Guests perched on plush couches at Torch Velvet Lounge sip creative martinis and other mixed drinks in the glow of flickering candles. Like fruit salads served at midnight study sessions, the vodka-based Grapes of Wrath cocktail mixes the sweet flavors of grape and watermelon with a healthy dose of Red Bull ($11). Bartenders breathe life into the Captain's Choice, a spicy-sweet mélange of rum, orange curaçao, cinnamon, sugar, and a spritz of Bacardi 151 ($11), and meld Rumple Minze and Bailey's Irish Cream to mix the Mint Chocolate Chip ($11). During live music sets throughout the week, saxophone and keyboard melodies mingle with thumping dance beats and the splashing of cocktails being mixed on the turntables.
For more than a decade, the Guns N' Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction has been on the road, satiating rock 'n' roll cravings with its raucous, authentic act. Looking, sounding, and forging signatures just like its idols, the band evokes the famed original lineup of Guns N’ Roses. Drawing from GNR's most popular albums, including the epochal Use Your Illusion, singer Chad Atkins accurately apes Axl Rose's signature pipes, stage banter, and enflamed microphone while Mike "Junior" Edington reincarnates Slash's Les Paul fret-mongering and rabbit-filled Abe Lincoln hat. For its last show in Charleston, the band blasts through hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" with Jagermeister-fueled intensity, taking fans back to simpler times when rock had muscles and cigarettes were still a food group.
To see more than 22 simultaneous screenings of a football game, you'd either have to be a housefly in the stadium or a Monday-night guest at Suede Supper Club. Its collection of 28 HD televisions broadcasts every NFL match in the season, encouraging groups to gather beneath the bar's tulip-shaped lights for beer and wings. These offerings are where the traditional bar foods end, however, as the menu compiles more sophisticated takes on countertop classics. Small plates of Southern egg rolls wrap collards, black-eyed peas, and bacon in a crispy shell, whereas hearty entrees of country-fried chicken—served with sausage gravy—and grilled pork chops act as robust dinners, complete with sides of house-cut fries.
The rustic fare seems to have inspired the club's surroundings, which evoke those of a small Victorian home. Doric columns line the wooden dance floor, where DJs host parties and electronica retellings of Julius Caesar every Friday and Saturday night. An upper deck allows for two tiers of porch relaxation, and the private VIP area sections off its luxurious couches with curtains and fencing. Special events dot the space's calendar: trivia nights, rounds of Name That Tune followed by karaoke, and charity fundraisers that gather proceeds through occasions such as cornhole tournaments and costume parties.
Glossy, tall tables and funky decorative woodwork on the walls make Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge feel like a ritzy nightclub lounge. The tapas is just as distinctive as the decor—tastes from all over the globe come together in each small plate made with locally sourced ingredients. Feel free to try Greek lamb sliders alongside tandoori chicken skewers. Or sample miniature sushi tuna pizzas alongside tender carolina crab cakes. The portions are more substantial than your typical tapas joint, too. Still, if you want something other than small plates, Daniel's also offers a more straightforward selection of steaks and seafood, including their signature surf and turf, NY strip steak, and slow-cooked, herb roasted chicken. After dinner hours, Daniel's transforms into a nightclub and hosts DJs and dance parties.
Inside Threshold Repertory Theatre's intimate venue, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) delivers an uproarious, backhanded interpretation of conventional holiday traditions. Since making its debut in 2003, the side-splitting Yuletide onslaught has spurred a nationwide following, garnering praise from the Los Angeles Times as a "winking assault on virtually every secular seasonal classic since Charles Dickens." As Christmas icons such as Frosty, Rudolph, and Ayn Rand enter the show's crosshairs, versatile cast members tickle funny bones with a blitz on worldwide Christmas customs, seasonal carols, and pop-culture mainstays. An original score backs the performance, adding an extra dose of originality and white-bearded quarter notes to a whirlwind of topical amusement.
The 7th Annual Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival turns the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed Terminal into an energetic spectacle of Mexican culture that brings people together with food, dancing, and live music. Revelers sip salt-rimmed margaritas and bite into authentic cuisine from vendors such as Pollo Tropical, Vallarta Grill, and El Dorado as the brassy strains of live salsa music leap from Orquesta Mayor's 15-piece band. DJ Luigi, DJ Leo, DJ E1, and DJ Antrax mix up jams throughout the night as a trio of dance troupes exhibit their skilled undulations.