Green's Discount Beer & Wine

Green's Discount Beer & WineGreen's Discount Beer & Wine
Green's Discount Beer & WineGreen's Discount Beer & Wine

400 Assembly St
Columbia, South Carolina, 29201-4142
United States

(803) 799-9499 | map

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5 by Davit from California on Mar 19, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Fantastic selection, especially local SC and NC beers. Staff really knowledgeable and friendly too. I purchased a ton of SC beer while I was there

Mar 16, 2015
4 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Oct 09, 2014
4.25 by vancean2 from Colorado on Oct 06, 2014
4 by jshusc from South Carolina on Sep 11, 2014
3.5 by jophish17 from Georgia on Aug 31, 2014
4 by Mantooth from North Carolina on Jul 18, 2014
3.75 by Ant4711 from South Carolina on Jul 08, 2014
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jun 24, 2014
4.25 by huntermop from South Carolina on Jun 03, 2014
4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Jan 04, 2014
4.25 by swierczt from Connecticut on Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by gatorbreath from Fiji

Reasonably priced store this is with a strictly business atmosphere, and they have a good selection of domestic and import beer inside the walk in cooler.

The service is good and the selection is there for the taking. Always ahve something new and exciting as well as oldies but goodies.

Value is decent, beer could always be cheaper, but who can complain. There are instances when I've found brews cheaper at other places by a dollar or two..

Can't go wrong here, nice central location for USC students as well as myself.!


Jul 17, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
by mattkoon from South Carolina

green's is awesome. their beer selection is only matched by their low prices. it you want it, 9 times out of 10 they got it. i was surprised to find that their prices were cheaper than wal-mart on beer. you even get a deeper discount if you pay in cash instead of a credit or debit card. if you cant find and item at other stores, the first thing that pops into your head is "i bet green's has it." and if you happen to be close to a green's you just go their in the first place. they are pretty much your go-to man in an alcohol related emergency.

Dec 29, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
by cdizinno from South Carolina

Green's is Green's, right.... WRONG! Downtown has only a fraction of the selection that the Green's off Piney Grove carries.

The folks here are nice and always ask if you need assistance. However, they just started their growler station recently and don't quite have a handle on carrying various styles that are popular. I've only seen an IPA once or twice in several visits... and they were garbage IPA's.

They do feature a 'high end' cooler that contains nice Belgian ales, tripels, quads and such, but they have limited space and don't carry but a fraction of their sister ship in the Harbison area.

Hopefully, they'll get the idea after a while on the growlers though.

Prices are probably the same, but the

Jun 20, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
by SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

I have been here several times but I still think I like the Greens in Northwest Columbia much better. The service here is pretty shoddy. Nobody ever says anything when I enter and everyone looks as if they hate their job. Friendly workers goes a long way in my opinion. The prices are always good and there is a discount for cash purchases. The selection was pretty good but not quite as large as the one on Piney Grove. Plenty of stuff to choose from but nothing too rare or extraordinary. This is a nice stop in the downtown area for your beer needs. I like this place but the other Greens is much better in my opinion.

Nov 04, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
by Onenote81 from North Carolina

Stopped by here when in town dropping my brother off at Ft. Jackson. Large building with half of the store dedicated to beer and wine. They even had their own entrance, which I missed. Beer section was tucked in the back left corner of the store. They had a large cooler section, which is all I saw at first. I thought, "man this isn't that great of a selection." Turned around and facing the cooler was a large shelf dedicated solely to craft beer. Nice! That's more like it. Saw some from Souther Tier (which we can't get in NC), Thomas Creek, Terrapin, RJ Rockers, Stoudt's, Weyerbacher, Victory, Bells, Founders, etc. Pretty good selection. I picked up some bombers of some Southern Tier selections. Not sure how fresh some of this stuff is. That's my only concern here. Lots and lots of dust on some of these bottles, and they still carried some of the out-of-seasonal offerings from Terrapin, namely Big Hoppy Monster (last Fall), and Coffee Stout (last Winter). Prices were very reasonable. I'd come here for sure if I were a local. Recommend.

Jul 16, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
by theghost3 from Louisiana

Although very close to USC, I wouldn't recommend walking because it's on the edge of campus and the sidewalk just runs out before this place. Green's is located in an older looking white building. Half of the building is dedicated to liquor & the other half to wine & beer.

When walking into the beer/wine side of Greens, the wine is first encountered in the front & to the left. The beer is in several coolers to the back & across from the coolers there are shelves filled with beer the length of the store.

