A Charleston bachelor party is a perfect guys getaway that’s full of great watering holes, plenty of beach time, and top-of-the-line southern eats. If you’re looking for that famous Southern charm, there’s nowhere better to find it than here.
It’s also easier than ever to plan a Charleston bachelor party, thanks to apps like BACH that list out (and let you book) notable activities in the area. And of course, there’s also our city guide to help you build the ultimate Charleston itinerary.
Whether you’re looking for lots of activities or a relaxing good time, a Charleston bachelor party hits all the right notes.
What to Do
One of the best parts of a Charleston bachelor party is the easy mix of coastal and city life. If you need an escape from the charming downtown life, there are beaches within an easy drive. Folly Beach is where you’ll want to head for a younger crowd. The beach is beautiful (consider taking surfing lessons from Folly Beach Surfing Lessons), and your group will love the small downtown area full of bars and restaurants, as well as surf shops.
For another way to soak in the sun, consider a round of 18 at one of the prestigious courses in Charleston. Dunes West, just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, was named one of the top 10 resort courses by Golf Digest and offers spectacular views along the way overlooking Wagner Creek. Or head out to Kiawah Island, a 45-minute drive from downtown, to play one of five championship golf courses at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
If you’re looking for a more colorful type of competition, Paintball Charleston offers two field courses to wage battle. Or head to The Alley, a reclaimed warehouse turned retro-style bowling alley with eight lanes and a 40-foot bar.
If you’re looking for good drinks, you won’t be lacking in option. Jazz-age style Prohibition offers great speakeasy-style cocktails on King Street and a great party vibe. Or head to Charleston Distilling Co. for handmade small batch cocktails. You can visit their tasting room to take a tour and try a flight—or two.
For suds, there’s no better way to experience what Charleston has to offer than a brewery tour. Crafted Travel starts theirs at the Charleston Distillery, then heads to two breweries and ends with a great BBQ stop.
Where to Eat
If you find yourself hungry on your Charleston bachelor party, you’re doing something wrong. This city is built for good eating. Start your day at STARS, where brunch includes a build your own omelet station, fried chicken eggs Benedict, and $4 bloody Mary’s or $3 mimosas. Oh, and did we mention their fantastic rooftop?
If you make your way to Folly Beach, don’t miss a stop at Taco Boy for $4 tacos like Baja fish and kimchi beef. You can also get Mexican street corn, quesadillas, and shrimp ceviche.
Back downtown, The Butcher and Bee offers gourmet sandwiches for breakfast or lunch. Try the roast beef with smoked onion jam, red peppers, miso, and roasted tomato or the shrimp roll with lemon aioli, celery, fennel frond, and pickled onion on a brioche bun.
For dinner, you’ll find tons of options from the fancy to the low country. Halls Chophouse is a great place for a nice guys night out, with prime steaks and good wine on the menu. Or head to High Cotton for low country eats like she-crab soup, buttermilk fried oysters, and shrimp and grits.
You won’t be want for options when it comes to seafood in this city. Pearlz Oyster Bar is a great spot for raw oysters, as well as other seafood specialties like the fried shrimp dinner, crab cake sandwich, or crispy oyster tacos. Fleet Landing on the waterfront is a great place for a quick mid-day bite or happy hour. Try their peel n’ eat shrimp, crispy whole fried flounder, or golden fried oyster po’boy.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of hotels where you can stay for your Charleston bachelor party, from fanciful and historic mansion to chain retailers. Check out The Mills Hotel for a luxury stay with old-school southern charm.
The Courtyard Marriott in Charleston’s Historic District offers a prime location, mid-range hotel amenities and outdoor pool for when you just can’t make it out for the day.
For waterfront views, head to The Vendue, named the #1 hotel in Charleston by Travel + Leisure. This affordable, yet charming hotel has more than 300 pieces of original art on display for hotel guests, boutique-style accommodations, walking distance to downtown, and complimentary breakfast.
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