On January 12, 2019, I went on a Wizarding bar crawl with my sister and a couple of good friends. We had a great time and went to some fantastic locations here in Charleston, so I thought I’d write about where we went and what we had. (For other locations I’ve been to, make sure to check out some of my other posts (like this one on cocktails bars and this one on breweries.)
Markster Con works on geek-themed events in Georgia (though it looks like they’re expanding into Charleston). I’ll admit the experience wasn’t what I expected, but that’s probably because I went in with different expectations. Don’t get me wrong–we still had a lot of fun and enjoyed ourselves. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect.
- Tickets were $25. The earlier you buy the ticket, the better. (We thought we would receive free wands for buying our tickets early. Apparently “early bird tickets” referred to tickets purchased in September, though we thought we had also seen something about the first 300 people to show up receiving free wands.) Otherwise, we got a little copy of Wizarding Weekly and a little pin (plus the lanyard carrying the score card for the scavenger hunt).
- Drinks were purchased separately from the ticket. You didn’t get drink tickets or anything (as I’ve done on other bar crawls I’ve been on). The drinks ranged from $3 (usually shots) to $8 or so. Meaning that if you got an $8 drink at each spot, you’d spend at least $64 without tip. Save your money up if you’re wanting to get a drink at each spot!
- The scavenger hunt advertised involved taking photos, really. They wanted to see all the photos via Snapchat (so have them as a friend or whatever before you go on the crawl so you can get the specialty filters for the event). The photos included taking a picture of a drink or food at each location, taking a photo with professors (who I’m not sure knew about this ahead of time? The McGonagall we took pictures with didn’t seem to be aware), and a photo at the starting line. It was a fun little idea, but since half our group didn’t have Snapchat, we didn’t worry about it.
- The house with the most Scavenger Hunt points won the House Cup. They gave away free shot glasses to the first 600 people to show up at the Graduation Ceremony at the last location. We didn’t stick around for that because we were all ready to go home at that point.
All in all, like I said, we had a good time. It was a little disorganized, but now we know what to expect for our next wizarding bar crawl.
The Bars of the Bar Crawl
Now, onto the good stuff! Here are the bars we went to.
- Carolina Ale House – I’ve been here before. It’s always a nice little stop, especially with the rooftop bar that overlooks Marion Square.
- Big Gun Burger Shop – We didn’t stay here long. Like many bars in Charleston, this place was long and skinny. We sat at a table and immediately started feeling claustrophobic, so we decided to move on and get ahead of the crowd. I want to go back and check it out, though (especially to try some burgers).
- Mynt – I’ve been by here numerous times but never actually stopped in. As shocking as it might be, we aren’t exactly the clubbing type of people. It was a cool space, though, and I loved the back patio. It had its own separate bar and a couple of those swing beds, plus a fire pit.
- Burns Alley – I had heard about this place forever and was so excited it was a stop. It was an awesome dive bar to stop at. We found some empty space in the upper deck and sat there for a while, watching all the nerds come in. (It was glorious.)
- Charleston Beer Works – I’ve been to Charleston Beer Works before as well. The new location is nicer than the original and it’s a nice stop. We tried some butterbeer here. I enjoyed how light it was and that it wasn’t overly sweet, but not everyone agreed with me.
- Ink ‘n’ Ivy – The inside of this place is really cool. We were getting hungry at this point, but it was going to be an hour to wait, so we moved on. Another place to go back and check out!
- Pour Taproom – This was another one I had been wanting to get to. The view does not disappoint (and we didn’t even make it to the deck). This is one of those taphouses where they give you a card and associate your credit card to it. You pick from one of the 40 taps they have and pour however many ounces of a beer you want. This place is perfect for someone like me who wants to try as much as possible. We ate here and really enjoyed our food, too.
- Uptown Social – This was a cool little spot. Unfortunately, it was really crowded by the time we got there, so we didn’t hang out too long. I’m not sure that I’d go back on a weeknight, to be honest–but again, we aren’t clubbing people and by the time we left, it was turning into a club.
Really, we had a great time and it was a lot of fun to have a girls’ night out. And, hey, can’t beat going on a wizarding bar crawl and unleashing your inner nerd!