Saluda Avenue is one of Columbia’s top one-day destinations, and a perfect place to spend the remaining days of 2018. From dining and drinking to shopping, this location checks all the boxes: leisure, fun, food, and drink.
Looking for something different to wear to your New Year’s Eve bash? I suggest checking out Sid & Nancy, Five Point’s alternative clothing store known for its racks of eclectic new and recycled clothing. This buy-sell-trade store, which has been operating in the Midlands since 2007, will not only take your ugly Christmas sweaters, they will pay you for them. Or better yet, offer you store credit.
Where to find it: 733 Saluda Ave. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Keep scooping up great deals and New Year treats at Scoopy Doo Gelato Shop. This sweet haven serves homemade gelato and sorbet, made from scratch using local ingredients whenever possible. On Sundays, buy two regular gelatos, get one small free. In addition to this great family deal, USC students can now pay for their post-exam treat with their CarolinaCard. And in case you wanted to get a jump start on any New Year health resolutions, gelato has third of the fat and third of the sugar than ice cream. That’s a fact.
Where to find it: 725 Saluda Ave. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
After screaming for ice cream, continue your wails over Saluda Avenue’s latest pop-up eatery, Evil Weiner. Located within Scoopy Doo and adjacent to Drip coffee, this specialty hot dog joint features beef, veggie, chicken chipotle, and Italian sausage creations named after the scream queens of horror films. For those not afraid to voyage into the unknown, take a bite out of the Sigourney Weaver, an out-of-this-world wiener topped with duck confit, red beets, and blue cheese. If all that seems rather alien to you, try the Linda Blair with Jack Daniels house-made chipotle barbecue sauce, pulled pork, and finished with wild honey — a hot dog so good its sure to exorcism any residual 2018 demons.
Where to find it: 725 Saluda Ave. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.
What better way to start off 2019 then at The White Mule, one of Saluda’s newest music pub’s and eateries. This intimate performance space is already making a name of itself as a place for both folk-leaning acts and rowdier rock shows. Grab a craft beer at the bar while you listen to local and touring musicians, performers, and comedians. Or, if one of your New Year’s promises is to be more daring, on Monday nights get in line for open mic night from 8-11 p.m.
Where to find it: 711 Saluda Ave. 5 p.m.-midnight Monday-Sunday.