For a city with such a long, lovely spring and a glorious fall, Columbia has for many years suffered a surprising lack of outdoor dining options.
That’s not to say we have none. It’s just that we don’t have as many as we should.
Things are beginning to change, though. On Main Street, just in the last few weeks, Good Life Café and Michael’s have set up outdoor tables, joining businesses like Cantina 76, Drip on Main, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse and Wine Down on Main in bringing people to street level downtown. Few things make a city feel so alive as sidewalk seating, and the new Main Street vibe is tangible.
Looking to dine or drink al fresco? Here are some other good options.
The Old Mill Brewpub in Lexington has covered and uncovered seating that looks out over an old millpond (and beer brewed on site — hooray).
The 17th floor Rooftop Bar at the Sheraton is probably the highest open-air place you can drink in Columbia unless you have friends with penthouses. It’s worth a trip, especially for out-of-town visitors.
Jake’s Bar and Grill in Five Points has a huge, carefully landscaped outdoor deck and lawn. Nearby Lucky’s has a deck with a view of Harden Street while you’re drinking, while Harper’s offers a similar view for the brunch crowd. Pawleys Front Porch has a big, uh, front porch. Or wander down Saluda Avenue, where you can sit outside on the sidewalk at the Gourmet Shop, Drip, Delaney’s, Starbucks or CJ’s.
Carolina Ale House in the Vista has a big second-story deck.
TLC Sports Bar might be the only bar at which you can play volleyball outdoors on sand.
Liberty on the Lake features a huge deck and a view of Lake Murray.
Terra has a walled-in patio that’s a nice respite from the bustle outside on State Street.
And, of course, plenty of great bars and restaurants have a few outdoor tables — @116 State, Hunter-Gatherer, Kelly’s, Gervais & Vine and more.
ETV Show Wins Peabody Award
If you’ve been watching the ETV-produced documentary series A Chef’s Life, you understand how compelling it is — and why it might have just earned a prestigious Peabody Award for critical excellence. The show follows Vivian Howard, a high-end chef who’s returned from New York City to her eastern North Carolina hometown to open a farm-to-table restaurant. Part reality show, part cooking show, part farm documentary, it’s a smart and engaging piece of television.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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