A new crop of students is rolling in this month at the University of South Carolina and surrounding colleges.
Students, meet your new favorite neighborhood.
Five Points has been a tradition for college students for generations.
By day, Five Points is busy with lunch-goers and shoppers, but by night, it takes on a different vibe. The streets of this popular neighborhood district come alive with music, bar crawls, dance parties, Snapchat moments, late night meals and blurry Uber rides home.
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Here’s our take on Five Points nightlife spots, put together with the help of Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association.
Bar None: Some of the best smoked wings in town.
The Barn: Five Points’ newest bar.
Breakers Bar & Grill: Live music and slushies
Cover 3: Sports bar with lots of drink specials. Always packed.
Delaney’s Music Pub & Eatery: St. Pat’s headquarters and Five Points’ only Irish pub.
Five Points Saloon: Five Points’ only western bar.
Group Therapy: Five Points oldest bar, now run by former USC quarterback Steve Taneyhill.
Jake’s on Devine: Home of the original “Yappy Hour” and one of the best outdoor spaces in town.
Latitude 22: Nautical-themed bar.
Lucky’s of Columbia: Karaoke Wednesdays with DJ Blake Arambula.
Moosehead Saloon: The only mechanical bull in Five Points.
Pavlov’s: Best known for #MNP (Monday Night Pavs) and a “capital of Greek life.”
Pinch: Wednesday night bingo.
Publico: Great selection of craft beers and cocktails.
Salty Nut Cafe: Their claims to fame are the saltiest nuts and the biggest deck in Five Points.
Speakeasy: Prohibition-era-themed haunt with live jazz and a great selection of bourbon and scotch.
The Attic: Five Points’ only rooftop bar.
The Bird Dog: Home of the Mason jar.
The Cotton Gin: Best dance floor.
The Horseshoe: Lots of drink specials.
The Thirsty Parrot: Five Points’ only 18-and-up bar.