June 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
Event Organizers Anticipating a Full House at Popular Venue Charleston City Papers Reader’s Voted Best Country Bar, Deemed a “Country Gal’s Dream”
Easton Corbin made history when his self-titled debut album yielded two consecutive No. 1 hits, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” in 2010. That was the first time since 1993 any American country male artist had achieved the same success. The Trenton, Florida native, who once worked at Ace Hardware while building his following, eventually moved to Nashville and signed with Mercury Records in 2009.
Currently touring the country on an exhaustive tour, the 36-year old singer/songwriter will hit HonkyTonk Saloon’s stage on Friday, June 22. Lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics, and mastery of understatement, Easton will wow the 600-seat audience with live performances of songs from his three studio albums and complete performance repertoire. Doors open at 6 p.m. The tickets include Corbin’s show and two opening artists’ shows. Tickets range in price from $25 to $65 and are available at Eventbrite.com
About HonkyTonk Saloon – HonkyTonk Saloon delivers two times the country-themed fun with locations in downtown, Charleston and nearby Ladson. Live country music, line dancing, mechanical bull rides, barbecue from Queology’s pitmaster kitchen, and a slew of delicious brews and cocktails make HonkyTonk an excellent place to party with friends. The Ladson location is located at 192 College Park Road. For more information call 843.569.6000 or visit HonkyTonkSaloon.com
April 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
In its Best Of issue published today, April 25, writer Mary Scott Hardaway writes a glowing review of HonkyTonk Saloon Ladson. The most fun you can have with your boots on. Here’s a recap:
By Mary Scott Hardaway
The moment I entered into the dimly lit Honkytonk Saloon situated right off of I-26, exit 203 to Ladson, it was all Bud Light wishes and rhinestone dreams. I could feel the beer chasing my blues away, the whiskey drowning my worries … I knew I’d be okay. I thought to myself, grinning ear to ear, “Damn, those were some good directions.”
My sister and I first visited the country western bar on a Saturday night. It was still early, around 7 p.m., and the free hour of couple’s dance instruction was just getting started. With our fiances preferring the bar scene to the dancefloor, my sister and I partnered up with about four other couples, ’cause some days, you just gotta dance.
Two cocktails deep (this uncoordinated cowgirl needs to pregame a little to boot scoot boogie, OK?), I clutched my sister’s hand as she attempted to lead “one and two and three and four.” I looked around. We were the only couple facing the same direction in which we started. I wondered if we’d even moved.
“OK just pay attention,” I urged my sister; she nodded emphatically, sipping her vodka soda until the ice started to clink. It was only every other memory that I had of my sister chugging a rail vodka in a bar that led me to believe we were probably not going to master the West Coast Swing that night.
The instructor moved across the floor like a landslide — like one bourbon, one shot, and one beer — like a lifted F-150 on a red dirt road. You get the idea. She was a pro. She smiled patiently at our scuffling feet and swung the other dancers around the shiny wooden floor as the band from Nashville started to set up in the background. I ordered another vodka.
A week later and finally recovered from my honktonky hangover, I visited the bar on a Wednesday afternoon to chat with managers Bob Shipley and Shelly Shattuck and some bar flies. Over a shot of Jack Daniels Honey — well, two, split three ways, it was 4 p.m. after all — regulars Anthony Daubs and a man who called himself Rusty Shackelford informed me that people don’t come here for “that IPA scene.” My vodka/Bud Light/maybe some bourbon? hangover could attest to that — usually I’m a slow, steady saison sipper on a Saturday night.
“That’s out where you are, and that’s if you want to go back and relax,” say “Shackelford.” “They’re so heavy. The point here is the environment.” The single Daubs, who is here after work most days, says a Friday or Saturday evening brings out a lot of other singles. We didn’t ask him his success rate with pick-up lines, but he seemed amicable. Hell, everyone there was friendly. And not in that cheeseball saccharine, “oh let me try to sell you on this place” bullshit.They were just genuinely having a good time.
And why wouldn’t you? Even for a creature of habit who prefers clutching a crowler in a taproom to dancing on a bar, Honkytonk brought out the “Shit damn I wanna stay all night” in me. And for this 20-something homebody, that’s about as often as a cold day in July.
