Ink & Ivy
21 E. Coffee Street, Greenville
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-2am, Sat/Sun 10am-2am
Perfect for: out with friends, date night, weekend brunch, catching the game, getting your drink on
Menu: Eclectic American, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch
Bar/Drinks: Two full bars, range of specialty drinks, wine and beer
Good to Know: Plenty of tv’s to watch the game without feeling like a sports bar; Not high-chair friendly – kids are welcome but we didn’t see many; Raw seafood bar available after 4pm; Happy Hour 4-7pm Mon-Friday, roof deck in good weather, club with live DJ Thurs-Sat*
Parking: Limited roadside, paid parking garage and lots available nearby
Bathroom: I’d almost eat off the floor
Walk into Ink & Ivy in downtown Greenville and you instantly feel just a little bit cooler. From the tin pounded walls and eclectic chic décor to the perfectly tattooed bartenders, the hip factor is just enough to cast a glow without feeling overdone. And the food? Let’s just say the word “YAAAASSS” was gently whispered a few times across the table.
Since we came for Saturday brunch, we started with a drink (obviously). With choices ranging from the $4 Build Your Own Bloody bar and $2 standard mimosas to a range of specialty drinks, wine and beer, I needed a little guidance from my fabulous and very friendly server. She suggested the margarita mimosa – and goodness was she right. Sipping that baby was a perfect way to kick off my weekend and brush off the surly hostess that was clearly not in the mood to be at work on a rainy and dreary Saturday.
Again at the suggestion of the server, we tried the steak sandwich and crab cakes benedict. I’m a sucker for a good steak sandwich and find it to be surprisingly difficult to find one not overcooked or just plain boring. Once I took a bite, I knew I made the right choice – crispy, fresh bread, tender steak cooked an ideal medium rare and tasty aioli mayonnaise came together in a perfect balance. But the real showcase was the crab cake benedict (called Crab Cake Bennies on the menu). It was beautiful – a swirl of spicy remoulade draped over a creamy, just on this side of cheesy Hollandaise sauce, covering the fried eggs and toasted English muffin. My friend, well known for her limited use of the exclamation point, quietly exclaimed “sweet Jesus” at her first bite. I had to get in there after that, and let me tell you, she was not exaggerating. It was divine.
I’ve been to Ink & Ivy now 4-5 times, and every time my meal has been on point and the drinks delectable. But what I really love is it’s more than just delicious food and drinks. With two full bars on their first two levels, a 3rd floor club Thursday-Saturday with a live DJ and a roof deck open in nice weather, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be very merry.
But, try not to guzzle the hollandaise sauce – they tend to frown on that in public.
*Feel like a little dancing? Hit the 3rd floor club. Thursdays tend to be more of a 30s crowd, Fridays perfect for millennials.