This Saturday marks the sixth Art Bar Agora, a celebration of music and art at one of Columbia’s favorite watering holes. Local artists of all kinds will be set up outside Art Bar selling their wares. There will be food by Joe Turkaly, and music on both the indoor and outdoor stages. And of course, there’s nothing like a good drink or two to get you in the mood for buying some art. Doors are at 5 p.m., and admission is $6. The outdoor artists’ market is all-ages while inside is, of course, 21 and up.
Drinkin’ and Running
The warmer weather means that you’ve likely seen lots of runners on the streets of Columbia lately, taking advantage of the sunshine and cool breezes. You may also be feeling an itch to get out there and run yourself (or maybe it’s just the pollen), but you don’t want your running getting in the way of your drinking. Luckily for you, there are pub runs! Fleet Feet Sports hosts a Pub Run every second, third, fourth and sometimes fifth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The three-mile run starts and ends at the British Bulldog Pub on Bower Parkway. All paces including walkers are welcome, and everyone can enjoy happy hour and pint night specials after the run is over. If you’re over Lexington way on Mondays, you can get your pub run on with Iron Mary’s Crossfit and Old Mill Brewpub. They meet up every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Iron Mary’s, take a three-mile run, and then end it with a beer at the conveniently located Old Mill Brewpub.
Tour de Brew
There was an old Lewis Black joke about Ireland. “Do you like to drink? Well, you should go.” The same applies to Charleston if you’re a craft beer lover. Outlander Travel and the Vino Garage have teamed up to present a Beer Journey to the Holy City, a one-day brew tour leaving from Columbia to visit some of the best Charleston breweries. The tour takes place on Saturday, April 26, departing from the Vino Garage at 8:45 a.m. From there, turistas will do a tour and tasting at Frothy Beard Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Freehouse Brewing and Westbrook Brewing. This is a great mix with a big, well-established brewery (Westbrook), a great, mid-level hangout brewery (Holy City), and two newer breweries just establishing their foothold in the city (Frothy Beard and Freehouse). The $85 admission covers your travel and a flight or pint at each of the breweries you visit. You can make your reservation by calling Andy Simmons at Outlander Travel at 318-3283.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
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