Charleston Music Venues - Extra Chill

Charleston Music Venues

If you're looking for live music in Charleston, South Carolina, then you've come to the right place. From restaurants with live jazz music to dive bars hosting indie rock shows, Charleston has it all. Whether you're a tourist visiting Charleston for a weekend, or a touring band looking to book a show in the Holy City, this page should prove very helpful for you.

On this page you will find a directory of Charleston music venues and other places to see live music. The venues are listed in alphabetical order, and are located both in downtown Charleston and the surrounding area.

The best way to navigate this page is to scroll down until you see a genre you're interested in, and then read the blurb to find out more.

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Last updated 8/7/18

Awendaw Green - Rock/Jam/Folk/Country

Awendaw Green is a bit of a drive from downtown Charleston, but the unique vibe and scenic atmosphere makes it well worth the journey up Highway 17. They bring in all sorts of artists from the lowcountry and beyond, and have them play on their outdoor barn stage. For a one-of-a-kind concert experience at a laid-back venue, make your way out to the next show at Awendaw Green.

4853 U.S. 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
(843) 452-1642

The Barrel - Rock/Jam/Funk

The Barrel is located on Folly Road, a little more than halfway between the James Island connector and Folly Beach. They have 33 different local and regional craft beers on tap, and an outdoor stage where they have concerts a few times per week. They don't serve food themselves at The Barrel, but they bring in a different food truck most days to keep your stomach full while you drink beer and listen to live music.

1859 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 732-2337

Barsa - Restaurant with Live Jazz

For great Spanish Tapas and a classy environment with live jazz music in Charleston, SC, look no further than Barsa. Located on the corner of King and Line, this downtown restaurant hosts a live jazz jam with Steve Simon & The Kings of Jazz every Thursday night from 7 to 10pm. Recommended for a date night.

630 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5393

The Bend - Special Events

This 20-acre outdoor space alongside the Ashley River is dedicated to wildlife preservation and promotion of local culture. The Bend hosts frequent bird walks and benefit concerts for good causes. It is a huge space that is always looking for ways to contribute to the local community. The Bend is also home to the Charleston Bluegrass Festival.

3775 Azalea Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405

Big Gun Burger Shop - Rock/Punk/Hardcore

Big Gun is known for having great burgers, but in this dive bar you'll also find live music and plenty of cheap beer. Located on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, Big Gun is a relatively small venue, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character and flavorful burgers. Be sure to grab a bite and catch a show at Big Gun the next time you make it downtown.

Burn's Alley - Rock/Punk/Hardcore

Aside from being one of the best dive bars in Charleston, Burn's Alley is also home to a number of local shows. It's a dark bar tucked into an alleyway, with cheap beer, bar games, and the infamous wall of fake IDs. Burn's is notorious for taking IDs from underage drinkers, so if that describes you, stay away from Burn's Alley. If you're of age, this is a great place to hang out and catch a local band or two. They have live music once a week or so, and even when they don't have a band playing, it's still a great place to hang out.

354 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-6735

Carolina Queen - Boat Venue

Owned by Charleston Harbor Tours, the Carolina Queen is a passenger vessel with three decks that hosts a variety of live music cruises on board. The boat has a capacity of around 300 and the cruises generally run for two or three hours. It's a great way to see the beautiful Charleston Harbor while listening to live music and enjoying an ice cold beverage.

17 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-1112

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina - Party at the Point

This waterfront hotel is one of the most desirable places to stay in Charleston. With it's own marina and a beach and boardwalk area, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina truly has one of the best locations to see live music in the entire city. During the summertime they host Party at the Point featuring local and touring musicians who set up and play concerts on the beach. It's always a really fun time, and I can't recommend it enough.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
20 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 856-0028

Charleston Music Hall - All Genres

Known for having some of the best acoustics in town, the Charleston Music Hall is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The building itself has been there since 1859, but has only been used as a concert venue since 1995. Aside from the history surrounding the Music Hall, this venue also brings some of the bigger artists into Charleston for some of the most intimate live performances in town.

37 John Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 853-2252

Charleston Tea Plantation - Special Events

This historic plantation on Wadamalaw Island is an absolutely enormous space that is available for special live music events. It's got some of the most awesome scenery as far as places to see live music in Charleston, and is open year-round for tours. For everyday touring, the Charleston Tea Plantation offers free admission.

