10 of the Best Things to Do in Charleston, SC, at Night

If you thought Charleston was a vibrant city in the daytime, wait until you’ve experienced it by night. Sip cocktails at a waterfront bar, embark on a Holy City ghost tour, or dance beneath the stars on the Cooper River Bridge. No matter how you spend your time, you won’t run out of things to do in Charleston, SC, at night. Read on to discover the city’s top nighttime attractions, and if you’d like more recommendations, view our free Charleston Area Vacation Guides. Our guides are designed to help our guests spend less time planning and more time having fun!

The Best Things to Do in Charleston, SC, at Night


1. Embark on a Charleston Night Tour

If you are searching for something romantic to do in Charleston by night, consider a horse-drawn carriage tour. These tours are an excellent way to acquaint yourself with downtown Charleston. Because temperatures drop in the evening, twilight carriage tours are also ideal for those visiting during the summer.

If you’d like a spookier experience, take a ghost tour! You’ll learn all about the infamous ghosts of Charleston, visit haunted graveyards, and even explore the Old City Jail.

2. Enjoy Waterfront Dining

If you are staying on Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island, then Lokal Seabar is a must. You’ll find this waterfront restaurant at Bohicket Marina. On the menu, you can look forward to fresh-caught fish, local shrimp, and oysters on the half shell. Sample from the raw bar or order an island-style craft cocktail. Then, sit back and relax on the spacious patio as you watch pelicans fly over the sea and sailboats glide by!

For more recommendations on the best places to dine in the Charleston area, read our blogs on Kiawah Island restaurants and Seabrook Island dining.

3. Sip and Savor Charleston’s Craft Beer Scene

The craft beer scene has taken off in the past several years, and it is booming in Charleston. Currently, the city is home to over 25 local breweries. Many of these breweries, such as Revelry Brewing and Low Tide Brewing, feature special events and guest chefs during the weekends.

For those who prefer wine, make a trip to Fortyeight Wine Bar in Freshfields Village. Their menu offers over 48 items, 48 craft beers, and 48 wines by the glass. During the summer, happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can also enjoy wine tasting events every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

More Unique Things to Do in Charleston, SC, at Night

4. Paddleboard by moonlight with Waterdog Paddle on a guided tour.

5. Enjoy a sunset cruise with Captain Jack’s Kiawah Sailing and Dolphin Watching.

6. Sip wine and explore the art galleries of The Holy City at The Art Walk.

7. Dance beneath the stars on the Mount Pleasant Pier at Shaggin’ on the Cooper.

8. Cheer on Charleston’s home team at a Riverdogs baseball game.

9. Rock out with live music at The Music Farm.

10. Eat, drink, and enjoy a night of bowling with friends and family at The Alley.

Wind Down the Evening in an Oceanfront Home

There isn’t a better way to wind down an exciting night in the Holy City than by heading home to a beautiful beach home. Enjoy the best of what Charleston offers by choosing a vacation rental on Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island. Whether your ideal accommodation is an intimate villa overlooking an expansive golf fairway or a luxurious oceanfront home with private beach access, you’ll find it all in our handpicked collection of vacation rentals.

When you are ready to start planning your next getaway, check our current specials and secure your vacation dates. We can’t wait to welcome you to Charleston’s most beloved sea islands!