It's no secret I love to travel. I'm always planning my next trip. For me planning is half the fun. Anyways, earlier this year I realized that I had a Southwest Flight I needed to use before April. My husband is busy with work right now, so I decided to invite my Mom.
I searched where was an affordable place to go before April. While I would have loved to go to the Caribbean, it's obviously primetime there, so I decided I wanted to go to a city I haven't been to before. I settled on Boston, since flights were cheap and I got an awesome steal at a hotel (less than $100/night for a DoubleTree!).
I scoured the internet and put together a rough itinerary of where I wanted to go. My mom was just getting over an illness and I decided a few weeks before to give up alcohol for Lent, so I knew this wasn't go to be a "drinking" trip, which I wasn't upset about.
We flew out Thursday morning. The Sunday prior to our trip a major snowstorm hit Boston. While I was hoping for "warmer" (meaning like low's in 30's, high's in the 50's) for March (which locals said was normal temps for that time of year), that wasn't the case. We flew into 20 degree temperatures. I honestly had no clue how cold that was (Give me a break, I'm from the South and it rarely gets that cold!). We flew through BWI and our flight from BWI to Boston was on a Boeing 737-Max 8. I would say we were lucky to fly out the week before the flights were grounded, but I don't know if luck is the right word. It's a little frightening to read articles about issues with this type of plane. I do feel blessed we were spared any incidents.
After arriving in Boston, we dropped our things and headed to Harvard Square. Harvard Square was about a mile from our hotel. I was really hoping to be able to save some money and walk on this trip, but the cold temperatures proved to be too much for me. Luckily our hotel had a complimentary shuttle that took us to three central points. However, when we go there the shuttle wasn't due to run for a few hours so we grabbed an Uber.
The Harvard Square area was really cute and quaint. It was cool to be steps away from an Ivy League school. Can't say I've ever been remotely close to an Ivy League school. We strolled the square and grabbed lunch at the Russell House Tavern. This place stood out because the name of our student union at the University of South Carolina is the Russell House. I grabbed a bowl of French Onion Soup (mostly for the warmth) and split a burger with my mom. The food was good. It was quiet because it was a Thursday afternoon. I would love to go back at night and see the place come alive. We next stopped into a cute little boutique, where we got some tips on the area. Then we stopped into the bookstore before heading back.
Thursday night was quiet, as we were both exhausted and it was bitterly cold outside. I grabbed dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. It wasn't bad. I also realized that I could sit at a bar and enjoy a club soda and relax (no alcohol needed!).
Friday morning, I headed down to the hotel gym to try and complete the Crossfit Open 19.3 workout. The gym at the DoubleTree Suites in Cambridge was one of the nicer hotel gyms I've ever seen. I prefer when on vacation to not drop into Crossfit gyms and instead just do a hotel workout. Trying to arrange a travel schedule around a gym class schedule is really hard, so hotel gyms are great on the fly. The hotel gym had a C2 Rower and tons of dumbbells. Luckily all the workout called for was one 35 pound dumbbell and a 20-ish inch box or something to step up to. I found just that in the gym.
After my workout, my mom and I grabbed breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Unfortunately, breakfast was not very good and very much overpriced. After breakfast, we headed into town to start our day. I wanted to do the Freedom Trail, but with 10 plus inches of snow still on the ground, it was still a bit too cold to that. Our shuttle dropped us by the Aquarium, which is right near Faneiul Hall.
We headed to Faneiul Hall. Again, it was really quiet because it was a Friday morning. We checked out Quincy Market. Quincy Market is filled with little restaurant stalls. It reminded me of a HUGE hyper local food court. We didn't get a chance to eat at any of the stalls there just because we had recently eaten. We decided to shop a bit at some of the stores nearby. We stopped into a LOFT to try and find my mom a sweater for dinner. While there I noticed this warm jacket that I just had to have. The jacket was olive green (my favorite color!) and lined with fur (I'm guessing faux fur). It was certainly warmer than the coat I brought. I tried it on, it fit perfect. It was marked down to $40 from $200, so I scooped it up. I was lucky to also have bought some duck boots on Amazon for super cheap prior to the trip, which were a Godsend! (Here's a link to my Amazon store to buy them for yourself: www.amazon.com/shop/mooreaboutcharleston)
After switching into my new coat, we saw some Trolley Tour buses nearby. We decided since we couldn't walk Boston, this was a great alternative. It was $40 a person for two days, not bad. I figured we would spend that much just Ubering around the city. It was also good for my mom, since she was still recovering from being sick.
