South Carolina

South Carolina Tips

There is excellent regional food in the area.  Check out Dixie Dining,Roadfood, and the Wish you were here postcards atEpicuriousfor more.


Charleston, SC


Live Music-
Music Farm-32C Ann Street, Charleston, SC-843-722-8904
Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-0775-upscale dive bar

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.

Record Store-
Manifest Disc and Tape, 946 Orleans Rd., Charleston, SC 29407

Record Stop Charleston– 43 John St, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 648-1899

Monster Music & Movies-West Ashley Shoppes Shopping Center- 946 Orleans Rd, Charleston, SC 29407  (843) 571-4657

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).

H & R Sweet Shop-102 Royall Ave, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464  (843) 884-2118-time machine amazing burger joint in an old cafe.  Fried chicken and other southern specialties as well.

Little Jack’s Tavern -710 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 531-6868-Little too fancy cocktail/gastropub-y for us at trashy travel, but the burger here is legit.  Big city prices though.

The Glass Onion-1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407  (843) 225-1717-Soul food joint


Clemson, SC

Record Stores-
Manifest Disc and Tape, 362 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631

Columbia, SC

The Free Weekly paper is The Free Times.

Record Stores-
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1563-A Broad River Road., Columbia, SC 29210
Manifest Disc and Tape, 1932 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201


Rockaway Athletic Club-2719 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205  (803) 256-1075-brick building with no sign famous for their burgers with pimento cheese.

Live Music-
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  (843) 626-KISS

Live Music-

The Bowery-110 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 (843) 626-3445-Old trashy club with food and rock shows.


Peaches Corner-900 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 (843) 448-7424-Since 1937, Chili Dogs, Chili burgers and more.

Sam’s Corner -7718 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (843) 449-3342-Another old Chili dog joint.

Dillon, SC
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.

Florence, SC

Record Store-
Manifest Disc and Tape, 2805 David McLeod Blvd., Florence, SC 29501

Greenville, SC

Record Store-Manifest Disc and Tape, 148 Laurens Rd., Greenville, SC 29607

Live Music-
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.


Northgate Soda Shop – 918 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29609 (864) 235-6770 Counter with pimento cheese burger, fried baloney topped with Chili called Cincinatti Steak and slaw dogs.

Grandma’s Kitchen-1314 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29605 (864) 422-0013


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.

Old Post House(101 Pitt St., Old Mount Pleasant; (843) 388-8935-Fancy restaurant and inn with Pimento Cheese Cheeseburgers.  The burgers are a bargain at $14 as of this writing.  Other Entrees High 20 and 30 dollar range.  Rooms are about $170 per night.

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– Closes during Winter.


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.

Record Stores
Low Tide Records & Music 917 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC (843) 524-9500
Music Tek- 3 Jean Ribaut Square, Beaufort, SC (843) 525-9330



Greer, SC

Laurenda’s Family Restaurant-300 S Line St, Greer, SC 29651 (864) 848-3012-Meat and 3 no frill place.  Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays


Hemingway, SC


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


North Augusta, SC


Sno-Cap Drive in-618 West Ave, North Augusta, SC 29841 (803) 279-4004-drive in restaurant since 1964

Spartanberg, SC

Live music-
All ages venue Ground Zero-3059 Howard Street
Spartanburg SC


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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