With a new year brings fresh experiences to the Columbia region. Here are some new spots to discover as well as all the exciting endeavors announced for the year ahead.


Though Bierkeller has been around for some time, up until now they’ve exclusively operated through pop-up biergartens by the river. But later this year, Bierkeller will open its new permanent location in the riverfront Canalside development. Similarly, Peak Drift Brewery is opening their long-awaited facility in the North Main area of town this year. This one has been in the works for a while, and with construction under way in the BullStreet District, it won’t be long until you’re able to pair your Columbia Fireflies baseball with a pregame craft beer from Iron Hill Brewery, which has a number of locations across the country. If you prefer wine, then head to Five Points and pop into Gran Sasso, a new wine bar from the owner of Enzo’s Delicatessen that opened in late 2022.


Up-and-Coming Eats

2022 saw a steady stream of restaurant openings including the return of Takosushi, which now resides in the Arcade Building on Main Street. Publico Kitchen & Tap opened an additional location attached to Segra Park in the BullStreet District. Five Points held grand openings for Flying Biscuit Café and Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, while The Donut Guy and City Grit Market made their debuts in the Vista.
Across the river in West Columbia, Breakfast at Ruiz filled the vacancy left behind by Palate on State Street. And popular Creole food truck Fleur de Licious expanded into a brick-and-mortar space dubbed The Bistreaux on Broad River Road. Eateries to check out this year include Ambrosia Taverna, an upscale Greek restaurant, and Family Fresh Mex on Main Street, Sineater Global Kitchen in Rosewood, which invites patrons to “Eat, Drink & Be Sinful” during a unique culinary experience and The Dragon Room, the latest concept by Bourbon and Black Rooster owner Kristian Niemi, who plans to open in The Vista and highlight small plates from a variety of Asian countries.

Rest Your Head

A new Cambria Hotel opened in the Vista in June 2022 and come April, Hotel Trundle’s expansion around the corner will be complete. Their new Flutter Wing aims to combine the hotel and Airbnb experiences and will feature five rooms, including a spacious bridal suite.

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