Five Points (Columbia, South Carolina)

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Fountain in Five Points at night

Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina is a shopping, restaurant, and nightlife area that attracts customers from the nearby University of South Carolina and throughout the Columbia metropolitan area. It is the center for the city's annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.[citation needed]

It was Columbia's first neighborhood shopping district, named for the intersection of Harden Street, Devine Street and Santee Avenue. It was home to Columbia's first supermarket[1] (an A & P), first Chinese restaurant[1] (Kester’s Bamboo House), and the first bar in South Carolina to serve a cocktail[1] (the Stage Door, which claimed to sell the state's first legal mixed drink after the South Carolina General Assembly approved the use of minibottles in 1973).

When streetcars were prevalent, Five Points was a hub (rotating circle) for moving between downtown Columbia and the residential area of Shandon.[citation needed]

From '84-1998 Rockafellas rock music club was where Jake's Bar on Devine is. It hosted The Butthole Surfers in '86, Red Hot Chili Peppers in '87, Soul Asylum in '87, Danzig in '89, Soundgarden in '89, Goo Goo Dolls in '95, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in '92, Blind Melon in '93, Stone Temple Pilots in '92, Green Day in '94, The Offspring in '94, Virginia's Dave Matthews Band in '94, Chapel Hill NC's Ben Folds Five in '95, Marilyn Manson in '95, and Jacksonville's Limp Bizkit in '97.


  1. ^ a b c "Five Points: Looking back. Looking ahead". The State. March 11, 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-03-21. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 

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Coordinates: 33°59′56″N 81°00′57″W / 33.998903°N 81.015903°W / 33.998903; -81.015903