The 2018 Ultimate Guide for New Year’s Eve in Charleston, SC
Say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the New Year in Americas #1 City in the U.S and the World!
By Alana McDonald
Our top selections for parties, restaurants, hotels and retailers to consider this New Years Eve in Charleston, SC.
What are the best new years eve parties in Charleston?
Charleston’s Premiere New Years Celebration
Where: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
When: December 31, 2018 | 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Aboard the USS Yorktown! This exclusive Charleston New Years Eve party has live bands and DJ’s from all imaginable genres including dance, funk, rock, hip hop, 80’s and Top 40 Billboard. After 100 staff members work around the clock for a strenuous 4 days, the USS Yorktown transforms into one of the most unique party venues in the country. The 7th annual Yorktown Countdown is Charleston premiere New Years Eve celebration. The flight deck is covered with 15,000 square feet of heated tent space and equipped with full service bars, seating, stage, and multiple performances. Just step outside the tented area and you’ll be surrounded by the starlit sky with beautiful views of the city including the harbor and Ravenel bridge. The inside airplane hangar provides an 800-foot long open corridor filled with live performances and bars situated between old war jets. This sets the tone for one truly memorable experience in the nation’s top ranked destination city.
For more information and ticket info visit: https://yorktowncountdown.com/
Snyder Grand Ball:
Where: The South Carolina Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC)
The Charleston Aquarium will once again host nearly 1200 guests at the Grand Ball. You will have all-access to the majority of the aquarium and its exhibits, so you can dance by the shark tank and drink with the fishes. The main stage is positioned in the Great Hall toward the front entrance, which boasts high ceilings and a grandiose ambiance. As always, there will be an open bar and heavy hors d’ouevres served. The event is black tie. Ladies and Gents, prepare to wear your finest cocktail dresses and tuxedos!
What are the best restaurants in Charleston for new years eve?
Where: 434 King Street
What’s a visit to Charleston without a visit to Halls Chophouse? Named one of the top restaurants in the U.S., Halls Chophouse presents delicious cuisine in an energetic, visually striking environment right on King Street. The restaurant features exposed brick walls, leather banquettes and warm lighting true to old-world traditional steakhouses. You have the option to either sit in their private dining area or bar & lounge. The service is excellent and their staff is knowledgeable. If you don’t know much about steak and what to order, they will sure educate you! If you are a mac and cheese fan, they have one of the best lobster mac and cheeses as a family style side dish for everyone to try! The place is not only just a steakhouse. The restaurant menu has something for everyone’s palate featuring 28-day aged fresh usda prime steaks, fresh seafood, veal, pork, roasted chicken. For vegan and vegetarian guests your dishes are specially prepared at your request. The restaurant also provides a restaurants kids menu, making the place a kid friendly atmosphere as well. This restaurant makes a perfect place for New Years Eve dinner if you are celebrating with the family!
Where: 75 Wentworth Street
As part of the The Restoration Hotel, The Watch offers an awesome view and great fare. This farm to table restaurant using fresh local ingredients will give you that classic Low Country cuisine with incredible shrimp and grits, hush puppies, fresh market seafood and oysters. The Watch also features handcrafted cocktails made from recipes passed down over centuries. Also available are delicious craft beers and local wines from nearby small batch producers. Make sure to try their house truffle frites. By far the best fries in Charleston (we’ve tried), you will be more than amazed!
Where: 14 N. Market Street
What better then to start your New Year’s Eve alongside one of the South’s most historic places, The Charleston City Market. Considered a “Modern Steakhouse” Burwell’s provides an exceptional dining experience that is affordable (if you’re not trying to break the pocket too early in the night). With an award winning Chef, Burwell’s has a delicious top quality steak cooked over a 1,400 degree, wood-fire oven and for a steakhouse… it has incredible fresh seafood. They are above your just average steakhouse.
Where: 289 East Bay Street
Being by the coast, seafood is always a must. This place is a small bar spinning off the Nantucket original giving it a New England vibe. Take a seat at one of the bar stools for a feast of exquisite Atlantic coast seafood, from fresh oysters, shrimp, crab, clams to daily fish tacos to huge delicious fresh lobster rolls. They do not take reservations so first come first serve.
Where: 76 Queen Street
“If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,”- Chef Brock. Centrally located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk, from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and the Neighborhood Dining Group, transforms the essence of Southern food. The chef creates new menus throughout the day, responding to what local food suppliers are providing at that moment. Although this historic building embodies the traditional historic Charleston décor and feel, the food is modern in style and interpretation. This modern approach results in playful dishes such as Deviled Eggs with Pickled Okra and Trout Roe, and new classics like South Carolina Shrimp and Choppee Okra Stew with Carolina Gold Rice and Flowering Basil. Casual but yet chic, enjoy being in a traditional Charleston wide porch home for NYE by visiting Husk before your celebrations!
Where should I stay in Charleston for New Years Eve?
Top rated hotels downtown
Where: 75 Wentworth Street
A southern, chic, luxurious hospitality experience
Spacious rooms, sky-high wood beam ceilings, exposed ductwork, and eclectic, modern furnishings mixed with tributes to the city’s roots, like stand-alone mirrors carved in the shape of cathedral windows and a lantern in the shape of a pineapple. Complimentary breakfast delivered to you in a picnic basket, bikes and iPads available for loan and even a nail bar to get your nails polished to match your outfits whenever! Uniting classic elegance with a natural and easy going Southern touch.
