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15 drink superlatives in Greenville, SC

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Words cannot espresso how much we love Greenville’s coffee scene. | Photo by GVLtoday

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If you’re like us, chances are you always have a drink in your hand. Whether you’re like Danielle with her emotional support water bottle or Kyle with her mug of black coffee — no matter the time of day, there’s a beverage at the ready.

In honor of #DrinkUpGreenville Week, we’re sharing some of our favorite spots for GVL drinks (alcoholic + non-alcoholic).

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Don’t worry, be hoppy. | Photo by GVLtoday

Beer

🍺 Danielle’s pick: The Community Tap, Multiple locations
We love having choices, and The Community Tap brings you brews from across the country.
🍺 Kyle’s pick: Fireforge Crafted Beer, 311 E. Washington St.
Grab a flight from this small-batch brewery that just celebrated four years in Greenville.

The Upstate has a bustling craft beer scene with more spots in our brewery guide + throw it back to American Craft Beer Week in May when we drank seven local brews in seven days.

Wine

🍷Danielle’s pick: Foxcroft Wine Co., 631 S. Main St.
The house-made ricotta with a glass of Riesling just hits different.
🍷Kyle’s pick: Wine House, 475 Haywood Rd., Ste. 8
Grab nine of your closest friends for a tasting led by Sommelier + Owner Nathan Luginbill.

This “Wine-lovers guide to Greenville” had us at Merlot.

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The Tongue Twister + Zombie on Draft from Mr. Crisp | Photo by GVLtoday

Cocktails

🍸Danielle’s pick: CAMP, 2 E. Broad St.
Tell your server what you like and they’ll craft a cocktail just for you.
🍸Kyle’s pick: Mr. Crisp, 1501 E. North St., Ste. 102
The craft cocktails are reason enough to check out this spot new to GVL’s food scene, but you can’t leave without trying the Sticky Maple Toffee Pudding.

It’s rooftop season + you know GVLtoday has you covered with “Your guide to rooftop + patio cocktails in Greenville, SC.”

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The “Juice Bomb” | Photo by @saycurganphoto + @maxdinataledigital via @junipergvl

Mocktails

🍹Danielle’s pick: Juniper, 315 S. Main St.
The zero proof “Juice Bomb” is Danielle’s go-to on a night out with friends.
🍹Kyle’s pick: Group Therapy Pub & Playground, 320 Falls St., Ste. G
If you’re looking for a classic cocktail sans alcohol, try the “Not Your Grandpa’s Old Fashioned,” made with Spiritless bourbon.

If you want to make your own at home, check out this Summer Berry Mocktail from Greenville’s own Pimento & Prose.

Speakeasies + cocktail clubs

🥃Danielle’s pick: The Press Room, 315 S. Main St.
Located in the former Greenville News building, finding the nods to journalism in this intimate speakeasy is like going on an Easter Egg hunt.
🥃Kyle’s pick: Swordfish Cocktail Club, 220 E. Coffee St.
The name “Swordfish” comes from the password for the speakeasy in the Marx Brother’s film “Horse Feathers.”

Coffee

☕Danielle’s pick: Chestnut Coffee House, 325 Rocky Slope Rd., Ste. 101
You’ll find Danielle sipping a cold brew and writing the newsletter here at least once a week.
☕Kyle’s pick: Grateful Brew, 501 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
In the words of the great Hannah Montana, “You get the best of both worlds” with coffee + beer served under one roof.

Pro tip: We’d bean lying if we didn’t admit the java category was the hardest to narrow down, so check out our full list where we rounded up your favorites.

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You can build your own boba at Cosmic Rabbits, complete with popping pearls + jellies. | Photo by GVLtoday

Tea

🫖Danielle’s pick: Cosmic Rabbits Tea Company, 131 E. McBee Ave.
From the flavorful loose teas to boba, this is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up.
🫖Kyle’s pick: Camilla Kitchen, 130 S. Main St. (inside M. Judson Booksellers)
Cozy up with a new read and try signature + seasonal tea blends, like the “Life of Chai” latte.

Pro tip: Check out what’s poppin’ on Greenville’s boba scene with this round up from Off The Grid Greenville.

