Charleston is charming. It is crammed with cobblestone alleyway and steeped in history. The pastel-painted houses with their window boxes and shutters have been restored beautifully. But what about when the sun goes down? Are there any unique things to do in Charleston SC at night?
Charleston in SC is beautiful, but like many tourist places in America, it can also be pricey. We are travelling with two teenage kids who tend to stay in bed until lunchtime and then emerge like vampires, looking for things to do at night.
Because we are taking a year out to travel the world, we are also on a super tight budget so we were especially keen to find things to do at night that wouldn’t cost a fortune.
The usual activities such as bowling or movies were not an option. Let’s face it, those things can be done in any city. If you are in Charleston, you will want to make the most of the more unusual things to do at night.
We found the perfect solution. We spent a fabulous couple of nights in Charleston Sc and I’m happy to say that the whole family were in agreement that it couldn’t have been better.
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Things to do in Charleston SC at Night
The following suggestions on fun things to do in Charleston at night will make everyone in the family happy and suit even the most frugal of traveller.
Best Restaurant #1
If you have a car as we did, drive 15 minutes from downtown and go to Dellz Uptown.
- It’s a vegan restaurant but I didn’t tell my teenagers this otherwise they wouldn’t have wanted to go. There is plenty of free on-street parking. It is open until 8 pm. We ate there two nights it was that good.
- As well as vegan and vegetarian the menu also includes meat options, I tried both (over the two nights, I’m not that greedy) A chicken wrap with black beans, melted cheese, brown rice, Mexican sauce and sour cream, and then a vegan pizza with tomato, coriander, chilli and avocado both were absolutely delicious.
- Dellz Uptown will let you bring your own wine but if you don’t carry a bottle in the car as we do, you can buy a glass for $5.
- A meal for 4 at Dellz Uptown costs us $46 when we brought our own wine and $62 when we drank theirs. It has a very nice vibe with easy going, kind staff. Get the window seat and watch the Charleston locals going about their evening on the busy street.
My teenagers loved it and all the while I don’t think they ever guessed we were in a vegan restaurant.
Best Restaurant #2
Brown Dog Deli
- If you are in town and can’t be bothered to drive you are not going to regret going to the Brown Dog Deli for dinner. The deli has two branches in Charleston, we went to the Calhoun street branch. It is open until 10 pm.
- This long narrow eatery has high ceilings, fabulous music, a relaxed atmosphere and superb food. There is something here to please everyone.
- My 13-year-old daughter is pretty fussy and was delighted to find she could build her own hot dog.
- My 16 year old would eat a horse and still be hungry but the portions were big enough – even for him.
- Brian and I shared a pulled pork meal and it was plenty. We had a couple of beers instead of wine (it was cheaper) We paid $56 for the four of us.
- Either of these places would be a fabulous Charleston nighttime option. I looked around and there were groups of friends and also couples eating there.
- We were the only family in there but that’s ok. You can just do what we did. Admire the hundreds of album covers that are posted all over the walls and then bore the kids senseless about how things were better in the days when you had to save up and buy yourself a record.
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Take A Night Tour in Charleston SC.
I couldn’t believe it when I learned that Charleston conducts haunted night tours and that they were so cheap! We took a ghost tour at night and it was the best money we could have spent.
Super Natural Charleston 90 Minute Tour
If you find yourself in Charleston SC looking for things to do at night, make sure you check out Get your Guide and book the supernatural nighttime tour.
In our opinion, this was the best thing to do in Charleston at night. Especially with older children.
We were met by our guide who was a professional actor, dancer and director and he certainly knew how to tell a captivating story.
From the very start of this amazing tour, we were hanging on his every word, not to mention his coattails.
His stories of ghosts such as the lady in black standing in the window of what is now a restaurant beckoning for people to come and join her, a failing businessman who hanged himself after his cotton supply burnt to the ground and a whistling doctor who walks the cobbled streets of Charleston had us all intrigued and if I’m telling the truth – slightly terrified!
I highly recommend this tour. You can check out the details of the ghost tour here.
This isn’t just a haunted ghost tour, this is also an entertaining history tour. We learned a great deal about this fascinating city and the people that lived here.
Charleston at night is an eerie place, to say the least. Try and go in the winter when the tiny paned windows are lit by flickering holiday candles and you will swear you can see shadows lurking around every street corner. We loved it!
Where To Stay In Charleston If You Want To Vamp Up Your Night!
If you really want to make your stay in Charleston SC then why not spend the night in the notorious (but very beautiful, I must say) Battery Carriage House Inn.
While in Charleston we learned that this Inn is said to be the most haunted (and funnily enough, the most romantic!) hotel in Charleston SC.
Many guests have witnessed a wailing torso hovering above their bed. A little tip: if you’re booked to stay here and you find yourself in room 8 or 10 – move.
The Inn is booked up for months in advance so if you would like to spend the night here be organised!
So, that’s it! Things to do in Charleston SC at night – if you are with kids then even better! Be prepared to spend an evening eating good food, huddle up to the one you love and be entertained in a way that you’d undoubtedly forgotten existed.
No screens. No graphics. No 3D glasses.
Just real life storytelling. If you have any other tips on Charleston then please comment below, I’d love to connect with you!
Happy travels, Liz