We hopped on the Trolley and enjoyed the narrated tour. The trolley took us to Charlestowne, North End, near Mass General Hospital, and then to Beacon Hill, where got off. I heard Beacon Hill was great for antique shopping, which I knew was something my mom would love.
My mom and I both loved Beacon Hill. It was just very iconic. We stopped into a few antique stores and found a place for lunch. We stopped into the Sevens Pub. The pub seemed like a great local spot (which I'm a huge fan of!). It was good to warm up and relax for a bit. I grabbed the Rachel Sandwich (turkey, coleslaw, Russian dressing) with Boston baked beans. My mom got a BLT. We both were amazed at how delicious this hole in the wall pub was. I 10/10 recommend this place and would love to go back. It just seemed quintessential Boston. The kitchen was at the bar, which I've never really seen before.
After eating, we wandered around Beacon Hill some more. While wandering, my mom mentioned how she was amazed at how upscale the neighborhood was, but also how much trash was on the ground. There were mini bottles and just trash on the side of the street. We assumed probably from when the plowed the street. Anyways, right after she stated that I looked down at the ground at the trash. In the trash I noticed what I thought was a $10 bill. It looked like Monopoly money honestly, so I was hesitant to dig through the trash on the ground to pick it up. Well, I decided what did I have to lose and picked it up. It ended up being $100 bill!
I felt this $100 bill truly was a blessing from God. I believe in luck, but I also believe in divine intervention. I believe God rewarded me with the coat that fit perfectly and was deeply discounted and this $100 bill for not drinking and for making good decisions with my life. I don't know, sounds a little crazy, but just my thoughts.
Anyways, below are some pics from the first half of our trip. Have to run, but more to come with part two! Stay tuned...
If you haven't had a chance, I encourage you to go check out part one of my recent Charleston food adventures. But don't worry, this isn't like the Hunger Games (maybe more like the Hungry Games) where you have to read part one to understand part two.
Anyways, this month I've made an effort to break out of the routine and check out places that typically fall off our radar. One of these places is Locals in Mount Pleasant. We used to go to Locals every now and then. Their sushi is truly the best in the city. However, their service was just plain awful. After a not so pleasant experience where we waited an hour and a half for food, we decided not to go back. However, a couple Friday's ago, we were really craving sushi and wanted something different. We love Zen here in West Ashley, but really wanted Local's sushi. Since it has been several years since we last went, we decided to give it a shot. First, we were impressed with how much nicer it was inside. Next, we were impressed with the expansion of their menu. Lastly, the service was 1000 times better. We had a couple apps and each ordered two rolls. It was as a good as we remembered! I eyed a piece of cake as it was coming out the kitchen and we decided to indulge in a piece of cake to top off the experience.
A few days later, as a new Yelp Elite member, I had the opportunity to join the Yelp squad at Tijuana Flats in Summerville. I couldn't pass up the opportunity because I love Tijuana Flats. T. Flats (as we call it) is one of my favorite places to eat when visiting my in-laws in Fort Lauderdale. I got to experience the Hidden Menu with the Yelp squad. I started out with a Sangria and beefy chips and queso. Both were equally delicious. Next, we had the "Atomic Bombs" which was a jalapeno popper-esque dish. I typically shy away from jalapenos, but decided to give it a try. It wasn't spicy at all and was super delicious. The next course was a Mexican pizza. It was thin and loaded with all the toppings. As my first Yelp experience, I made the rookie mistake of eating a little too much too soon. I was starting to get full, but still wanted to experience every dish. I decided to slow down and just take a few bites of the pizza and the next course, which was a taco. We finished the experience with some yummy churros. I am definitely looking forward to my next Yelp experience.
For Valentine's Day, my husband and I made reservations at R. Kitchen in West Ashley. For our anniversary last year, we experienced R. Kitchen downtown. The West Ashley location is literally right down the street from our house. It blends in with the surroundings and has no real signage, so it is literally a secret spot. The West Ashley location has all bar seats. We sat at the bar and noticed the variety of bottles of wine in front of us. The wine was complimentary with the meal, which was a nice addition. The Chef focused on quintessential "Valentine's Dishes". We started with a Crab Bisque with corn and a coconut milk base. It was so light and delicious .The next dish we had was an "egg roll". The chef used his Mexican heritage to make this more into a "Mexican Egg Roll". I only sampled this dish, as I didn't want to fill up like I did at Tijuana Flats. The next course was "salmon roll". I was anticipating some type of sushi, but was pleasantly surprised when he started plating with molé. The dish was salmon, inside phyllo and brie, atop a chocolatey molé, This was one of my favorite dishes. The next course was a steak and mushroom dish, with a warm cheese sauce a top. We finished the night with a chocolate lava cake with sea salt. I loved the sea salt addition!
