The Grand on Main: Columbia’s Boutique Bowling & Restaurant Experience

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Are you wondering about the bowling, dining, and desserts at The Grand on Main in Columbia, SC? If you have any bowling enthusiasts in your family and you’re looking for a new place to score some strikes or you’re looking for that unique boutique dining spot for a date night or to meet friends, you’ve come to the right place. The Grand on Main houses a large, full-service restaurant, quaint bowling alley, and a top-secret dessert lounge, The Robinson Room – don’t worry we’ll share ALL the details! 

Bring your kids or bring your date, either way, The Grand on Main in Columbia, SC is the boutique-style bowling alley, restaurant, and dessert bar that you’ve got to try!

The Grand in Columbia, SC

What is The Grand on Main? 

Conveniently located on Main Street in downtown Columbia, The Grand on Main puts a unique spin on the classic bowling experience. This bowling alley – restaurant duo is perfect for a family activity or even a night out with some adult friends and your significant other! The 1900’s building was once home to a popular theater and still displays several original features, giving it a cozy, laid-back vibe. 

Family bowling at The Grand in Columbia, SC

Boutique Bowling Experience at The Grand

At the back of the restaurant, you will find the bowling alley which is made up of just 7 lanes! Instead of traditional bowling alley seating, they’ve got comfy leather couches and large tables to sit at. You can order finger foods, beverages from a full-service bar, sodas, etc. all while you bowl. Here, you will also find all the necessary bowling equipment – shoes, bowling balls, bumpers, and even bowling ball ramps for your little tots. 

The Grand is known to get a little busy, especially on the weekends. We highly recommend booking a lane online in advance.

Bowling With Kids at The Grand On Main

The first time my son ever bowled was at The Grand! He was almost 3 years old and had an absolute blast. It was so much fun watching him learn new things and get so excited when even just 1 pin would fall.

Yes! The Grand has bowling ramps for kids!

We took FULL advantage of the bowling ramps which he figured out quickly. These ramps were a tremendous help! 

Keep in mind that beginning at 10 pm, only guests ages 21 and older are permitted. 

What Does it Cost to Bowl at The Grand?

  • Shoe rental $5.50/person
  • Monday – Wednesday
    • 11 am – 4 pm: $30/hour
    • 4 pm – midnight: $40/hour
  • Thursday
    • 11 am – 4 pm: $30/hour
    • 4 pm – midnight: $50/hour
  • Friday
    • 11 am – 4 pm: $45/hour
    • 4 pm – 2 am $60/hour
  • Saturday
    • 9 am – 4 pm: $45/hour
    • 4 pm – 2 am: $60/hour
  • Sunday
    • 9 am – midnight: $40/hour
Bowling with kids at The Grand in Columbia, SC

The Grand on Main: Restaurant 

My family and I have eaten here a few times and each time we’ve had a great experience! Like the bowling alley, the restaurant has a lot of non-traditional features that continue on with its comfy, cozy theme. The majority of the tables are large, round tables surrounded by cushioned couch-style seating. There are decorative pillows on the seats, low lighting, and unique decor all around. 

Brunch is served at the restaurant every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 2 pm. Lunch and dinner are served throughout the week beginning at 11 am through 11 pm. On these menus, you will find a variety of starters, sandwiches, tacos, and entrees such as goat cheese basil salmon and Louisville ribs. The chips and dip trio (specifically the “peppamento” cheese) and cheddar herb biscuits are two of my family’s favorites! 

The Robinson Room: The Grand’s Secret Dessert & Cocktail Bar 

Recently, The Grand has converted their secret lower level into a swanky dessert and cocktail bar called The Robinson Room. The menu here is always changing; however, there are a few signature desserts and cocktails that almost always stick around. One of their most popular cocktails is a creative, “Duck, Duck, Drink” that is served in a miniature bathtub complete with rubber duckies. I’m not sure about you, but this sounds like the perfect end to a date night with my spouse or a new place to try out for girls’ night! 

Special Events at The Grand 

The Grand on Main has a full line-up of musicians and fun events throughout the year. You will see live music from performers such as Katera, Roy Day Jr., John Monnecka, and more! Be sure to check out their events page to stay up-to-date with all they have to offer! 

The Grand on Main 
1621 Main Street, Columbia 

We’d love to hear about your visit to The Grand on Main! What did you enjoy most?

Kayla Simmons
About the Author
Kayla grew up right outside of Charleston, SC and is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Columbia for a combination of 5 years. Kayla has a background working with special needs children, but now enjoys nothing more than being a stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys keeping her kids busy by finding unique play spaces and events, involving them in hands-on activities and watching them learn about the world through play. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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