Pride in Spartanburg: Best Spots for LGBTQ Visitors

Pride in Spartanburg: Best Spots for LGBTQ Visitors

Pride in Spartanburg: Best Spots for LGBTQ Visitors

The chill of the typically-cool early-November air is eased by the vibrancy of the rainbow flags that take over Barnet Park each year during the Upstate Pride SC March and Festival in Downtown Spartanburg.

In the 11 years since the first Upstate Pride March at Barnet Park, Spartanburg has grown with new businesses and community organizations supporting and welcoming the local LGBTQ community and visitors coming in town for Upstate Pride Week with events at LGBTQ-friendly Spartanburg businesses like Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery, Denny’s, and the Chapman Cultural Center.

Crystal Pace, area director of sales marketing with Pinnacle Hospitality Group, said the most comforting thing for an LGBTQ visitor is to know when they’re in Spartanburg, they’ll be treated the same as anyone else.

We talked to a group of locals in-the-know to put together a list of the best spots for LGBTQ visitors in #OneSpartanburg during Pride Week and beyond.


Where to Caffeinate

Little River Coffee Bar offers a welcoming vibe on top of locally-roasted caffeinated concoctions. The Little River Coffee Bar on West Main Street, or The Pharmacy inside the historic Montgomery Building, are perfect ways to start any visit to Spartanburg.

Where to Read

The Hub City Bookshop sits right next door to the Coffee Bar. The Bookshop, also home to the nationally-recognized Hub City Writers Project, offers a diverse selection of reading from around the country, but the Bookshop truly specializes in earning the talented local writers of Spartanburg more exposure.

Where to Drink

Two Spartanburg businesses with a craft beer focus are Upstate Pride friendly businesses.

  • First, Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery features a lineup of core beers, plus handcrafted ciders and other off-the-wall selections. Ciclops hosts Upstate Pride events throughout the year and will again host Pride Art and Games during Pride Week.
  • Growler Haus has brews for all tastes, not to mention comfy seating areas and some pretty dynamite appetizers. Growler Haus is also an Upstate Pride partner, hosting monthly social events for the organization during the year.

Where to Eat

Spartanburg is full of restaurants with something for everyone, no matter your taste.

  • Cribb’s Kitchen on Main features a wide variety of burgers, many created by local chefs during the Cribb’s Burger Cookoff each year. If burgers aren’t your thing, the menu also includes appetizers and entrees with Spartanburg-made ingredients.
  • For the foodies among us, The Kennedy features incredible, photo-worthy dishes with local ingredients and unique twists on traditional cooking. The Art Deco-inspired décor of the restaurant only adds to the environment of intricate, handmade cocktails and thoughtfully-plated, palette-delighting meals.
  • Heirloom: A Milltown Restaurant, is the centerpiece of Pinnacle Hospitality’s group of properties on the west side of Spartanburg County, including Hampton Inn & Suites and the 1881 Event Center. Heirloom offers an authentic taste of Spartanburg and its history, sourced from local suppliers and farms.

Where to Visit

The Chapman Cultural Center is Spartanburg’s arts hub and the centerpiece of the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District. At Chapman on any given day, you can find live performances, art exhibits, artists-in-residence working on unique pieces, community events, classes, and more. On top of the fine arts, Chapman is home to the Spartanburg Science Center, the Spartanburg Little Theatre, the Spartanburg Art Museum and a bevy of other arts organizations.

Where to Shop

Arrowhead Design Co. is Spartanburg’s home for all gear, well, BURG. The popular design took off with locals and visitors alike, and now the BURG logo, as well as designs with the enjoyable description, “Spartanburger,” can be seen emblazoning T-shirts, hats, tote bags, and more. Arrowhead designs can be found at their Kennedy Street store as well as other businesses around Spartanburg, including Ciclops, the Coffee Bar, The Local Hiker and more.



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