We also recently checked out Harold's Cabin downtown for a Saturday happy hour drink and snack. I loved the vibe of this place. It was like a local neighborhood restaurant/coffee shop, but with a funky flare. I ordered the daily coffee cocktail. The bartender really sold me on it. It was delicious and sweet. We also ordered some hush puppies. They were huge and delicious. My favorite part about this experience was the neighborhood kids popping in, grabbing a bottle (yes, old school bottle) of Coke. The bartender told us the kids frequent the spot and that he knows most of their parents. Some parents don't allow the kids to have Cokes, so he has to keep an eye out to make sure they aren't sneaking them. I was reminded of how we need more spots like this in Charleston. I look forward to going back to Harold's Cabin for dinner sometime or even to grab coffee in the morning.
So if you checked out my last post, my word of the year was moderation. Part of this was learning how to eat in moderation. Charleston is full of amazing restaurants. If I stuck to a very restrictive diet, I would miss out on all that Charleston has to offer.
In January, I decided that instead of doing a "typical" diet, I would do something that I felt would be helpful for me. I cut out meat for the month. While there wasn't a "diet" undertone about it. It was something I did to simplify life. I would be less to tempted to stop at McDonald's if I couldn't get chicken nuggets. I would be more likely to order a salad or fish option at dinner instead of a burger. I came to learn what works for me, is simply that, something that works for me. I didn't need nor want the advice of a nutritionist or someone who "claims" to know nutrition. I did something that meant something to me.
Outside of eating junk food from time to time, I feel I live a relatively healthy lifestyle. I exercise about 5-6 days a week. I don't smoke, vape, or do anything harmful to my body. I've cut down on alcohol and soda consumption. Along the way I had those telling me that what I was doing made no sense. That "soy" nuggets were worse then regular nuggets, etc. I took their opinion with a grain of salt. It wasn't about how healthy the nugget was, it was about setting my mind to something and achieving it.
So that brings me to this point. I made it the whole month of January without eating meat or fast food. I rewarded myself by trying out the famous "Tavern Burger" at Little Jack's. Throughout the month of January I kept reading post after post about this burger. I had to try it. It lived up to it's rave reviews. It was velvety, which is a word I wouldn't use to describe a burger. It was greasy, but not dripping with grease. Just enough grease so it wasn't dry. The special sauce was used sparingly so it didn't take over the burger. It was worth every bite and the wait. Pretty sure the bartender at Little Jack's thought I hadn't eaten a bite in a month.
During that weekend, I also stopped into Edmund's Oast Brewing Company at Pacific Box & Crate (also known as the Workshop). My husband was rounding out his Whole30 (I may have caused him to do a Whole27 instead...oops, but he did do a few days before the snow storm and then started after), but anyways I was dying to try their food after popping in there for a drink a few days prior. We ended up getting a pizza and their spicy fries. It was worth every bite. The spicy fries were amazing, and super spicy. I typically shy away from spicy food, but could not stop eating these.
On Sunday, we went to church at Seacoast, and then stopped into our new favorite neighborhood breakfast spot, the Gathering Cafe. The Gathering Cafe is located literally across the street from our house. We passed by it all the time, but never stopped in until a guy at a bar literally wouldn't stop talking about it. I tried the Avocado Toast for the first time and it was probably the best Avocado Toast I've ever had. I also had a Mimosa, which was like $4, and large as well. If you haven't had a chance, stop into Gathering Cafe. If you blink you may miss it because it's small and slightly hidden.
Anyways, I've actually gotten a lot better about taking photos before indulging. Here are some mouthwatering photos of my food adventures. Stay tuned for part two of my Charleston food adventures including my first Yelp event and our Valentine's Date Night.
September marks my five year anniversary in Charleston. Five years and four apartments/condos/houses later. Some days it seems like the time has flown, and some days I think back to five years ago and feel like that was forever ago. Anyways, in my five years of living here, I've never really had a "night out" on Folly. I've spent many-a-beach days on Folly and have dined and partook in many-a-drinks at the restaurant and bars around Folly during daylight hours. I had never ventured to Folly at night just because (except for NYE which was a for a house party).
