CW's Tap Room

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1260 Bower Pkwy
Columbia, South Carolina, 29212-3710
United States

(803) 781-1909

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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 11-10-2005

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Reviews by kkipple:
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The skinny: Carolina Wings Tap room is a wings, ribs and burger joint with an above-average beer selection.

CW's Tap room is a blessing to the Columbia area. It's in Harbison, which means no going downtown just to find some decent draft beer. They have 50 beers on tap, and surprisingly enough, it's a very good selection. I was delighted to see Rogue Chocolate Stout, Trumer Pils, and Fuller's ESB alongside the Guinness and Woodchuck.

Now, the above list may seem a little weak, but if you live in South Carolina, home of the 6% ABV cap and the redneckish Miller / PBR drinkers, you know what a find this place is.

Service is better than usual, at least the times I've been. The staff was attentive, fast, and courteous. Food is good, nothing to write home about. They have a "Beer Passport" program where you can check off beers as you try them. Nice little incentive to go back...

The only real problem with CW's is that it can't decide if it wants to be a sports bar, a beer bar, or a family friendly restaurant. You'll see the after-work martini crowd, families with crying children, seedy looking mustachioed men at the bar with skanky women young enough to be their daughters. In other words, it's a diverse crowd. But don't let that keep you from going.

Happy hour is from 4-7, seven days a week. Get a pint of Rogue Dead Guy for $3 (quite reasonable) and enjoy!

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Photo of Karyyk
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to the TapRoom a couple of times, and generally speaking, it's a good place to show up after work when you want to have a few brews and wind down a busy day.

The selection is good, with a good many beers available on-tap. Places like this are rare in South Carolina, so this is a welcome addition. I generally get the Yuengling for $1 during happy hour, although there are a good many beers at very reasonable prices during that time (the Abita Purple Haze for $2 is a favorite).

The food selection is decent, and what's there is good, but overall it didn't seem to have as much variety as I was expecting. For a place that's affiliated with Carolina Wings, I was also disappointed to see that the Buffalo Cajun Ranch wing sauce was not available (best wing flavor...ever).

If I have one complaint, it stems from the service received. The bartenders are genuinely amicable, but it seems that every time I go, I end up catching some kind of attitude from the waitstaff. I can't help but notice that I seem to be "hurried" as far as leaving is concerned, and I didn't appreciate the "put-out" attitude I received when I tried to get a couple of more beers in before the end of happy hour. You don't like your job, and I get that. I'm not exactly crazy about mine myself, which is why I'm at your establishment to relax after a stressful day. Leave the attitude at home...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

CW's is located just off the beaten path near a theater. The location used to be a Mexican restaurant.

The draft list was well chosen and about the best you could do in SC with selection at the moment. The server thought he was knowledgeable about beer, but as it turned out he was just a kid waiter with little knowledge and worse ability to serve. When asked what the Rogue John's Locker Stock beer was he replied that it was an anniversary beer. After going to the bar it turned out to be Brewer. At any rate, he couldn't put a damper on the evening, or at least one would think.

The food was good, nothing too exciting, but fairly tasty. The quality seemed good as well and the atmosphere was just fine. The waitstaff could use a quick refresher on beer and perhaps should be trained that the phrase "I don't know but will be glad to find out." could be used. I'd return for a pint if in the area.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a pretty big beer bar. There is a huge neon sign outside that says CW's Tap Room. You can probably read the sign a mile away. The bar is immediately to the left as you walk in with plenty of seating in booths in the bar area and even more booths and tables straight ahead in the dining section. 48 taps line the wall behind the bar. SC is a cap state so the selection is somewhat limited, but very good by SC standards. Rogue, Weiheinstaphaner, Widmer Bros, and many other selections are available. The prices are decent but still seem to be a bit more than surrounding restaurants.

I chose a hamburger for dinner and it was very well prepared. Tons of fries were served so witht the beer I was barely able to finish the food. Service was outstanding. It wasnt very busy because this establishment has been open only 5 weeks. Nice and fairly knowledgable bartenders.

I will be back next time I am in the area. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good beer.

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CW's Tap Room in Columbia, SC
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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