6617 Maybank Hwy
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
(843) 559-0383

Chico Feo - Rock/Jam/Open Mic

Chico Feo is a Caribbean food and live music joint out on Folly beach that has live music a few nights per week, including an open mic every monday night. They also do some drinking and painting events and their website offers a Folly Beach Surf Report. Check them out on your next beach day.

122 East Ashley
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 906-2710

The Commodore - Rock/Jam/Funk/Hip-Hop/R&B

Located on the East Side of Downtown Charleston, The Commodore is a music venue owned by the same people that own Palace Hotel, which closed due to a fire in January 2016, but is now open once again. The Commodore is located in the same building as the former Jazz club, Touch Of Class, and the interior is mostly the same as it was in the 90s. They bring in mostly local artists to play on the stage in the center of the dimly-lit bar. The place is usually packed on weekends, so get there early if you don't want to wait in line.

504 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

Cory's Grilled Cheese - Rock/Punk/Metal/Hardcore/Hip-Hop

Cory's Grilled Cheese is a James Island restaurant that started out hosting open mic nights a few times per week, but now has scheduled concerts all the time. In addition to the live music, they also make some killer grilled cheeses, and sell cheap PBR. Check out Cory's Grilled Cheese off Old Folly Road, right next to the Harris Teeter.

1739 Maybank Highway
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 641-7377

Charleston Grill - Live Jazz
Charleston Grill is a fancy restaurant located in the indoor shopping center on the first floor of the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. This restaurant offers live jazz music to accompany your dining experience seven days per week. They have a rotating cast of jazz musicians that changes each night.

224 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 577-4522

Elliotborough Mini Bar - Acoustic/Open Mic

Located in a comforatble residental neighborhood, Elliotborough Mini Bar is literally as described. It is a tiny little bar that brings in a totally local crowd. This is a very cool place if you're interested in an intimate setting for live acoustic performances and open mic nights for Charleston's local musicians.

18 Percy St
Charleston, SC 29403

Frothy Beard Brewery - Rock

Not only does this West Ashley brewery make great beer, but they also often have musicians come in and play while patrons drink. Frothy Beard also has a built-in pizzeria called Zombie Bob's that makes all sorts of different pies, calzones and salads with a beer-infused crust.

1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 872-1075

Fuel - Singer/Songwriter at Happy Hour

Converted into a restaurant from an old gas station, you may have heard of Fuel if you've ever found yourself watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network. This is one of the best places to grab lunch in Charleston, and their happy hour isn't too shabby either, especially when they bring in local musicians to set the mood.

211 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 737-5959

Garage 75 - Rock/Country

Perhaps the coolest thing about Garage 75 is their array of arcade and bar games. There are several pool tables, pinball machines, and many more games to be enjoyed, along with live music and affordable drinks. Garage 75 is easily one of the best bars on James Island.

1175 Folly Rd G
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 225-4030

The Grove at Patriot's Point - Special Events

Nestled in beside the main area of Patriot's Point and the USS Yorktown stands is The Grove, a popular Charleston concert venue for larger shows and festivals. This is an all outdoor venue with great views and wide open spaces. For everyday use it is a park, but when there's an event it is converted into an awesome space to see live music.

40 Patriots Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464
(843) 881-5989

Home Team BBQ - Rock/Country/Folk

Boasting some of the best barbeque in Charleston, this restaurant also doubles as a bar and live music venue. Between their three locations (and one in Colorado), there is always something going on at Home Team. They host some bigger, festival-type events with local and out-of-town musicians and also bring in local and touring artists to play several times per week. Most events at Home Team are free, and there's plenty of parking.

Downtown Location
126 Williman Street
Charleston, SC 29403

West Ashley Location
1205 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Sullivan's Island Location
2209 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

All locations: (843) 225-7427

JohnKing Grill & Bar - Rock/Open Mic

This central King Street bar boasts reasonable drink prices, bar food, and an upstairs 90-cap venue that is perfect for smaller, more intimate live performances. They often host open mic nights where local Charleston bands can find early exposure for their music and reach their initial fanbase.

