Outdoor Dining in Columbia SC

The capital city knows how to dine al fresco. With our sunny days and temperate weather, you'll find locals enjoying a meal on an inviting patio or raising a glass at a rooftop bar almost year-round. Not to mention our culinary scene is bursting with different flavors, so whether you're craving brunch, seafood, BBQ, or something sweet, there's an outdoor spot that's ready to satisfy. 

A weekend afternoon with clear skies calls for a drink and something tasty down in Five Points. Grab your four-legged friend and head to the dog-friendly patios at Home Team BBQ or Publico Kitchen & Tap so your pooch can join in on the fun. For a real treat, stop by Jake's Bar & Grill. Here you can kick back and order a beer on tap while your furry friend runs and mingles with the locals (local dogs, that is).

If you're looking for a dining experience with a downtown vibe, make your way over to Main Street. Here, tables line the street enticing hungry bypassers. An evening at Main Course, Lula Drake, or Market on Main promises an unforgettable meal in a relaxed ambiance while live music fills the air.

For dining experiences with rooftop views, take in the city skyline at Black Rooster in West Columbia or have a cocktail at Hendrix.

We can't talk about al fresco without mentioning some of our breweries that were made for the ultimate outdoor dining experience. At River Rat Brewery, you can challenge your friends to a game of cornhole or claim your spot on the rooftop bar. The huge green space area makes River Rat the perfect spot to bring the kids and pups. In Cayce, you'll find Steel Hands Brewing. With plenty of outdoor space, live music, and no shortage of mouth-watering, good food, this is the kind of place you'll want to hang out at for a while. Or after a Gamecock baseball or basketball game, check out the new outdoor space at Columbia Craft Brewing Company in the Vista.

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