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The Beer Garden at Liberty Tap Room

Recently, my coworkers and I had a happy hour at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista. Since our office closes at 4:00 on Fridays in the summer (I know, right?!?!?!), we decided to celebrate by enjoying the extra hour together – outside of the office. With loads of seating, a $5 app menu and drink specials, Liberty seemed like just the place.

Bri and me cheesin’ for a selfie

Liberty in the Vista boasts an extensive beer and cocktail list, as well as unique food items, such as Devilled Eggs topped with chopped green onions, Boiled Peanut Hummus and Pimento Cheese dips (You. Guys.), Baked Mac n’ Cheese (topped with crushed Goldfish crackers), Chicken and Waffles, plus an array of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and other southern delectables. The menu is similar to that of Liberty on the Lake, but it has a different atmosphere altogether.

Liberty Vista is divided into a few sections: When you walk in, you can have the host(ess) seat you to the right at one of the many hearty wooden tables and booths, or you can seat yourself in the bar area to the left. At nighttime, the place is packed, and it will be rare to get a table at all, but there is still plenty of standing room, as the restaurant is fairly large for a downtown venue. If you have a large enough group, you can reserve the Beer Garden at the back of the restaurant. The Beer Garden used to be an open-air patio with more bar seating, but since South Carolina only gets about two weeks of spring and three weeks of fall, I suspect there were several months out of the year when no one wanted to sit out there… Our group wasn’t quite large enough to take over the Beer Garden, but we did fill up a few larger tables in the corner of the room.

Liberty is a great happy hour spot. It’s very “young profesh,” due to its central Vista location. It’s an easy walk from many of the downtown offices, although if you’re not lucky enough to work on Gervais Street (which we are not), you’re probably going to have to do some major sharking for a parking spot. You know what I’m talking about…

Luckily, when you leave the office at 4:00, neither parking nor seating is much of an issue. Our entire group easily got in and found our tables as we watched the restaurant begin to fill up with the Friday afternoon crowd.

I will say that as the restaurant began to fill up, service was bit more sparse than when we arrived, so I’d plan to get there earlier rather than later. Also, they do not take reservations except for in the beer garden (and there is a small fee to reserve). We sent a few people early to hold some tables, but it turned out to be unnecessary.

Key takeaways: 1) Arrive early. 2) Carpool. 3) Happy hour specials are from 4-6, but NOT at 3:45…

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