This past Saturday, on a whim, my husband and I decided to go to Folly. We wanted something different, outside of our usual West Ashley joints. We act like Folly is so far away, when it reality it's less than a 20 minute drive. We decided we wanted it to be a low key night so we threw on our shorts and t-shirts and headed over to Woody's on Folly. We were those people who brought our computer to a bar/restaurant since we wanted to stream the Crossfit Games (this is the Super Bowl for us Crossfitters). Woody's was just the spot for that.
Woody's is this little pizza joint a block from Folly Beach. It is a dive, by all definitions. It has plenty of outdoor picnic tables on their deck. It was shaded, and you could feel the ocean breeze. What I was amazed about Woody's was how cheap the food and beer was. I've long complained that in the five years I've lived here, I've seen Charleston go from a reasonably affordable drinking town, to an upperclass, expensive city. I was fascinated to see Woody's had Bud Light on draft for $2.75 regular price (non-happy hour). You can also get bottled domestic beer for $2.95. I couldn't tell you another Charleston restaurant/bar where you can get a bottle of Mich Ultra for under $3. The pizza was good (it's not gourmet), but for $2.50 a slice (and a decent size slice at that), it's a worth it. (They also deliver to houses on Folly, which we found out on NYE). We ended up with a salad, three slices of pizza, and like five beers (between the two of us) and got out of there for less than $40.
After Woody's we decided to venture over to Snapper Jack's and take in their rooftop deck. This was my first time on top of Snapper Jack's. It was nice to feel the ocean breeze from the top deck. I was surprised to see that Snapper Jack's and the Irish Bar across the street, turns into quite a party spot on a Saturday night. Again, I was surprised at the how cheap the drinks were for a beach bar. I paid $4 for a vodka soda. I will say I'm not one to write negatively about a place, but the bartender had quite the attitude and it took me 10 minutes to flag her down after she intentionally skipped past me multiple times and to attend to people who had just walked up to the bar. (My husband and I joke that I am maven of bad service!).
Overall, it was a nice cheap night out. It was a break from our norm. When you live this close to the beach, you sometimes get spoiled and forget to sit back and take it all in.
Working from home is great. I don't miss office life at all. BUT I do miss people. When you work from home you have to make a conscious effort to get out the house and be a productive member of society. Thankfully I have my gym friends, so that usually gets me out the house for an hour a day. Some days, I crave more than just an hour of civilization. I like a good happy hour, but some days I don't feel like drinking. That is where the coffee shop comes in handy.
I have to admit, I am bit of Starbucks junkie. Gold card member since 2015. There is literally a Starbucks right across the street from my house. As much as I love Starbucks, it gets noisy, and crowded. It's also not a local business. I realized there are so many other local coffee shops that I was missing out on. So I went on a journey to discover all the local coffee shops in Charleston. Here's where I went.
Sojourn is a quaint little coffee shop located across from the Starbucks near my house. Sojourn is not your modern/techie coffee shop. It is family owned and provides a very nice atmosphere. The coffee is good. I like that their ice coffee comes with the "good" crushed up ice. Their breakfast sandwiches are to die for. Literally, my favorite breakfast sandwich. The pricing is relatively close to Starbuck's pricing ($4 or so for the sandwich, $3-4 for coffee). It serves as a central gathering spot for politicians and those involved in the West Ashley community. It can get quite noisy when they are having their roundtable discussions.
Vintage Coffee is located across the bridge from me in Mt. Pleasant. I really like Vintage Coffee's outdoor space. I decided to venture to Vintage Coffee on a nice day to get out the house. I had my roof of my Jeep so I wanted to drive a bit and ended up there. It was a weekday early afternoon when I went. I was taken back by how crowded it was. It wasn't even lunch time or a prime time. The parking lot was full and I had to park next to the shopping center next door. All the picnic tables were full, so I grabbed my iced coffee and sat outside. The coffee was okay, nothing remarkable, but as I looked around me, people were ordering food. The food looked amazing. I have had their avocado toast there in the past and it was great. I enjoyed sitting on the porch looking out at people and cars passing by. It is definitely a family friendly place, so if you have kids, I would recommend taking them there. (They have a playground out back). I would definitely go back. (Maybe when the weather is a little cooler, with a laptop it can get quite hot outside and feels like my laptop is literally baking).
