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Cocktail Hour in Columbia

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Devyn spends her days creating content to build an online community of travelers. She is a firm believer there’s always something new to Discover in the Palmetto State.
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Columbia Motor Supply Company
The cocktails are as wonderful as the food at Motor Supply Company.

When you think about Soda City - Cola shouldn't be the only beverage that comes to mind. With excellent cocktail, wine and craft beer spots all over town, you could probably go about picking a restaurant by perusing the drink menus first.

Motor Supply Co. Bistro

What it's known for: The farm-to-table concept doesn't just apply to their food at this mainstay in Columbia's Congaree Vista. All of the cocktails are farm-to-shaker, from the house-infused liquors to the fresh bitters, plus they supply craft beers from local Carolina breweries. And let's not forget, Motor Supply has been a Wine Spectator award winner nine times for their specialty wine list.

Style: Farm-to-table, dinner, eclectic

Address: 920 Gervais St., Columbia

Phone: 803.256.6687


The Whig

What it's known for: This dive bar is literally underground across from the SC State House, with delicious pub food like gouda mac and cheese to accompany your brews. With frequent live music or comedic entertainment, The Whig is the perfect place to kick back and relax any night of the week.

Style: Pub, casual, live entertainment, dinner

Address: 1200 Main St., Columbia

Phone: 803.931.8852

Columbia Bourbon
Bourbon offers the best Southern pairings at this Cajun food hub.


What it's known for: This narrow, lively gathering spot near the SC State House specializes in Bourbon - the drink and the New Orleans-inspired menu. Serving lunch, late lunch, dinner, late night and Sunday brunch, there's always a reason to try something new. The list of cocktails and, of course, the bourbon selection, is extensive.

Style: Southern, Cajun, lunch, dinner, brunch

Address: 1214 Main St., Columbia

Phone: 803.403.1404

Gervais & Vine

What it's known for: Though they specialize in delicious Spanish and Mediterranean-style tapas, the real star at Gervais & Vine is there wine list that features more than 40 wines by the glass. They have a great selection of beer and top-shelf liquors as well, so you can eat well, drink plenty and always be merry.

Style: dinner, Mediterranean, Spanish

Address: 620 Gervais St., Columbia

Phone: 803.799.8463

The Rooftop Lounge at the Sheraton

What it's known for: One of Columbia's best spots for cocktails can be found on the rooftop on one of its oldest high-rises. The beautiful Sheraton Hotel has a bar simply called "The Rooftop" that provides the most picturesque views of South Carolina's capital city. It's the perfect place for drinks and conversation.

Style: Rooftop bar

Address: 1400 Main St., Columbia

Phone: 803.988.1400

Coa Agaveria y Cocina

What it's known for: Coa Agaveria y Cocina is a true gem of a find in South Carolina’s capital city, and an absolute must for your cocktail hour bucket list. This authentic Mexican kitchen in the heart of Columbia’s Vista is quickly becoming a fan favorite for its thoughtfully curated bar menu. Stop in for refreshingly authentic sips like the El Conejo de Sonora, the La Isla Bonita or the Otro Planeta and stay for the modern yet cozy ambiance.

Style: Tapas, lunch, dinner, Mexican

Address: 823A Lady St., Columbia

Phone: 803.851.5965

Devyn Whitmire
Devyn spends her days creating content to build an online community of travelers. She is a firm believer there’s always something new to Discover in the Palmetto State.