Best of Charleston 2021 – Park Circle Nominees

McPark Pizza - Park Pizza Co

Best of Charleston 2021 - Park Circle Nominees

Every year, the Charleston City Paper accepts nominations for the “Best of Charleston,” and each year a growing number of Park Circle people, establishments, and events get nominated. I wanted to make it easy for you to support all things Park Circle by putting together a list of every category that has a Park Circle option to vote for (52 in total!).

It’s a chance to put Park Circle on the map and let everyone know why this neighborhood is so special! Just click on the link to take you directly to the voting page. Voting ends April 7th, 2021.


Attractions and City Living

1. Best Annual Outdoor Event

High Water Festival

  • One of the best outdoor music festivals held annually at Riverfront Park. Plans are being put together for April 2022 – Check out what High Water Festival has in store.
High Water Festival

2. Best Neighborhood

Park Circle

  • Cool, creative Park Circle. Let the people know!

3. Best Public School 

Charleston County School of the Arts
Academic Magnet High School

Academic Magnet High School - Park Circle, North Charleston - Real Deal with Neil

Culture, Arts and Entertainment

4. Best Music Concert of 2020

Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses at Firefly Distillery
Safe Sounds at Firefly Series

  • If you haven’t attended a safe sounds concert at Firefly Distillery, you need to check it out!
Firefly Distillery - Park Circle

5. Best Rock Music Club

The Sparrow

  • My local favorite hangout for cold drinks, live music and comedy. See what’s on tap at The Sparrow.
The Sparrow - Park Circle - A Live/Work/Play Neighborhood


6. Best Authentic Pub

Madra Rua

  • The Red Fox. Weekends are for Soccer or “Football” for the real fans. Check out the football schedule at Madra Rua.
Madra Rua Irish Pub - Park Circle

7. Best Beer Retail Selection

The Brew Cellar 

  • Craft beer is their passion. A hand-selected inventory of hard-to-find brews! Check out The Brew Cellar.
The Brew Cellar - Park Circle - inventory

8. Best Distillery

Firefly Distillery
Nippitaty Distillery

  • Sweet Tea Vodka, Nippitaty Gin, these are just some of the best cocktail starters coming from Park Circle (I know Nippitaty isn’t in Park Circle yet, but they will be soon, and that’s good enough for me!). Check out Firefly Distillery or Nippitaty Distillery.

9. Best Local Beer

Holy City Washout Wheat

  • A German Hefeweizen with notes of banana and clove, making this brew an excellent hot weather beer. Visit Holy City Brewing and experience it yourself!
Holy City Farmers Market

10. Best Local Brewery

Holy City Brewing

  • I’m telling you, if you haven’t gone yet, you need to check it out – Holy City Brewing 

11. Best Local Brewery Taproom

Commonhouse Aleworks
Holy City Brewing

Commonhouse Aleworks Patio - Park Circle - Real Deal with Neil

12. Best Local Spirit

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
Nippitaty Gin

13. Best Neighborhood Bar

Madra Rua Irish Pub

  • Try the Prime Rib of Beef Sandwich with au jus and hand-cut fries. Trust me.

14. Best North Charleston Bar

Madra Rua Irish Pub
Stems & Skins
The Mill
The Sparrow
DIG in the Park

  • It’s hard to choose just one, but you have to go with your favorite.

15. Best North Charleston Happy Hour

Madra Rua Irish Pub
Stems & Skins
The Mill
The Sparrow
DIG in the Park

  • If you haven’t checked out my Ultimate Park Circle happy hour guide, you can see it here.


16. Best Asian Fusion

Jackrabbit Filly

  • Asian fusion at its finest. See what’s on the menu at Jackrabbit Filly and the unique Asian/Latin flavors at Dashi
Dashi Charleston

17. Best Burger

Sesame Burgers and Beer

Sesame Burgers and Beer

18. Best Charcuterie

The Gilded Graze

  • Custom charcuterie & cheese grazing boards, boxes & tables that are made with love. Owner Julie Stowers is a Park Circle resident! Check out her creations at The Gilded Graze.
The Gilded Graze

19. Best Chinese

Jackrabbit Filly

  • More love for the Filly. Heritage Driven New Chinese American restaurant. Cocktails, beer & wine.

20. Best Chocolatier

Sweeteeth Chocolate

  • Handmade artisanal chocolate candy bars, made by EVO and sold throughout Charleston. Try some at EVO Pizza!

21. Best Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Weiners

Coney Island Weiner Shop - Park Circle

22. Best Ice Cream

Park Circle Creamery

  • Handcrafted Ice Cream just sounds good. Even though they just recently closed up shop at their original location on E Montague, we are still anxiously awaiting the announcement for their new location. Maurice knows his ice cream. Stay up-to-date by visiting their website.
Park Circle Creamery

23. Best Milkshake

Sesame Burgers and Beer

  • This milkshake brings all the boys to the yard (and girls). 

24. Best North Charleston Brunch

The Junction
Madra Rua Irish Pub
Jackrabbit Filly
Holy City Brewing

  • They’re all winners in my book, but you’ve got to choose one! This weekend why not try the Buzzed Donut at The Junction Kitchen

25. Best North Charleston Restaurant

Jackrabbit Filly
EVO Pizzeria
The Codfather

  • Once again, another tough choice. All good restaurants!

26. Best Pizza – Gourmet

EVO Pizzeria

  • Wood-fired pizza cooked in a brick oven using only the freshest ingredients possible. Also, check out their amazing salads and appetizers at EVO Pizzeria.

27. Best Pizza – Traditional

Park Pizza Co.

