Summertime in South Carolina means a fresh wave of seasonal ingredients flowing into Columbia SC kitchens and, perhaps more importantly, bars. This year, bartenders and brewers are getting creative with a sweet summer classic, the watermelon. Cool down with these refreshing concoctions until the seasons change. 


What goes better with a prime view of downtown Columbia SC and a summer sunset than the perfectly refreshing Watermelon Smash? Nothing? That's what we thought. Create the quintessential summer evening in the capital city by reserving a table on the Hendrix rooftop and ordering a round of this summer concoction. 


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After a stroll through Columbia SC’s vibrant art district, the Vista, swing by COA for equally vibrant cocktails and tapas. For a summery treat, ask for the Xantilla. This cocktails is a delicious combination of sweet and smoky that will have you ordering a second round in no time.

Cottontown Brew Lab

The homegrown brewery of the NOMA district fully embraces both crisp classics and seasonal flavors. Their Watermelon Wheat is an easy drinking brew that will give you all the nostalgic summertime feels. If you're more of a "seltzer in the summer" kind of person, reach for a can of their Watermelon, Basil and Mint refresher. Pick up a 6-pack or enjoy in Cottontown Brew Lab's socially distanced beer garden.


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Tin Roof

Perfectly located in the Vista for happy hour or a round of drinks before a show at The Senate, Tin Roof is ready to welcome you with a summer twist on the classic margarita. Instead of the classic tequila, Tin Roof's Salty Watermelon Margarita features Ole Smokey’s Salty Watermelon Whiskey.

Columbia Craft

Brightly colored sours are being poured year-round at Columbia Craft Brewery and their watermelon version, Alien Hat, has quickly become a local favorite. They describe this tart brew as jolly rancher-esque, and frankly we can't get enough. Pick up one of these cute pink and green cans at local beverage stores like Craft and Draft or find it on tap at their brewery. 


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You can trust that anything that comes from behind the bar at West Columbia’s Terra will be both sophisticated and delicious. Ramble on Rose is no exception. Served with a watermelon juice ice cube, this delicate rum cocktail gets sweeter with each sip. 


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Motor Supply

Farm fresh ingredients have filled both the dinner and cocktail menu at Motor Supply for over 30 years. And in the summertime, the Bradford Watermelon becomes the star behind the bar. Mixed with a delicious combination of gin, basil and a dash of habanero shrub, the Melonmon cocktail tastes like summer in a glass. 


Publico is known for their Asian-Latin Fusion cuisine and delicious batch cocktails. Order up a watermelon margarita if you’re committed to this summertime flavor. If you want to play the field a bit more, try their margarita flight to experience the full range of summer goodness.


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