So you want to experience Charleston like the gang on Southern Charm, do you? Well, we’ve got 10 ways you can do just that.
When planning your trip to the Holy City, make sure you leave enough time to hit up the spots most featured on the Bravo series.
From locales mentioned and featured on the show to places the gang have been spotted and shared pics of on Instagram, this is how you can experience Charleston like a Southern Charmer.
Who knows, you may even spot a cast member!
Republic Garden & Lounge
If you’ve watched Southern Charm since the beginning, you know that the first couple of seasons featured many a drunken evening at Republic.
I believe it’s also where Shep and Austen got into a heated argument over Chelsea in season four.
The Southern Charm gang loves Halls Chophouse, as does just about everyone else in Charleston.
No matter who you are, everyone is treated like they’re somebody at Halls. It’s southern hospitality at its finest.
Our pal Lawson Roberts, the official party planner for the Bravo series, has spotted numerous other celebrities at the Charleston hot spot as well. Here’s just one from his Instagram feed.
We checked out Shep’s newest venture, The Commodore, on our most recent trip back to the Holy City. I must say, it could very well be my favorite place to end an evening, as illustrated by what I posted on IG.
Had an absolute BLAST at The Commodore in Charleston last night. Rocked out to the Funktastics, watched our pal @jfinnyrob sit in with the band on drums, spotted Southern Charmer @relationshep on the way in… swipe to check out his pic from earlier in the evening over on Shem Creek to see how he looked. I also snagged the shot he posted when the Top Chef gang stopped by the bar. Oh, and can we talk about how awesome it is that the old jazz club sign for Touch of Class still stands out front?
One of Shep’s other business ventures is the Palace Hotel. The funky dive bar has been mentioned numerous times on the show. It may also serve as the original source of inspiration for Shep Gear, as one of the first produced hats featured the bar’s logo.
Now, the brand offers a variety of styles, including this one that I purchased at Two Cumberland on King Street.
Other than Halls, the place we’ve spotted the cast most often is at Shem Creek.
From Tavern and Table to Water’s Edge to Naomie’s family’s relatively new bar Saltwater Cowboys, Shem Creek is the best way to end your day with a view of the Ravenel Bridge and a beautiful sunset.
Naomie’s family also owns Nico, the French oyster bar located just across the way from Saltwater Cowboys. It was recently featured in a season five episode of the series when Naomie apologizes to Peyton after a horrendous encounter at her Halloween party at The Wreck.
Hit Up An Event
Charleston is always a happening city, but it’s even more exciting when there’s a festival going on. Get yourself into the Gwynn’s tent at Charleston Fashion Week and you’ll most likely find the entire cast. We’ve also spotted cast members at the Charleston Cup, The Cooper River Bridge Run and, most recently, the High Water Fest.
Home Team BBQ
Whether you venture over to the Sullivan’s Island location, West Ashley or the one on the peninsula (which happened to be closed for filming on our most recent trip), a good time will be had by all at Home Team.
Be sure to get a game changer while you’re there!
The bar and bowling alley, aptly named The Alley, is one of Shep’s earliest ventures into the bar biz.
Since investing with the Alley years ago I’ve got on @crowleysalley case about some new @thealleychas Gear and he delivered. (be on the lookout for it on @shepgear soon), Also, if you live in Charleston you know that @thealleychas is far and away the best sports bar in town. Help me procure their rightful place on the throne of #BestSportsBar in the #BOC awards at www.bestofcharleston.net. Also vote for @palacehotelchs for #besthotdog #bestneighborhoodbar #bestbarstaff and a few more. And the @thecommodorechs for lord knows what. (Link is in my bio above)😁👌🏻🤙🏻
It’s also where we crossed paths with Cameron (who was taking part in a celebrity spelling bee).
Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant
The place to shop for designer labels is Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant. It’s been mentioned and featured numerous times over the years, but it got the most screen time in season five when Kathryn requested a job at the boutique.
And, of course, the mecca of Southern Charm filming locations is Patricia’s historic house, the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House, though there’s a wall surrounding it so you can’t get too close to the action. One can dream though.
Want more Southern Charm? Check out the interview we did with party planner extraordinaire Lawson Roberts here.