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How to Throw a Bachelorette Party in Charleston

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If you’re a single girl in your twenties, you’re sure to attend a bachelorette party, or weekend, at some point. I’ve been to my fair share and even planned one. So I’ve taken what I’ve learned to put together this post on how to have your own pre-bridal bash in the Holy City, my former home.

Where to Eat

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Callie’s biscuit

Let’s be honest: this is most of the reason why you chose to have a bachelorette weekend in Charleston. Everyone and their mother will make suggestions to you, but there’s only so many hours in the day. Also consider making dinner reservations early as many of the hotspots like The Ordinary and Husk will be booked months in advance. Scour OpenTable and read up on Eater for even more recommendations, especially as new places are opening constantly.

Best for breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is one of my favorites for a quick but delicious meal. She makes traditional styles, like pimento cheese and fried chicken, as well as sweet options. During the spring, check out the farmer’s market in Marion Square where you’ll find Charleston Crepe Company, a local favorite. The Marina Variety Store Restaurant is another local favorite, which boasts river views.

Best for lunch: Save the cash you’ll spend on dinner there and instead go to 82 Queen for lunch, especially for the she crab soup. If you’re spending the afternoon on Folly Beach, you’ll be glad to know that Drop In Deli delivers to the beach. Poe’s Tavern is my favorite on Sullivan’s Island.

Best for dinner: There is no shortage of great places to eat dinner in Charleston, but reservations are almost required. But if you don’t want the hassle, there are a few places you can go. Bowen’s Island Restaurant is my all-time favorite, a dive that has fresh seafood. Taco Boy has locations downtown and on Folly and is known for their tacos and tasty margaritas. Xiao Bao Biscuit has Asian-inspired small plates. You still might need a reservation at Edmund’s Oast, but the beer-focused restaurant is worth it. If the restaurant is crowded, opt for the brewery.

Best for brunch: Expect to wait just about everywhere downtown, especially at somewhere like Hominy GrillLowcountry Bistro comes recommended by friends, but I like to head out to the ‘burbs for cheaper prices and shorter wait times. The Early Bird DinerThe Glass Onion, and Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails are great alternatives just over the river in West Ashley. Fat Hen is worth the drive to Johns Island and you can go see Angel Oak afterwards.

What to Do

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Serenity Tree Yoga

Don’t plan too much during your time in Charleston because most of us are there to relax. But pick one or two things to do on Saturday morning as a group. That might be roaming the stores of King Street or day tripping out to the barrier islands.

For active bachelorettes: Enjoy beachfront yoga with Serenity Tree Yoga. Kayaking on Shem Creek is another outdoor activity and there are a number of companies that run tours and rent kayaks and paddleboards on the calm creek water. The Alley has bowling downtown, but with great food and drinks.

For crafty bachelorettes: Head to Candlefish to create your own signature scent for a unique souvenir. And while you’re there, browse the boutiques of King Street for Charleston’s best shopping. It’s easy to spend hours here.

For boozy bachelorettes: Visit Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery on Wadamalaw Island where the beloved sweet tea vodka is produced. While you’re in the area, check out the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only American tea plantation. If you prefer breweries, go to Westbrook Brewing Company in Mount Pleasant or Palmetto Brewing Co downtown.

For pampered bachelorettes: Treat yourself at one of Charleston’s many spas. The Spa at Charleston Place is the top-rated, but a bit pricey. Urban Nirvana Spa At Wentworth Mansion and Stella Nova Spa, Salon & Beauty Boutique | Mt Pleasant are good alternatives. Tease Blow Dry Bar can get your hair party-ready. Sweet 185 does sugaring, a natural alternative to waxing.

Where to Drink

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Closed for Business

Come nightfall, the city of Charleston transforms into one big nightlife district. Revelers line the even-mediocre bars along King Street, waiting to pay an entry fee. If you come to this area or Market Street, expect to wait. Try Upper King, Elliotborough, or other neighborhoods to skip the lines.

For swanky rooftop views: It’s nice to have at least one drink at a rooftop bar when the sun is setting, assuming weather allows. Roof Top at the Vendue Inn is the original and overlooks the harbor with Market Pavilion Hotel just across the street. Stars is another Upper King favorite.

For craft cocktails: The boom in craft cocktail joints in Charleston means you’ll have plenty to choose from. The Gin Joint is tucked away from the chaos of Market Street and creates seasonal drinks inspired by the Lowcountry. Located in the Charleston Place hotel, the Thoroughbred Club is an old-school drinkery where you may just meet a rich husband. The Cocktail Club is in a prime spot on King Street and is both a craft cocktail spot that teaches classes and, at night, more of a club. Around the corner, The Belmont and The Rarebit are both cozy. If you’re willing to make the trek to West Ashley, share a flaming tiki bowl at Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge.

For dive bar vibes and great music: Cool bars with cheap beer and even better tunes are popping up around the city, especially around Morrison Drive. The Tattooed Moose and Royal American are neighbors, each with their own atmosphere. The Tattooed Moose has board games and a menu of bar bites. You might have to pay a cover charge if there’s a band at The Commodore, but the atmosphere can’t be beaten. Ignore the smell in the dank alley that takes you to UPPER DECK TAVERN. They have beer bingo and karaoke.

