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Whig Restaurant

American, Bar, Pub
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1200 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3213
+1 803-931-8852
17:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 02:00
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North Wales, PA
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eclectic crowd. Pub food was good. Underground and out of the way. Fairly priced. Casual dress. Fun place to catch up.

Thank ResearchRat
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

A client took me to this place after a long day of shooting. It was perfect. A dive bar of the highest order. We didn't eat, but we had great and affordable drinks in a "vault" like space and enjoyed our evening. The barkeeps were really friendly and suggested good local beers. The food smelled wonderful, but we had pigged... More 

Thank brickbrisxoe
Lexington, South Carolina
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Do not let the visual appeal, or lack there of, keep you away from visiting this unique establishment. Yes it is a basement, yes the interior is dark and dusty, yes it is small and almost self service. The food is AMAZING. Not much selection, but they are perfection. I have actually dreamed of the pimento cheese fries with the... More 

Thank bamagrizzly
Dunwoody, Georgia
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244 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal at Whig. It is a bar with some tables and great food. Everything is ordered at the bar. Tables are first come first serve.

Thank Maria G
Columbia, South Carolina
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I always bring family here when they visit from out of town. Reasonably priced food and beer. Limited menu but delicious. Beer selection is great. Juke box has some good classic rock and country mixed with more current hits. LGBT friendly, dark and cozy for couples.

Thank Carolyn C
Chapin, South Carolina
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103 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Wary going in and seeing what was behind the door...amazing burgers and fries. Settibg is dark and gothic ...burgers and fries amazing. Definitely returning!

Thank Sharon B
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Saw the sign but wasn't sure about the entrance. Walked down a set of sketchy stairs to an almost invisible door. Inside....wow, it is eclectic, cool, a little weird, but oh so cool. They have a lot of beer on tap and the lady behind the bar was more than willing to help with a selection. She provided advice on... More 

Thank littlejnc
Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Alright so I try to keep up with the Columbia restaurant scene but I never before had stopped at the Whig until last night. I had heard great things about it and seen it walking past the State House a couple of times so finally decided to try it out with my girlfriend last night for dinner. Luckily I read... More 

2 Thank Kannon W
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Down a set of dark stairs at the corner of Main and Gervais, you need to pull on a heavy metal door to enter the establishment. No windows inside; you may have to brush by a hipster or an oldster or both to get up to the bar to order. The reward is: a really well thought out draft selection... More 

Thank gothedistance98
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

NOT a food review: My friends and I, students here at USC, are huge foodies and enjoy trying all the restaurants Columbia has to offer. After looking at reviews of The Whig, we were excited to try it because of the great food reviews and unique underground location. It took us a few minutes to actually find it, and once... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3213
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-931-8852

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?