South Carolina Tips
You can also find live music across the border in Savannah, GA
Vendue Inn’s rooftop bar and terrace (23 Vendue Range, Charleston; 803/723-0485). Meat market bar with views of the harbor and historic buildings.
Manifest Disc and Tape, 946 Orleans Rd., Charleston, SC 29407
Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston; 803/937-0930; breakfast for two $10, dinner for two $30). Start the day with biscuits, country ham, and gravy.
“Cue” means pork smoked over hickory coals and drenched in spicy mustard sauce. Drop into Melvin’s Southern Bar-B-Cue & Ribs (935 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant; 803/881-0549;
dinner for two $20) to sample the Big Joe sandwich with Carolina Secret Sauce.
On the other side of Charleston, Melvin’s brother Thomas serves his own pulled-pork version of the Big Joe sandwich at Bessinger’s BBQ (1602 Savannah Hwy.; 843/556-1354; dinner for two $15).
The Stono Café (1956 Maybank Hwy., Charleston; 843/762-4478; cake for two $5), finish with a fluffy piece of Admonition, a homemade coconut cake that dates from the days when Carolina cooks hand-grated the fresh nutmeat.
Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant-Address: 409 W Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 216-2611, in an old dairy queen, crabcake sliders, fried pickles, and a chili “sundae”
Manifest Disc and Tape, 362 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631
The Free Weekly paper is The Free Times.
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1563-A Broad River Road., Columbia, SC 29210
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1932 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201
New Brookland Tavern & Restaurant -122 State St., West Columbia, SC (803) 791-4413-Touring indie bands play here, but its more heavy on hardcore
Speakeasy (711 Saluda Street – 803.255.0869) and Hunter Gatherer (900 Main Street ph: (803) 748-0540) showcase bands, more jazz but sometimes indie. Hunter Gatherer has yummy food also and makes their own beer.
Art Bar, 1211 Park Street, Columbia, South Carolina, , 803.929.0198
Called “the best place to dance, ever” by a hipster travel helper. (wed is indie night)
Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Pavillion Park Amusement Park 812 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone Number: (803) 448-6456
Another amusement park in Myrtle Beach-Family Kingdom Amusement Park-Address: South 3rd Avenue, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577 Phone Number: (843) 626-3447
This is not a joke. The band Kiss has opened a kiss coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach. KISS COFFEEHOUSE, Broadway at the Beach
1320 Celebrity Circle #CS7, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 626-KISS
If you have ever driven I-95 in the south you have seen it: A wonderous place of kitch. South of the Border can’t be missed. It even has a giant Neon sign pointing to it saying “you can’t miss it”. Of course, you couldn’t miss the Sombrero Eiffel Tower anyway. Definately worth a stop. Check out the roadside america piece on them.
Manifest Disc and Tape, 2805 David McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501
Record Store-Manifest Disc and Tape, 148 Laurens Rd., Greenville, SC 29607
Spazzatorium-Hmm., so this is a hard one to pin down. This is/was a cool gallery space/band venue with lots of DIY shows. Currently it appears to be closed but is soon to reopen following some fundraisers. Check the myspace. Beaufort, SC and the low country vicinity, Including Hilton Head
Old Academy Bed and Breakfast-904 Hampton Street, Walterboro-843-549-3232-Four rooms, 65 to 85 dollars.
Edisto Island-Po Pigs Bo-b-q-2410 Highway 174 Edisto Island, SC. 843-869-9003-cafeteria style all you can eat bbq.
Only locals know about Sunday brunch at Captain Guild’s Café (101 Pitt St., Old Mount Pleasant; 843/884-7009; brunch for two $25). Get there before church lets out, and don’t pass up the shrimp and grits with bacon cream sauce.
Mighty Fine Dining
You don’t go to the Old Post Office Restaurant (1442 Hwy. 174, Edisto Island; 803/869-2339; dinner for two $60) to lick stamps. Philip Bardin serves tastier fare– pecan-coated chicken, shrimp pâté– that’s worth writing home about.
Grandma’s Kitchen-1314 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29605 (864) 422-0013
The Shrimp Shack (1925 Sea Island Pkwy, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-4813
Helena Island; 803/838-2962; no credit cards) No Frills window joint famous for a “shrimp burger”
Get a gooey slice of pecan pie at Kudzu Bakery (120
King St., Georgetown; 843/546-1847; pie for two $4).
Harold’s Country Club Bar & Grill (at Peeples Service Station (Hwy. 17A, Yemassee; 843/589-4360; dinner for two $20, no credit cards), a former filling station cluttered with pool tables, pinball machines, and auto parts. Call to reserve this very unique experience. Open only Wednesday which is hot dog day, Thursday is Pot Luck, Saturday is steak night. A ribeye is 12 bucks.
On weekends, the same crowd heads to Pawleys Island for live
outdoor music and spicy crab cakes at Frank’s Outback (10434 Ocean Hwy.; 843/237-1777).
I can’t imagine what this place is like, but it seems to be the only game in town. Of course, the website doesn’t even give the address, but its two clubs, and one has live music on Friday and Saturday. Its called Nightmoves/Xtreme.
You can also head to Charlestown and Savannah, GA.
Low Tide Records & Music 917 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC (843) 524-9500
Music Tek- 3 Jean Ribaut Square, Beaufort, SC (843) 525-9330
Laurenda’s Family Restaurant-300 S Line St, Greer, SC 29651 (864) 848-3012-Meat and 3 no frill place. Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays
Scott’s Bar-B-Que-Whole hog bbq plus boiled peanuts, in an old house. 2734 Hemingway Hwy, Hemingway, SC 29554 (843) 558-0134 Only Wednesday to Sunday
Hilton Head, SC
The Salty Dog Cafe and Inn have been featured on the Best of on the Food Network. Caution:Dogs allowed. South Beach, Hilton Head.
Holly Hill, SC
Eats-Sweatman’s Barbeque-All you can eat bbq in an old farmhouse 1427 Eutaw Rd, Holly Hill, SC 29059 (803) 496-1227-ONLY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
All ages venue Ground Zero-3059 Howard Street
The Beacon Drive-in – 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306 (864) 585-9387-Huge classic drive in with awesome onion rings
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