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.
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.