The Sandstorm Returns: Football Season in Columbia SC
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 12:00 AM by Helen Dennis
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
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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 location in Five Points or 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 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.
New in Town
For anyone visiting Columbia for the first time since last football season, there’s plenty of new spots to enjoy.
Savage Craft - fresh brews and rooftop views have quickly made this new West Columbia brewery a local favorite.
D's Wings new location - this long-time classic spot got a refresh since your last visit to town.
Azalea Coffee - with specialty coffee drinks named after iconic women, this women-owned shop on Devine Street is a can't-miss
Rambo's Fat Cat - from a popular booth at Soda City to store front in NOMA, Rambo's knows that their biscuits are a great way to start the day
Bourbon's Whiskey Bar - the Main Street staple has expanded their restaurant to include a lounge where you can enjoy small bites and the cocktails you know and love.
Republic Biergarten - classic bar fare and plenty of taps to choose from are what you'll find at this new spot in the Vista
The Toasty Hot Spot - start your day with a breakfast sandwich. You know we have to recommend the Cola original
WeCo Bottle Shop and Biergarten - bottoms up buttercup! Find craft beer and food trucks at the newest bottle shop in town.