Collective Coffee was probably my least favorite coffee shop, although I hit it right before it closed for the day. I ordered an iced green tea. It was okay. I've heard the food there is fantastic, but haven't had a chance to try it out. The inside is a little quiet and stiff. If you are truly looking for a place to hunker down and study or churn out some work, then this is the place. They have a couple tables outside. I met a friend there and it was nice to be able to sit outside and chat for a bit.
Black Tap Coffee
Out of all of my coffee ventures, Black Tap was probably my favorite. The only downside is the lack of parking right there. I did the park and pray and at a meter with no change. I managed to get away with parking for two hours with no ticket. Anyways, the space inside is small. The day I went it was raining so everyone was inside. There was a small outdoor place to sit. I grabbed a latte. I typically don't drink hot drinks in the summer, but I was wet from the rain and it was a bit chilly, inside so I went with it. I found a small little spot with my own table. I liked how the crowd was diverse. You had working professionals (like myself) and some college aged kids (it is downtown, so that makes sense, although college was out at that time). The latte was AMAZING. Probably the best cup of coffee I have ever had. I slurped it down and debated getting another. I was able to work for a few hours from Black Tap. It did get a little loud and crowded at times, with people literally sitting on top of each other. Other than that, I HIGHLY recommend.
Other Honorable Mentions
Although, I did not visit these places during my coffee journey, I have visited both Kudu and Normandy Farms on Broad Street. Kudu is a great spot to grab coffee and a beer. It is on a highly trafficked area of King Street, so it's not ideal for parking. If you are within walking distance, I highly recommend going.
Normandy Farms also deserves an honorable mention. When I worked at the Brandon Agency on Broad Street, I would walk to Normandy pretty much every day and get a shot of espresso or an Iced Coffee. The sandwiches there are to die for. I would highly recommend it for a grab and go spot, but not necessarily one to sit and stay for a while. Although, there is a group of older gentleman who gather their daily and chat about politics and current events.
You could probably drink at a different Charleston Brewery for a month and still not hit them all, it seems. Every day you hear about a new brewery opening, moving locations, or hosting a new festival or event. I've had the opportunity to go to several Charleston Breweries since moving here five years ago. Five years ago, due to state laws that limited the servings breweries could provide patrons, there were only a few breweries. The main three I can remember from that time are Westbrook, Palmetto, and Holy City. Now there are dozens! Below are a list of the ones I've gone to and my thoughts on each.
Holy City is one of the originals and is probably the first brewery I went to in Charleston. The first time I went to Holy City I was nervous. It is not necessarily in the "nicest" area of town, and it is hard to find because it is behind a building off the main road. What I like about Holy City is the indoor/outdoor feel. It is a great spot in the spring and fall when it's not scorching out and it's not chilly. Holy City is probably my favorite brewery when it comes to actual beer. I love their Holy City Washout Wheat and their Pluff Mud Porter. I will say the last time we went to Holy City (probably about three or four months ago), it was the first "hotter" day of the year and the bugs were out in full force. Also, it wreaks of garbage and rot because they keep all their brewery supplies outside.
I've only gone to Palmetto once or twice since being Charleston. I like the fact it is downtown and it had a nice feel inside. I honestly don't have a strong opinion on the brewery because it didn't leave a lasting impression. I remember their being live music outside, but it was a chilly night. I don't recall off the top of my head what I drank or how I liked it. I know Palmetto beers are in a lot of other bars (their tap is made of Palmetto leaves and is pretty eyecatching), however, I don't typically gravitate to their beers for some unknown reason.
Revelry is probably one of my favorite breweries since they have added their rooftop space. It is pretty easy to get to from my house (literally a 5 minute drive on 26). There is typically plenty of parking and you can walk to Home Team BBQ, Edmund's Oast, and a few other downtown spots as well. The Rooftop is a cool space to hang out. It gets pretty crowded on a nice day. The overall crowd is younger. They do have a few sandwiches and food items on site, which is great. Revelry's beers are okay. They have a pretty decent wheat beer (in case you can't tell, I'm a huge wheat/light beer fan.) The downstairs and picnic table area is nice too. Again, they have a great indoor/outdoor feel .
When it was announced a year ago that Frothy Beard was moving from North Charleston to a shopping center right across the street from us, we were ecstatic. What made it even better was they were partnering with one of our all time favorite food trucks, Zombie Bob's Pizza. We were so excited about Frothy Beard's opening that we went the first day they opened. Overall, I like the space, but since it also draws a lot of people because of Zombie Bob's it gets really crowded with the tables and people sitting down and eating pizza. We've gone back several times and each time had an issue. The bar space is really tight, so there is not a good place to come up and grab a beer from the bartender. You have to wait in line to get a beer, order food, or just close out your tab. It's quite frustrating when the line is long. The lines have since died down a little and it isn't so bad. The first couple times we went we would order a slice or a whole pizza with no issue.
