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Charleston’s ‘bests’ (and its ‘worsts’): The listicle

Posted on May 21, 2014 by in Place

Charleston's bests, Travel & LeisureThere doesn’t seem to a city “best” list that doesn’t include Charleston. We even make it on several “worst” lists (more on those in a moment).

The biggest is Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice “Best Cities in the World,” where Charleston ranks fifth in the 2013 list, and was first in 2012. For three years in a row, Charleston has been the magazine’s “Best City in the U.S.”  The honors are especially significant because they come entirely from the magazine’s readers. Most recently, Charleston was No. 4 in the  magazine’s Readers’ Choice for “Best American City for Foodies.”

Travel & Leisure magazine — an indefatigable list maker — rates cities in more than a score of ways — everything from Wild Weekend to Family Vacation to Gay Friendly. Charleston is high on many, but not all, of those lists. Note that the links below divide results between those from residents and visitors.

The results (with Charleston’s rankings in parentheses):

Then there are the bests where Charleston is among the worsts:

I wonder about the low rating on sports bars. I’m no authority on sports bars in metro Charleston, but I notice that Yelp gives at least three stars to nine local sports bars. including the recently opened Bay Street Biergarten, which, to me, looks like a great venue for watching games and drinking German beer.

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