Quality is a bit questionable as I've bought Brooklyn Lager here before past its expiration date. This time I found Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster with a 2007 date on it. I questioned one of the employees about the freshness & was told it was more of a vintage is fine with a little age on it due to ABV. It being an Amber Ale, I passed on it but now sort of regret my stance.

Service was good. That same employee made several recommendations, & we had a nice conversation about cellaring & homebrewing. The selection is the best part. Much better selection than what I saw here in August. There were beers from Breckinridge, Allagash, Brooklyn, Terrapin, Red Brick, Avery, Victory, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Abita, Ommegang, Stone, Carolina, Highland, Smuttynose, Duck-Rabbit, Carolina, & many other U.S. craftbrewers. Decent selection of German & British brews too. From what I could tell, Belgians were a bit lacking.

The prices were a bit high for bombers, and I wish they sold 12 oz. bottles individually. The price difference between credit card & cash payment is a little strange. Overall, a good place to buy beer, just check the expirations/born on dates.

Mar 04, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
by Gyle41386 from South Carolina

Located right on Assembly Street near campus, Green's defines convenience.

The selection isn't bad at all. The back wall is lined with coolers storing craft six and twelve packs, along with the macro staples. Across from that are warm craft six-packs, along with bombers and 750's of the bigger name stuff: a few from Stone, Allagash, Brooklyn, Rogue, etc. The far left wall has a display featuring non-Belgian European brews. My favorite part of Green's is the cooler room featuring the Belgians. All of the usual suspects are here: Chimay, Duvel, Delirium, St. Bernardus, Unibroue, and so on. Solid. Plus, they have the 3 liter Chimay bottles. That's just cool to see.

Service isn't bad. 95% of the time I'm in there, I'm left alone to browse, which is how I like it. There is a long haired gentleman with glasses who's name I unfortunately didn't get who was very helpful, and I spent quite a bit of time talking beer with him.

My only real gripe with Green's is their absolute lack of 12 oz singles that leaves me driving out to Total Wine on Harbison. They'd get a lot more of my business if they had singles and a Make Your Own Six Pack deal.

That said, Green's is still a great value. This Green's doesn't come close to the one on Piney Grove, but it's still a solid option for people in the downtown area. I'd recommend it, unless you're wanting to try a little bit of a lot of different things. Just don't go during Rush Hour, especially on a Thursday/Friday.

Jan 22, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
by TasteTester from Ohio

Overall, I was hoping for more. The building is large but the regional craft selection is small. The state just passed a law to allow higher ABV beers, but they didn't have much on that front. I saw a lot of national staples that I can get here in Michigan. I was looking for a good selection of Terrapin and found little. I know Terrapin doesn't put out a lot of beers, but they had less than half of the offerings. I don't even remember what I bought at this point, as I had to mail it to myself and I'm waiting on the UPS man to show up. I also visited the Piney Grove location on recommendation from some BAs and wasn't overly impressed there either. Piney Grove did have a large selection of imports, their local selection again left something to be desired. There was a nice guy at Piney Grove, Joe I think, that was very helpful.

Sep 12, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
by NEhophead from Massachusetts

Located in the downtown area right by the University of South Carolina. I visited Green's around rush hour on a Monday night and sat in traffic on Assembly St for about fifteen minutes while waiting for a train to cross: how frustrating.

Anyway, Green's is set up like a small supermarket with the beer/wine store located on the left and the liquor section to the door on the right. The wine section of the beer/wine obviously takes priority based on floor space and quantity; however, the beer side of things doesn't disappoint.

Cooler doors line practically the entire back wall and house six/twelve packs of macros, national micros, regional micros, and domestics. Some of the highlights for an out-of-towner looking for regional offerings like myself were: a full line of Duck Rabbit, multiple New Holland offerings, multiple Terrapin offerings, multiple Highland offerings, etc. Located along the left wall adjacent to the cooler doors is a section of warm, English/German singles. Directly opposite the cooler doors (turn around) is a large selection of warm, craft four/six packs including a nice selection of Terrapin's bigger beer series. Further down to the opposite right of the cooler are shelves lined with warm, Belgian singles: quite an unexpected surprise to say the least.

My serious qualm about this place is that they did not have a selection of single craft bombers at all. As I was looking to try new regional brews without necessarily having to buy a six pack of each offering, I was slightly let down. Service was nothing to complain nor praise.

For the location, this place could keep me entertained for a few weeks, so long as the time of day is taken into consideration.

