Best Venues for Live Music in Charleston, SC

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Charleston
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The power of live music is undeniable, and Charleston has many options for soaking in the sounds of indie rock, jazz, bluegrass, rap, jam bands, reggae, and many other types. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the downtown area, other terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Charleston.

Larger venues like the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Music Farm showcase well-established, national acts on large stages that draw massive crowds, but a number of restaurants, bars, and lounges have also stepped up their musical entertainment. Some, like the Mill, Pour House, and Tin...  Read more »

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    Music Farm

    The Music Farm has great energy and an endless list of amazing musicians and every type of music imaginable.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sometimes you can get a birds-eye view from upstairs!"

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    The Tin Roof

    A local dive with top-notch specials, great music, and a fun atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check Reverbnation or call ahead for the music schedule."

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    A spring break-style beach bar had to be on our list!

    Local Expert Tip: "Be aware that some shows charge admission, and they are cash only!"

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    Tattooed Moose

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: North Downtown

    An under-the-radar scene and large beer selection makes this a great place to listen to free music!

    Local Expert Tip: "Tuesdays are also $1 off all craft beers."

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    Pour House

    As a local venue, this bar takes you off the traditional tourist path.

    Local Expert Tip: "The ring-hook game is addicting! "

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    The Royal American

    This down-home bar is slowly transitioning into a happening music venue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the homemade cinnamon whiskey!"

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    Charleston Grill

    Quality jazz music can be difficult to come by, and Charleston jazz showcases some top performers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Preview the music with their online Podcast!"

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    The Mill

    this local's hangout in North Charleston showcases a variety of underground talent.

    Local Expert Tip: "On Mondays, enjoy open-mic night and beer specials!"

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    Boone's Bar & Grill

    A one stop-shop for music, events, dining, and just overall fun, Boone's is not to be missed!

    Local Expert Tip: "Boone's is Charleston's Baltimore Ravens bar! Join them at 345 King Street for all Ravens games on the big screens!"

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    North Charleston Performing Arts Center

    Not everyone wants the bar scene when seeking musical acts, and most big names need larger venues.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit their website for event listings."



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