Name: Michael Wescott Setting: The Whig (1200 Main St.)
This has always been one of my favorite bars in Columbia. What is your favorite night to come to The Whig?
Monday nights, for sure, because of dollar pizza night. I come here about three days a week, though, depending on my finances. Sometimes I will come on a Tuesday for tacos, but it’s more crowded, or any other night when I’m just wanting some company.
What do you think is the main appeal of The Whig?
I like that it doesn’t try to be too clean. I don’t like it when a bar tries to act like it’s this grungy or hip place, but it ends up being too clean. It’s dark, underground, and they have taxidermy hanging on the walls. It really is the coolest bar in Columbia. It feels like it’s lived in. Yeah, that’s it. You don’t have to worry about getting dressed up to come down here or worry about waiters trying to shuffle you out of the way to clean.
What other places would you compare to The Whig?
Goatfeathers was probably the closest thing to The Whig. It was a s#!t-hole but at least it was our s#!t-hole. I loved Goatfeathers, too. That was me and my girlfriend’s favorite date-night spot. Now I think we just default to the Hunter-Gatherer. I think that is my default now, too. If I am trying to impress a friend from out of town I bring them there.
What kind of people do you think like to come out to The Whig?
I have heard The Whig labeled a hipster bar, but I don’t really know what that means because I don’t really know what a hipster is. It isn’t really a college bar. I know a lot of artists and musicians come here. I have met a few college professors here, too. I guess I am some where between being a hipster and an old fart, and I always feel welcome.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
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