Top 10 Places to Watch the Game

One of the major benefits to living in downtown Columbia is the close proximity to an endless amount of delicious restaurants.  In the Fall, these restaurants turn into havens for football fans to catch their favorite teams in action.

If you’re looking for a place to watch a game, eat some great food and have a sporting experience only second to seeing the game live, check out our top 10 places to catch a game this month – all within five miles of CanalSide Lofts – some are even close enough to walk!

1. Salty Nut Café
A true locals favorite, the Salty Nut Café offers a a brunch special and $5 PBR pitchers on game day – now that’s a winning deal.

2. Wild Wings Café – only a 15-minute walk from CanalSide Lofts!
Who doesn’t love a lively atmosphere when watching a game? Located in the heart of the Vista, Wild Wings Café has all you can eat wings, drink specials and the chance to win tickets to all of USC’s home games. Sign-up for the Wild Wing’s Game On challenge.

3. Caroline Ale House – only a 14-minute walk from CanalSide Lofts!
Their slogan says it all – “Your home for football: Ale yeah”. From the second the doors open, sports are a constant on their 50 televisions. Even better, their extensive menu goes beyond typical bar food and will satisfy all of your game day cravings.

4. Tin Roof
Make your own nachos. Do we need to even continue? The Tin Roof is the place to go for good food, good vibes and great football. On Sundays they offer bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar to get you in the game day mood.

5. Pawleys Front Porch
Looking to chow down on a burger while watching the game? Voted ‘Best Burger’ by Columbia Metro Magazine, Pawleys Front Porch offers daily specials, seasonal craft beers and 10% off with a valid ticket stub for the current week’s USC game.

6. Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern
Operating for 30 years, Yesterday’s offers the freshest food for Game Day. Their menu includes classic, affordable Southern comfort dishes guaranteed to make your mouth water using all local ingredients. What’s even better? Saturday = USC Football. All flat screens only play the Gamecocks!

7. Kellys’ Deli & Pub (only a 17-minute walk from CanalSide Lofts)
Kelly’s offers it all – pizza, wings and buckets of beer. This locally owned Columbia bar boasts Southern hospitality and a great crowd for the game.

8. Sizzle Bacon Eatery & Pub
If you are a bacon lover, Sizzle should be your spot for game day. Imagine bacon on burgers, appetizers, hotdogs and more, all while watching the game. Sizzle also boasts great Carolina game day specials, featuring $2 bottles of beer, and also has the NFL Game Day ticket via DirectTV for access to all of your teams!

9. Delaney’s Irish Pub

The ultimate Irish pub is located right in downtown Columbia. Delaney’s loves its football fans, and features BOGO menu items during Monday Night Football. Its around-the-clock coverage of both college and NFL games make it a go-to spot if you’re looking for a pub atmosphere, live music and yummy treats. Dubbed “the Gamecocks football headquarters,” if you’re a USC fan, Delaney’s is right for you.

10. Groucho’s Original Deli

A favorite Columbia deli, Groucho’s has been around serving football fans since 1941. Groucho’s offers their famous Formula 45 Sauce and their “Fast, Fresh, Original” trademarked subs. What is the best part? Order in and watch a game or take the sandwich straight over to Williams-Brice Stadium.

Let us know – what does the ultimate game day look like for you?

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