We’ve been hearing a lot in the news about where people can and can’t use the bathroom.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2, or the “bathroom bill,” says transgender people can only use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. It’s spurred heated debate, a directive from the Obama administration, and multiple lawsuits.
South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, sponsored a bill that mimicked HB2, but that bill is dead for the year.
Still, it got us at Go Columbia thinking more about bathrooms. How do bathrooms around Columbia compare? Are the men’s and women’s restrooms really any different? Which ones are ritzy, and which should be used only in gastronomical emergencies? See our findings from six spots around town:
The State House
Let’s start where Sen. Lee Bright’s bill began. It’s no surprise the restrooms at the State House are nice. Really nice. There are granite countertops galore and roomy stalls. Oh, and they are clearly marked “Men” and “Women.”
The Whig doesn’t have designated men’s and women’s bathrooms. There are just two unmarked doors at the end of a dark hallway that happen to have toilets behind them. And some cool doodles.
For a posh spot, the Oak Table’s bathrooms don’t disappoint. The stalls are extremely tall and made of dark wood. The decor is sparse but sophisticated.
Naturally, Art Bar bathrooms are works of art. They’re colorful, covered in writing and drawings, and not all that clean. But that only adds to their charm.
In a word, frightening. But hey, at least there’s toilet paper.
Jake’s On Devine
The bathroom’s at Jake’s are simple. Tin doors and brick walls. And oddly, they smell really good.
Do you have a favorite spot?
Where do you sit (or stand) when needing to let it all go? Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check it out.