THINK YOU KNOW the South — BBQ, country music, pickup trucks? Nope. Put your assumptions on hold when you visit Greenville, South Carolina, because here you’ll find far more fun, food, and straight-up personality than those typical Southern staples imply. Once you visit, you’ll realize that, out of the dozens of “Greenvilles” around the country, this is the one you need to know about. Here’s why.
The Carolinas’ craft brewing scene is in full swing, and so is Greenville’s — we’re not about to let Asheville or Charlotte hog the Carolina spotlight. In Greenville, you can experience top local contenders like Brewery 85 (try the IPA and Quittin’ Time Helles Bock), Birds Fly South Ale Project (go for the saisons and sours), World Beer Cup-winning Quest Brewing Co., Swamp Rabbit Brewery, and Thomas Creek, the area’s oldest brewery.
Once you’ve completed the circuit, it’s time for food. Visit Trappe Door for Belgian ales and lamburger sliders in a dimly lit underground pub, or hit up The Community Tap, which somehow pulls off being both a relaxed neighborhood watering hole and food truck hotspot. Grateful Brew is good day and night, serving both beer and nationally recognized Counter Culture coffee. The friendly bartenders/baristas and hip decor are a bonus.
Speaking of java, Methodical Coffee serves the highest quality roasts in town. Check for their seasonal, won’t-find-anywhere-else drinks like the Cold Brew Mojito or The Vermont (espresso, maple-nutmeg syrup, and black sea salt garnish). For a more relaxed (and equally Instagrammable) neighborhood coffeeshop, visit The Village Grind — their renovated industrial space provides plenty of room to catch up with friends — or do some reading at Due South Coffee Roasters.