Doing the town: Eat, drink and live merry

06/24/2012 12:00 AM

03/14/2015 2:56 PM

Whether it’s business or leisure, you need a place to meet or hangout. Of course, your social calendar will dictate where you’ll be. Here’s an example of our calendar, set by the time of day — morning, noon and night. Unlike socks, you can mix and match when appropriate.

Early morning

Run into politicians staying at the Clarion Town House Hotel, 1615 Gervais St., (803) 771-8711 during the legislative session. Hang out with early-bird students and others recovering from late-night Five Points partying at Drip, 729 Saluda Avenue, (803) 661-9545. Wait in line for breakfast at The Original Pancake House, 4840 Forest Drive, (803) 782-6742. Slide into a booth at the Lizard’s Thicket, various locations, (A must stop if you have Yankee friends visiting).

Mid morning

Have a casual business meeting at Cafe Strudel, 118 State St., West Columbia, (803) 794-6634. Kill time between classes at USC at Carolina Cafe, 925 Sumter St., (803) 799-6676 or Cool Beans, 1217 College St., (803) 779-4277. Take a break at Cafe Chartier, 711 East Main St. Suite R, Lexington, (803) 951-8944.


Take a client for a taste of Southern food at Motor Supply Company, 920 Gervais St., (803) 256-6687; Blue Marlin, 1200 Lincoln St., (803) 799-3838; or Mr. Friendly’s, 2001 Greene St. A, (803) 254-7828. Grab a quick bite at Garden Bistro, 923 Gervais St., (803) 933-9085.


Sit outside at Harper’s, 700 Harden St., (803) 252-2222 and watch Five Points slowly come to life. Take your parents visiting you at USC to Yesterday’s, 2030 Devine St., (803) 799-0196.

Early Evening

Start happy hour with a view at the rooftop bar at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel, 1400 Main St., (803) 765-2322; or recess into the darkness at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Avenue, (803) 255-0869 or under Hunter-Gatherer, 900 Main St., (803) 748-0540.

Play pool at Jake’s, 2112 Devine St., (803) 252-5253; sample craft brews at World of Beer, 902 Gervais St., Space F, (803) 509-6020; order the tapas at 116 Espresso and Wine Bar, 116 State St., (803) 791-5663; try the lambics at Goatfeathers, 2017 Devine St., (803) 256-3325; meet friends at Main Street Cafe & Grill, 131 East Main St., Lexington, (803) 808-5886; or sit out on the deck overlooking Lake Murray at Rusty Anchor, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin, (803) 749-1555


Take that special someone to Terra, 100 State St., West Columbia, (803) 791-3443 or Blue Tapas Bar, 721 Lady St. A, (803) 708-0522. Start your night in the Vista at Pearlz Oyster Bar, 936 Gervais St., (803) 661-7741; Gervais & Vine, 620 Gervais St., (803) 799-8463. Treat out-of-town visitors to Mac’s on Main, 1710 Main St., (803) 929-0037.

See a band at New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia, (803) 791-4413 or Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St., (803) 771-1558. Belly up to the bar at Group Therapy, 2107 Greene St., (803) 256-1203.

Late night

Join the crowds at Delaney’s, 741 Saluda Avenue; Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St., 779-7789. The Whig, 1200 Main St., (803) 931-8852; Art Bar,1211 Park St., (803) 929-0198; State Street Pub, 136 State St., (803) 798-2006; PT’s 1109, 1109 Assembly St., (803) (803) 253-8900 or Kelly’s, 1001 Washington St., (803) 254-4464.

After the after-party

Bar none, it’s Bar None, 620 Harden St., (803) 254-3354.

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Who else to follow:

@theshoptart: For food, fashion and fun

@mandiengram: For what’s good in Columbia

@columbiasc: For what’s famously hot in Columbia

@wesleydonehue: For politics that bear right

@PhilBaileySC: For politics that bear left

@SCLegislator: For stinging parody on SC politics

@cthagod: For the real in hip-hop. The S.C. native and New York-based radio DJ is in the middle of the hip-hop game

@craigmelvin: For what’s going on in the world. The hometown kid is an MSNBC anchor

@AntiBonIver: For rock musings

@RickCaffeinated: For coffee tawk and photos

@adam_fogle: For humorous thoughts

@davidadedokun: For late-night humorous thoughts

@USCSquirrel: For humorous thoughts from an annoying squirrel who lives on the USC Horseshoe

@FearTheFish20: The account of Reptar, Gamecocks baseball player LB Dantzler’s pet fish, an unofficial (uno-fish-al?) mascot of the team

@SteveBenjamin: Columbia’s mayor

@HarrisPastides: USC’s president

@NikkiHaley: South Carolina’s governor

Otis Taylor covers nightlife and entertainment for The State.

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