This Sat. April 1 marks the 40th annual Cooper River Bridge Run and restaurants, bars, and breweries all over town are celebrating. The fun starts tomorrow, Fri. March 31 with night-before deals at various locations, as well as kid-friendly activities like the annual kids run and Wonderfest at Hampton Park. From live music to beer specials to healthy-ish post-run eats, the city is happy to cater to the over 36,000 runners storming downtown this Saturday. Here’s how to join in the fun.
Doors open at 9 a.m. at Fish where the first 40 runners in the door receive a complimentary split of sparkling wine. The restaurant will also feature $3 mimosas, Bloody Marys, house beer, and wine with any order of a menu item ($5 sans menu item). You can snag an $8 iced dirty mocha made with cold brew and Godiva chocolate liqueur along with menu specials like the gold medal grain bowl made with Szechuan tofu, a slow-poached egg, Mepkin Abbey mushrooms, over Carolina Gold rice.
Forget getting over it — the Rec Room hosts an under the Bridge Run cookout from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday with PBR games, burgers, hotdogs, and plenty of swag.
The Alley offers a free Charleston Mix mini bottle to the first 50 runners in the door, starting at 9:30 a.m. Live music kicks off at 10 a.m. with Return of the Mac and High 5. Runners can enjoy a Bloody Mary bar and menu items like breakfast spring rolls, chicken and waffle sliders, and egg and white cheddar sandwiches.
Grab cocktails on the Creek at Tavern & Table with specials all weekend, starting Friday night with a special carb feature. And while you’re there, pop on over to Red’s Ice House for live music and drink specials all weekend long. Check out Operation Irie Reggae and the Lauren Hall band on Saturday.
The Rooftop at the Vendue will feature $5 Bellini’s, Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas all day starting at 10 a.m.
Doors open at 10 a.m. at the recently re-opened The Brick, where runners can check out a Bloody Mary bar along with other drink specials. Josh and Matt play live music starting at 11 a.m. and the party keeps going later Saturday night with the fourth annual fire party, featuring live music from Dan’s Tramp Stamp. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit MUSC’s pediatric burn patients and their families.
Bay Street Biergarten is home to one of Charleston’s biggest Bloody Marys, with 32 gallons of Charleston Bloody Mary mix and Dixie Vodka whipped up on the spot. Doors open at 10 a.m. and runners can check out drink specials like $5 Bold Rock cider and Sweetwater 420, as well as $3 Michelob. There will be a breakfast buffet, too, $18 for adults and $14 for kids.
Get down at Mellow Mushroom‘s downtown location with an after party luau starting at 9 a.m. Live music kicks off at 10 a.m. and runners can cool down with $3 domestic beers and $4 Tiki cocktails and Scorpion bowls.
Mellow’s Mt. Pleasant location will have both a pre-Bridge Run takeout dinner (two large one-topping pizzas, 10 wings and a gallon of tea) as well as mimosa, Bloody Mary, and local craft beer specials the day of the Bridge Run. Snack on $5 pretzel bites all day, too.
The Macintosh hosts Burgers, Brats, and Beers starting at 9 a.m. You can expect the aforementioned three B’s, as well as drink specials and live Bluegrass music.
The unofficial Bridge Run after party kicks off at 10 a.m. at Revelry Brewing Co. with live music from Deadwin starting at noon.
Cumberland Smokehouse capitalizes on both the Bridge Run and the Final Four this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with drink specials like $3 Budlight drafts and $4 Jameson and Fireball. The party “re-kicks off” at 6 p.m. with the Gamecocks Final Four game on all TVs.
Run (or maybe lightly jog, we know you’re tired) to Palmetto Brewing Co. starting at 11 a.m. where you can check out live music from Red Cedar Review, Strung Like A Horse, Southern Flavor Bluegrass, and John Cusatis. There will also be food trucks and, of course, beer.
Eleve’s rooftop party starts at noon and features bottomless mimosas for $12 and mini Moet bottles ($19).
You could run the bridge … or you could watch a bunch of other suckers do it. Head to The Shelter before, after, or during the race for food and drink specials and live music. Doors open at 7 a.m. and guests can check out $4 Barefoot Spritzer cans and $3 Budlight drafts, Ultra drafts and bottles, and Truly bottles.
Snag brunch at Merc and Mash, which launches its Saturday brunch this Saturday, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out brunch specials like a huevos rancheros wrap and spicy chicken biscuit and wash ’em down with mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Tommy Condon’s has live music and food and drink specials all weekend, too.
Enjoy drink specials, a beer garden, Cuban breakfast, live music, and, of course, college basketball, at Burns Alley.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. you can enjoy cold drinks, including Bloody Marys and mimosas at Fleet Landing.
Home Team BBQ downtown opens at 10 a.m. this Saturday with courtyard specials.
At Fuel you can snag $3 Harpoon UFO’s all day long in addition to other drink specials. Head back later Saturday night for college basketball on all of the bar’s TVs.
O-Ku opens at 11 a.m. offering their usual fare of sushi and sake, along with some spicy Sriracha Bloody Marys.
Head to Le Farfalle at 10 a.m. for all-day drink specials like $5 Bloody Marys, mimosas, and draft beer, $2 Budweiser, and $7 Aperol spritz and sangria. Later that night you can watch the Gamecocks on the bar TV and enjoy some soft-shell crab specials.
The Darling opens at 11 a.m. serving up its full menu until 2 p.m. (the raw bar will be open from 2-4 p.m.). Snag $4 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys.