Columbia After Dark: Unexpected Nightlife Entertainment
Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:00 AM by Charlene Slaughter
Beyond music and dining, our city is bursting with unique entertainment and nightlife. Live music shows can be found across the city, but if you’re looking for a different kind of entertainment, well we’ve got just the thing.
Columbia not only has a great cocktail and wine scene, but the bars and lounges each have a unique flair that make each sip and experience. Head over to Ratio in northeast Columbia for Peruvian inspired cocktails and tapas, including Pisco. Get an old world, chic feeling the moment you step into Lula Drake Wine Parlour along with one of the best wine lists in the city. At Bourbon, the names says it all. Get flavors of the Louisiana Bayou and partake in the largest whiskey list in South Carolina. Coa Agaveria y Cocina is your spot for elevated Mexican menu full of family recipes and craft cocktails full of flavors from across Mexico. New in the Vista is Silk Restaurant and Lounge perfect for the after college crowd. This multi-level space has fine dining on the first floor and a cocktail lounge upstairs.
You’re the Star
Do you want to take the stage and be the entertainment for an evening? Try your hand at performing at Art Bar in The Vista. On Tuesday night you’ll find Open Mic Comedy and Wednesday nights, Karaoke. Up on Decker Boulevard, The Comedy House is serving up smiles alongside cocktails. Go from live music to live local singers in a karaoke with a concert vibe at The Joint @ 1710 Main. Or stop by Market on Main for outdoor karaoke every Wednesday night.
Enjoy the Show
If you’re looking for something requiring a bit less audience participation, a movie night is just what you need. Head to the Nickelodeon Theater on Main Street. In addition to showing independent films, the theater is an active contributor in the Columbia arts community, frequently hosting events. For a little al fresco movie night, Icehouse Amphitheater shows movies year-round. Grab a blanket to sit on and enjoy the show.
Columbia SC nightlife is ready to welcome your competitive side. Strike up a game of pool over at Vista Union or over on Devine Street at either Jake's on Devine or NightCaps. If the pool tables are full, Jake's and Bar None also welcome you to play a rousing game of shuffle board, it's harder than you think. For something that's more likely to work up a sweat, grab a beer and an axe at Craft Axe Throwing down in The Vista for a night that's sure to hit the bulls eye.
Reconnect with your inner child at Columbia SC's new arcade bars. Transmission Arcade features all the fun arcade games you haven't played in ages alongside smoked wings and a cold beer. Over in Five Points, you can enjoy the perfect throwback evening at Bang Back Pinball Lounge. With over a dozen pinball machines and drinks to fuel your game, this is an evening of fun you won't soon forget.