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New Restaurants in Greenville SC

Greenville is so popular that it’s hard to keep up with the many new restaurants which keep popping up all over the area.   Here are a few of the latest, which you’ll enjoy checking out:

Hall’s Chophouse:  This gorgeous high-end restaurant is on the Reedy River, right above the Falls, on Main Street.  You’ll find small plates, live jazz and great cocktails in the bar (Thursdays are popular with locals) but there are three floors of seating for dining.  Great for a special occasion, a small plate or a romantic date.  Abundant parking is available in the attached garage: enter from River Street.

Ink & Ivy: This fun and cozy new bar and restaurant, (E. Coffee & Brown, just off Main Street), invites diners to enjoy the great outdoors, with its roll-up walls.  This American pub offers a nice twist on comfort food favorites, while also offering great cocktails.

Caviar & Bananas:  One of Charleston’s most popular options, this upscale deli offers patrons a sophisticated urban environment; fresh delicious takeout; gourmet deli items; wine and beer.  Patrons can sit in or out while enjoying three meals a day.  Find C&B beneath downtown’s Aloft hotel.

Kitchen Sync:  This new green addition to Greenville’s dining scene is a big hit.  Locals are gravitating to the Sync’s cozy interior, homemade pizzas, uber-fresh ingredients and New Southern menu. Meet new friends at the Community Table.  Dinner only, as of this writing.  Laurens Road, just below Antrim / 291.

Tuna carpaccio at Dive 'n Boar

Tuna carpaccio at Dive ‘n Boar

Dive ‘n Boar:  One of the city’s most popular chefs (from downtown’s former High Cotton), now helms this popular bar & restaurant on N. Pleasantburg Road (in the dining-centric strip mall across from Home Depot).  Craft beers are abundant, and the menu, which changes seasonally, has sophisticated small plates galore.

The Anchorage:  In the transitional Village of West Greenville, (a mile west of downtown) a much-anticipated restaurant is slated to open in late 2016.  The shared vision of Restaurant 17’s former executive chef and the owners of The Community Tap, The Anchorage will be a comfy neighborhood restaurant and bar, with a small rooftop terrace.  It will open with dinners and a Sunday brunch.


Book Launch Party a Success

August 11 was a fun night as newcomers and lifetime residents all joined together to help author Libby McMillan Henson celebrate the release of her book The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.

Popular Main Street bookstore M. Judson hosted the event.  Guests arrived at 7:00 p.m. to find an array of Southern treats: pimento cheese, deviled eggs, sweet tea and pecan pie tarts, as well as wine and a selection of local beers by Quest Brewery and Thomas Creek.

It was a rousing trivia contest

There was a rousing trivia contest during the book launch party at M. Judson Booksellers.

Mayor Knox White introduced the author, who made some short remarks about the creation of her 160-page guidebook, which is garnering positive reviews across the city.   The author’s husband, Joe Henson, took the microphone next, and invited the standing room only crowd to compete in a short trivia contest about Greenville. The answers to the questions were all inside the book, he said, while joking that anyone who purchased a copy right then could take an open-book test.

Even lifetime residents were stumped by two questions: the state animal of South Carolina, and the call letters for the downtown airport.  The overall winner, with the highest score, was Bonnie Wallen of The Greenville Humane Society.

The Greenville Newcomers Club also had three representatives in the crowd.  Many other local business people were in attendance, as well as friends of the author.

The book will be available for sale indefinitely at M. Judson Booksellers, as well as at these Greenville businesses:

Amanda Henry’s Popcorn Parlour
Antiques on Augusta
Jerky & Vine
Joe’s Place bookstore and coffee shop
Sully’s Steamers

The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide is also available online through the author, here, and at

Live Music Venues in Greenville

Live music fans living in Greenville SC have no shortage of music to listen to.  If you’re thinking of moving to Greenville, know that your entertainment options are many.

West End String Band 

We compiled a list of live music venues in the greater Greenville area, for you to follow on social, or simply check out in person.  You’ll find everything from coffee shops to massive concert venues.

At most of the smaller businesses, music is typically offered only a few nights a week, however, or – in some cases – weekends only (like at brunch), so do a little research before you drive.

The Fete Greenville app is also a great way to find out what’s happening when and where.

Aloft Hotel
Bleu VooDoo  (Easley)
Blues Boulevard
Blind Horse Saloon
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Brick Street
Cabin Floor Records
The Channel
Charter Amphitheater
Coffee Underground
Downtown Alive (free outdoor concerts at NoMa Square)
Due South
Ground Zero
Hall’s Chophouse
Horizon Records/ The Bohemian
Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant
Main St. Fridays (free outdoor concerts at NoMa Square)
Peace Center
Quest Brewing
Radio Room
Rainer’s Bar*
Rhythm & Brews
Sans Souci Community Gardens
TD Stage
The Mason Jar (Greer)
The Playwright
The Showroom
The Velo Fellow
The Village Grind
Smiley’s Acoustic Café
The Soundbox
Southern Culture
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (Spartanburg)
Spinning Jenny
Stomping Grounds (Greer)
Wild Wings

If your venue isn’t listed, please drop a line to help@greenville relocation dot com and we’ll gladly add it!

Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

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