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Shep Rose from Southern Charm often gets tweets and messages from fans who plan to visit Charleston, South Carolina. Many fans want restaurant recommendations, whereas others ask about ideal party spots.

Rather than respond to each message and tweet, Rose created a guide to navigating Charleston. He shared the guide on his Shep Gear blog and details not only where to go but offers insider tips to each spot. Although he doesn’t include tips on where to shop or various tourist attractions, Rose certainly knows where to have a great meal in town or a cocktail.

Craig Conover, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll
Craig Conover, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll | Dia Dipasupil/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

He included a nice selection of spots ranging from the more expensive haunts to affordable joints just about any tourist can afford. Fans may possibly end up spotting Rose at some of his restaurant and bar suggestions too.

He includes a wide range of dining options

Where to eat in Charleston? Rose recommends Halls Chophouse, especially for steak.

“I think it’s the best steak in town,” he shared. “I took my parents there a couple years ago and my dad told the owners (the friendly Hall’s brothers “that’s the beat steak I’ve had in 6 years.” Which begged the question. What happened 6 years ago? The bar is good, even on Monday and Tuesdays…mainly an older, monied crowd. It’s definitely amusing to see divorcees navigate the bar looking for redemption.”

But for the “best food in town,” check out Fig, he asserts. “Most agree the best food in town. Tough to get a reservation. Gnocchi Bolognese is second to none.”

And what’s a visit down South without hitting up a good barbecue joint? Rose recommends Hometeam BBQ. “Started by a fellow Georgia grad. A Charleston institution. The Sullivan’s island location is a particular favorite of mine. BBQ is good. The staff and the scene is what people love. The Downtown place is fairly new and is a great place to congregate and watch a game or listen to live music.”

He also has bar and club recommendations

Southern Charm is all about the party scene and Rose has your back. He has two recommendations that he’s “biased” about, only because they are his own backed businesses.

The Commodore is one spot where you can dance the night away. “Another biased [recommendation],” Rose wrote. “This is the other place we helped open with Taylor! An old jazz club that we didn’t do much to. It was perfect the way it was. Definitely gives off a Chicago blues club mixed with a New Orleans jazz dive vibe. Great local live funk music and people dancing. So much fun. If you want a dance joint that isn’t cheesy or filled with millennials, this is your place.”

He also suggests hitting his other business, The Palace Hotel, for an ice-cold beer.

For those who want to hit a club that offers bottle service, Rose suggests Republic. “If you want a traditional club with bottle service, contemporary music, and those millennials I was talking about. This is the spot. Added bonus is that there’s an outdoor area with a bar to chat with friends or have a smoke. So you have options, which is always a good thing. Bartenders are super cool.”

Other recommendations include Trio, the Warehouse and also, a fun bowling alley, aptly named The Alley. “I’m a partner in this fine establishment as well. This is the place to watch any big sports game. The Alley is also the only bowling alley downtown (has 8 lanes) lots of games and good food and drinks. There’s room to move which I enjoy. You’ll never be bored here.”