Bay Street Biergarten Review
If you're looking for a great selection of craft beers (mostly offered directly at the bar) or just want a large venue for socializing with a group of friends, this is a great spot. The table taps can be a little difficult to get to when crowded, but still a nice addition that bings a different style of service Charleston has been missing out on. With regards to food, there is pretty decent menu, but quite honestly most people go here for the beer selection, so its generally what you expect (the giant bowl of tattertots with cheese and gravy still always fun at any age). The staff has been friendly and accommodating as well.
The only issue I see is with parking around the area can be a llittle bit sketchy, since the lot always get full. However there is a giant lot that is open on the port terminal road that runs parallel to E. Bay.
Coastal Cupboard is a nice little local cooking store, right in the center of Belle Hall Shopping center. They have a nice selection of cookware and cutlery, along with some hard to find grill accessories. They are one of the few Big Green Egg retailers in the area, and actually have a few of the BGE accessories in house. The staff has always been kind and helpful when I shop there. Sometimes the prices can be a bit on the high side, but the convenience is often worth it.
I love having another option in Mt P for cooking supplies and other gourmet goodies. Southern Seasons has an excellent supply of cookware, sauces, pasta, tea, and coffee. The deli has some wonderful charcuterie and cheeses, but Whole Foods seems to have similar cheese selections. The beer selection is decent, but could still use some work. I was fairly impressed by the rare and vintage wine cellar, but didn't see anything I had to have in there. Overall, this is a store that will be a nice option when I am looking for some special cookware or ingredients. I wish they had a bit more specialized goods and cookware, but I can be fairly picky thanks to internet shopping.
Wonderful space for an event. Went to a Guerrilla Cuisine dinner there a couple of weeks ago and was surprised at how pretty the distillery hardware looks with the right lighting and how warm and comfortable the space was - especially for a warehouse and work site, at that (the bathrooms are a literally shining example). A few strategically placed pieces of art (big works well) and beautifully set tables were all that was needed to transform what would be a cavernous area in the back into a really cool, even elegant, venue. I know others worked hard to make that transformation and I WAS under the influence of some fabulous food, but the end result of GC & others' efforts highlighted the possibilities of the distillery space itself. The Striped Pig people proved very hospitable folks, dedicated to their craft and eager to share the process & results with willing fans. Sampled some powerful but oddly delicious moonshine & a more finished product. It is obvious that a great deal of thought went into making this space a welcoming place to hang out, whether for an event or just a visit.
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