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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 12:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this place. The beer was great. We tried the wheat, porter, pale ale and ESB. Loved them all. The food was really tasty. We had the black bean dip. Tried two of their pizzas, a gyro and both desserts. Everything was awesome. Wish we weren't just passing through because we would definitely be regulars!!

Thank LLTwigg
Midlothian, Virginia
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162 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool space in Columbia downtown, with big tanks behind the ample bar. Nice selection of beers, porter was my favorite. Easy drinking styles, maybe not for hopheads. Food was amazing, duck and mussels big winners. Good friendly service. Excellent value.

Thank John T
Lexington, South Carolina
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After hearing about HG and all the raves my friends give it....we finally made it there last night. Let me say, it does not disappoint. I loved everything about the place. It has a very warm, welcoming thing going on. We sat at the bar, GREAT service at the bar, from a very good bartender. I drank the porter and... More 

Thank GrnEyedCajun75
Raleigh, North Carolina
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183 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess I'm stupid but I just presumed that all bars/breweries had televisions. Hope you brought a book/friend/cellphone. Food was amazing. Even the salad was incredible. -1 star for no tv's.

Thank Ryan S
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57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a huge fan of breweries serving beer. This place has great porter and amazing shrimp and grits! Service around 6pm on a Wednesday night was fabulous. Worth every penny to get some UNFRIED southern food.

Thank akjelliebean
Crestview, Florida
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415 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We are from our-of-town and had tickets for a performance at the Town Theater, not far from HGB. My husband liked the Transam IPA--too hoppy for me. I didn't find a Ale to my taste so I went with a red wine blend, which was good. Husband thought the sliced duck breast with collards and chunky mashed taters was great.... More 

Thank kmsmolen
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We checked out Hunter Gatherer this week while visiting family in Columbia. The wait person was covering a large number of tables but never kept us waiting. She made us feel welcome and enthusiastically described all of the dishes to us in a relaxed and unhurried way. The food and beer were both excellent - a tribute to their new... More 

Thank 763Chuck
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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192 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

H-GB&A was the consensus meeting place for three of us who knew each other professionally, but had never socialized. Must have been a success, as one of us missed a meeting scheduled afterwards. Set in what appears to be a small warehouse situated between USC and the state capitol. No need to praise the beer, since that has already been... More 

Thank Terrygrim3
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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204 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Casual place - lots of food choices & great daily specials. Staff was great - and beer recommendations were perfect.

Thank Andrew W
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Hunter-Gatherer is the perfect place for a great meal before any shows at the Koger Center or CLA. Great food at great prices and outstanding beer selection. Food and drink specials are always a great bet.

Thank DrGillentine

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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, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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 29201-3964
  • 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?