We ordered both charcuterie plates, and they were both solid. The beer selection is solid too. I went in June, so maybe it was the timing, but the crowd seemed very touristy, middle-aged, and well-heeled. I'm 40 and I was younger than most people there. Maybe my preconception of beer gardens as unpretentious, neighborhood places skewed my feeling, but I really did not feel very relaxed there. I couldn't imagine hanging out with my friends and just having a good time. And some of the beers were a dollar or so more expensive than I've seen them other places (like the Oak Barrel Tavern).
Another reviewer mentioned feeling ripped off on Upper King St. I know how he/she feels, since I've had that experience too. I wouldn't say I felt ripped off at Edmund's Oast; it just felt like I was being sold an up-scale brand that I didn't need or really want to pay for.
I do think I have to read more reviews before I check out new places. Unfortunately, a lot of them seemed aimed more at tourists with money to blow rather than locals just interested in a good meal and drinks.
First of all, bars are only prohibited in parts of the city that are over-saturated with them already. When you can walk ten feet on Upper King Street without passing at least one cheesy, touristy bar, then you can complain.
And you're afraid Upper King Street will become some corny Disney-esque kitsch neighborhood? Take a good look at it now, because that has already happened. Compare the street to what it was two years ago and then tell me it hasn't become a Disneyland for tourists and bar hoppers. The people who actually live there want balance and diversity in their neighborhood and don't want to live in your boozy version of a Disney-esque Charleston. Did you ever think of that?
Congratulations to Mses. Condon and Bleckley!
This moratorium doesn't stop anyone from opening a new bar. It just tries to bring a little balance to Upper King to keep it from becoming one giant tourist strip. How about opening bars somewhere other than Upper King? We need more neighborhood bars like Moe's Crosstown Tavern and fewer bars on King Street.
The next chapter in this sad tale: Mayor Riley encourages developers to add thousands of hotel beds to downtown Charleston. A few years later, Charleston finally slips off all the Top Ten tourism lists because it is no longer "authentic." Locals agree. It becomes a cliche to say that you never go downtown because that's not the real Charleston.
Give him a few years off his sentence if he names the developers he took bribes from to push the I-526 extension through.
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