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Charleston, South Carolina

Disclaimer: I had a goal to visit all 50 states before I turned 30 years old (2020). I did it! I blogged about some of the experiences and want to bring them over to my new blog. This trip was in 2016 but all businesses mentioned are still open as of March 1, 2023.

I’m finally sitting down to write my blog about our South Carolina trip.


I went with my (ex) coworker and friend, Erin. We flew out of Chicago and into Greenville, SC. which is about 3 hours away from Charleston. We landed pretty late and decided to hit up the first bar we could find. Let me tell you… it was top 5 towniest townie bars I have ever seen. There was karaoke aaaand I’m pretty sure there were some hard drugs going on in the bathroom. (no, neither of us did drugs. thanks for checking). Somehow, though, we did manage to get pretty drunk ($3 fireball shots, that’s how) and Erin made friends with half the people in the bar.

The 3 hour drive the next morning was not pleasant AND we had pre-purchased tickets for a brewery tour. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to make it. I ate a hash brown from McDonalds because I was so hungover and I can’t tell you the last time I had one of those (I didn’t regret it, still don’t).

We made our way to downtown Charleston and got on this brewery tour bus. We were with ALL men – a Bachelor party and then a few stragglers. We visited 4 different breweries – Holy City, Coast Brewing, Palmetto Brewing and one more that I don’t remember the name of.

For obvious reasons, that’s the only thing we did that day. We went to a gas station, bought a bottle of wine, ordered some pizza and went to the hotel room to pass out.

Sunday, we decided to go sight-seeing and be touristy for a bit. We went to Ft. Sumtner, the Charleston City Market, and just wandered around the shoreline and more of downtown. I loved the Charleston City Market – it was such a vibe.

We checked out a lot of local bars as well and ate some seafood at Pearl’s Oyster Bar (including an oyster shot – which was essentially a shot of bloody mary with an oyster floating in it).

girls outside brewery in south carolina

Monday morning we had to get up reaaaal early to drive back to Greenville and catch our flight.

All in all it was a good trip. We ate too much, drank too much and saw so much of Charleston. I’d definitely go back there some day.


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