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 Supernatural 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.
Torch Velvet Lounge's numerous plush couches and candles surround imbibers as they sample decadent cocktails and martinis. Potable creations burst forth in forms such as the Captain's Choice, a mix of Captain Morgan rum and orange curacao splashed with Bacardi 151 and drizzled with cinnamon and caramelized sugar, much like most tax forms ($11). Sate sweet teeth with the Grapes of Wrath, a blend of Smirnoff watermelon, white-grape juice, and Red Bull ($11). The Mint Chocolate Chip's mélange of Rumple Minze, Bailey's Irish Cream, Godiva, and Hershey's-chocolate-dappled rim whets palates tired from sharing ideas or saying "palate" ($11), and the occasional disc jockey spins tunes on-site to keep energies high.
Named after the owners' sociable golden retriever, Boone's Restaurant & Bar serves warming fare alongside an extensive selection of specialty drinks and shots, bourbon, wine, and craft beers. Classic American pub fare with a homey spin packs Boone's lunch and dinner menu, boasting many dishes concocted using time-tested family recipes and organic ingredients. Sample savory selections such as the shrimp-and-artichoke-dip appetizer (small, $4.50), or sink canines into ever-popular burgers (starting at $7), wings ($7.95 for 12), and hot dogs ($5). If Boone isn't making one of his guest appearances, patrons can stay entertained with the bar's other nightly attractions, like team trivia, karaoke, live music, and local cats scribbling poetry in their journals.
O'Malleys Bar and Grille’s waitstaff delivers the menu’s hearty burgers and pastas to tables as bartenders sling bottled and draft beers from a 36-foot saloon-style oak bar. A duo of fried 4-ounce pork chops ($10.99) snoozes on fluffy pillows of veggies and garlic mashed potatoes, and Cajun linguine captures sautéed mushrooms, peppers, onions, and tomatoes in its zesty pasta snares ($11.99; add shrimp or chicken for $3.50). Alternatively, silence a date’s idle chatter about acid-base titration protocols with a sticky bite of the Cheesy BBQ burger slathered in melted american cheese, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce ($8.99).
Blind Tiger Pub satiates the famished mobs hungrily shuffling down Broad Street with a savory menu of exquisite pub cuisine. Get your taste buds crustaceanously clamped by two gooey lump crab cakes served with mesclun salad ($14), or deliciously brand your tongue with the butcher's steak topped with caramelized onions and served with sea-salted pommes frites ($15). A variety of drinks soothe parched palates and clear tongue buds for further taste explorations.
Aqua Terrace Roof-Top Bar purveys pours to Carolinians while supplying the scenic sumptuousness of the Ashley River. Begin a jaunt across the dinner menu with oven-made flatbreads smeared in pesto or pepperoni toppings ($9), which tempt tongues without the hindrance of a third dimension. The crab-salad bruschetta fills famished fingers with tomato jam and chervil-apex grilled pumpernickel ($12), and empty stomachs pull for the Green Giant burger, smothered with fresh spinach, tangy green tomatoes, garlic, and dill havarti ($12). Signature cocktails slake tenacious thirsts with fresh flavors such as the strawberry mojito ($9) or the Goombay Smash, a concoction of light and dark rum, orange juice, and fresh pineapple ($8), and craft beers provide ample nourishment for conversing tongues and microscopic civilizations of tipplers.