For craft beer: Not only is Edmund’s Oast one of the city’s best restaurants, but they also have a top-notch beer menu and an in-house brewery. Closed for Business has rotating taps of unique brews from around the world. Bay Street Biergarten has tasty food alongside rotating beers and craft cocktails. Across the river, Gene’s Haufbrau is one of the city’s oldest watering holes. It has an extensive beer menu and fun games to keep you occupied.

For bars to mingle with the college set: At its core, Charleston is a college town, home to my alma mater, the College of Charleston, and a number of others. A C’s Bar & Grill and Silver Dollar are King Street staples where you can get cheap beers and flirt with fratties. Recovery Room Tavern is popular with the fixed-gear bike crowd, while Blind Tiger Pub sprawls across a massive courtyard. Leave a dollar bill with your name on it to staple on the wall at The Griffon, a chef hangout.

For dancing: End your night at one of these dance clubs around town. Republic Garden & Lounge is swanky with bottle service, but Trio Club and NV Dance Lounge are also popular.

Where to Stay

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Charleston Harbor Marina Resort

Accommodations will definitely be your biggest cost when planning a bachelorette party in Charleston. It’s rare to find a downtown room for less than $200 per night, especially during the high season which is almost year-round. If you’re willing to take Lyfts where you need to go, the area around Lockwood Drive is much more affordable. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is another good option, just across the river in Mount Pleasant.

If you do want to stay downtown and don’t mind spending a bit, Zero GeorgeVendue Inn, and The Restoration on King are three stunning boutique hotels. Don’t forget about the smaller inns that are downtown as well, usually tucked in residential areas.

But if you really want a local feel for Charleston during your bachelorette weekend, rent a house or apartment. Airbnb is a good resource if you have a small group, but HomeAway is better for beach rentals. I stayed at this one on Folly Beach.

Additional Advice

bachelorette party in charleston

Bachelorette decor

Plan for an early night on Friday since everyone will likely be traveling. This is the perfect time to enjoy games and chill drinks. I found this wedding-style Cards Against Humanity (Cads Against Matrimony) that was a hit with the group. I printed it off at home and cut up the cards myself for free. At other bachelorette parties, we’ve done the game where you guess which pair of panties represents which guest and the bride keeps them all.

You can also create your own photobooth and use the Podo as your camera with help from Pinterest. Keep the party going with this awesome playlist from PopSugar. Pick up some custom temporary tattoos to keep your group together as well as some phallic paraphernalia online. My crafty friend made cutout faces of the groom to carry around as well as tote bags and tanks for our most recent bachelorette. We even made a Snapchat filter that worked around the house and the beach.

bachelorette party in charleston

Crosby’s seafood

If you’re renting a place, cut costs by eating a few meals in. You might want to have a lowcountry boil on Friday night to welcome the guests. If you have the right kitchen equipment, pick up fresh seafood from Crosby’s Seafood Co.. I also made a breakfast dish, hashbrown casserole, to enjoy in the mornings as well as bagels. Split the snacks between the group. Make splitting costs easy by making everyone download Splitwise and Venmo before you go.

Stop drinking early enough in the day that you can rally at night! I’ve been to a fair few that ended in extended naps. Take Lyft everywhere and don’t risk DUIs. Charleston is a somewhat dressy city, so rent something fabulous from Rent the Runway. And thanks to those cobblestones, bring a pair of extra shoes in case your feet hurt. Tieks are my personal favorite.

Are you ready for a bachelorette weekend in Charleston?

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  1. The Ordinary
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    544 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 414-7060
    http://eattheordinary.com/the-restaurant/
  2. Husk
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    76 Queen St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 577-2500
  3. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    476 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 737-5159
    http://www.callieshotlittlebiscuit.com/
  4. Marina Variety Store Restaurant
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    17 Lockwood Dr
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 723-6325
  5. 82 Queen St
    Address in Charleston County South Carolina

    82 Queen St
    Charleston County South Carolina
  6. Drop In Deli
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    32 Center St # B
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 633-0234
    http://dropindeli.com/
  7. Poe's Tavern
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    2210 Middle St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 883-0083
    http://www.poestavern.com/
  8. Bowen's Island Restaurant
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    1870 Bowens Island Rd
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 795-2757
    http://www.bowensislandrestaurant.com
  9. Taco Boy
    Restaurant in Folly Beach South Carolina

    15 Center St
    Folly Beach South Carolina
    (843) 588-9761
    http://www.tacoboy.net/
  10. Xiao Bao Biscuit
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    224 Rutledge Ave
    Charleston County South Carolina
    http://xiaobaobiscuit.com/
  11. Edmund's Oast
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    1081 Morrison Dr
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 727-1145
    http://edmundsoast.com/
  12. Hominy Grill
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    207 Rutledge Ave
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 937-0930
  13. Lowcountry Bistro
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    49 S Market St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 302-0290
    http://www.lowcountrybistro.com
  14. The Early Bird Diner
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    1644 Savannah Hwy
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 277-2353
    http://www.earlybirddiner.com/
  15. The Glass Onion
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    1219 Savannah Hwy
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 225-1717
    http://www.ilovetheglassonion.com/
  16. Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 766-0223
    http://msroses.com/
  17. Fat Hen
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    3140 Maybank Hwy
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 559-9090
    http://www.thefathen.com/
  18. Shem Creek
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    Charleston County South Carolina
  19. The Alley
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    131 Columbus St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 818-4080
    http://www.thealleycharleston.com/
  20. Candlefish
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    71 Wentworth St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 371-1434
    http://candlefish.com/
  21. Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery
    Restaurant in Wadmalaw Island South Carolina

