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Palmetto Pinball Club — An Underground Aboveground Gaming Experience

To prep yourself to read this post, go ahead and click on this YouTube link and get the song going before proceeding. We’re getting some pretty cool things happening in Columbia, including a semi-secret pinball club. Patrick and I had an impromptu date night Friday that started at The Whig for some drinks and bites off of their rotating menu and ended at the pinball club, which we’d both been wanting to check out. To know when it’s open, you first have to be a member of their Facebook group and be approved by an admin. They are open fairly regularly in the evenings it seems, but the time varies depending on who is available to be there. They recommend parking in the lot behind Nonesuch since they are usually not open at the same time as the upscale store, and there is a door leading up to a staircase that’ll be propped open. It’s kind of freaky, ascending a pretty steep staircase to what seems like nowhere, but by the top you reach the top step, the pinging and clicking sounds of pinball machines start to fill the air. But wait, it still just looks like some office space, with a long white hallway going to… where? Right here, to this two room office space filled with pinball machines! This photo is of the “80s room” which includes...

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South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival To Be Held in Cayce

I previously reported on the South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival in the Free Times, but I wanted to repost the article here as well so that more people may see the information. The South Carolina Brewers Guild — originally organized in 2005 by Jaime Tenny of COAST Brewing and more recently structured with an executive committee in 2014 — has been working quietly, promoting the craft beer industry and helping to modernize laws to remove some of the red tape from operating an alcohol-related business in the state. Meanwhile they’ve been dreaming of an event to celebrate how far beer culture in South Carolina has come while also remembering the past. Finally, they’ve decided that this is the perfect time to put on a beer festival that will bring together all South Carolina breweries, brewpubs, homebrewers, potential future brewery owners and, of course, craft beer enthusiasts. The inaugural festival will take place on May 21 at the Brick Works Park at 190 Knox Abbott Drive in the City of Cayce. “All South Carolina beers and all South Carolina breweries and brewpubs are invited, whether they are Guild members or not,” says SC Brewers Guild executive director Brook Bristow. In addition to being a celebration of craft beer in the state, says Bristow, the festival seemed like the perfect time to meet with legislators to say ‘thank you,’ present them...

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Pelican’s Snoballs

Under the spring blue sky, the Midlands has been getting a little bluer itself, from Pelican’s Snoballs massive expansion all over town. The original Columbia location is on Rosewood Drive and while that’s not far at all from home and work, it was still a detour to go there. But they are popping up all over the place now. The most important one (to me, at least) is at 442 Meeting Street in West Columbia, a road I traverse two to four times a day, depending if I go home for lunch or not. So when I saw a sign...

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15,000 Square Feet of Booze, In Bottles (And Cans)

I recently had the chance to preview Columbia’s newest spirits store, Bottles and am way too excited to go spend more money than I need to there. The very first thing I was shown there was shelves and shelves and shelves of ginger beer of all kinds. Seriously, the shelf space for it was wide than I can reach. Moscow mule tasting party, anyone? The space is huge, and there are all sorts of special items- from blackberry ginger Canada Dry to a slew of unusual bitters. Options ranged from imported Belgian ales to locally crafted Copper Horse products, made here in Columbia on Huger Street with grain from Allen Brothers Milling (aka Adluh).   The first day open is today, Wednesday, December 16. Hope you don’t spend all your Christmas money in one place. Bottles is located at 4410 Fort Jackson Boulevard,...

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Quick Trip Report: Publico

I wonder if the folks at Publico planned to open on Friday the 13th. That kind of ominous opening might imply that I had a terrible experience there, which is quite the opposite. I left a bit before noon to avoid the parking crunch in Five Points and was rewarded with a spot not too far away. The first thing you notice about Publico is the decor. I had to laugh at all of the hipster restaurant cliches that they fulfilled there but you know what, it comes together nicely. Male bartenders and servers in plaid shirts? Check. Reclaimed wood walls? Check. Sputnik light? Check. Garage door windows rolled up to reveal a beautiful November day? Check. I can’t say anything about hipsterness though, I was at the bar Instagramming my meal with my iPhone. Check. Publico offers fusion tacos, tosados, burgers, and other Mexican-ish-Asian-ish fusions, along with a pretty sizeable tap list. I went for the lunch special which was two tacos and a side, the two tacos being the agedashi tofu and the avocado crunch with Mexican sticky rice. The agedashi tofu taco was easily my favorite. The tofu had to be flash fried, it was crisp on the outside and perfectly puffy on the inside. The peanut sauce brought the whole taco together. And it didn’t seem weird that the mostly Asian-ish flavors were in a tortilla....

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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