Love to mix binge drinking with culture and history? Meet the Charles Towne Pub Stroll, a new tour of Charleston that focuses on historic drinking habits, Prohibition-era criminals, and centuries-old stories of Charleston’s past. Tour groups are led by guide and historian Alan Stello, who adds to the tours by dressing up in 18th century attire — tri-cornered hat, knee breaches, et al.
Stello leads groups of 20 every Friday and Saturday night through the historic district, stopping at different pubs to learn about the history of the place and taste the local brew. Groups average three to five pub stops a night, but the number can change based on the feel of the tour. Tourists and locals alike meet at Washington Square at 7 p.m. and wander the city for over two hours. Our favorite stop is the Blind Tiger, where Stello says patrons used to pay to enter the pub to see a “blind tiger” and upon entrance, received complimentary drinks. The pub used this technique to avoid breaking the law of selling alcohol during the probibition era. The Pub Stroll offers a bizarre, curious look into Charleston’s last 300 years while allowing visitors to experience Charleston from a local’s perspective.
Tours cost $15 (not including the price of your own drinks), and if you order online, you can save $2.