428 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 965-5252

King Street Public House - Pop/Rock/DJ

This venue is a notorious hangout for Charleston's frat and sorority crowd. Personally, I wouldn't recommend going anywhere near this venue if you're looking for a cool place to hang out in Charleston, but hey, it is what it is. There are many stories to be told about artists being burned by this place. If Extra Chill's word means anything to you, don't go to Public House.

549 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-3465

Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer - Indie/Special Events

Kudu is more of a coffee shop than a music venue, but they have been known to bring in local artists from time to time. When they do have live music, the artist usually plays outside in the awesome patio area. Even if you don't go there when they have live music, Kudu is one of the coolest places in town, with a great selection of craft beer and coffee, and there are always some great people hanging out in the patio area.

4 Vanderhorst St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 853-7186

Local 616 - Rock/Indie/Comedy Open Mic

This dive bar on Meeting Street serves cheap drinks and hosts rock 'n' roll shows and comedy open mic on their stage. They have a fenced-in back patio area, pool tables, and late night food. Plenty of parking and an open-minded vibe make Local 616 a favorite watering hole for Charleston locals.

616 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7850

The Mill - All Genres

The Mill is a bar and music venue in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston that used to allow smoking inside, but they have recently changed that rule. While it was part of the place's charm, they changed it because a smoking venue is a drawback for many. Get yourself a beer and watch live music all night long. If you need to smoke, simply step outside. All shows at The Mill are free, and the kitchen is open until 1am daily, serving up tacos and nachos to go along with your appetite for heavy booze.

1026 E. Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-2650

Monster Music & Movies - Special Events

Monster Music is the biggest record store in Charleston, with thousands of records and plenty of space for artists to set up and showcase their music. They have been host to some notable performances including local breakout band SUSTO performing their sophomore album & I'm Fine Today in its entirety the day before the album was officially released.

946 Orleans Rd # 4
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-4657

My Father's Moustache - All Genres

My Father's Moustache is an English pub in Mt. Pleasant that often hosts live music from local bands. For the soccer (football) fans, MFM is an Arsenal Bar, and serves as a hotspot for many of Charleston's fans to go and watch the games. They have food specials on gameday, including 10% off your tab for wearing Arsenal gear.

1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Ste 103
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

MUSC Health Stadium - Large Concerts

Home of the Charleston Battery soccer team, MUSC Health Stadium is also home to quite a few concerts and events. With a capacity of 5,100 people, this venue is on the larger side of music venues in Charleston. MUSC Health Stadium is also home to the yearly Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, headlined by the Zac Brown Band. Get out there for a soccer game or a concert at some point during your tenure in the Holy City.

1990 Daniel Island Dr
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 971-4265

Music Farm - All Genres

The Music Farm is one of the most popular music venues in Charleston, with shows both big and small happening almost every night. They bring in a lot of bigger-name bands and artists, as well as supporting plenty of local artists. The Music Farm has a capacity of 800 and is located inside of an old train shed converted into a concert venue. Be sure to check out their concert calendar to see if any of your favorite artists are playing a show at The Music Farm sometime soon.

32 Ann Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-6989

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center - Large Concerts

The North Charleston Coliseum is one of the biggest music venues in the Charleston, SC area. Boasting 14,000 seats, this venue is also home to the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team, as well as a number of other events that take place over the course of a year in Charleston. Chances are if a big name artist comes through the area, this is where they are going to play. Artists such as Drake and Modest Mouse are some of the bigger names who have played shows at the North Charleston Coliseum. The place is big enough to support an artist that consistently sells out shows, and thus it would be ridiculous to imagine them playing at most other venues in town.

5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 529-5000

Omar Shrine Temple - Special Events

Though the Shrine Temple doesn't host events very often, they do have a few live music events per year, and they are always popular and planned well in advance, and with 16,000 square feet to work with, they have no shortage of space. This includes Chucktown Countdown, their annual New Year's Eve party that has really made them a contender when it comes to concert venues in Charleston.

176 Patriots Point Rd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 971-0131

Palmetto Brewery - Rock/Jam

Palmetto Brewery is one of many brewers in Charleston, brewing craft beer and serving it from the tap in their brewery-turned bar. Palmetto Brewery also has a large outdoor patio area with a stage that is often used to host concerts. They mostly bring in local artists, and for these events they also bring in food trucks that park right outside the main entrance and serve food to concertgoers. Palmetto Brewery is definitely worth checking out while you're in the Charleston, SC area.