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Yes, that is a cinnamon roll, cheesecake + brownie on top of The Crazy Mason milkshakes. | Photo by GVLtoday

Milkshakes

🥤Danielle’s pick: The Crazy Mason, 942 S. Main St. (coming soon)
While The Crazy Mason’s Greenville location hasn’t opened yet, Danielle got a taste in Myrtle Beach + can’t wait to sip on the over-the-top ice cream creations when the milkshake spot opens across from Fluor Field at the West End.
🥤Kyle’s pick: Clare’s Creamery, 1635 E. North St.
If it’s made with Clare’s small-batch ice cream, like the Honey Vanilla, you know it’s going to be creamy and full of flavor.

Pro tip: Check out Kidding Around Greenville’s list of 5 places to cool off with a milkshake this summer.

Smoothies

🥤Danielle’s pick: Cocobowlz, Multiple locations
When you’re on the run and don’t have time to enjoy on of Cocobowlz’s signature acai bowls, order a Berry Strong or, Danielle’s favorite, a Sweet Mellow.
🥤Kyle’s pick: Swamp Rabbit Cafe, 205 Cedar Lane Rd.
Try the Oaty McOat Face or the Rosemary Peach Smoothie next time you need some fuel along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.

If you’re looking for a new spot check out our list of “Our readers’ favorite smoothies and salads.”

Juice

🧃Danielle’s pick: Kuka Juice, 580 Perry Ave.
The “Peachy Keen” features local peaches, and you know how much we love those at GVLtoday.
🧃Kyle’s pick: Southern Pressed Juicery, Multiple locations
Green juices fall in one of three categories: sweet greens, deep greens + advanced greens.

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Keep an eye on Gather’s event calendar for even more opportunities for family fun. | Photo by GVLtoday

Family-friendly

🧃Danielle’s pick: Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St.
With plenty of space for the kids to run around, tons of options for even the pickiest of eaters + literal juice boxes for sale at The Juice Box, the entire family will have fun at Gather.
🧃Kyle’s pick: Universal Joint, 300 E. Stone Ave.
With happy hour seven days a week + mini corn dogs on the kids’ menu, everyone will be pumped when UJ’s for dinner.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for a family-friendly brewery, Kidding Around Greenville has you covered.

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Tuesday treats from Double Stamp make it dog’s favorite day of the week. | Photo via GVLtoday

Dog-friendly

🐾Danielle’s pick: Double Stamp Brewery, 819 Laurens Rd.
Bring the pup any day of the week, but especially on Tuesday when dogs get their humans a $5 pint.
🐾Kyle’s pick: The Unleashed Dog Bar, 69 Rocky Slope Rd.
Featuring an off-leash dog park + a bar for the humans, this is the perfect spot to bring the pup.

We rounded up even more paw-some dog-friendly spots in Greenville serving beverages for the humans.

Brunch

🥂Danielle’s pick: Southern Culture, 2537 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
You had us at bottomless mimosas.
🥂Kyle’s pick: Soby’s, 207 S. Main St.
Are you really a Greenvillian if you haven’t had brunch at Soby’s? It’s a Greenville staple because it’s just that good.

Grab your friends with Benedicts and make your Greenville brunch bucket list with help from our brunch guide, or if Bloody Mary’s are your drink of choice, check out our list of the best Bloody Mary’s by neighborhood.

Cider + mead

🍺Danielle’s pick: Distinct Cider Room, 46 Lois Ave., Unit H
This rotating tap list features craft ciders from across the country.
🍺Kyle’s pick: Wandering Bard Meadery, 1320 Hampton Ave., Ste. 3
Try a flight of meads, cysers, and ciders to get a little taste of everything.

Kombucha

🥤Danielle’s pick: The Rejuvenation Company, Various vendors
This Greenville-based company can be found at local farmers’ markets, cafes + restaurants.
🥤Kyle’s pick: The Kava Konnection, 1540 Wade Hampton Blvd., Ste. H
Grab a kombucha on draft or branch out and try kava, a South Pacific native tea prepared from the roots of the piper methysticum plant.

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