Dining out is never just about the food and the drink. Before you actually taste your cocktail or meal, you eat the room. You soak in the lighting, the music, the wait staff style, the finish on the custom bar. Every component bears a story, a decision, a compromise, sometimes even a happy accident.

We’re taking you to some of Charleston’s most striking bars and dining rooms for a bite out of flavor by design. Step inside a bank building-turned-foodie mecca at The Ordinary. Take in the newly built, newly opened, longtime local favorite, Butcher & Bee. Cap the conversation with a cocktail at The Belmont, Upper King Street’s coziest watering hole with endless good vibes.   

The conversation will be lead by David Thompson, a celebrated local architect who knows the Holy City’s dining rooms better than anyone. He’ll lead a discussion with the makers, designers, and decision makers behind these unique spaces.

Enjoy small bites and festive sips at each spot while you gobble up a few new ways to savor your favorite restaurant or bar.

Transportation required + graciously provided by Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.