What’s Happening in Charleston: December 2016
Miracle at The Gin Joint
For the month of December, get into the holiday spirit at The Gin Joint as it transforms into Miracle — a holiday-themed cocktail pop-up bar. There are lights, decorations, and a menu filled with holiday drinks including “Bad Santa,” “Jingle Ball Nog,” and a “Nice and Naughty” shot. The Miracle concept is popping up around the country, and lucky for Charleston, we also get to celebrate in style.
Dec. 2–4, Jubilee
Garden & Gun magazine celebrates its fourth annual Jubilee this weekend at Charles Towne Landing. The event features a mix of sporting events, shopping, food, music, art, and more. There are dog-training demonstrations, a fly-fishing camp, and dinners featuring chefs Linton Hopkins and Mike Lata.
Dec. 4, The Get Down Pop-Up
A few of King Street’s hottest food and beverage teams come together for a special pop-up — The Get Down. The event turns HoM into a “Baltimore nightclub vibe” this Sunday with head bartender from The Belmont Joey Goetz serving drinks and chef de cuisine Vandy Vanderwalker from The Ordinary serving hors d’oeuvres. There is a $5 cover with entertainment by DJs Joel Tarpin and Jeff ET.
Dec. 5, Noodles Without Borders 3.0
For the third time, chef Josh Walker at Xiao Bao Biscuit will host chef Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter for a special pop-up called Noodles Without Borders. The mash-up menu will be offered starting at 5:30 p.m. on first-come basis until sold out!
Dec. 7, Sparkling Wine Social
Join wine director Vonda Freeman of The Indigo Road for a Sparkling Wine Social at Mercantile. Attendees will taste four wines and enjoy small bites during the tasting for $25.
Dec. 7, Rum Rum Rudolph
To celebrate the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s annual cocktail competition, there is a special cocktail crawl — Rum Rum Rudolph — from 5 to 9 p.m. to taste the drinks of the four finalists. Attendees are encouraged to wear their tackiest Christmas sweater or holiday attire. Cocktails can be purchased for $3 each, and the winner will be announced at the final stop, Scarecrow, at 9 p.m.
Shop Until You Drop
Several popular bars and restaurants are hosting shopping events, including:
- Dec. 3, Edmund’s Oast Exchange Holiday Beer and Wine Tasting and Pop-Up shop: From 2 to 6 p.m., sip free tastings and buy your favorite bottles.
- Dec. 5, Warehouse Sip ‘N Shop: From 5 to 8 p.m., shop local makers during a holiday happy hour.
- Dec. 8, Zero George Trunk Show: From 5 to 8 p.m., browse local artisans with cocktails and canapes in hand.
- Dec. 11, Thrifters and Drifters Holiday Market: From noon to 5 p.m., more than 20 artisans, makers, and vintage collectors will set up shop at the Royal American.
A former food truck, Avila has opened a brick-and-mortar spot in downtown Charleston. Serving Venezuelan cuisine, the menu features items like cachapas (sweet corn pancake stuffed with cheese), patacon (crispy plantain sandwich with various fillings), and carne al coco (pork skewers with a sweet coconut sauce).
The popular cheese-centric retail store Goat.Sheep.Cow has opened a second space in NoMo near Butcher & Bee and Tattooed Moose that is double is size and scope. Beautifully designed, the space is filled with cheese and charcuterie cases, wine, and other accoutrements. Patrons can also order food such as sandwiches, salads, and other fresh bites.
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