After the year we’ve all had, Charleston, South Carolina is ready to welcome visitors back. Downtown Charleston feels especially vital, with several new hotels and million-dollar refreshes to waterfront classics like the HarbourView Inn turning the historic center into a true epicenter. Here’s what’s going in the Holy City this summer.
New hotels to check into
Gin & Luck, the hospitality company behind NYC cocktail bar (and stars) Death & Co, has turned the pool bar and lounge into something straight out of Miami, all flamingo pink and craft cocktail cool.
The restaurant to plan a trip around
Brasserie la Banque, a new French brasserie in downtown Charleston from three-time James Beard Award–nominated restaurateur Steve Palmer, is one of the city’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings. Follow La Banque on Instagram to be the first to know its opening date and snag a reservation.
Join the locals at Little Palm for poolside beers and oysters.
Come early and stay late at these bars
Little Palm, that pool bar at the Ryder hotel we just mentioned? Don’t miss the rotating local artwork in the on-site gallery.
(Its gin, bourbons, and rye are out of this world—the James Beard committee would agree.)
Dewberry Citrus Club and The Spectator hotel bar, it’s been too long.
Ticket information will be available in early 2022.
Restaurants and shops may ask you to wear a mask on entry and limit the number of guests. that rate is higher (closer to 6 out of 10 vaccinated) in Charleston County. For more information, visit this vaccination dashboard.