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Beer, Cookies and Movies

August 22, 2013

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Sometimes it can be difficult to describe our favorite parts of Columbia. One of those things is Ragtag Cinema. Why? Because it’s so much more than just a theater! Here’s a little recap of my latest trip to Hittsville (the complex that houses Ragtag, Uprise Bakery and 9th Street Video).

After seeing Twenty Feet from Stardom at this year’s True/False Film Festival, I decided that my mom needed to see it. She had never even been inside Ragtag, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give her the full Hittsville experience. I bought our tickets online (so easy!) and planned for us to have dinner at Uprise before the show.

Mom was pleasantly surprised at how big the interior was, with lots of open seating and people studying mixed with people enjoying happy hour. We both opted for the bacon, apple and cheddar sandwich for dinner and it did not disappoint. Freshly baked bread surrounded smoky bacon, crisp apples and melted cheese. There’s also always a great variety of beer on tap; I opted for a pear cider. We also both chose a cookie for during the film. That’s right, you can take your food and drinks right into the theater!

Ragtag is home to two theaters, Big Ragtag and Little Ragtag. Little Ragtag is a collection of couches and chairs and has a more casual atmosphere. We settled into Big Ragtag’s theater seats and enjoyed Twenty Feet from Stardom, which chronicles the history of the back up singer in musical culture.

After the movie, Mom couldn’t stop talking about it. I think I’ve created a new Ragtag fan.

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Uniquely Columbia: Ragtag Cinema and Uprise Bakery

May 31, 2012

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When visiting Columbia, could we interest you in…

-An independent film enjoyed on a comfy couch?

-A cold microbrew?

-A delicious Reuben sandwich made with fresh-baked bread, house-made sauerkraut, house-made dressing and corned beef, and melted cheese?

-A place to relax, drink some coffee and check your email?

-Beautiful local art displayed for patrons to enjoy?

What if we told you that all of the above is an option? It’s true! Here in Columbia all you need to do is make your way to…

Ragtag Cinema and Uprise Bakery

Ta-da!

This local treasure in downtown Columbia is a favorite hangout for everyone from college students cramming for a final to retirees enjoying a documentary. With three businesses (Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery and 9th Street Video) all housed in one complex, this place is always bustling!

With a diverse schedule of independent films, documentaries and series of shorts, Ragtag Cinema has established itself as Columbia’s arthouse theater. Two theater spaces allow Ragtag to show Oscar nominated shorts in one room and a football documentary in the other. Ragtag also hosts a variety of other events each year including concerts, trivia nights and, most notably, serves as the home base for the True/False Film Festival. Check out the calendar to find out what’s playing this weekend.

As if an amazing, one-of-a-kind theater wasn’t enough, Uprise Bakery is ready for you to eat (and drink!) through your film. Everything at Uprise is made from scratch with the best (often local) ingredients. Start your day at Uprise with coffee and a delicious homemade pastry, then come back for a sandwich and a beer during your movie. And yes, you can take that beer and sandwich into the theater with you!

So put it on your to-do list when you come to Columbia, to at least make a stop by Ragtag and Uprise. We’re confident this Uniquely Columbia spot will fast become one of your favorites too.

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Perfect Patios…Outdoor Dining in Columbia

March 28, 2012

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One of the very best things about visiting Columbia is all of the amazing dining choices. Of course, sometimes it’s too tough to choose just a few places during your time here!

Now that spring has arrived (a little early even), patios are popular spots to enjoy some of Columbia’s finest food in the great outdoors. For a super comprehensive list of outdoor dining in Columbia, check out Vox Magazine’s list here or pick from some of our favorites…

Uniquely Columbia

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go where the locals go, you can’t miss Flat Branch Pub & Brewing in The District. This Columbia favorite has tasty food, delicious microbrews on tap and a beautiful outdoor space filled with plants and just enough shade to enjoy on even the hottest days.

An afternoon on Flat Branch's patio should always include one of its fantastic beers.

Also in The District, Bleu has been a local hotspot since its opening a few years ago. Now the restaurant is relocating to a new larger space once occupied by Boone Tavern. The new location will also come with a huge patio! What better place to sit and enjoy one of Bleu’s trademark rosemary lemonades.

Nestled in the south part of Columbia, Sophia’s offers Southern European influenced cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. With a fantastic tapas menu and extensive wine list, Sophia’s outdoor space is perfect for unwinding after a long day of shopping or sightseeing.

Columbia Casual

If catching the game and sipping on an ice-cold beverage is more your speed, there are plenty of patios to pick from. The District is bordered by three college campuses, so there’s always an open seat for a casual outdoor experience. Pull up a chair on The Heidelberg’s or Harpo’s rooftop patios and take in the view or keep it on the ground at Willie’s or Bengal’s.

The rooftop patio at The Heidelberg.

Just a Couple More…

After a delicious meal, what you really need is ice cream, right? Of course. Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream makes small batches of amazing ice cream in a variety of incredible flavors (honey lavender, anyone?). Grab a cone, have a seat outside and take in sights of downtown Columbia.

An ice cream shop with some of the most unique art ever? Yes, please!

If a post-dinner movie is more your style, take a stroll over to Ragtag Cinema, Columbia’s independent movie theater. Enjoy a drink on the patio before you enjoy your film and don’t forget to sample Uprise Bakery’s delicious offering.

So if the outdoors are your thing in that you enjoy a nice afternoon or evening on a patio, check out all of these spots…you’ll have to decide on your favorite for yourself!

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