Not sure where to go this NYE? Here is the ultimate 2020 Charleston New Year’s Eve guide to dinner, venues, grooming, hotels, drinks and everything in between!
What are the best new years eve parties in Charleston?
What: Voted the Best Party of 2018 by Charleston City Paper, this exclusive party transforms the historic USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier into Charleston’s favorite New Year’s Eve celebration. With 15,000 square feet of heated tent space on the flight deck, this unique venue boasts unbeatable views of the Charleston Harbor, Ravenel Bridge, and Downtown. Equipped with all-inclusive bars and multiples stages featuring Charleston’s top-performing artist, guests can expect to dance their way into the New Year under a starlit Charleston sky.
The 8th annual Yorktown Countdown has big things in store for 2020. Guest get direct access to explore the entire ship including the inside airplane hangar offering an 800-foot long open corridor filled with live performing artists and bars situated between old war jets. This sets the tone for one truly memorable experience in the nation’s top-ranked destination city.
When: December 31, 2019 | 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Where: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
For more information and ticket info visit: www.yorktowncountdown.com
Snyder Grand Ball:
What: Ring in the New Year with 1200 of your closest friends! The South Aquarium and Snyder Events will once again host their Annual New Year’s Eve Grand Ball. With access to the majority of the aquarium and its exhibits, you can dance by the shark tank and drink with the fishes. With high ceilings and a grandiose ambiance, the Great Hall houses the main stage. Throughout the Aquarium’s gallery rooms you’ll find an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Don your finest cocktail attire for this black tie New Years Eve affair.
When: December 31, 2019 | 8:30 PM until 1:00 AM
Where: The South Carolina Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC)
What are the best restaurants in Charleston for new years eve?
Where: 76 Queen Street
Located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk brings life into a two-story late 19th-century abode. This award-winning restaurant offers a modern approach to traditional southern cuisine with an ever-changing menu based on the season and the foods available from local suppliers.
This modern twist results in fun dishes like Fresh House Made Pasta with Littleneck Clams, LA Crawfish, Sweet Corn, and Charred Okra and Atlantic Snapper with Summer Squash, Fire-Roasted Cauliflower, Chorizo Broth, and Cherry Tomatoes. Husk dinner rolls are an exception to the ever-changing rule. Sprinkled with benne seeds and bourbon-barrel-smoked salt, this signature item is served in a locally crafted sweetgrass basket with pork-infused butter.
Bask in the ambiance of a traditional Charleston home this NYE and visit Husk before your 2020 celebrations!
Where: 513 King Street
“Celebrating the bounty of the sea, the rhythm of the seasons, and the joy of savored moments shared daily. Vintage Charleston, SC raw oyster bar.”
The Darling has quickly become one of King Street’s favorite seafood eateries and with a peek inside the expansive street-facing windows, it’s easy to see why. To the right, you’ll find an airy open design with white honeycomb tile floors, sea-foam green booths and a shucking station where you can watch local shuckers prepare featured oysters for the night. On your left, navy blue walls and rich wood accents create a more intimate dining atmosphere. With the feel of two completely different restaurants, The Darling is a perfect place to enjoy New Year Eve dinner for both small and large groups.
The raw bar is certainly the star attraction offering Stone Crab Claws, Tuna Tataki and six oyster varieties to chose from. Among other menu items you’ll find Seared Diver Scallops, Blue Crab Tagliatelle, Clam Chowder served over House Fries, and equally delicious speciality cocktails.
Where: 17 Broad Street
Charleston, SC is known for its seafood but also for its unbeatable steakhouses. Among the very best you’ll find Oak, set in a renovated 150-year-old bank building offering an upscale menu with sourced ingredients from local farmers and fisheries alike. Mark Keiser, Executive Chef features Prime Certified Angus Beef and an expansive wine menu highlighting big California cabernets and Old World reds. Oak’s historic and stately atmosphere boasts three floors with four distinct dining areas. The beautiful arched windows, 20-foot ceilings, and 150-year-old pine floors offer an ideal setting for a special occasion like New Years Eve.
Where should I stay in Charleston for New Years Eve?
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 distinctly 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 refurbished Gaillard Center.
Belmond Charleston Place
Where: 205 Meeting Street
If you’re planning a lavish New Years Eve, there’s no doubt this is the place to stay. Nestled between Charleston’s iconic King Street and Meeting Street, Belmond Charleston Place is perhaps the most recognizable hotel in the city. Built with the surrounding 17th-century architecture in mind, this beauty is an effortless blend of elegance and old-world charm.
Whether enjoying award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, being pampered at the exclusive spa, browsing the city’s most luxurious retail, Belmond Charleston Place has it all.
First impressions are everything, look your best this New Years Eve!
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 the 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: 556 King St
Start your new year with complimentary champagne at the best blow dry bar in town. Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it: Blowouts. Grab your girlfriends and prepare for the ultimate New Years Eve pampering!
Here’s a list of places to purchase the finest NYE apparel downtown.
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: 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.
How to cure your Charleston New Years Eve Hangover?
Hydration at Vita-flo: IV Hydration
Where: 138 St. Phillip St.
It’s New Years Day in Charleston and you find that you have overindulged in your alcohol consumption. Fortunately, the perfect fix to this terrible hangover is Vita Flow for IV hydration located right off of King Street (with a back entrance on King Street). Vita-Flo is “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.
Vida-Flo’s combination of IV hydration, vitamins, antioxidants, 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.”