Henry's SmokehouseIt’s no secret that tender, flavorful barbecue requires time and high quality ingredients. That’s why Henry’s cooks their pork butts and ribs for up to 12 hours over hickory logs. To complement the hickory flavor, Henry’s has both a mild tomato-based sauce as well as a spicy mustard-based sauce. Offering buffet-style pork BBQ, chicken, and ribs on their catering menu, Henry’s takes the hassle out of feeding a hungry crowd.
$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com
Carolina Ale HouseRegional chain Carolina Ale House serves up all-American bar fare of gooey cheese fries, thick Angus-beef burgers, finger-lickin’ ribs, and specialty desserts, like the Dessert Nachos and Ale House Mud Pie. This joint satisfies both foodie and fan alike. And while the raucous sports bar atmosphere is plenty fun, you can also bring Ale House home with you with 20-person party platters for your next football-filled afternoon.
113 S Main St, 351-0521. $-$$; L, D; carolinaalehouse.com
The Community TapConvenience and expertise collide at the Community Tap. Take your time to browse their extensive selection—more than 180 local, national, and international brews—or fill up your very own TCT growler on the go at one of their ever-rotating taps.
Mon–Thurs, 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat, 11am–9pm; Sun, 1–6pm. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 631-2525, thecommunitytap.com
Larkin's On The River
Located fortuitously between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with she-crab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Book Larkin’s catering for your next event or game-day party—they specialize in everything from in-home dinners to extravagant galas.
$$$-$$$$, L, D. 318 S Main St, 467-9777. larkinsontheriver.com
Cork & TapLocated across from the historic Mills Mill turned luxury lofts, Cork & Tap gives you a chance to sample your wine or beer selection from their inventory on site. And while you’re staying, you might as well treat yourself to a boutique cheese platter or the Quesadilla du Jour to complement your beverage of choice and cheer on your team.
Mon–Sat, 12pm–12am. Closed Sun. 409 Mills Ave, Greenville. (864) 241-2022, corkandtap.com
Liberty Tap Room Bar & GrillLocated next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap—or try the signature Bloody Mary with your favorite brunch meal.
$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com
Smoke on the WaterLocated in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. Bring a dose of their Southern hospitality to any event with their flexible catering options.
$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 232-9091, saucytavern.com
Barley's Tap Room & PizzeriaPizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try your luck upstairs at the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes, or crowd around the downstairs bar for a closer look at your team.
$$-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com
Ford's Oyster HouseFord’s combines fresh seafood with Cajun flavor straight from New Orleans. The gumbo or shrimp-jalapeño beignets are satisfying starters. Try the BLT po’boy, with thick-cut, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and Creole mayo, stuffed in a soft sub roll. After all, if you’re going to be watching the Bayou Bengals, you might as well eat like ’em, too.
$-$$, L, D, SBR. Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen, 631 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 223-6009, fordsoysterhouse.com
Two Chefs Deli & MarketCount on this deli for fast, high-quality food. Hot and cold lunch fare, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder or turkey melt, are popular options, as is the Salad Sampler, including three of the day’s fresh gourmet selects. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress your group with catering platters of unique sandwiches including the stuffed baguette with turkey, ham, applewood smoked bacon, muenster, and mixed greens.
$-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St. (864) 370-9336, twochefsdeli.com
Quality is the key ingredient at this deli franchise begun in Columbia in 1941. Specialty sandwiches cover the bases, from the Cole Special Dipper (turkey and bacon crumbles blanketed in cheddar cheese) to the Brown Moose (a roast beef and provolone melt with Groucho’s signature Formula 45 sauce, a spicy, herb-infused blend of Russian and Thousand Island dressings). Pick up a party platter of assorted meats, cheeses, and bread if you’re looking for an easy crowd-pleaser—or get it delivered.
