Columbia's latest entry in the bar-and-bottle-shop category open July 22 in The Vista.
The Casual Pint calls itself "the fastest growing franchise in the craft beer industry." The Vista spot is the Knoxville-based chain's 12th location, and its first in South Carolina — and the brand plans on having 25 locations open across the country by the end of the year.
With a selection of bottled craft beers plus a wall of taps, and "a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere much like a coffee shop," The Casual Pint joins local favorites like Craft & Draft in serving up beer in a less bar-like atmosphere. In fact, the chain boasts that it employs "BeerTenders" rather than wait staff or bartenders. There's also a modest menu of flatbreads, wings and other things that pair well with beer.
At the grand opening, which runs from 4 p.m. to close on Friday, July 22, there'll be giveaways of stuff like pint glasses and T-shirts, plus a free growler for the first 50 people through the door.
The Casual Pint is at 807 Gervais St. Reach them at 803-832-7468.