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Brittany Dawson, the CampusRiot Campus Representative for the University of South Carolina, is a junior studying English at the University of South Carolina.

Hooray, it’s summer! No more books, last minute cram sessions, or blaring alarm clocks. Now you’re free to indulge in all things non-academic. Sure, Netflix is fun, sleeping the afternoon away may become a ritual, and enjoying a quiet apartment free of noisy roommates seems like a perfect way to spend summer break. However, if you’re looking for a new place to socialize, try unique beers, or listen to live music, check out these 5 bars in Columbia.

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1. Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House

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Located on 900 Main Street, Hunter-Gatherer is a mellow bar for all. Every beer is served fresh, including a variety of their own hand-crafted ales. For those wanting a nice place to unwind, Hunter-Gatherer is just for you. Did I mention they’re budget friendly?

2. Tio’s Mexican Cafe


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Right on 921 Sumter Street, this Mexican restaurant is always a student favorite. Celebrating a birthday anytime soon? Come on in and get a birthday shot—remember, drink responsibly! Friendly staff, cheap drink prices, and a game room keep students coming back.


3. Tin Roof

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Blending live music and craft beers, Tin Roof is the ideal place to relax after a busy week. The Tin Roof is the go-to place to discover undiscovered local talents—especially country artists. Check out the Tin Roof on 1022 Senate Street.

4. Art Bar

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The Art Bar is a hub for all things eclectic, indie, and artsy—live bands normally play on Saturdays. Ever heard of 10 Car Pile-Up, Youth Model, Skymonk, or Cairo Fire? Then get to know them at the Art Bar! Happy Hour, Karaoke, and Trivia Night are a major plus ya’ll. Go ahead, grab your friends, type “1211 Park Street Columbia, SC” in your GPS and have fun!

5. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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With a huge selection of beers, you’re bound to have a good time. Even if you’re not interested in drinking, Flying Saucer offers a delicious assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts. Any place with a Hippie Burger is the perfect place for me.

What is your favorite local bar?

Please drink responsibly