Even if staying into the wee hours on the weekend with, according to a security guard, anywhere from 500-700 other patrons (the place is HUGE), jamming to live country music and watching the servers hop on the bar for a coordinated dance (y’all seen Coyote Ugly?) isn’t your bottle of domestic beer. Honkytonk does it all.
“Tuesdays are open mic night, and we do a paint night for $10 on the second Tuesday of every month,” explains Shattuck. “Some Wednesdays are bike nights, with money going to a local children’s charity, some are truck/jeep nights with money going to a local PTSD foundation. Thursdays are ladies night — a lot of female regulars like to come and learn (for free) the dance the servers do on the bar. Fridays are line dancing and a DJ. Saturday is couple’s dance instruction and a live band and then a DJ later in the night. We’ve had a hypnotist, we’ve done comedy. We just started a jazz night.”
And then there’s the mechanical bull, which, “Shackelford” says you can “pay something like $5 and ride all night,” the pool tables, the laughably good happy hour prices.
“Country is hot right now,” says Shipley. “We are primarily a honky tonk, [people come here to] eat good food, drink a cold beer, dance to good music, and get great service. At the end of the day that’s what we’re about.” The spacious Honkytonk building, situated on an even larger parking lot, has changed hands quite a few times over the years. To solidify the identity of the less than two-year-old concept, Shipley knew the name was everything. “That’s why we came up with Honkytonk Saloon, we thought that said it all. There’s no doubt about what it is.”
It’s a country bar, it’s an after-work happy hour destination, it’s a hub for large, charitable events. It’s a meeting place for singles who want to dance all night, for families who come early for the barbecue, for the 85-year-old regular who, Shattuck says, closes the bar every Friday and Saturday night. It’s for a large demographic — races, genders, ages — driving in from Ridgeville, Mt. Pleasant, Johns Island, Summerville. It’s for those who stay ’til the ugly lights come on, for the cowboy who wants to prove he can ride that bull for 30 seconds. It’s as Shipley says, “the most fun you can have with your boots on.” And for this small town girl, it’s one helluva Saturday night.
March 22, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Group and Toast of Summerville Heartily Endorse DD2’s ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ Campaign for Improving Education in Greater Charleston
Taking place this Saturday, March 24, The Big Event is Dorchester Two Educational Foundation’s annual fundraiser benefiting its ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ campaign. Dedicated to creating initiatives and innovation awards in science, technology and more, in the past three years Imagine the Possibilities has raised $92,000 and funded 28 select grants benefiting 18,764 Dorchester Two students.
As part of Toast of Summerville’s and (presenter) Charleston Hospitality Group’s ongoing commitment to supporting education, this year they are sponsors of The Big Event and will be donating over $5,000 in cash, prizes and services benefiting the night’s event. Silent auction items include lunch at Eli’s Table with cookbook author Holly Herrick and signed copies of her two latest cookbooks, Chef’s Table Bourbon Dinner for two at Eli’s Table, VIP Party for Four at Tabbuli, Two HonkyTonk Saloon concert tickets with VIP passes, Brunch for Two at Toast!, Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar dinner package, Table for Four including bottle service at HonkyTonk Saloon, and a Que the Tailgate barbecue picnic from Queology. The Toast! worthy party will be featured in their live auction, highlighting a private catered party for 12 with 4-course meal and wine pairing.
“At Charleston Hospitality Group, we are 100% committed to supporting the community, and especially the crucial and substantial educational support provided by Dorchester Two’s Educational Foundation,” says Charleston Hospitality Group CEO Sam Mustafa.
The Big Event will take place on Saturday, March 24 at The Ponds Farmhouse, 326 Hundred Oaks Parkway in Summerville. In addition to the silent auction, it will include live music, a Lowcountry bar and southern cuisine. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit DD2FOUNDATION.ORG or call 843.695.5353.
March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last week on Lowcountry Live, Charleston Hospitality Group featured Toast! Chef Steve Williams prepared our famous Eggs Meeting Street dish while Chef Brett McKee discussed the new dinner menu he and Steve will be working on. Toast! has been known primarily for its fabulous breakfast dishes, but improvements are set to be made to the current dinner menu. Watch here and on the Toast! blog for more information.
At Tabbuli, we offer Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2.50 domestics, $3 wells, $3 Chardonnay, and 1/2 off on Hookahs. On Thursdays, Hookahs are half price all day. Toast! also features Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.