Balmy Charleston evenings are perfect for a cool cocktail or dancing to live jazz. The craft-beer scene has taken off, with the best concentration of breweries in the Northern Peninsula, Mt Pleasant and North Charleston. The Charleston Brews Cruise is a way to hit four breweries in one. Craft distilleries are also on the rise, with two good ones right downtown.
Check out the weekly Charleston City Paper and the 'Preview' section of Friday's Post & Courier.
Charleston is very gay-friendly. The best spot is Dudley's on Anne.