289 Huger Street
Charleston, SC, 29403
(843) 937-0903

Planet Follywood - All Genres/Open Mic

Planet Follywood is a beach dive, through and through. It has all the essential elements of a Charleston dive bar, including cheap PBR and just the right amount of grunge and live music several nights per week. If you're out on Folly Beach and looking for the local dive, then you head to Planet Follywood.

32 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 588-7380

PURE Theatre - Contemporary Plays/Occasional Live Music

Okay, so this is more of a theater than a concert venue, but PURE Theatre has also been know to host live music events from time-to-time. Even if there isn't live music happening on a given night, this is an awesome place to catch some of the city's most talented actors and actresses putting on exceptional performances of contemporary drama.

477 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 723-4444

The Pour House - Rock/Jam/Funk/Folk/Blues

The Pour House is one of the most popular Charleston music venues. Located on James Island, just a short drive from Downtown Charleston, The Pour House has live music every single night, mostly consisting of jam bands playing original music or Grateful Dead (or similar) covers. The crowd is laid-back, the environment is chill, and the beer is reasonably priced. There are two stages at The Pour House, one inside, and another outside on their large deck area. The Pour House is a great place to catch a show on any given night, and it's always bound to be a good time.

1977 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 571-4343

Prohibition - Jazz

Centrally located on King Street in downtown Charleston, Prohibition is a fancy cocktail bar and restaurant that offers live jazz music to accompany their 1920s aesthetic. They make some amazing cocktails at this place, but that of course comes with a price. If you're looking or a classy night out, Prohibition is a good choice.

547 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2964

The Pub on 61 - Rock/Country

This bar located deep in the heart of West Ashley hosts live music several nights per week. It is a popular hangout spot for people living in the neighborhoods connected to Highway 61. There is a large selection of local and regional craft beer and bar food at reasonable prices.

2366 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 737-0072

The Purple Buffalo - All Genres

The Purple Buffalo is a new venue located way North where King Street ends. It's owned by Dan Dickey, the same guy who used to own King Dusko. The Purple Buffalo is decorated with art and filled with the crowd that likes live music and cheap PBR. They have a stage and plenty of space and their future looks promising, despite the distance up King Street.

2702 Azalea Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 735-8843

Que D'Keys Dueling Piano Bar - Covers

This is a fairly pricey spot located in the tourist part of town, but could be fun if you're looking to enjoy some corny, sing-along type songs played on the piano. I'm talking all the hits, and they take requests. Be warned, you probably won't find a single local in this place other than the musicians and the bar staff.

32 N Market St, Suite D
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2474

The Recovery Room - Rock/Punk/Hardcore

Rec Room is a bar that is way up on King Street, known for being the number one seller of PBR in the entire nation. Aside from 12 oz cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Recovery Room also boasts live music and great late-night dive bar vibes. They've got pool tables, pinball, darts, bocce ball and tater tots, and not to mention plenty of Charleston locals. Check out the Recovery Room whenever you're looking for a cheap PBR and a crazy late night filled with music and the ridiculous antics that Charleston is famous for.

685 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0999

Red's Ice House - Cover Bands/Reggae

This is the Shem Creek party spot. If you're looking for affordable seafood, drinks, and a stunning view, then you're looking for Red's Ice House. This is an extremely popular spot for the younger crowd when they make it out to Shem Creek. With plenty of seating, multi-level outdoor decks, and marine life in the creek, Red's is a great spot to grab a beer, listen to some live music, and watch the sunset.

98 Church St.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 388-0003

Redux Contemporary Art Center - Indie/Rock/Special Events

Redux offers studio space for local artists and occasionally hosts concerts for local Charleston bands and their friends on tour. The venue is open to inquiries from touring artists looking for a large space to play, and could be a good spot for your band to play if you've got a following in Charleston and are confident that you can bring a crowd, or if you know a local band that can help supply the crowd. One band that comes to mind is Summer Salt, who played a show at Redux in 2017.

1056 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-0697

Republic Garden & Lounge - Pop/Rock/DJ

This King Street nightclub offers a popular space for Charleston's wannabe sophisticated crowd. Enjoy overpriced drinks and a superficial demographic at this amazing downtown venue. Spend your whole paycheck on a VIP table to get the most that Republic has to offer.

