Our picks for where to eat and drink in Charleston during the solar eclipse

Black outs and blow-up pools


Buckshot's catfish and okra stew - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Buckshot's catfish and okra stew
I don't know about you, but when the earth goes dark on August 21, I want a good meal in hand. You never know with these natural phenomenons, could really be the end of days and who wants to say sign off on life as we know it hungry, amirite?

With that in mind, it's important that your eclipse day eats includes a good open air space to view all the astronomical action. Here's where we'd head:

As Travel & Leisure reported, at 2:48 p.m. EST the eclipse will be right above Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge when daylight finally returns ending all eclipse sightings until 2024. If you want to give it a proper send off right there, head to McClellanville's classic soul food spot, Buckshots. The restaurant is putting together a special solar eclipse backyard barbecue and fish fry. According to Facebook, it will, "start on Sunday before the big event with specials."
Location Details Buckshot's Carry Out
Buckshot's Carry Out
9498 N. Highway 17
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 887-3358

Total Beach Eclipse at BLU

From 1-4 p.m., BLU restaurant on Folly will host an eclipse bash featuring live music, $7 Naked Turtle Caribbean Rum drinks all day, and a Naked Turtle sampling from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Careful with these sips lest you double down on the blackout. 
Location Details Blu Beach Bar & Grill
Blu Beach Bar & Grill
1 Center St.
Folly Beach, SC
(843) 588-6658
Seafood, Music Venue and Restaurants + Bars
Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
Head to Burwell's, where you can snag free eclipse glasses and a chance to watch the action on top of Burwell's rooftop patio. Starting at noon, sip on craft cocktails from Absolut, Jim Beam Black, and Hornito's Black as DJ Mike Tech sets the mood.
Location Details Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
14 N Market St.
Charleston, 29401
(843) 737-8700
Dinner (daily)Happy hour (daily) 4-7 p.m. bar only
Modern American and Steakhouse
Tin Roof
Spectators are being cautioned to stay off the roads during the actual eclipse. In fact, why not avoid driving all day and head to the Tin Roof instead. The bar is hosting a PBR Eclipse Party beginning at 1:30 p.m. for a "once in-a-lifetime backyard sky party featuring a blow-up pool, hammocks, viewing glasses, and alcohol." A blow-up pool, y'all. Need we say more?
Location Details The Tin Roof
The Tin Roof
1117 Magnolia Road
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
(843) 571-0775
Dinner, Late Night, & Sun. Lunch
Hot Dog Joints, Bar and Music Venue
Tattooed Moose Johns Island
One of the major benefits of heading to the Johns Island Moose over the downtown one is the huge outdoor space and the restaurant is taking full advantage of it for the eclipse. Rusty Bull Brewing is doing a tap takeover, the Moose will hand out eclipse glasses until they run out, and Black Diamond will play beginning at 3 p.m. 
Location Details Tattooed Moose, JI
Tattooed Moose, JI
3328 Maybank Hwy.
Johns Island, SC
(843) 952-7591
Lunch, Dinner, & Sun. Brunch
Delis + Sandwiches and Music Venue

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