I’ve been silently slinking around in the South picking up the scent of fine things and here’s my double secret: Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge in Charleston. Get that island magic in a town where the sea breeze knocks out the mo-skeetos and no-see-ums … most of the time. It gets super reviews on Yelp and, anyway, who can say “no” to a Lobster Corn Dog, Teryaki Spam Kebab, Cheeseburger Spring Rolls or Cashew Encrusted Tuna Satay. See what I mean? Seriously hip … but if you haven’t embraced spam and other organ meats, you won’t know what I’m talking about (more about that later). There’s a Happy Hour from 4-7pm Monday through Friday. The ultra-killer clincher: They are up to their dreads in jazz. I think you catch Quentin Baxter, jazz percussionist and musical director of the Charleston Jazz Initiative, The Charlton Singleton Brass Band and some other amazing performers playing here.
—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/The Daily Slice