Shopping can be thirsty work, especially in our Famously Hot city, and as one of the longest-established collections of watering holes in Columbia, Five Points knows thirsty. That’s why every Wednesday in June and July is Wine Down Wednesday in Five Points from 5 to 7 p.m. Participating Five Points shops will be offering various specials on their goods, and many will offer some refreshments such as the aforementioned wine and maybe even some beer, too. Keep an eye on fivepointscolumbia.com and the Wine Down Wednesday Facebook page to find out each week’s deals (and where you can find the complimentary booze). Restaurants like Harper’s and Yesterdays usually have good deals on wine during the event, too.
Foothills On Offer at World of Beer
One of North Carolina’s most respected breweries is featured this Thursday night at World of Beer. Foothills Brewery Night kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 19, and the bar will undoubtedly have some special stuff from the brewery on tap. While the final beer list hasn’t been announced as of press time, Foothills’ excellent Jade IPA is currently making the rounds of Columbia growlers stations, so I expect it could be part of the night. It might also be one of the last chances Columbians have to wrap their lips around some Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, my favorite Foothills brew, until it’s brewed again next year.
Thomas Creek Celebrates 16 Years
Note: This event is next weekend, not June 21. Free Times regrets the error.
While South Carolina craft beer is obviously booming over the past couple years, one brewery that’s been in the game much longer is Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville. In fact, Thomas Creek has been in it so long that it will be celebrating its Sweet 16 next Saturday, June 28 [online copy corrected]. The Thomas Creek 16th Anniversary Party will run from 2 to 8 p.m., celebrating with lots of food, music, a homebrewing demonstration, a cornhole tournament with cash prizes and appropriately 16 different beers. There will also be a flight of four “best of” cask-aged beers included in the (extra-low) admission price of $5. All the other beers are $4 each, and now that the Stone Bill has passed, you can have as many as you want. If you’re an early bird, a Thomas Creek pint glass goes to the first 100 people, too. If you haven’t seen Thomas Creek’s new taproom, this is a great time to check it out and celebrate 16 years of these guys making really great South Carolina beer.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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!
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.
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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