462 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-0999

Riverfront Park - Festivals/Special Events

Home to High Water Festival and Trondossa Festival, Riverfront Park is the go-to venue for music festivals in Charleston. Situated on a 15 acre lot, this space has room for up to 15,000 people with ample parking and an ideal waterfront location. This is the type of venue that you plan your trip to Charleston around.

1061 Everglades Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 308-4746

The Royal American - All Genres

If you're a fan of live music and cheap beer, and you're in Charleston, then you've got to get to the Royal American. There is a show there almost every night, mostly rock shows, the bar is big, the food is great, and the vibe is unbeatable. Located on Morrison Drive right past the ramp for the Ravenel Bridge, The Royal American is a bit off the beaten path of downtown Charleston, but there is plenty of parking and once you get there you won't want to leave to go somewhere else. Royal is probably Extra Chill's favorite spot to catch some live music in the Charleston area. You heard it here first, go check out Royal American.

970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 817-6925

Smoke BBQ - Rock/Jam/Funk

Smoke BBQ is more of a restaurant and bar than a music venue, but they do have live music almost every night. The food is great, the vibe is great, and the drinks are relatively cheap. If you're ever on Upper King and looking to have a low-key night at a bar with some live music, Smoke BBQ is a good bet. The music is often jazzy and jammy, which is exactly what you need for a relaxing night with tons of booze and some late-night grub.

487 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-5050

The Sparrow - All Genres

The Sparrow is a dive bar in Park Circle offering live music almost every night, with the occasional comedy show or other event sprinkled in. They have craft beer on tap from Holy City Brewery as well as other local and regional imports, and plenty of bar games to keep you entertained if the music just isn't cutting it. The Sparrow is a cool venue to check out if you find yourself in the Park Circle or North Charleston area.

1078 E. Montague Ave
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 744-7753

Surf Bar - Rock/Reggae/Country

For an awesome place to see live music on Folly Beach, head to Surf Bar. It's a favorite local hangout that has been voted "Best Folly Beach Bar" by the Charleston City Paper for several years in a row. They have a full calendar of live music from both local Charleston bands and touring acts, as well as late night food and some serious character.

103 W Cooper Ave
Folly Beach, SC 29439
(843) 588-2009

The Tin Roof - All Genres

The Tin Roof is a music venue and bar located in West Ashley, just a short drive from Downtown Charleston. It has a real dive-bar vibe, with a small stage and outdoor patio area. The artists featured are mostly local bands, but there are quite a few out-of-towners who come to play at The Tin Roof, as there are many who hold it dear as their favorite place to play in the Charleston area. The environment is definitely good for music, and the beer is cheap and cold. Check out the Tin Roof for your West Ashley live music needs.

1117 Magnolia Road
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-0775

USS Yorktown - Special Events

The Yorktown is a historic aircraft carrier built near the end of World War Two. It sits in the mud at Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant and serves as a major tourist attraction for the City of Charleston. In addition to its position as a revenue-driver for Charleston, the Yorktown also hosts a few special events per year with live music for occasions such as the 4th of July, New Year's Eve, and the Cooper River Bridge Run. These are big events planned several months in advance.

40 Patriots Point Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

The Vinyl Countdown - All Genres

The Vinyl Countdown is an independently owned record store located on Upper King street in Downtown Charleston. In addition to their awesome selection of records, they also have touring bands come thru and play in-house shows a few times per month. Browse around The Vinyl Countdown for a some hidden gems while you listen to live music in this sweet record store and music venue in Charleston.

724 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3541

Volvo Car Stadium - Large Concerts

Volvo Car Stadium, formerly known as Family Circle Stadium, is another very large music venue in the Charleston area that is also used for large tennis matches and other large events. It's an outdoor venue with seating for 10,200 people, and they bring in all sorts of big names such as Hootie & The Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, and many more. Big name artists who come to Charleston often play their shows at Volvo Car Stadium, as they would quickly sell out and overly fill most other venues in the area.

161 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
(800) 677-2293

The Windjammer - Jam/Reggae

The Windjammer is a beachfront bar located in beautiful Isle Of Palms. There you will find a restaurant with a beach volleyball court and plenty of live music. They have been around since the early 70s, and are always known to have a rockin' party going on. Check out the Windjammer for a great live music venue on the water in the Charleston area.

1008 Ocean Blvd.
Isle Of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 886-8596