Columbia, South Carolina

A libation destination

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Photo: Courtesy of Experience Columbia SC

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Columbia, South Carolina, has a reputation for defying expectations, and that includes its cocktail scene. At the appropriately named Bourbon, a whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant located just steps from the South Carolina State House, choose from five hundred expressions with a robust cocktail menu to match. If tequila is more your speed, try Coa Agaveria y Cocina, nestled in the Vista, where you can select from among an array of margaritas as you nibble authentic Mexican tapas. Rooftop cocktails reach new heights at Hendrix. Savor the sunset and drinks like the recent Fade to Black, a cocktail made with Kakira rum, while enjoying the third-story view. Or find your spirited salvation in the seasonally rotating and expertly crafted cocktail menu at Smoked, a contemporary bar and restaurant in the heart of the city.

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