Restaurant Bars

Ever wonder why it's so hard to find a fantastic bar scene in an upscale restaurant that also serves amazing food? Rather than worry about the logistics, why not just take advantage of the successes? At 10Best, we share a line-up of the best places in Greenville for food and drinks. Knowing them, you can plan a one-stop evening, or you can come for one thing and know that you have other options waiting. Readers consistently give Chophouse '47 kudos for its terrific mix, and Smoke on the Water also does a great job with the balance. Choose your favorites from our list, and get ready to experience the best restaurant bars in Greenville.

10 City Range
Open since 1998, this contemporary steakhouse sports a rustic interior of wood and stone. Peppered with Native American accents, the dining room features a large fireplace and original artwork depicting historical scenes of Greenville. One of the house specialties is a top-choice porterhouse with blue-cheese pesto. A selection of other cuts will tempt any diner, along with salmon, lamb and trout. Pasta, pot pie, crab cakes and ribs make up the rest of the menu. For a casual atmosphere and hearty food, this place can't be beat. Popular bar, too. (864-286-9018)

9 The Lazy Goat
This upscale but casual sibling to Soby's is gaining a strong local following thanks to its tasty Mediterranean eats and fun atmosphere. However, it's not just the menu that gets kudos; the place is also popular with the cocktails crowd, thanks to terrific martinis, creative mixed drinks, and homemade limoncello. Grab a perch at the blue-tiled bar, and give yourself over to the laid-back vibe. Regulars would also advise you to nibble on the fried goat cheese or any of the other flavor-packed tapas. (864-679-5299)

8 Larkin's on the River
While Larkin's is known far and wide for its incredible cuisine and world-class al fresco setting, its bar is a great secret. Classy, elegant, welcoming, and oh-so- tasteful, Larkin's bar shoots and scores on every level. Typically open til about 10pm, the bar makes the full restaurant menu available to patrons, and also offers diners a nice wine list by the glass or bottle, as well as a full complement of cocktails. (864-467-9777)

7 Addy's Dutch Café & Restaurant
Holland-born Addy (pronounced "oddy") created America's first authentic Dutch café right here in Greenville. The dim, rustic interior draws downtown professionals and groups of friends who go to hear live jazz music on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Beer and wine are readily available, and the bartender can suggest a great selection if you're undecided. (864-232-2339)

6 Soby's
This Main Street staple is one of Greenville's favorites. The new-south cuisine includes such tempting entrees as New Orleans BBQ shrimp and grits, grilled smoked pork loin, and crab cake remoulade. The desserts are sumptuous, especially the banana cream pie. Soby's also offers a lively bar scene which attracts Greenville's after-business crowd with its extensive wine list and after dinner drink options. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. (864-232-7007)

5 Chophouse '47
Chophouse '47 hearkens back to the cozy, masculine eateries of the World War II era -- subdued lighting, hardwood floors, dark-stained tables and chairs, and the Chairman himself crooning in the background. Kick off your meal with rich oysters Rockefeller or shellfish bisque, then move on to more serious fare -- a delicious 14-oz New York strip, Tenderloin Towers wrapped in a giant onion ring, or a 38-oz Portherhouse for Two. Add to the mix a superb international wine list and a dessert menu that features fine cigars, and you've got the perfect place to entertain clients or celebrate a big event. (864-286-8700)

4 Rick Erwin's West End Grille
Attracting a professional crowd, this upscale enterprise grants fine dining and a great bar scene. The interior is a study of dark, polished woods, rich colors, textured brick, and wrought iron that's eminently gracious. Local art adds a vibrant touch. The menu's steaks are Certified Angus beef, and fresh seafood is delivered daily, confirming the quality of items like a NY strip, seared tuna, or lamb or veal chops. As a boon to diners, many entrees are available in two sizes, as are by-the-glass wines, which offer terrific value. Family-style side dishes like creamed spinach must be ordered separately, and experienced servers are a welcome amenity. (864-232-8999)

3 Smoke on the Water
Most times, folks think of barbecue in conjunction with small, no-frills eateries. Smoke on the Water quickly dispels that perception. The upscale restaurant is as serious about ambience as it is about barbecue. Quietly elegant, it's a great place for lunch or dinner, especially when you factor in perfectly cooked beef brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, prime rib, or beer-butt chicken. To please all tastes, a variety of zesty sauces can be had -- tomato-, mustard-, or vinegar-based. Add in fresh greens and warm fruit cobbler, and your lips will be smacking in no time! The restaurant's busy bar is also a top hangout during happy hour. (864-232-9091)

2 Sassafras Southern Bistro
Set on a courtyard just off Main Street, Sassafras occupies a former cigar warehouse, whose aged brick and worn timbers add a textural note that's complemented by original art. Comfortable and upscale, the restaurant specializes in gourmet Southern fare, especially that tinged with Low Country accents. Start with a basket of sweet potato fries or a napoleon of fried green tomatoes and pimiento cheese before giving yourself over to prosciutto-wrapped scallops, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, pecan-crusted rainbow trout, or even fried chicken livers. More standard options include steaks, tuna, grilled salmon, and pork loin. Outdoor dining and a great bar scene heighten the allure. (864-235-5670)

1 High Cotton
When news broke that this Charleston standout was planning to open a Greenville location, the public rejoiced -- and for good reason. It's widely known that the folks behind High Cotton know how to impress, and that's just what this multilevel dining room does with its soaring glass walls and cool, contemporary space. Take in the view of the Reedy River as you savor an appetizer of seared Hudson Valley foie gras or jumbo lump crab Oscar. From there, main courses like sliced venison medallions, butternut squash, buttermilk-brined free range chicken or cornbread-crusted flounder should (and do) warrant your undivided attention. Outstanding wine list. (864-335-4200)

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Maps and Directions

City Range 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: HAYWOOD ROAD
The Lazy Goat 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: WEST END
Addy's Dutch Café & Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
Soby's 10Best List Arrow
Neighborhood: Downtown
Chophouse '47 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: Pelham Road
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