Whether you are coming into town for a conference on a late-night flight or simply looking for a bite after the concert or game, skip the drive thru and choose one of Columbia, SC’s favorite “open late” spots instead.
The Whig: The craft beer list is always on point and the food options cover lighter options like butterbean hummus and an addictive feta pesto dip to the truly indulgent, like chipotle pimento cheese fries, gouda mac and cheese and the Whig Burger complete with smoked gouda, beef gravy, bacon and sriracha aioli. Kitchen open until midnight.
Bar None in Five Points: every other Tuesday for their famous smoked wing night. Not in town on a Tuesday? No problem – the breaded shrooms and jalapeno poppers are crowd favorites that satisfy those late-night fried food cravings. Kitchen open until 2am.
Nightcaps on Devine Street: Menu staples include egg rolls, steak and bacon barbecue pinwheels and some of the most beloved mozzarella sticks in town, among a bevy of other options. While you wait for your food to arrive, the locals will tell you that sipping on one of their White Russians is the way to go.
The War Mouth: Situated in the North Main (NOMA) District, The War Mouth has a late-night menu beginning at 9:30 pm offering snack items like a hot dog or a turkey leg to keep you fueled for a few hours while you sit and sip on a craft beer or cocktail creation.
Pita Pit: Soft pita pockets are filled to bursting with proteins and veggies that are sure to stave off your hunger. Try the Falafel, Thai Chicken or Steak Fajita. Kitchen until 10pm weekdays, midnight Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Beezer's Gourmet Sandwich Shop: Might we recommend their signature sandwich, the Godfather? Piled high with ham, capicola, salami and provolone cheese, it’s no wonder it’s earned a name that invokes such respect. Or, the Chicken Bacon Club is served hot and made all the better with a side of ranch.
Eddie’s Calzones: Anywhere that delivers a Mac & Cheese, Baked Potato, Chicken Teriyaki or something called the “Meatnormous” calzone to you at just about any hour of the night is okay in our book. Enter Eddie’s Calzones, fulfilling all our wildest delivery dreams. And don’t worry, they have veggie options too. Food delivery is available until 4am.
Insomnia Cookies: If it’s something sweet you’re craving, then there’s nothing that beats a nice, warm box loaded with assorted Insomnia Cookies that are just a simple online order away. Open until 3am.
Pro Tip: With staffing shortages still affecting the hospitality industry, we recommend calling ahead to check whether your pick is planning to be open during their regular hours before stopping by.