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.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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Real Estate Spotlight
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