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Live music is always bumpin’ in the Holy City. To help you find the spot that fits your vibe, City Paper put together a rundown of Charleston bars, restaurants and venues that offer live music on the regular. 

Awendaw Green 

The grounds at Awendaw Green are a home away from home for musicians. An old barn doubles as the stage for the outdoor music space that is always buzzing with food tents, craft vendors and bonfires. 

The Bounty Bar

The Royal American’s Folly Beach joint, The Bounty Bar, has relaxed counter service, an outdoor patio, a full bar and a full schedule of local music — complete with Royal’s signature swinging lights. 

Charleston Music Hall

The elegant Music Hall downtown has seen big names come through over the years, while maintaining its reputation for showcasing local musicians with diverse tribute shows and small, intimate concerts. 

The Charleston Pour House

The Pour House fuses the music community together with daily indoor and outdoor concerts and special events in the back parking lot, like its weekly Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. 

The Commodore 

A late-night place downtown to get your boogie on and sip craft cocktails. The hole in the wall has rotating house bands nightly and tables you can reserve ahead of time — not to mention a disco ball. 

Firefly Distillery

Firefly Distillery is a major proponent of music. Every Saturday from 1-4 p.m., you can catch live music on the porch or attend a concert at the venue’s larger stage out in the field. Food trucks and a full bar are part of the experience.

Forte Jazz Lounge

Forte Jazz Lounge offers music five nights a week. It’s just as likely that you can catch a Grammy-winning musician as you can see a local trio covering jazz standards in this romantic atmosphere. 

Music Farm

The recently reopened venue is in high gear making up for lost time. Catch regional acts from every genre imaginable plus local-centric shows like salsa night, emo night and themed dance parties.

Tin Roof 

This beloved gem is a local watering hole that doubles as a music venue multiple nights a week. The well-worn bar is a hub for underground punk and alt-rock acts. 

The Royal American

The Royal American’s iconic stage has seen a lot of traffic over the years. With its affordable food specials and comfy pub atmosphere, Royal is your one-stop shop on Fridays and Saturdays if you’re in the mood for a good show, good food and a giant cup of Rum Punch.

The Purple Buffalo 

The Purple Buffalo on King Street Extension has been a major advocate for up-and-coming acts in the Charleston hip-hop and indie scene and is a great space for parties and art pop-ups. 

Woodlands Nature Reserve

Whether you want to go camping or see live music (or both!), Woodlands Nature Reserve is a great option for relaxing with family and friends to reconnect with nature.  


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