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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-748-0540
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 12:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Lexington, South Carolina
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly beer brought us here. We brew our own and are major beer snobs. I prefer IPA's my husband likes all types. Beer was excellent! My burger was great and they cooked it medium rare just the way I like it. I had a salad instead of fries and I get dressing on the side (I like to taste my... More 

Thank KBamonteT
Lincoln, Nebraska
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180 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Had a business meeting here - - worked very well. There was some noise, but certainly tolerable. Asked the server for suggestions, followed them - - great choice! She recommended some fish called goat's teeth or something awful like that, fish rocked! just has a terrible name. Wanted dark beer, she recommended a wonderful brew - - you will not... More 

Thank AllyG520
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Great beer, comfortable atmosphere and fabulous food. I come here when ever I am looking for a cool place to hang out with my friends.

Thank Glenn W
Chesnee, South Carolina
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We arrived to attend class at USC and wanted something within walking distance of our hotel. This was a nice walk -- they feature outdoor seating which was nice. They brew their own beer if you like that.. very friendly staff

Thank Lynne G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

In town for Parents Weekend at USC. Came in for lunch. Excellent food, far above typical bar fare, but burgers and sandwiches, too. Food quality far above the usual micro-brewery. Beers on tap were good. Everything reasonably priced. Lovely historic building that gives a quiet and peaceful oasis just steps from both USC and the SC Statehouse.

Thank Jcwebb
Loveland, Colorado
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I travel to Columbia twice a year and always hit the local breweries. They have a pretty good selection and the atmosphere is great. I highly recommend

Kansas City, Missouri
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194 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I was just passing through Columbia and was glad to find this brewery. My beer was delicious and I was happy to find the menu was so much more than typical pub grub. I had a bacon, mozzarella and Gorgonzola pizza that was very good. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thank honase
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

First visit in a few years, and I was astounded by how delicious everything tasted! I typically think of the Gatherer as a brewery who happens to serve food. Boy was I mistaken! My Greek chicken was some of the best I have ever tasted. The salad did not disappoint. Even the bread was out of this world! Ironically, I... More 

Thank Colarestaurantfan
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Place is amazing, very relax and casual environment. I really enjoy my time there. The personnel dont rush you like other restaurants. I ate duck breast and was excellent. The beer are very, very good. Price is not bad for the excellent quality of food and beer. Honestly I recommend this place. A+

Thank Aramis S
KevinVarner, Owner at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse, responded to this review

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to read or post reviews on the Hunter-Gatherer. We have had a lot of great reviews recently. We all try to make sure you leave happy. Thanks, Kevin More 

Greenville, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Great service and great atmosphere. Staff very friendly. Quality of the food was really good and very reasonable prices. Beer selection limited to their own brews. So, not a lot of variety. But, the beers that we had were pretty good.

Thank Charles A S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 12:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom.

Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case."

Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?