The Copper Pint Irish Pub—Headquarters for Charleston’s Celtic Calling

04Mar 2016

Charleston’s first-ever Celtic festival, the Celtic Calling, kicks off March 4 and I, for one, am so looking forward to it.  Not just because I’m the head of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and we are sponsoring many of the activities; not because it coincides with the Mountain East Conference, thus giving our basketball fans lots to do when not at the Coliseum; not because I’ve got Irish blood coursing through my veins from both sides of my family; but the Celtic Calling gives us time to show off the fun and cultural celebrations Charleston is famous for during the winter time!

We are grateful to the local organizing committee for bringing this event to life and getting us in the mood for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  We have so many partners - the Charleston Area Alliance, restaurants, retailers, the Town Center Mall, musicians and performers to thank.  But, one place stands at the “heart & soul” of our new celebration:  The Copper Pint Irish Pub.

Owned by Vicenti Cruz and located on Kanawha Boulevard, The Copper Pint Irish Pub is the unofficial headquarters of the Celtic Calling.  Frankly, it is an Irish pub that can get you in the mood all year.  Its rustic interior harkens to some of the pubs in the old country and Vicenti celebrates with Celtic flags and Celtic pub food - at least the American take on it.  This place is always lively and the bar made with copper pennies is unique.

On March 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Copper Pint will feature “Guinness Hour,” with music and dance by Poor Man’s Gambit, with no cover charge.

On March 6 at 4:30 p.m., enjoy an Irish murder mystery party, A Murderous Wake, presented by Murder & Merriment. Tickets are $10, sold through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. 

Also taking place on March 6 will be Closing Ceremonies with Celtic Music at 6:00 p.m.  Of course the Copper Pint will be open during all the evening festivities and its sister pub, The Boulevard Tavern, will host the Bastard Bearded Irishmen, on March 4 with a $10 cover charge.

Not all Celtic Calling activities include drinking Guinness.  There are plenty of family friendly and educational events. Check it out at