$, B, L, D (closes at 4pm Sun). 20 E Coffee St. (864) 552-1541, grouchos.com
Mac's Speed Shop
Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family-friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. “Start your engine” with a plate of Tabasco fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. Daily drink specials and live music every Sunday make it a go-to spot for winding down the weekend.
$-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286, macsspeedshop.com
Bellacino’s Pizza & GrindersBellacino’s, in the former historic Carpenter Brother’s Drugstore, specializes in hot, savory sandwiches. If you’re not looking for a sandwich, that’s okay too. Pizza, pasta, salads, and wings round out the menu. Try any of the indulgent Italian options for your next tailgate, as the catering menu offers servings for 10-12 people.
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 123 S Main St. (864) 242-6009, bellacinosupstate.com
The Local Taco
Blending the traditions of Mexican and Southern food culture, the Local Taco offers new twists on old favorites. Try corn tortillas filled with buttermilk fried chicken and honey-lime mayo, and swap a traditional side of rice for Mexican tater tots. Add some spice to your next party with their catering service, which includes crowd-favorites like queso and house-made guacamole.
$, L, D. 15 Conestee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1081, thelocaltaco.com
Rick Erwin's DeliDedicated to both quality and variety, Rick Erwin’s Deli serves up favorites from classic Reubens to daily-made fresh pastries. Come back for dinner for an upscale twist with entrees like grilled steak with mushrooms and onions. Bring the deli’s excellence with you by taking advantage of its catered deli trays, filled with an assortment of sandwiches (including roast beef and chicken salad), fresh-baked cookies, and sweet tea by the gallon.
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 W Camperdown Way, Greenville. (864) 312-9060, rickerwinsdeli.com
The Greenville Beer ExchangeTucked off of Main Street, the Greenville Beer Exchange is overflowing with all the craft beer varieties you could want (more than 1,200 choices, but who’s counting?). Broaden your horizons—and taste buds—with brews from all over the country.
Mon–Sat, 11am–9pm; Sun, 12–6pm. 7 S Laurens St, Greenville. (864) 232-3533, greenvillebeerexchange.com
The Growler StationWith stores and express locations nationwide, the Growler Station boasts a foam-free method for a faster, cleaner growler fill. Greenville’s new downtown location has selections from Brewery 85, Thomas Creek, and Quest Brewing on tap, making this Growler Station your one-stop-shop for all of your Upstate favorites.
Mon–Wed, 11am–9pm; Thurs–Sat, 11am–10pm; Sun, 1–6pm. 109 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 400-8327, growler-station.com
The Green RoomLike a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu changes with the time of day. Crab Benedict, French toast, or a tarragon, tomato, and feta cheese omelet are breakfast standouts, while the Lil’ Piggy, with house-made BBQ sauce, offers a toothsome lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Stop by the bar to get your fill of the game and a pull from the tap.
$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com
Sticky FingersWhere there’s award-winning BBQ and ribs, there’s a happy crowd. With a catering motto of “taking the pork to the people,” Sticky Fingers offers buffet-style hickory-smoked pulled pork, chicken wings, and much more with sides to share like homemade coleslaw and hush puppies. For full-service catering, they’ll provide delivery, tables, linens, and cleaning. It’s a no-brainer for game day.
$-$$, L, D. 1 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 331-7427, stickyfingers.com
Universal JointEveryone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features roll-up garage doors—perfect for the cooling autumn weather. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. And since Universal Joint is open late, you can stay to celebrate after your team wins—or commiserate with fellow fans after a loss.
$-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com
Wild Wing CafeChicken wings and football: it’s a match made in heaven. Wild Wing Café knows this, so they offer catering packages fit for a party, like the Picnic: your choice of 80 wings with four sauces, 20 halved deli wraps, a quart of spinach dip with chips, two sides, and brownies. If you’ve got enough mouths to feed, it’s the perfect option for a fun tailgate at a moment’s notice.
$-$$, L, D. 15 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 242-9453, wildwingcafe.com