    6775 Bears Bluff Rd
    Wadmalaw Island South Carolina
    (843) 559-6867
    http://www.charlestonwine.com/
  22. Charleston Tea Plantation
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    6617 Maybank Hwy
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 559-0383
    http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/
  23. Westbrook Brewing Company
    Restaurant in Mt Pleasant South Carolina

    510 Ridge Rd
    Mt Pleasant South Carolina
    (843) 654-9114
    http://www.westbrookbrewing.com/
  24. Palmetto Brewing Co
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    289 Huger St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 937-0903
    http://www.palmettobrewery.com/
  25. The Spa at Charleston Place
    Attraction in Charleston South Carolina

    205 Meeting St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 937-8522
    http://www.charlestonplacespa.com/
  26. Urban Nirvana Spa At Wentworth Mansion
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    141 Wentworth St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 724-6555
    http://www.urbannirvana.com/
  27. Stella Nova Spa, Salon & Beauty Boutique | Mt Pleasant
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    1320 Theater Dr
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 884-3838
    http://www.stella-nova.com/
  28. Tease Blow Dry Bar
    Attraction in Charleston South Carolina

    430 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 724-9493
    http://teaseblowdrybar.com/
  29. Roof Top at the Vendue Inn
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    19 Vendue Range St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (800) 845-7900
    http://thevendue.com/
  30. Market Pavilion Hotel
    Hotel in Charleston County South Carolina

    225 E Bay St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 723-0500
    http://www.marketpavilion.com/
  31. Stars
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    495 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 577-0100
    http://starsrestaurant.com
  32. The Gin Joint
    Attraction in Charleston South Carolina

    182 E Bay St
    Charleston South Carolina
  33. Thoroughbred Club
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    205 Meeting St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 722-4900
    http://www.belmond.com/charleston-place/charleston_restaurants
  34. The Cocktail Club
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    479 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 724-9411
    http://www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com/
  35. The Belmont
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    511 King St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 743-3880
    http://www.thebelmontcharleston.com/
  36. The Rarebit
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    474 King St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 974-5483
    http://therarebit.com/
  37. Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    15 Magnolia Rd
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 769-0228
    http://www.voodootikibar.com/
  38. The Tattooed Moose
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    1137 Morrison Dr
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 277-2990
    http://tattooedmoose.com/
  39. Royal American
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    970 Morrison Dr
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 817-6925
    http://theroyalamerican.com/
  40. The Commodore
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    504 Meeting St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    http://thecommodorechs.com/
  41. UPPER DECK TAVERN
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    353 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 958-0002
  42. Closed for Business
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    453 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 853-8466
    http://www.closed4business.com/
  43. Bay Street Biergarten
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    549 E Bay St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 266-2437
    http://baystreetbiergarten.com/
  44. Gene's Haufbrau
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    817 Savannah Hwy
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 225-4363
    http://www.genes.beer/
  45. A C's Bar & Grill
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    467 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 577-6742
    http://acsbar.com/
  46. Silver Dollar
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    478 King St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 722-7223
  47. Recovery Room Tavern
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    685 King St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 727-0999
    http://www.recoveryroomtavern.com/
  48. Blind Tiger Pub
    Attraction in Charleston South Carolina

    36-38 Broad Street
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 577-0088
  49. The Griffon
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    18 Vendue Range
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 723-1700
    http://www.griffoncharleston.com/
  50. Republic Garden & Lounge
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    462 King St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 724-7400
    http://republicreign.com/
  51. Trio Club
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    139 Calhoun St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    http://www.triocharleston.com/#site
  52. NV Dance Lounge
    Attraction in Charleston County South Carolina

    48 N Market St
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 723-4363
    http://www.nvcharleston.com/
  53. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
    Hotel in Mt Pleasant South Carolina

    20 Patriots Point Rd
    Mt Pleasant South Carolina
    (888) 856-0028
    http://www.charlestonharborresort.com/
  54. Zero George
    Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina

    0 George St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 817-7900
    http://www.zerogeorge.com
  55. Vendue Inn
    Hotel in Charleston South Carolina

    19 Vendue Range
    Charleston South Carolina
  56. The Restoration on King
    Hotel in Charleston South Carolina

    75 Wentworth St
    Charleston South Carolina
    (843) 518-5100
    http://www.restorationonking.com/
  57. Crosby's Seafood Co.
    Restaurant in Charleston County South Carolina

    2019 Cherry Hill Ln
    Charleston County South Carolina
    (843) 577-3531
    http://crosbysseafood.com/

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