Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Charleston, SC

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s critical to patron the cooler parts of Charleston for happy hours and rooftop bars are the place to go. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 rooftop bars in Charleston that will provide refreshing sea breezes and cocktails to get you through the dog days of summer.

Vendue Rooftop
19 Vendue Range St
Charleston, SC 29401

Vendue Rooftop Bar

Located on the corner of East Bay and Vendue Range Streets above The Vendue Hotel. This classic rooftop bar is in the heart of the historic district in Charleston and is a long time Charleston Favorite. With stunning views of the sun setting over the Ravenel Bridge and only 1 block from Waterfront Park–this rooftop bar is the perfect spot for a cool refreshment after a long day of sight-seeing!

The Watch at The Restoration Hotel
79 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

The Watch Rooftop Bar

The Watch is a fairly new rooftop spot located on Wentworth Street above the trendy Restoration Hotel. Just off the very popular shopping district of King Street–this is a great spot to stop for a snack and cocktails between boutique visits. The sleek modern design offers a delicious menu with curated craft cocktails and menu favorites like the truffle fries.

495 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Stars Rooftop Bar

Stars is located in the Upper King Street district known for its vibrant restaurant scene and nightlife. Once upstairs, you will feel like you are on a rooftop of a friend’s apartment in NYC with intimate seating areas and close up views of neighboring rooftops. Stars is a great spot for an after-dinner cocktail and to soak in the social scene.

The Market Pavilion Hotel Rooftop
225 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar

The rooftop bar at the Market Pavilion is located atop The Market Pavilion Hotel and is another Charleston classic with a pool and fountain, lights and breathtaking views of the Charleston Market, Customs Building and city skyline. This is great spot if you’re looking for an almost panorama view of the city since you can clearly see the harbor and the city.

Revelry Brewing Company
10 Conroy Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Revelry Brewing Co

If you’re looking for a more laid-back scene—Revelry Brewing Company located in the up and coming “No Mo” (short for North Morrison Avenue) district is a must. Offering unique views of the Charleston Peninsula and Ravenel Bridge with an extensive beer list, live music on the weekends and sushi menu offerings every night.

May Events in Charleston, SC

The 70 degrees and sunny days that Charleston is known for are finally here! Right now the weather is absolutley perfect in Charleston with zero to little humidty so it’s prime time to get outside and enjoy the Lowcountry. We’ve rounded up some events for you to check out over the next few weeks.

Wine Wednesdays at Middleton Place. Every Wednesday now through May 30th, Middleton Plantation is offering a private garden stroll and wine tasting. Each week a different garden will be showcased. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Party at the Point

Every Friday in May. Party at the Point is a great way to unwind in the Lowcountry after a long week! A younger crowd, but still fun, go and enjoy food trucks, live music and breathtaking sunset views over the Cooper River.

May 10th & May 24th Hops and Vines at McCloud
Plantation. Recently opened to the public, McCloud Plantation is located only 5 minutes from downtown and features a beautifully restored plantation house and grounds. Tickets to the event are only $15/person and that includes 2 drink tickets; enjoy food trucks and live music in a historic plantation setting. 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Shaggin on the Cooper River
May 12th Shaggin on the Cooper River Mt. Pleasant Pier Shagging is a Lowcountry tradition and what better way to do it than under the stars on the Mount Pleasant Pier! With the Ravenel Bridge as the backdrop, it makes for a perfect date night.

May 13th Second Sunday on King is a great chance to enjoy the restaurants and shops on Lower King. The city closes King Street to cars from Calhoun Street to Broad Street and allows pedestrians to leisurely stroll.

May 17th Joseph Manigualt House Tour- A wonderful way to experience Charleston architecutre and history up close is to tour the Joseph Manigault House — don’t miss this limited evening tour that is sure to be enchanting!

May 20th- Lowcountry Boil on Morris Island- Another great Lowcountry tradition is the “Lowcountry Boil” which corn, shrimp (local of course) and red skinned potatoes all boiled in water with Old Bay seasoning. Then, once fully cooked, the spread is dumped on a long table and people crowd around and peel and eat their way through dinner!

