The Sandstorm Returns: Football Season in Columbia SC
Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:00 AM by Renée Chow
If the sound of the Sandstorm hasn't graced your ears yet, it will soon. Yep football is back in Columbia SC, specifically Gamecock football. While the football games are the reason we all show up, there’s a lot more that goes into the football festivities around here. From the food and drink to activities beyond Willy B, stick with us for a fun weekend in Columbia SC
|September 7||Charleston Southern||12:00 pm|
|September 14||Alabama||3:30 pm|
|September 28||Kentucky - Family Weekend||TBD|
|November 2||Vanderbilt - Homecoming||TBD|
|November 9||Appalachian State||TBD|
Sips + Eats near Williams-Brice Stadium
Looking for something near Willy B? Newcomers and game day institutions surround the stadium -- all within walking distance or a short drive.
River Rat Brewery - a stone’s throw from the stadium, this local brewery features yard games and a rooftop bar.
Peebles Wing Shack - fill up on classic wing flavors at this sports bar in Rosewood
J’s Corner - formerly the beloved Jaco’s Corner, a former gas station-turned-restaurant, the space now features a refreshed look and menu.
Village Idiot Pizza - head to the original location in Five Points or the newer spot in Olympia
The Cock N’ Bull Pub - classic pub fare will give you a hearty fill before the game
Pelican’s Snoballs - just a short drive down Rosewood, mix flavors to your heart’s content at this shaved ice hut.
Bernie’s - some of the best fried chicken in Columbia, but you’ll only be able to grab this on a weekday so come early or stay awhile.
Doc’s Barbeque - featuring a classic barbecue buffet with Columbia’s signature mustard-based sauce, the experience at Doc’s is as sweet as the tea.
Rockaway Athletic Club - pimento cheeseburger or pimento cheese fries? We suggest both at this Pimento Cheese Trail stop a mile from the stadium.
First time visiting Columbia SC? Lucky for you we created The Ultimate Guide to Your First Time in Columbia SC with tips and details on all of the classic Columbia attractions -- from Soda City Market (Columbia’s weekly farmers market on Main Street) to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Don’t miss our Pimento Cheese Trail or a plate full of our regional barbecue.
While You're Here
While football often takes center stage each weekend in a college town, this fall’s lineup of events is packed with more than your fair share of can’t-miss events. Extend your stay a day or two to experience it all.
Concerts: Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty Tour, Hootie & the Blowfish ft. Barenaked Ladies, Miranda Lambert Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour, Of Montreal
Festivals + Events: Bubble Q, South Carolina State Fair, Irmo Okra Strut
Exhibits: Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon at South Carolina State Museum, Dinosaurs Around the World at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Van Gogh and His Inspirations at Columbia Museum of Art
New in Town
For anyone visiting Columbia for the first time since last football season, there’s plenty of new spots to enjoy.
Black Rooster - this French-ish bistro has an exceptional menu and one of the best views of any rooftop bar
smallSUGAR - this tucked-away restaurant boasts some of the best pastries in town and a vegetable-focused menu for lunch
Hendrix - inventive menu focused on local ingredients, plus a delicious cocktail menu, and a Main Street rooftop bar? Don’t miss it.
Sweetwater - fuel up with coffee or tea from this new spot near UofSC’s campus
Piecewise Coffee - located across the river, this newly opened coffeehouse is keeping Cayce caffeinated
Blum - a new Devine Street coffee stop serves up inventive flavor combinations
Backstreet Grill - American sandwiches, burgers and entrees give this
Home Team BBQ - in the heart of Five Points, Home Team serves up amazing barbecue but the frozen cocktails shine too.
Hall’s Chophouse - if you’re looking for an elegant evening, Hall’s is your spot with views of the South Carolina State House.
Steel Hands Brewing – the area’s newest brewery lies in Cayce with brews like the Coffee Lager taking over Columbia and regional grocery stores alike.