Where: 334 Meeting Street
A luxury hotel offering old-world charm with a distinct modern edge. The hotel has a French, southern style restaurant Henrietta’s and Spa. A luxury escape in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Dewberry is just steps away from everything-historic Marion Square, the shops on King Street, Museum Mile, and the city’s cultural hub, the newly refurbish Gaillard Center.
Where: 225 East Bay Street
If you’re planning on a lavish New Years Eve, this is sure a place to stay. This is one of Charleston’s most luxurious hotels. Located in the center of Downtown, just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. Set among some of Charleston’s most historical landmarks, the Market Pavilion offers decadent guest rooms, countless amenities, outstanding dining and nightlife.
Where: 112 North Market Street
In 2014, readers of Travel + Leisure voted Planters Inn the #1 Best Boutique Hotel in the United States. The intimate 64-room Planters Inn luxury boutique hotel has the best downtown location in the very heart of Charleston’s picturesque Historic District. It overlooks the historic Charleston City Market with the best cultural attractions, shopping, dining, and sightseeing landmarks surrounding our hotel. They offer complimentary coffee service in the parlor. The Planters Inn is home to the AAA Four Diamond ranked and nationally acclaimed Peninsula Grill, the foremost culinary experience in Charleston. They are the only luxury boutique hotel in Charleston to serve dinner in a spectacular private courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns. After retreating from a long day, you will discover delicious macaroons waiting beside your bed! What a perfect way to come back from your New Years Eve celebration.
First impressions are everything, you’ll want to look your best for the New Year!
Where: 701 East Bay Street
Located conveniently on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston SC. Gents brings together upscale barber services and spa services geared towards gentleman. The upscale barbershop will offer haircuts, shaves, waxing, hair color, beard and neck trims, facials, shoes shines, and high-quality men’s products..more importantly free bourbon and beer.
Where: 415 King Street
This L’oréal Professionnel & Kerastase-Certified salon is located right in the historic district of downtown Charleston. Allure Salon provides you with all things necessary to get your hair ready for the night. Choose from any of the experts for Advanced Coloring and Cutting, Blow Dry, Event Hair and Makeup, Keratin Straightening and Conditioning Treatments, Tape In Extensions, and Facial Waxing and Tinting. Recognized on both a national and local scale, Allure will be leaving you feeling positive and confident to begin your night.
Here’s a list of places to purchase the finest NYE suites, tuxes, gowns, and cocktail dresses downtown.
Where: 114 King Street
You will find the perfect tux or suit here and be treated like a superstar. Perfect for any of you last minuters because they can get something tailored for you in less than 24 hours! They are dedicated to quality and exceptional service!
Where: 305 King Street
Jordan and Daniel Lash, brothers that each have over 15 years of experience in menswear on King Street, run a store that offers an impressive men’s variety of well known brands. Great customer service and quality clothing!
Where: 313 King Street
Sales staff has experience of over 130 years in retail clothing. They are each professionals within the industry and all are highly qualified to ensure that your clothing is just right for your own personal style and properly fitted. The owner Chip is onsite to assist you and make sure that your shopping experience is a pleasurable one.
Where: 116 King Street
Ellen Berlin continues the family tradition as the 4th generation to own and operate Berlin’s for Women since 1883. Designers such as Rachel Zoe, Badgley Mischka, and Nicole Miller are some of the few brands you’ll shop while at Berlin’s for Women. In the heart of the historic district in Charleston, South Carolina, Ellen Berlin keeps new designers rotating through her door so that customers will want to keep coming back.
Where: 295 King Street
They carry brands such as Dolce Vita, For Love and Lemons, Free People, MINKPINK, and Nicole Miller. Their nice staff in this cute boutique on King will assist in meeting your needs in finding the perfect New Years Eve cocktail dress.
Where: 312 King Street
Anne’s features an expanded jewelry & accessories line, as well as cocktail dresses & gowns. This shop has excellent staff of professional consultants, dedicated to personal service. Designers include Teri Jon, John Paul Ataker, Lisette Montreal, Comfy, Conrad C, Insight, Beija-Flor, Angel, Lisa Todd, Elliott Lauren, Eileen Fisher & Aidan Mattox. Anne’s is widely acknowledged as Charleston’s Premier Women’s Clothier, proudly serving seven generations of women, since 1942.
How to cure your Charleston New Years Eve Hangover? Vida-Flo is prepared to rehydrated and refuel you for 2019!
Where: 138 St. Phillip St.
Its New Years Day in Charleston and you find that you have overindulged in your alcohol consumption. Located right off of King Street (with a back entrance on King Street). The perfect fix to this terrible hangover is Vita Flow for IV hydration.Vita-flo is a “direct delivery of hydration, vitamins and energy agents to the bloodstream means your body absorbs 100% of the benefits of the targeted treatments. When drinking fluids, taking oral medications and vitamins the body might only absorb as little as 30%. In addition, for individuals that have to get back on their feet in a hurry (think big meeting or family vacation), Vida-Flo offers relief in as little as 45 minutes. The overwhelming reason hangovers feel awful is dehydration. Your aches, pains, nausea, heartburn and general fatigue can be drawn directly to a lack of fluids and vitamin deficiencies. Our combination of IV hydration, vitamins, anti-oxidants, medications for pain, heartburn and nausea eliminate all side-effects of alcohol overindulgence in less than an hour so you can make the most of your day.”