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A Charleston Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Enjoy golf, sun, and sand on the ultimate guys' Weekend in the Holy City.
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by Allyson Johnson
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Allyson Johnson
Wedding Planning Contributor
  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
  • Allyson has also written for WeddingWire, Brides.com, Brit + Co., and Bustle.
Updated May 12, 2021
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Find the perfect guys' getaway for the groom that loves to drink and eat, play some golf, and enjoy plenty of sun on a Charleston bachelor party. This small city is known for its Southern charm and has plenty to offer.

What Are Some Charleston Bachelor Party Ideas?

You'll find a whole load of Southern charm in Charleston, along with a ton of things to do. From spending the days at the beach or on the links to making your way from cocktail bar to cocktail bar and eating top notch Southern fare, this is the mecca for a good ol' boys weekend. Thank everyone for coming with some gifts from The Knot Shop.

For Beach Bums

If he's looking for sun and sand, look no further than just outside the city on Folly Beach, where you can find a surf-town vibe, and small downtown with good bars and restaurants. 

For the Foodies

Charleston is well known as a food capital in the US, and for good reason. This spot boasts tons of restaurants, from top-tier fine dining options to taco stands. You'll find everything from shrimp and grits to steakhouses here. Plus, a truly walkable downtown area that is outfitted with bar after bar for cocktails, rooftop views, and good beers.

For Those Who Want to Play

Pick your poison between a plethora of golf courses on offer in and around Charleston, as well as other game options including paintball and bowling. 

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Charleston?

There's a little something for everyone on a Charleston bachelor party, and our three-day itinerary in this charming southern town allows you to fit the most in just a long a weekend.

Day 1

Morning: Start your weekend with a Charleston favorite, Poogan's Porch, whose brunch menu includes cocktails (try the Zoe's Ice Coffee with espresso vodka, Bailey's Kahlua, and Coffee), as well as southern fare like chicken and waffles, sunrise shrimp and grits (served with ham gravy and sausage), or the Poogan's Monte Cristo. 
 
Afternoon: Get the weekend off to the right start by exploring Charleston. You can go by foot, checking out famous spots like Rainbow Row or the Battery, or consider getting to know Charleston in another way: On a brewery tour. The Crafted Travel Axe Throwing, Booze, and BBQ tour is a great one to choose. The tour includes a party bus, an ax throwing competition, a stop at a local brewery and distillery, and lunch at a great barbeque destination. You'll get five drinks included in the tour, plus some great memories. 
 
Evening: After dinner, make your way to Halls Chophouse for a night of prime steaks and good wine. Then make your way to Mercantile and Mash, a great spot to enjoy whiskey and beer, as well as some lively bocce ball. 

Day 2

Morning: Start the second day with brunch at the beloved Butcher & Bee, where you'll find an espresso bar, morning cocktails, and options that range from a pulled pork sandwich made with cheerwine BBQ sauce to a fried soft shell sandwich. More traditional offerings include a sausage, egg and cheese, and French toast made with peanut butter creme fraiche. 

Afternoon: Pick your game for today. Golfers should make their way over to Kiawah Island for the day, a 45 minute drive from downtown, to play a round at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a five championship golf course that's worth the tee time for its quality course as well as its stunning setting. If golf isn't your thing, try Paintball Charleston, which features 9 playing fields across 31 acres for you and your boys to have a little game of war. 
 
Evening: Start tonight with happy hour drinks at Charleston Distilling Co. where you'll find handmade small batch cocktails or flights available in their tasting room. After drinks, head to The Ordinary for a seafood dinner on King Street. You'll find a raw bar and seafood towers, along with options like crispy oyster sliders, Creole seafood gumbo, and a crispy tarvin white shrimp roll. After dinner, it's time to explore what downtown Charleston has to offer with a little bar hopping. Some must-tries along King Street include Prohibition for speakeasy-style creative cocktails; Proof, a more intimate space for cocktails and a great beer list; The Cocktail Club, a lounge with a lively scene and rooftop terrace; or Uptown Social, a great spot for frozen cocktails, beer, and live music on a great rooftop.

Day 3

Morning: For your last brunch, head to a Charleston mainstay, Stars, which offers rooftop seating with fantastic views, a build-your-own omelet station, and $4 Bloody Marys or $3 mimosas. 

Afternoon: Spend today on the water, or water adjacent, at Folly Beach. This fantastic spot is one of Charleston's best beaches, with a great surfer vibe (you can take lessons). You can just enjoy the sun and sand, or bring along some beach games to play. Make sure to grab lunch at Taco Boy while you're here, a great, affordable taqueria for tasty tacos, quesadillas, and nachos, plus margaritas and beer in walking distance to the beach. 

Evening: Back in the city head to High Cotton for your last dinner, a great spot for your last night if you want to go a bit classy. Menu options include shrimp and grits, tempura fried lobster tail, crab cakes, and rack of lamb. Close out the night—and the weekend—at The Alley, a retro-inspired bowling alley that also has a 40-foot bar for cocktails and beers.  

Where Should I Stay in Charleston for a Bachelor Party?

If you're in or near downtown, almost everything in Charleston is walkable. You can stay at larger houses on the outskirts or places like Folly Beach, but that will require a cab ride (easily available) into the city for your meals and fun. 

Best Charleston Charleston Party Hotels

  • Charleston Marriott is a wallet-friendly destination that includes modern rooms, an outdoor pool, and easy access to downtown and history Charleston. 
  • Tides Folly Beach is perfect for those looking for a resort vibe (big outdoor pool, lounge chairs and umbrellas) right on the beach. Though, you must not mind the drive into Charleston. 
  • The Hyatt House Charleston is where you want to be if you want to be in the heart of the action on Upper King Historic District. Free daily breakfast is included. 

Best Charleston Bachelor Party Home Rentals

  • The Gemstone is perfect for large groups (up to 16) looking to be in walking distance to everything and with a good budget to spend. The 8 bedroom/8 bath home is worth the cost for location alone. 
  • For small groups (up to 6) a Downtown Charmer offers three bedrooms in historic downtown Charleston, so you'll be in walking distance to everything you need. 
  • If you want to be both on the beach and on a budget, consider the Waters Edge Townhome, which sleeps up to 8 and is just steps to Folly Beach and a 15 minute drive into downtown Charleston. 
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