  • My personal go-to when I’m craving pizza for lunch..and dinner…and breakfast. Check out their daily lunch special: 1-topping slice, 1/2 circle or empire salad & a soda or water for only $7. Visit Park Pizza Co. and try the McPark Pizza, a pizza that tastes just like a Big Mac!
McPark Pizza - Park Pizza Co

28. Best Place to Buy Local Seafood

Abundant Seafood

29. Best Thai


  • They’ve got multiple locations all over Charleston, but this is where you can find the Park Circle Basil Thai.

Politics, News & The Media

30. Best Community Activist

Kay Hyman

  • A lifetime Park Circle resident & watchdog for our community’s voiceless humans, animals and trees.

31. Best Progressive

Marvin Pendarvis

  • Marvin Pendarvis is the South Carolina State Representative for District 113. Learn more at

Recreation, Health and Beauty

32. Best Barber Shop

Barelli Barber

  • Proper Grooming for Gentlemen – This new Barber Shop in Park Circle offers Cuts, Shaves, Hot Towels, Grooming Products, and Waxing for Men. Make an appointment at Barelli Barber.
Barelli Barber - Park Circle

33. Best Dental Practice

Cooper Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

  • State-of-the-art family dental care through preventive dentistry, quality restorations and cosmetic dentistry. It’s where I get my teeth cleaned! Clean your plaque at Cooper Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.

34. Best Exercise Studio

Locomotion Fitness

  • One-on-one coaching and guidance, and a community of people who lift one another up! See what makes them different at Locomotion Fitness.
Locomotion Fitness - Park Circle

35. Best Eye Doctor

Dr. Kelley Perkins

  • Dr. Perkins offers comprehensive medical eye exams and a relaxed approach to finding eyewear that defines your personal style. Drop in or visit them online at Perkins Eyecare + Eyewear
Perkins Eyecare + Eyewear - Park Circle

36. Best Park

North Charleston Riverfront Park

  • Lots of green space, a boardwalk, chairs that swing, and public art installations. What more could you ask for? Read about Riverfront Park.


37. Best Realtor

The Real Deal with Neil – Neil Bansil

  • Ok, I wasn’t nominated, but I never got into Real Estate for the accolades anyway. I specialize in Park Circle and it’s where I live, work and play. For those of you who know the “Real Deal” you already know. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram for the latest Park Circle news, listings and fun! The Real Deal with Neil
Real Deal with Neil - Park Circle Real Estate Specialist


38. Best Antique Store

The Station Park Circle

  • Home to 50 vendors, local artists, and crafters offering furniture, art, lighting, accents, vinyl, plants, apparel, textiles, jewelry, gifts, and so much more! Come check them out at The Station Park Circle.

39. Best Bookstore

Itinerant Literate Books

  • A cute little independent bookstore in Park Circle that has a mobile component that travels around Charleston as well! See the latest books at Itinerant Literate Books.
Itinerant Literate Bookstop - Park Circle

40. Best CBD Shop

I Heart CBD

  • Looking to de-stress? Feeling a little anxious? Why not stop by I Heart CBD in Park Circle and see what they have to offer.

41. Best Cigar Store

Habana Club

  • Did you know Park Circle had a Cigar store? Well, now you know.  located in Park Circle at 4718 Spruill Avenue. Open 7 days a week offering wine, beer and a great selection of premium hand-rolled cigars. Visit them online at Habana Club

42. Best Eyewear Boutique

Perkins Eyecare and Eyewear

  • Another well deserved nomination for Dr. Kelley Perkins.

43. Best Florist

Roadside Blooms

  • Organic-style floral design; foraging for unique textures; intimate affairs; and blooms grown on 100% American soil! See what kind of arrangement Toni Reale can make for you at Roadside Blooms.
Roadside Blooms - Park Circle

44. Best Garden Store/Nursery

Roadside Blooms

  • Another nomination for Toni Reale at Roadside Blooms!

45. Best Gourmet Grocery Store

Choice’s Gourmet Market & Deli

  • Check out my recent article about this Park Circle shop here. Go visit Charles at Choice’s Gourmet Market & Deli and see why it’s one of Park Circle’s favorite places to shop.
Choice's Gourmet Market and Deli

46. Best Home Accessories Store

The Station Park Circle

  • A second nomination for The Station! 

47. Best Pet Store

Park Pets

  • Park Circle’s Pet Foodie Paradise Healthy, sustainable, and weird. Take your pet to Park Pets, believe me, they’ll thank you.
Park Pets - Park Circle

48. Best Record Store

Gray Cat Music

  • Quality used and new vinyl records located in a booth at The Station Park Circle. My wife found a Charlie Brown Christmas album here. See what Gray Cat Music might have for you!

49. Best Shopping District

Park Circle

  • Park Circle has quickly become or has already become the kind of place you walk around and shop on weekends. It’s a great place to have lunch, dinner or a drink, but we already knew that.

50. Best Stationary Store

Ink Meets Paper

  • Looking for a unique greeting card for all occasions? Visit Ink Meets Paper!
Ink Meets Paper - Park Circle

51. Best Thrift/Resale Shop

The Station Park Circle

  • A third nomination for this reclaimed marketplace! Go say hi to Sharon who you’ll find roaming the aisles as the owner of The Station Park Circle.

52. Best Wine Shop

Accent on Wine

  • Visit Accent on Wine in either Summerville or their Park Circle location, but mostly their Park Circle location. Amazing wines, craft beer & gourmet food all available to be enjoyed in-house or take it to-go
Accent on Wine - Park Circle

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