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Trained in the art of sausage making, German-born Wilfried Huller put his skills to use by opening a butcher shop in 1968. The business expanded into a restaurant and moved its current location, where mugs sing glassy songs in toasts over brimming plates of Wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. A German-style buffet sets forth an endless parade of steam, which hints at meats free of MSG, mixed with fistfuls of spices, and smoked over natural hardwood. Cool suds spill forth from bottles and taps, fueling revelry with honey-hued wheat beers from Franziskaner and Maisel. The onsite butcher shop sends homemade sausages with guests eager to enjoy them in the comfort of vacationing neighbors' kitchens.

380 Columbiana Dr
Columbia,
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The Comedy House is your top destination for Stand-up Comedy & Unique Entertainment. Open 6 days a week with full menu & bar.

2768 Decker Blvd
Columbia,
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The color green is most commonly associated with Ireland, but at Senor O’Malley’s, it pulls double duty, spilling over to complete the Mexican flag and unite two very different cultures. Amid classic pub-style decor that includes exposed brick walls, diners come together to feast on not-so-classic pub-style eats, headlined by 14 different varieties of tacos. Traditional burgers, ground and spiced fresh daily, costar on a menu that also features 12 beers on tap and pitchers of margaritas. True to its mixed theme, Senor O’Malley’s draws an eclectic crowd that ranges from students and families to young professionals and retirees. As evenings progress, five flat-screen TVs glow with sports, and music accompanies rounds of suds long after the chefs have closed the kitchen and their Spanish-to-Gaelic dictionaries.

715 Harden Street
Columbia,
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To enjoy graham crackers and sour Skittles, one typically must chew. But at The Hookah Spot, those flavorful sensations waft over palates during hookah-smoking sessions in a spacious lounge. From arabian coffee and hawaiian punch to housemade blends, more than 25 shisha flavors can fill The Hookah Spot's elegant glass-bodied pipes. Plumes of smoke drift toward the chandelier-adorned ceiling of the lounge, whose flat-screen TVs and black-and-white-striped walls surround hardwood floors and comfy couches.

617 Harden Street
Columbia,
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Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.

401 Laurel St
Columbia,
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Trustus, which was named Best Local Theater Company of 2010 by the Free Times, is a 25-year-old theater company that stages innovative, contemporary plays fresh off New York’s stages. Reasons to Be Pretty is one of the latest works from writer, film director, and tragicomedy master Neil LaBute, whose filmography includes Nurse Betty and In the Company of Men. Reasons to Be Pretty is the final installment of LaBute’s trilogy of plays dealing with beauty and physical appearance. When Greg mentions that his girlfriend Steph has a few physical imperfections, she erupts with rage, causing him to ponder society’s emphasis on looks, love, and lacy mittens.

520 Lady St
Columbia,
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