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.
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.
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.
Jazz Artists of Charleston's Jazz Series summons renowned local musicians to the stage to share in the rich American tradition of jazz music. JAC's fourth annual Jazz Series will take place this May and June during Spoleto Festival season and will groove through jazz styles including modern, bebop, funk, and extra jazzy. Performances take place upstairs in the Gallery Room at McCrady's Restaurant, where staffers serve up libations and farm-fresh cuisine including beef, flounder, and duck. Each Jazz Series set comprises approximately 75 minutes of toe-tapping tunes and people calling other people cats. The special May 31 Holy City Homecomin' show is an annual tradition that changes each year and has become a popular part of JAC's annual programming.
All Natural Smoothies’ blenders whip up frothy potations in a variety of natural flavors to bolster well-being, recovery, and weight loss. Patrons can choose a 12-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce, or 32-ounce cup of a peach-and-mango smoothie, which imparts natural energy that can fuel workouts, study sessions, or mentally strenuous games of Mad Libs. Customers can diminish paunch protrusion with the wheatgrass, kiwi, and lemon swirled into a Go Green weight-management blend or arm bodies against ailments with a Ponce de Leon immunity smoothie, teeming with strawberries and cherries. Patrons can select two fruits, soy or whey protein, and low-fat milk or soymilk to create their own protein concoction, a muscle-enhancement method tastier than bench-pressing economy-size cans of Spam. Baristas can supplement smoothies with diabetic-friendly, sugar-free sweeteners or add additional boosts for energy, detox, or wellness for an additional $0.99 each.