Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Columbia nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Columbia Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

The Vista


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 variety to keep everyone...  Read More

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 vast drinks menu ensure repeat...  Read More

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 music from the house band or a...  Read More

The Vista


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 hunger strikes, sample crab...  Read More



This Vista spot is a upscale gathering spot that gets great reviews for its wine list (more than 40 available by the glass) and awesome selection of tapas. The setting is sharp and sophisticated without being too dressy, and there's patio...  Read More

University Of South Carolina


This ultra-cool bar is the perfect place to have a microbrew and a quiet conversation. Though it fills up on weekends, weeknights are relatively calm. It's fun to people watch, as a cool, artsy crowd congregates here, but the décor is equally...  Read More

The Vista


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. Plant yourself out on the deck...  Read More

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 choosing from among the 80 or so...  Read More

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 an ideal place to sample...  Read More