North Charleston is not your typical vacation destination. It’s a very industrial area, not known for scenic beaches or an amazing nightlife. It has the 3rd highest GDP for the state, largely due in part to its manufacturing roots. It has a highish crime rate. The locals that live there love their community.
When I started planning a friend weekend to the Charleston area to celebrate Megan’s 30th birthday I didn’t know any of that.I was just looking for cute and affordable airbnbs that could sleep all of us.
We stayed at this cozy cottage hosted by Jim located in a former military neighborhood. The area used to house the military families at the nearby base, but when the base shut down, the families left en masse. What happened to the area is a tale as old as time – neighborhood gets abandoned and homes get purchased by people not willing to take care, it becomes a high rental area, it starts to get worn down. You can see a lot of improvements happening in the area, but visually it still looks a little rough.
Anyways, the location ended up working great for us! We brewery-hopped, had delicious brunch, and even made it out to Sullivan’s Island for breakfast Sunday morning and went to the fog covered beach. Despite all of the fog, families were still out there in swimwear building sandcastles. I dig it.
Here’s a list of places we recommend checking out if you’re interested in exploring North Charleston yourself!
Holy City Brewing (Open every day 11 – 8/9). 4155 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston
This cute taproom has several beers, a game area, and offers free tours. They also have a full kitchen, so this is a great lunch spot.
Rusty Bull Brewing Co (Open every day 11-11, Sundays 1-9). 3005 W. Montague Ave, North Charleston
This taproom was beautiful! Trey and Megan did tasting flights, while I went all in with the Hop Bottom Girl – their beers have fun and witty names that were a pleasure to order! We ordered hot dogs and pretzel snacks and without shame devoured them.
Commonhouse Aleworks. (Open Wednesday – Sunday, see website for hours.) 4831 O’Hear Ave, North Charleston
A perfect spot to relax with friends after dinner, this taproom built by locals was suggested to us by our waitress at The Junction. The courtyard blends perfectly with the taproom via large, open doors and has a communial beer garden feel with long tables. Children were running around making themselves at home, showing how family friendly the spot was.
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions. 4438 Spruill Ave, North Charleston.
We had brunch here Saturday morning and everything was delicious. They do a different chicken dish each day, and Megan got the chicken and waffles which was an incredibly delicious choice. I’m told Sunday brunch here is busy, but worth the wait.
The CODfather Proper Fish & Chips. 4254 Spruill Ave, North Charleston.
If you’re looking for British fish and chips, this is supposed to be your place. Every time we drove by, the tables were full of patrons chowing down.
LoLA. 4830 O’hear Ave, North Charleston.
We were in the area at the time of Mardi Gras kick-off, so this was our first choice for dinner. They had a loud band playing Lousiana Jazz, and mardi gras beads aplenty!
Fratellos Itanian Tavern. 1050 E Montague Ave, North Charleston.
Don’t let the tavern name fool you, this place is great for a nice dinner out. We got to sit in one of the side booths above the crowd and feel like fancy VIPs while eating yummy pasta meals. Add in friendly waitstaff, and this was a great place for a celebration.
DIG in the Park. 1049 E Montague Ave, North Charleston
This is a happenin’ place if I ever saw one. A large outdoor dining/dancing area, the DJ was spinning until exactly 11p and they do free oysters on Friday nights. This was a favourite of our waitress from breakfast, telling us she brings the whole fam here frequently.
It was a weekend that was too short with good friends who I will dearly miss as we begin our journey back to the Land of the Midnight Sun. But I am proud to say, I finally went to the beach at the Atlantic Ocean – it only took me 3 years of being back to do it.