A Guide To

The Top New Things in Charleston

Charleston is a dynamic city that is always changing. There are always new restaurants, shops, and attractions popping up, making it an exciting place to visit and explore time and time again. We‘ve compiled a list of our top new things in Charleston for you to check out.

Philosophers and Fools

Philosophers & Fools

What: Local Bookstore & Bar

Where: 50 Bogard Street, Charleston

This new bookstore recently opened by husband and wife team, Michael and Jenny, is sure to become a local hotspot! Nestled in the historic Cannonborough Elliotborough neighborhood on Bogard Street, P&F offers a cozy space to unwind with a glass of wine, beer, or hard seltzer. If you prefer a non-alcoholic drink, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is also on the menu along with a variety of snacks. Whether you prefer a comfy armchair or a spot at the bar, Philosophers & Fools fosters both quiet contemplation and lively conversation.


Southern Ruetz

What: Charleston's Only Hat Bar & Maker Mall

Where: 128 Meeting Street, Charleston

Southern Ruetz, located in the French Quarter, is a one-stop shop for hat enthusiasts and art lovers. They specialize in crafting unique, custom-made hats using high-quality materials like Australian wool. If you’re feeling creative, you can participate in a walk-in hat-making session, or even book a private room for a group outing. In addition to their hat bar, Southern Ruetz boasts a “Maker Mall” overflowing with treasures from over 45 local Charleston artisans. So whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind hat or want to support the local art scene, Southern Ruetz offers a vibrant and immersive experience.

red palm tavern

Red Palm Tavern

What: Old style American tavern & sports bar

Where: 45 Romney Street, Charleston

Red Palm Tavern, a new social hub on Romney Street, blends classic American tavern charm with modern sports bar energy. Escape the daily grind from 11 AM to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday. Their wood-fired grill offers a diverse menu, perfect for casual eats. Soak up the Charleston sunshine on the patio or challenge friends to billiards or darts. Catch the game on one of 15 TVs or the massive LED screen. Red Palm Tavern promises good times, delicious drinks, and a dynamic atmosphere. They also have a cornhole league!



What: Upscale street food

Where: 304 King Street, Charleston

Bartaco opened at the beginning of the year on King Streets and is inspired by healthy living and the outdoors. They serve fresh, upscale street food in a relaxed atmosphere, and their globally-inspired menu features inventive tacos and small plates – not your average tacos! – all crafted with high-quality ingredients for bold, bright flavors.

Unwind amidst chill music, coastal vibes reflected in the artwork and design, and the aroma of fresh lime. It’s the perfect spot to gather with friends or family for a fun and casual get-together.

revelry brewpub on folly

Revelry Brewing

What: Charleston area's first beachside brewpub

Where: 13B Center St., Folly Beach

Revelry Brewing’s new location on Folly Beach offers the Charleston area’s first beachside brewbup. The fully outdoor location offers a laid-back beach vibe seven days a week from 12 pm-10 pm. Enjoy a variety of craft beers, wine, and a few non-alcoholic options. In addition, you can order food provided by their neighbors, The Bounty Bar.

Lost Isle Johns Island

What: John's Island first fire-to-table concept

Where: 3338 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island

Dine beneath the stars at Lost Isle, Johns Island’s first fire-to-table experience. An open-air dining room, illuminated by twinkling lights and billowing sails. Led by Thomas Wilson, TJ Lynch, and Chef Josh Taylor, Lost Isle offers a captivating culinary journey. Complement your meal with a selection of refreshing libations, including classic martinis and Manhattans alongside innovative house-made cocktails on tap. Lost Isle is open daily 4-11 pm but do not take reservations.

international african american museum

International African American Museum

What: International African American Museum

Where: 145 Wharfside St, Charleston

Charleston is fortunate enough to be the home of the International African American Museum. After 20 years in the making, the museum opened to the public in 2023. Guests have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and culture by exploring the stories of their experiences across generations at this institute.

sissy bar park circle

Sissy Bar Park Circle

What: 1950s-inspired bar and lounge offering seasonal, Caribbean-inspired cocktails

Where: 1067 East Montague Ave., North Charleston (Park Circle)

Get ready for a laid-back Southern California vibe in Park Circle. This new spot boasts an atmosphere that evokes the easygoing spirit of the West Coast. Tequila and mezcal take center stage on the drink menu, while the food offerings go beyond typical bar fare. Expect a fusion of Mexican, Asian, and classic American influences, featuring juicy smash burgers, flavorful burritos, Baja-style fish tacos, and a tempting selection of shareable appetizers.

Noisette Creek

Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge

What: 800-foot pedestrian bridge

Where: 1865 Ave B N, North Charleston

This new 800-foot bridge connects Riverfront Park in North Charleston to the north side of Noisette Creek. The bridge offers an event venue space over the creek, complete with seat walls, as well as beautifully landscaped areas that are ADA accessible. This new landmark is not only visually pleasing, but it also provides a safe and convenient way for individuals to cross the creek and access the park.

cravewell cafe

Crave Well Cafe

What: Downtown Cafe

Where: 168 Calhoun Street, Charleston

Cravewell tempts your taste buds with a delightful spread! From energizing smoothies and vibrant smoothie bowls to crisp salads, satisfying sandwiches, wholesome wraps, and mouthwatering toasts, there’s something for everyone. Plus, quench your thirst with the refreshing goodness of Happy Moose Juice, offering both cold-pressed and fresh-pressed options. Elevate your dining experience at Cravewell!

top golf

Top Golf

Address: 5000 Topgolf Way, North Charleston, SC 29418

Over the past several months, Topgolf has become a beloved pastime in the city. It is an ideal destination for a thrilling and enjoyable evening. The facility offers a complete bar and dining service, and families can enjoy a day of friendly competition in an indoor driving range equipped with micro-chipped golf balls that monitor every swing.

the refinery

The Refinery

What: Charleston's newest happy hour music series

Where: 1640 Meeting Street, Charleston

The Refinery is Charleston’s newest mixed-use development featuring live music and events year-round at the 2,025-person capacity outdoor amphitheater. Additionally, they have introduced a new happy hour music series, The Refinery After 5. Enjoy live music every Thursday in April for just $10!

XO Brasserie

What: Modern take on Contonese and Sichuan Cuisine

Where 1090 Morrison Drive, Charleston

Nestled in Charleston’s Nomo district, Xo Brasserie invites you to an unparalleled dining experience. We weave together the vibrant tapestry of Chinese cuisine, highlighting Cantonese and Sichuan influences. The boasts a delectable array of small plates and larger, family-style portions, crafted with the freshest, high-quality ingredients.

If you're in search of new shops or restaurants, Charleston is the perfect destination.
This city is constantly evolving and exploring new horizons, making it an ideal place for those who crave constant growth and innovation.