There’s something about sipping on a cold beer or fancy cocktail while taking in live tunes. Whether you’re hoping to catch a small, local act or a widely acclaimed artist performance, chances are you’ll find live music in Charleston, SC, regardless of when you’re visiting. Read on for some of our favorite venues. Then, be sure to check out our complimentary Destination Guide for more great suggestions to include in your itinerary.
10 of the Coolest Venues for Live Music in Charleston, SC
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
1. The Charleston Pour House
If you’re in the mood for chill vibes, outdoor and indoor stages, and a relaxed atmosphere, check out the Charleston Pour House while you’re in town. Be sure to check their calendar for events!
For fans of: funk, progressive, alt-rock, Americana, country, blues, jam bands, reggae, blues, and rock and roll
2. Music Farm
The Music Farm hosts everything from local, up-and-coming bands to internationally renowned artists! The large open setting makes it easy to enjoy the act from just about any angle!
For fans of: rock, hip-hop, EDM, bluegrass, country, jam, and alt-rock
3. The Commodore
For a more upscale, classy experience, The Commodore is a great place to spend your evening. Admire the perfect combination of vintage brass hardware, green velvet bar stools, and glossy black tiles beneath beautifully lit chandeliers.
For fans of: jazz, funk, dancing, and crafty cocktails
4. Charleston Music Hall
Featuring everything from concerts and dance to theater and comedy, the Charleston Music Hall sets the scene for a regal experience. The 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture adds a nice touch as well. In May and June, you can even catch a Spoleto Festival event here.
For fans of: chamber music, classical, orchestra, jazz, contemporary, country, tributes, rock, blues, singer-songwriter stylings, and more
Step back in time, enjoy a delicious meal paired with creative cocktails, and take in the elegant lively atmosphere of this unique restaurant, bar, and venue.
For fans of: delicious food, swing, salsa, jazz, blues, soul, and Cuban jazz
6. The Royal American
For a more kicked-back atmosphere, you might want to check out the Royal American. You’ll appreciate the local vibes and neighborly feel as well as excellent tunes provided by Charleston-favorites as well as touring artists.
For fans of: rock and roll, blues, Americana, punk, indie, alt-rock, and more
Additional Venues to Consider:
- The Coliseum and Performing Arts Center
- The Rooftop at the Vendue
- Tin Roof
- The Cocktail Club
Kiawah Island Music Events
If you’re not up for leaving Kiawah Island for the night, you can check out the Music on the Green series in the summer! In November, you should consider attending Kiawah’s Weekend of Jazz, hosted by GRAMMY-winning, Earl Klugh.
Retreat to Kiawah Island
After an eventful evening, finding your groove in the Charleston, SC, live music scene, return to Andell Inn on Kiawah Island. Here, you can relax in sophisticated accommodations adorned with stylish decor and furnishings. Spend your days relaxing by the saltwater pool then spend your evening at the Porch Bar. What are you waiting for?
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