Apr 20, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
by MTNboy from Germany

This Green’s location was a little more convenient for me since it was downtown while I stayed in Columbia. The selection is great. More imports than microbrews and of course there are the usual macro’s. It is always packed and parking is always a pain but it is well worth it. There are always lots of other beer nerds in the place to conversate with everybody is always giving tips each other to include their friendly staff. “The Worlds Best Beer Room” is full of Belgians, Unibroue, West Coast beers. I live near Canada and the prices compete with the prices up here on the Northeast and Canadian brews. I was shocked. There is a great singles selection too. I had to DD on most nights while I was recently down in Columbia so this place was my sanctuary. When we would get back I had all the beer I needed.

Dec 15, 2007
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2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
by cjgator3 from Florida

The selection is pretty decent as it has a few local beers from North/South Carolina and other beers that I can't get here in Florida. I went on a Saturday morning during football season where there was a hundred people in the store, so I can't complain about the service too much. My main complaint is that a lot of the beer seemed like it had been sitting at the store for quite a while with a lot of dust on most of the bottles. Some of the bottles that did feature a "best buy" date were already past their prime, others did not have a "best buy" date so I can only imagine how many beers were old. This is on the USC campus, so I don't imagine that it would sell as much craft beer as in another location, but I just don't have much patience for old product sitting on the shelves. Overall, decent selection but the service and quality are lacking.

Nov 12, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
by mikesgroove from South Carolina

Had to make a stop in here to try and compare itto the two other stores I have been in. It was pretty much the same as the greenville store. Great selection for the area, no singles, which kills me. But the good thing was that the majority of what they had was warm, which majes the trip back home much easier. Prices were very nice and pretty much in line with the Greenville store. They had all the standaards now for the area, and thecash discount puts their prices always below everyone elses. Overall a must stop if you are in the area for sure.

Oct 01, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
by hellomcfly from South Carolina

One of the two best places to buy any kind of alcohol in Columbia. They offer two prices for everything they have, allowing a 10-15$ or so discount on anything you pay cash for. They have a pretty good beer selection including a cooler with mostly BMCs and some American micro, an aisle of high gravity beers and an aisle of American micros. I've always been treated pretty well by the employees and their prices are for the most part the best in town.

They also have a great deal of wine and on the other side of the store a fine selection of spirits.

Sep 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
by clemtig76 from South Carolina

Located on Assembly Street about a block from the Colonial Center right next to California Dreaming. Per SC law, the beer is sold in one section of the store and liquor in the other. After shopping at the Green's at Harbison, this one pretty cramped but the selection is good. The usual BMC swill is stacked to the ceiling and dominates the offering, but there are a few diamonds in the rough available for those who look around. Hopefully the 6% ABV cap will be repealled soon so they can expand their offering.

Mar 24, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
by GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

Green's is the only game in town in Columbia. The nice thing is it has a really good selection for a low ABV state. They were missing a few breweries I was expecting to find like Dogwood and Sweetwater out of GA, but the selection they did have was well done.

The prices are the other thing to note. They give a discount if you pay cash and it was a better discount that taking the percentage back on my CC, Best I could tell you get about a 3% discount if you pay cash. Also they had some beers much less expensive than I find them elsewhere.

The cashier was very nice and helpful as was a girl on the floor and a may who was walking around. They have three beer sections as well as an entire cold case. The only thing missing was individual bottles of their micros for a mix-n-match package. I'll stop back in the next time I am in town.

Jun 04, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
by goindownsouth from New Jersey

A very good place. Quite surprising, actually. This is one of my best stops to make when I am in the Palmetto State. The selection is to die for, really. My wife, who is Hungarian through and through, found this Hungarian wine "Bull's Blood." It is just as good as it sounds. And it was very inexpensive. Anyway, this is a place to go if you are in the area. Prost!

Apr 05, 2003
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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
by JISurfer from South Carolina

This place is a must stop if you are traveling through South Carolina. They have a nice selection of beers on one side of the store and then an awesome selection of liquors on the other. Their main selling point, though is the super low prices. I got a 4 pack of Hoegaarden for just $5. I saw abunch of other beers for really cheap prices too. All in all, it's a nice place with a great selection and it goes easy on your wallet.
BEWARE: They have some rule there that if you have somebody with you that is under 21, they must either be your kid, or your wife/husband. The cops that work there are off duty and have really bad attitudes, so stay quiet and don't question anything pertaining to that law. My fiancee found out first hand. We felt like we were in WWII Germany. She called in a report though.

Dec 26, 2002
Green's Discount Beer & Wine in Columbia, SC
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 30 ratings