By Andrew Collins. For a relatively small city in the conservative state of South Carolina, Columbia has a surprisingly fervent gay nightlife scene. A couple of the town's most popular LGBTQ bars are within view of the stately capitol building, and a few more mixed but gay-friendly bars and hangouts are in the Five Points retail and entertainment neighborhood, not far from the University of South Carolina. While Columbia isn't a gay mecca, it does rank among the more welcoming destinations in the state, and the city hosts the annual South Carolina Gay Pride celebration. Visitors can enjoy some gay-friendly places to drink, dine, and catch live music in this friendly city and hub of South Carolina politics and education. Exploring Columbia during the day is mostly safe, but for a smooth trip, take the usual precautions as you would in any city—especially at night—as the capital's crime rate could be better.
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Only place to drink after hours especially on Saturday nights after 2! Just be careful of self-declared owners with charges of assault and battery! Could be dangerous. Unfounded Rude Arrogance While recently during the 4th of July weekend, some friends and myself were visiting Columbia for a special occasion. While deciding to check out the gay nightlife in Columbia we decided to visit The Capital Club I had found its webpage online, and it seemed like a nice social bar to have a drink. Upon going through the door, the bartender who happened to be the same bartender as on the webpage came over to me and arrogantly informed us that this establishment is a PRIVATE club, and that my colleagues nor myself were welcome. I was truly taken back as to the level of rudeness and unfounded arrogance that was exhibited.
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Finally, see and be seen on the refurbished, year-round upstairs patio that boasts a DJ and plenty of dancing. Check out showtunes on Mondays and Family Feud-style trivia on Wednesdays. Sundays are especially wild thanks to ridiculously well-priced vodka specials and beer pong games upstairs.
Bourbon: Main St. Matches higher-end Cajun-Creole cuisine with a creative cocktail list and deep bar. Pro tip: Try the monstrously tasty Ya-Ya Hurricane, which overflows with rye and peach white whiskey, passion fruit and pomegranate; only two per customer per visit — for good reason. Cantina Main St. Like its sister location on Devine Street, this taqueria offers good tacos and good drink specials, especially at happy hour.