Outdoor Dining: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is a Columbia staple thanks to its refreshing beers and hearty pub fare. Diners also love the expansive patio, which even in the sun-drenched days of early football season, is shaded by trees and umbrellas. Order the American Pilsner or green chile ale and relax in the middle of downtown. (Photo courtesy Flat Branch Pub & Brewing)

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, flatbranch.com

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