About a month or so ago, my husband and I decided to stop in for a beer and a slice before heading to the Riverdogs game. We were meeting a friend who had our tickets at the gate of the stadium so we were on a tight schedule. We had an hour to kill so we decided to just go ahead and grab a bite and a beer. When we got there we went to the bar and ordered a beer and our food. My husband ordered a slice of pizza with some toppings, I ordered just a cheese slice. We sat down, enjoyed our beer. After about 20 minutes we were starting to wonder where our food was. We had about 30 minutes until we had to leave for the game. We didn't want to be "those" people so we just continued to wait. After about 30 minutes, we went up to the kitchen and inquired. They said it was coming right up. My husband's slice came out about 5 minutes later, and my very basic slice didn't. I waited another 10 minutes for my slice before following up again. They said they just put it in the oven. Five minutes later we had to go. I asked if they could wrap my slice up to go. We waited and still no pizza! We ended up asking for a refund for my slice (since I never received it). The fact that we had to ask to be refunded and they didn't offer, infuriated me. I am not a difficult customer, but some customer service skills go a long way with me. Anyways, we went to the bar where they "supposedly" refunded our money to our card. The refund never came through.
After that horrible experience I had no desire to go back, but since it was right near the house other friends of ours liked it, we decided to go back a few weeks later. My husband got there before I did (about 10 minutes or so), and ordered our food knowing it may take a while. Again, I ordered just a cheese slice. Again, we waited 30 plus minutes for our food, with our breadsticks coming out after our food. From what I gathered, if you order a cheese slice, you apparently get pushed to the back of the line. We went back to Frothy Beard this weekend (because again it's like .25 miles from our house). This time we ordered a whole pie to split with four people and breadsticks. Surprisingly the food came out pretty quick. Lesson learned, always order a whole pie, even if you want the slice. My biggest complaint from this past weekend was that they were out of pretty much all of their beers. I ended up with the Low Tide (a guest tap) Wheat. It was really, really good. (Side note, the manager of Zombie Bob's reached out to me. He was quite nice and apologized profusely. A little apology goes a long way with me!)
Low Tide Brewery
A few weeks back, after a few drinks in West Ashley, we decided to meet some friends over at Low Tide Brewery on Johns Island. Other than the brewery being quite the haul from our house, I really liked it. It had the traditional/industrial brewery feel. I felt like I was at a legit brewery and not a restaurant. They had a lot of picnic tables inside with corn hole boards inside as well. I don't recall what I drank, however, as I mentioned above, I really liked their Wheat beer. I would definitely love to go back, it's just so far away from us.
We went to Twisted Cypress a few Saturday's ago after attending a Derby party. It was a group of about five of us. The brewery is right around the corner from our gym so we were eager to try it out. Surprisingly the place was dead for a Saturday. I could tell the place has a more laid back vibe (not trying to be as trendy as Frothy Beard). They had some good live music, but again there was no one there. We played corn hole outside, however, the corn hole boards were next to a fence and if you (drunkenly) overthrow the beanbag, it lands it someones yard and is hard to retrieve. The beer was good. Again, I'm not sure what I had. I just wish the place had a more lively vibe. I wish it was a happy medium between dead and Frothy Beard. I would love and try it again.
My Favorite Place
My favorite place to grab a local brew is a place called Craft Conundrum. Craft, as we call it, has a ton (not sure the exact number but thinking like 50+) brews on tap. Most of their beer is local. The owners are amazing and treat you like family. We have been going to Craft since they opened three or so years ago. The owner used to operate the Beer Garden in the old Piggly Wiggly (grocery store) next door. When the Pig closed, he renovated the space next door. Originally it was more a retail space, but over time it became more a bar scene. Craft, unfortunately, doesn't have a really vibrant outdoor space, like some of the other spots, but that's what makes it such a great winter bar. I love going to Craft and trying out all the local brews. They typically have food trucks on the weekend. One of my husband and I's favorite things to do is go across the street and get sushi at our favorite sushi restaurant (Zen), then head over to Craft and have a couple beers. They also have Cards Against Humanity and some other games, so it's fun to go with friends, grab some beers, and play some games.
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.