At Chucktown Tavern, you get to hear your neighbors sing. The joint booms with karaoke every single night of the week as patrons try their pipes on numbers from the DJ's selection of hundreds of karaoke tracks. Melodies of popular tunes and weekend performances from local bands drift towards the kitchen, where head chef Hope Young and her kitchen crew fold locally grown produce into classic breakfasts, sandwiches, and seafood dishes. She stuffs burgers with filings such as marinara, pepperoni, pimento cheese, and jalapeños, piling the patties onto freshly baked breads. Glasses click together, spilling rivulets of imported beer and cocktails into cool rings on wooden tables. The revelry pours out onto the front courtyard, where patrons recline in padded furniture like kings or cool pieces of wood a king found and named.
Derek, a former math teacher who worked at Porter-Gaud School for 10 years, opened the first d.d. Peckers' Wing Shack in Charlotte in 2002. He missed Charleston, though, so in 2006, he and his brother-in-law, Brian, opened a Charleston location.
The cooks at d.d. Peckers' Wing Shack take wings seriously. They choose wings that have never been frozen, and they make each batch to order. Diners can choose dry-rubbed flavors like smoky ranch or opt for wings doused with sauces such as hoisin-honey or hot garlic. The cooks also grill burgers and prepare crisp salads, cheese steaks, paninis, and barbecue. Mixed drinks, craft beers, and events like trivia night keep adults entertained. The restaurant is also family-friendly: children can slurp Yoo-hoo and order from a menu of pint-size dinners served with kid-friendly desserts.
With the biggest payouts in Low County that sometimes reach up to $4,000, everybody wins at Big Money Bingo. Even if they don’t actually win prizes, players are still investing in the community. After a trip to Tanzania, co-founder Erica Oblinger started an education scholarship foundation for Tanzanian children. But upon returning home and seeing the condition of underprivileged local schools while working as a student teacher, Erica and her sister and mother devised Big Money Bingo to bolster local education—proceeds aid underfunded Charleston and Berkeley County schools—as well as providing the town with friendly entertainment. In exciting games Thursday¬–Monday, players prep their markers in hopes of shouting the five-letter word of victory while enjoying a full menu of comforting concessions.
Upper Deck Tavern serves up American bar staples, such as chicken wings, burgers, and flat iron steaks. Diners can dip chicken fingers in an array of sauces, clasp hands around double-decker burgers with two half-pound patties, or bite into battered fish served with french fries and coleslaw.
At Walks in History, 1-mile tours are based on stories from the books Haunted Charleston and Haunted Harbor by authors Geordie Buxton and Ed Macy. The 90-minute Pirate and Haunted History tour tracks the fading footsteps of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonney, and Mary Read through the cobblestone streets and bastion walls of the Old Walled City. Making pit stops at six to eight haunts, the guides unravel tales regarding pirate hangings, Fort Sumter and the Pink House, where Blackbeard once shot rum and drunk dialed former first mates.
The 90-minute Haunted Charleston Ghost Tour ventures into the murky twilight like a darkness-starved vampire bat after the summer solstice. As the expert guides snake through six to eight stops, they shed light on ghostly activity at sites such as the Old Citadel, a Revolutionary War burial ground, and the remains of the Charleston Orphan Asylum.