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.
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
What it's known for: This small coffee/wine/bistro is a great combination of farm-to-table goodness with a Spanish twist. Local art fills the walls, and the staff can provide all of your favorite drinks, from signature cocktails to wines from all over the globe or eclectic beers that you simply can’t find everywhere. Make sure you finish your visit with one of their specialty brewed cappuccinos.
Style: Spanish, Coffee, Wine Bar, brunch, dinner, farm-to-table
Address: 116 State St., West Columbia
What it's known for: A Wine Shop by day and a restaurant by night, Cellar on Greene goes out of its way to provide whichever wine their customers are craving on any particular night. Find something to pair with your meal that you absolutely love, and then come back the next day to purchase a whole bottle to enjoy at home. And don't miss dessert here.
Style: Wine bar, dinner
Address: 2001 Greene St., Columbia
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
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
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
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