There is certainly plenty to do in Colombia – from pet-friendly watering holes and outdoor adventures, to local businesses that offer quirky experiences.
The Columbia area is also covered when it comes to live music. After a sluggish year due to COVID-19, concerts have made a comeback in recent months and the Midlands music scene has been in turmoil. These are just a few of the best places in and near the city to catch concerts, rock with the band, and dance with your friends.
New Brookland Tavern
There are almost always events at New Brookland Tavern. Mondays are open mic comedy nights, Tuesdays are open mic acoustic evenings, Wednesdays are quiz nights, and happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Each week, the New Brookland Tavern hosts a revolving door of musicians, bands, comedians and more. The kitchen and bar are open daily and offer a variety of apps and snacks, burgers and drinks.
The New Brookland Tavern is located at 122 State St., West Columbia, SC, 29169. For the most recent event information, visit www.newbrooklandtavern.com or call (803) 791-4413.
Tin Roof Columbia and the Senate at Tin Roof
Tin Roof is a popular downtown bar, located in the Vista and a short walk from Main Street and the USC campus. In addition to the live music scene in the bar, the Senate is the adjoining concert hall of Tin Roof which seats 1,200 spectators and has hosted artists such as Morgan Wallen, Jordan Davis and many more.
The kitchen offers chicken wings and fillets, as well as Nashville sandwiches. Meanwhile, the bar offers happy hour every day of the week, as well as various daily specials. (Taco Tuesday for $ 3 of margaritas and tacos, anyone?)
Tin Roof and The Senate at Tin Roof are located at 1022 Senat St., Columbia, SC, 29201. For the most recent information regarding events at Tin Roof Columbia, visit www.tinroofcolumbia.com or call (803) 771-1558, and for the most recent information regarding events at the Tin Roof Senate, visit www.thesenatecolumbia.com or call (803) 252-9392.
Five Points has long been a place for emerging artists and musicians. Have you ever heard of a little band called Hootie & the Blowfish? We thought so. It makes sense that the area is home to concert halls like White Mule.
Since opening in 2018, White Mule has played host to many musicians and bands, and it’s a place to gather and have fun in downtown Columbia. Although there are no upcoming shows currently planned, the venue is known to serve not only live music, but also a variety of food and drink, making it a great place to enjoy the nightlife. live music in the city.
White Mule is located at 711 Saluda Ave., Columbia, SC 29205. For more information visit www.whitemulemusic.com or call (803) 708-5908.
Rusty anchor and Johnny’s catfish
Rusty Anchor is located a bit outside of downtown Columbia, on the shores of Lake Murray in Chapin. The view of the water makes up for the journey. The outdoor patio, called Johnny’s Catfish, spans the lake and allows guests to eat, drink, and listen to live music while soaking up the sun.
The restaurant offers a variety of starters, sandwiches, seafood and more, while the bar serves beer, wine and specialty cocktails. There’s even a blank cocktail menu for the kids.
Rusty Anchor is located at 925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin, SC, 29036. For more information visit rustyanchorrestaurant.com or call (803) 749-1555.
Located on Main Street in downtown Columbia, this venue is popular with business professionals, visitors, and students. The menu offers a selection of foods for lunch, dinner or late night snacks. The drink list is almost overwhelming (in the best possible way), with an automatic tap room featuring 75 rotating beers and a wide variety of wines, ciders, cocktails and more.
There are events pretty much every weekend, and often multiple shows a day take place on one of three separate stages. These range from free performances and game nights to paid events featuring emerging artists.
The main course is located at 1624 Main St. Columbia, SC, 29201. For the most recent event information, visit www.maincoursesc.com or call (803) 726-2230.
Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center
Think drive-in cinema meets concert arena meets historic speedway, and that’s the vibe of Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center. The stage and viewing area are set on the grassy infield of historic Columbia Speedway, the site of auto racing for NASCAR’s top series from 1951 to 1971.
The now converted event venue has hosted a host of renowned artists over the past year, from St. Paul and the Broken Bones to Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.
The Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center is located at 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, SC, 29033. For the most recent information regarding upcoming events, visit colaconcerts.com or call (803) 791-0520.
West Carolina Pub
We wouldn’t be in the South if this list of concert halls didn’t include a honky tonk. The Carolina Western Pub, or CWP as most locals call it, is one of Columbia’s newer places where you can go for Southern food, line dancing, and country music.
Located in the Vista, CWP hosts a variety of events such as “Line Dance Thursday,” where you can take free line dance lessons and concerts. Or, if line dancing isn’t your thing, head up to the second floor where there’s a balcony to watch the dance floor and vibrate to the music. The bar is fully stocked and the kitchen serves a variety of southern dishes and Sunday brunch.
Carolina Western Pub is located at 920 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201. For the most recent information on upcoming events, visit www.carolinawesternpub.com or call (803) 401-5379.