The Atlantic Cup

May 22-26th The Atlantic Cup As an avid fisherman myself, this event is not one to be missed!

May 25th – June 10th- The Spoleto Festival with ties to Spoleto, Italy, is a world class arts and music festival with more than 180 events taking place at different venues throughout the Charleston area! The grand opening day at City Hall on Broad Street with the Mayor speaking and confetti swirling about, is a wonderful sight to see.

For more Charleston events, visit The Charleston Visitor’s Bureau website.

Wadmalaw Island and Events

Events Around the Lowcountry in March

At Ask Frank Real Estate Services, we want to keep our customers up to date on some of the most exciting events going on throughout the Lowcountry. The first event worth mentioning is the 70th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. The festival takes place March 16th through April 22nd, 2017. It consists of a series of award-winning tours and educational events that showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens, and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences.

The next event worth noting is the Charleston Antiques Show which is coming to town March 17th to 19th, and there will be a range of English, European, and American items from late 17th through 20th centuries showcased. Also, taking place on March 17th is Charleston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at 10 am at the corner of Radcliffe and St. Phillip Streets. Those looking for the best spots to watch the parade go by should check out the view from the sidewalk on King Street. These are just many of the exciting events happening around our city this month, including many other St. Patrick’s Day events, so we encourage you to get out and explore!

Wadmalaw Island Profile

We are going to continue to get a closer look at Charleston’s different neighborhoods and subsections.  One Charleston community that doesn’t get as much press as is deserved is Wadmalaw Island. Johns Island borders this quiet local gem to the South and West. Though the island is quiet, it isn’t too far out of the way from more bustling places such as the Charleston Metro. The island is only an approximately fifteen to thirty-minute drive, making it the ideal location for someone who has to do business in Charleston but wants to escape the hustle and bustle when they come home.

Wadmalaw Island isn’t small; it is an estimated 10 miles long by 6 miles wide. But with a bigger neighbor like Johns Island taking all the attention, it is easy to see why this smaller island can get overlooked.  This quiet island doesn’t offer any major restaurants, hotels or shopping centers. Instead, the island offers visitors and locals alike rich history, unique natural resources, and a break from the rush of modern life.  The history of Wadmalaw Island began with Native Americans who settled the island centuries before the English. In fact, Wadmalaw Island takes its name of the tribe of Native Americans who originally settled here. When the English did arrive in 1666 Captain Robert Sandford, and his crew claimed the land. Later England sent 148 colonists to the region. They survived for four years in the area, thanks mainly to the generosity of the local natives, until the settlers relocated to present-day Charleston.

While visitors mostly come to relax, there are a few attractions the island is known for. The biggest are the Charleston Tea Plantation, Firefly Distillery, and Deep Water Vineyard. The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only “tea garden” in the United States. It is also one of the region’s most famous attractions with regular factory tours and scenic trolley tours through the tea fields available year-round. Meanwhile, Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery and  share a multi-acre site.  Deep Water Vineyard holds the honor of being the only domestic winery in Charleston County Lowcountry. The Firefly Distillery is famous for creating the nation’s first Sweet Tea Vodka. Sweet Tea Vodka is now popular and made by vodka makers around the globe. The site offers other attractions such as walking trails, a petting zoo, and a beautiful seasonal garden.

Are you looking to buy a home on Wadmalaw Island? You may want to consider buying now. The number of listings is going up providing buyers with more options for properties.  Listing prices for homes on Wadmalaw Island have risen to an average of $858,168 this year.  When thinking about neighborhoods buyers looking to purchase on the island should consider both Anchorage Plantation and Selkirk Plantation. Both are old plantations that have been turned into residential areas.

Want a quiet alternative to Johns Island or Folly Beach? Consider Wadmalaw Island. The island is often called the “Back Porch” of Charleston, and it may be the perfect place for you to take off your shoes and kick up your heels.