It seems crazy to think that it’s only been a year since Conquest became Columbia’s first production brewery, but what a year it’s been. To celebrate, Conquest is throwing itself one heck of a party this Saturday. The brewery and tap room will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and there will be tons of food trucks including the BBQ Bus, Wurst Wagen, Pawley’s Front Porch, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue, and more. To really make things special, Conquest will also be releasing The Finisher! The Finisher is a massive-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness 17.5 percent ABV Imperial stout brewed with brown sugar and honey. It can only be sold in 22-ounce bottles due to state law, and yes, the bottles will feature that “Angry Jesus” painting that hangs behind the Conquest tap room bar and is sure to catch your eye (and hold it in a fierce and unyielding gaze). Conquest will also be debuting a somewhat milder at 10.5 percent ABV Imperial stout called Brutus, and maybe one more other new concoction. It’s going to be quite the party, and these guys definitely deserve it. Cheers, Conquest!
Honor A Fallen Bartender
Buddy Parker, former Ruth’s Chris bartender and founding member of the Columbia chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild, tragically died in a car accident in November. The USBG will honor their friend with a Buddy Parker Memorial event this Monday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at @116 Espresso and Wine Bar. Parker’s bartending friends, including fellow USBG founders Andy Haddock (of Terra) and Josh Streetman (of Motor Supply Co.), will take turns manning the bar and shaking up different Buddy-themed cocktails; at the end of the night, they’ll all get back there to collaborate on some drinks as well. There will be food and door prizes donated by local restaurants, and all the alcohol has been donated by Ben Arnold Co. The event is a fantastic deal, too, with all food and drink (open bar!) covered by only a $25 donation. The donations plus all bartenders’ tips for the night will go to a fund for Parker’s six-year-old son, so it’s a great deal for a great cause as well. It should be a special night of cocktails and collaborations coming together in a very fitting tribute to one of Columbia’s own.
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!
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.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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.
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!
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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