"Threshold creates huge musicals in a little theater," read the headline of a recent Charleston City Paper profile of Threshold Repertory Theatre. Audiences will recognize many of the works the company performs from Broadway and beyond, but in its 100-seat black-box theater, even the splashiest showpieces take on new intimacy. ?What happens in this space is that the audience seriously begins to blend with the story," previous artistic director Pamela Nichols Galle told the City Paper. Threshold gives patrons direct access to the brains and talents of directors, playwrights, and actors. Before or after a show, guests can get into the theatrical spirit by enjoying beer, wine and snacks from the box office's concession stand.
For chefs at Calder’s Pub, the tender meat of a hot wing serves as a blank canvas for zesty, diverse flavors. Their menu boasts 20 wing sauces including hot honey, lemon pepper, and jamaican jerk. Pools of ranch or blue cheese temper the spicy flavors, and heaps of napkins stand at the ready for messy fingers and toes. Classic pub fare, such as sandwiches, hand-cut chips, and juicy burgers, sate larger appetites.
Though the fare alone draws crowds to the pub's four locations, folks also gather for the convivial sports-bar atmosphere. Barkeeps pour draught beers and swizzle well drinks. Wall-mounted TVs, vibrant neon signs, and sports pennants decorate the walls, making it an ideal spot for amassing to watch the big game or amassing materials to bribe a team mascot.
Escape Oxygen Bar breathes energy into Greenville with a bar that bestows all the luxuriant necessities of life: crisp air, mirthful meals, adult nectar, a dimly lit dance floor, and aromatic inhalables. An oxygen bar treatment ($5) enhances atmospheric ambience by blushing lungs with fragrant air, stimulating the mind until it can solve crossword puzzles written in Pig Latin. Tip back a top-shelf cocktail ($5) and dip low on the laser-lit dance floor, or win back your detachable third hand on one of two vast pool tables. The hookah bar ($5 per person) soothes smokers with an exotic inhalant that preps parched palates for socially agreeable dishes such as chicken wings ($5.50) or cheese fries ($4). The value of this Groupon cannot be used toward cover charges.
Eileen, named Best New Boutique by Phoenix Magazine in 2009, fills its fortress of fashion with reasonably priced and ravishingly stylish women's attire. Pair a comfortable, fun top ($19–$29) with one of many versatile jeans and skirts ($24–$39) for a day of demolition-derby driving, or pick up a dazzling dress ($29–$32) to wear for your lecture on the Cartan-Kuranishi prolongation theorem at Bingo Night next week. Jewelry, intimates, assorted accessories, and handbags round out Eileen's roster, including Melie Bianco handbags, adding luster to your arm like a giant diamond where you also store your cherry-flavored keys and car-door-unlocking chap stick.
The velvety, almost liquid-like sounds of brass instruments flood The Jazz Corner. Tinkling pianos, playful clarinets, and wailing guitars can also be heard forming everything from swing and bebop to Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues. The jazz club keeps its lineup of musicians fresh and has hosted the extraordinary talents of George Shearing, Freddie Cole, and Bucky Pizzarelli. These eclectic sounds are one reason The Jazz Corner was named one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Down Beat. The other reason is the restaurant's fine-dining menu, which features artisanal dishes of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, marmalade duck breast, and she-crab soup. Bartenders up the ante with jazz-themed cocktails, including Count Basie's Cosmo with Chambord-flavored vodka.