Game Days in Columbia

Whether you're cheering on the South Carolina Gamecocks or the other team, here in Columbia, SC you'll be treated to Southern hospitality, outstanding tailgates, delicious food and things to do. You could say Columbia is made for game days. Find out why Columbia, SC should be your game day hot spot, then book your room with one of our preferred hotel partners.


Guide to Game Day Weekends in Columbia, SC

Here are the must-experience things to do and places to go in Columbia, SC from the best eats and breweries to award-winning attractions.  


Mustard-based Barbecue 

If it's your first visit to Columbia, SC, our distinctive barbecue is a must for your trip. Pork smoked low and slow gets topped with our signature mustard-based sauce for a vinegary, sweet taste.

This classic Southern faire can be found close to downtown at Palmetto Pig BBQDoc's Barbeque and Southern BuffetTrue BBQ and Maurice's Piggie Park. If you're willing totravel just a bit, you can snag a plate at these local institutions: Shealy'sBar-B-Que,Hite's Bar-B-Que House (as featured in Garden& Gun), Little Pigs Barbeque, and Jackie Hite's Bar-b-que.

For a new twist on barbecue, try Southern Belly - a hideaway spot near Williams-Brice serving barbecue sandwiches with unique toppings and sauces.


Pimento Cheeseburger 

You may have tried a pimento cheeseburger, but did you know the creation was invented in Columbia, SC? The original Dairy Bar where the burger originated no longer exists, but it inspired must-try versions at Pawley'sFront Porch (as featured on Food Network's Diners,Drive-Ins & Dives), Rockaway Athletic ClubPolliwogsThe WhigHenry's Grill and Bar and The Kingsman Restaurant. Find complete listings for where to get burgers in Columbia, SC.


New Southern and Farm-to-Table Dining

For new Southern menus and an emphasis on local ingredients, make a reservation at MotorSupply Co. Bistro,The Oak TableSolstice Kitchen & Wine BarTerraCola's Restaurant or Saluda's. Equally good are Bourbon,Mr.Friendly's New Southern Cafe and Cellar on Greene, but get to each early as these deliciouslocales are first come, first served.


Brunch Your Heart Out

For breakfast or brunch on Saturday, Soda City Market on Main Street, Café Strudel (as featured inSouthernLiving), The Gourmet Shop@116 Espresso & Wine BarKiki's Chickena and Waffles andYesterday's Restaurant & Tavern will make sure you're full and happy for the rest of the day.


Breweries and Distillerries 

Try one of Columbia,SC's breweries: River Rat Brewery,Conquest Brewing Company and Swamp Cabbage Brewing CompanyCraft and Draft features craft beer from across South Carolina and Southeast. 

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery is Columbia's first brewpub, while Copper Horse Distilling is the first spot to specialize in small-batch spirits made from local grains.

Local Bars

For a post-game celebration (or pity party), Tin RoofHickory TavernWorld of BeerLiberty Taproom and Flying Saucer are great spots in the historic Vista district. 


Award-winning attractions

Make it a full weekend in Columbia, SC visiting the region's outstanding attractions! Award-winning attractions include the Columbia Museum of ArtRiverbanks Zoo & Garden (TripAdvisor's #18 zoo in the United States),South Carolina State Museum and EdVenture Children's Museum.

History buffs will enjoy the South Carolina State HouseSouth Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military MuseumLexington County Museum and South Carolina Military Museum.

For nature lovers, you won't want to miss Congaree National Park, South Carolina's only national park, or a canoe trip down one of our three rivers.