooftop that requires reservations.

You could also check out one of the plantations - I would recommend Magnolia simply because of the gardens, but Middleton is also worth a visit if you're into that stuff.

Lived there for four years and there's a lot to do.
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IStillMissDanny
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
You're staying in a beautiful inn; great view of St. Philip's if you're on that side.

Since you mentioned history, make a quick trip down to Magnolia Cemetery. The men of the Hunley are buried there, and it's exactly what you think of when you imagine an old Southern cemetery.

Palmetto Brewery is my favorite down there; the Amber is Charleston's best beer. Taco Boy right down Huger is a popular place for drinks and a bite to eat. The younger crowd will fill that place up.
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DeltaTigerDelta
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Folly Beach is nice. Restaurants and bars within walking distance of beach.

Charleston Aquarium.

Palace Hotel is a good bar and has food.


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BamaMan45
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Louisiana
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re: 4 day solo trip to Charleston, SC
Just wanted to thank everyone on the suggestions for my trip. Charleston is an awesome city...definitely lives up to the notion that it's a cleaner, friendlier, and safer version of New Orleans, just with less people.

I hit just about every museum, restaurant, or bar listed on here and a few that weren't. Some of my favorites:
167 Raw...best food I had, bar non. The aforementioned $27 lobster roll was worth every penny and their raw oysters were out of this world good.
Poogan's Porch and their shrimp and grits were great. However, I also had somenat Page's Okra Grill (down the road from Patriot's point) even more. Their bloody Mary was excellent, and if you like banana pudding, they serve it in a large mason jar. Highly recommend that place. Lewis BBQ was outstanding, and the Rarebit has the smoothest Moscow mules I've ever had, and some decent food too.

King Street and it's bars were stacked...so, so much talent in this area. Really makes me want to find a way to move over here ASAP, lol. All the museums were great, but Fort Summter/USS Yorktown was probably my favorite, followed closely by the Confederate Museum.

Drank way too much beer, but that was to be expected. Loved most of the local brews and I found that many bars also had Alagash White on tap, so I was quite happy with that. Also, I'm now a big fan Cannon Distillery and their vodkas. Their coffee flavored one was probably my favorite, and I had enough of it to put down a horse I'm sure
Overall, I had a blast and will definitely be back one day. I'd say you need no less than 4 or 5 days to give yourself time to check everything out and not feel rushed. Appreciate the information everyone provided


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