Best Columbia, SC Nightlife

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    10. Rust

    An upscale hotspot catering to well-dressed professionals, Rust provides a comfortable atmosphere, unobtrusive jazzy music, a lengthy list of premium scotches, whiskeys and cigars, and a small plates menu with enough...

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    9. Delaney's Speakeasy

    The Speakeasy is swanky and cool, and attracts a more mature crowd. Students are still here (this is Five Points, after all) but they're not as rowdy! Live jazz a couple nights a week, ample and cozy seating, and a...

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    8. Mac's on Main

    On weekdays Mac's does a brisk business with the lunch crowd, offering a full buffet of Southern favorites like fried chicken, ribs, shrimp and grits and peach cobbler. In the evening, dinner is accompanied by live...

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    7. Hush

    A stylish nightclub atmosphere, an eclectic schedule of entertainment and tasty appetizers have made Hush a popular hangout. Enjoy jazz and poetry, Latin rhythms, rock, '80s hits and soul from live bands and DJs. If...

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    4. Flying Saucer

    A small Southern chain with a dozen locations from San Antonio to Charleston, Flying Saucer has special appeal for beer aficionados. That's because the place keeps about 80 beers on tap, and dozens more in bottles....

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    3. Goatfeathers Coffee Bar

    This has long been one of Columbia's favorite late-night spots and with good reason. The list of after-dinner drinks is extensive. Have a coffee drink, a glass of wine, or a fine single-malt scotch. The dimly lit...

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    2. The Blue Martini

    A fashionable destination in the Vista, Blue Martini specializes in creative cocktails and upscale nibbles such as unusual stuffed olives and baked brie. If decision-making is not your strong point, good luck...

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    1. Liberty Taproom & Grill

    If beer is your poison, Liberty Taproom should be on your itinerary. You'll find an array of ales, lagers, stouts, porters and more on tap, both domestic and imported, along with their own special brews — it's...

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About Columbia, SC Nightlife

The Columbia, SC nightlife landscape is dominated by the college life. Which means, whether you're looking for a place that's relaxed and cosmopolitan or a rowdy and loud bar, Columbia, SC has it. Most of the nightlife is centered in the Five Points and Vista districts, which border USC, but there are good alternatives further afield, too. Sleek cocktail lounges are becoming quite trendy — check out Gervais & Vine, Delaney's Speakeasy or The Blue Martini for a hit of sophistication. Live entertainment is on tap at several spots around town, including jazz and blues at Mac's on Main, acoustic and Celtic sounds at Delaney's Pub, rock at Headliners, and everything from spoken word to world music at Art Bar. For cheap beer and grub, the Village Idiot is a student standby, but the Whig is also a good bet; for more extensive beer offerings, try the Liberty Taproom, Hunter Gatherer or Flying Saucer.

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