How to Explore the Kiawah Island Nightlife

Most visitors travel to Kiawah Island for a slow-paced, relaxing vacation, but when the sun goes down people are looking for exciting bars and venues for shows or concerts. If you’re traveling to the area and wondering about the Kiawah Island nightlife, read on to learn more about the best places on the island to go. Kiawah is just a short drive from downtown Charleston as well, so many people choose to venture into the city for a night out. To find out more about attractions, activities, and restaurants in the area, request access to our complimentary Destination Guide.

A Guide to Kiawah Island Nightlife

Theaters and Concerts

While Kiawah Island is a paradise in itself, if you’re looking to catch a show or attend a concert, you’ll have to head about 30 minutes southeast into downtown Charleston. Here, you’ll discover a handful of beautiful theaters, including Dock Street Theatre, which is known as America’s first performing theater. You can also attend shows at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, PURE Theatre, Footlight Players Theatre, and 34 West. Catch a hilarious comedy show at Theatre 99, or check out who’s playing a concert at the Music Hall or Music Farm.

Bars & Restaurants on Kiawah Island

The bar scene on Kiawah Island is a bit more laid-back then the typical nightlife scene you might find in a big city. If you want to stay close to the hotel, try some of the many bars and restaurants on the island. Grab a few evening drinks from the oceanside bar at the Ryder Cup Bar and catch a beautiful sunset over the sea. From Red’s Ice House on Seabrook Island, you’ll have a stunning view of Bohicket Marina as you sip a refreshing beer or a tasty frozen drink. For a more active drinking experience, you can visit McCann’s Irish Pub, which features bar games and late-night food options.

Downtown Charleston

Travelers looking for a more high-energy nightlife scene will want to travel into downtown Charleston, where there are bars and restaurants galore. At night, upper King Street turns into a party with people walking from bar to bar, stopping for late-night ice cream, or waiting for food by one of the many food trucks. For fancy cocktails, you should head to Proof, 492 King, or The Belmont. If you’re seeking out a dive bar scene, Big Gun Burger Shop, Recovery Room, and Burn’s Alley all fit the bill. Next time you’re in the are, you should experience a stay in the downtown area at the beautiful new Hotel Bella Grace located in the heart of the historic district.

Stay at Andell Inn

When you’re seeking a break from everyday life, come stay at the Andell Island for a relaxing, tropical getaway. During the day, you’ll be just minutes from the beach, where you can unwind while soaking in the sun or embark on an adventure and try a water sport. In the evenings, you can experience Kiawah Island’s nightlife or make the short trip into downtown Charleston to explore the city’s bar and restaurant scene.

The King Studio Apartment rooms are perfect for couples traveling together with a large living and working area, a comfortable king-size bed, a sleeper sofa, and a full kitchen. Grab some groceries from the store, which is just moments away from the hotel in Freshfields Village, and whip up a delicious meal in your room! The kitchen features a fridge, freezer, oven with stove top, microwave, and dishwasher.

View of the King Studio Apartment

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