8 most ridonkulous outdoor bars 

1. Blind Tiger. Blind Tiger's sprawling patio feels like a secret garden in the middle of downtown, thanks to the vine-covered brick walls enclosing the space.

2. Taco Boy downtown. While TB's Folly Beach location has plenty of outdoor space, their downtown outpost has one of the best patios in town. It's big and beautifully decorated with kitschy and colorful memorabilia. The sparkling lights surrounding the place make us want to stop anytime we drive by.

3. Red's Ice House. Although Shem Creek has a handful of choice waterfront bars, Red's is the place to see and be seen. With multiple decks, solid drink specials, and live music, they're our top choice for drinking on the Creek.

4. Rooftop Bar. High above the heat and hustle of downtown, the Rooftop Bar atop the Vendue Inn has the breezes and the views to set it apart from the rest of the city's outdoor bars.

5. Coconut Joe's. This Isle of Palms mainstay is a little on the tacky side, but when you're looking for fruity drinks you can sip in your bathing suit while looking out over the ocean, this is the place.

6. Triangle Char & Bar. When the weather's nice, Triangle lifts up their big ole windows and becomes a completely outdoor spot. The wide beer selection and grass-fed burgers keep us coming back.

7. Salty Mike's. Located in a big, basement-like room beneath the Marina Variety Store — adjacent to the Charleston City Marina and the historic Rice Mill building — this no-frills watering hole boasts a rustic, riverside deck area overlooking the little boats on the Ashley River, the scene along south Lockwood Boulevard, and endless beds of sun-bleached oyster shells and rustling marsh reeds.

8. Vickery's. A little off the beaten path on Beaufain Street, Vickery's has a big shaded patio and one of the best happy hours in town.

Summer Guide 2010

  • 7 ridonkulous fireworks

    If you haven't been a part of a bottle rocket war, you haven't lived. The smell of sulphur in the middle of the night sure as hell beats the smell of napalm in the morning. But finding a place to wage war — and enough people to participate — is damn near impossible these days. And rightfully so. Stray rockets have a way of starting unintentional fires and wayward ocular accidents. So stick to the relatively safe stuff.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous places to be seen in your Donk

    What's a Donk? Well, it's kind of like pornography: You'll know it when you see it. What? That's not good enough? You need more? OK. Look for a boat of a car — like an Oldsmobile or an Impala — painted the color of a Blow Pop and sporting rims that would fit on Godzilla's ring finger.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous watersports to pick up

    Sailing, Kayaking, Kiteboarding, Surfing, Paddleboarding
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Edisto Beach

    The Drive, Dockside Restaurant, Campgrounds, Old Post Office Restaurant
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous summer treats

    Charleston is teeming with sweets shops that we enjoy throughout the year, but when the weather starts getting sticky, sometimes wolfing down a cupcake isn't the most appealing option. Then you know it's time to switch to the icy cold treats.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 most ridonkulus Fourth of July celebrations

    4th of July Celebration, North Charleston July 4th Festival, Patriots Point Independence Day, Fourth of July Party on Ashley Point, An American Celebration, S.C. Aquarium Fourth of July Celebration, Uncle Sam Jam
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 most ridonkulous things to do with a watermelon

    Summer is shoving your face into a fruit the size of your head. It's a seed-spitting contest at a backyard barbecue. It's wondering if that one seed you accidentally swallowed will germinate in your stomach. It's bright green and even brighter pink. Summer is watermelon.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Folly Beach

    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Sullivan's

    Middle Street, Free parking, Fort Moultrie, View of downtown, Picturesque paths
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 ridonkulously cool things to do with the kids this summer

    Carolina Ice Palace, AMF Charleston Lanes, Hot Wheels, Party Kingdom, CHildren's Museum, S.C. Aquarium, Fisher-Price Movie Series at The Terrace
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridonkulous places to buy a swimsuit

    Las Olas, Sally Bettes Resort Shop, Everything But Water, McKelvin's Surf Shop, Target
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridogulous places in Charleston

    James Island County Park, Riverfront Park, Isle of Palms, Palmetto Islands County Park, Hampton Park
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridonkulous weekend getaways

    Sanctuary at Kiawah, Beaufort, Go camping, Savannah, Asheville
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous outdoor attractions for ridonkulous fun

    Frankie's Fun Park, Blackbeard's Cove, Whirlin' Waters, Charles Towne Landing, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Center for Birds of Prey
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 10 ridonkulously delicious things to throw on the grill

    For some, summer smells like cocoa butter. For others, sweat. And then there are those for whom it smells like a nasty combination of pluff mud, horse piss, rotten fish, and an Ohio pork belly sizzling in the burning sun. Pork belly? Mmm. Now we're thinking about food. Hmm. What else would we like to eat right now?
    • Jun 23, 2010

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