Welcome to Columbia, home of the University of Missouri Tigers! If you’re heading to town to catch a game at Mizzou, here’s what you need to know about where to stay, eat, drink, and tailgate. First, a few stats:

  • SEC Team: University of Missouri Tigers
  • Coach: Eliah Drinkwitz
  • Stadium: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium
  • Fun fact: The University of Missouri Tigers have won 15 conference championships.
SEC All-City Guide

Where to Stay in Columbia

Columbia offers hotel options for every type of traveler — including one with a very special rooftop space!

The Broadway Hotel Columbia MO rooftop bar

The Broadway offers stunning views of Columbia from its rooftop bar. Image: The Broadway Columbia

The Broadway Columbia

1111 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 875-7000

A Hilton hotel within walking distance of the Mizzou campus, The Broadway Columbia is a comfortable option for your stay.

The Tiger Hotel

23 South 8th Street, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 875-8888

School spirit runs deep at The Tiger Hotel, and most of the guests will be Mizzou fans. This full-service boutique hotel is conveniently located in the city.

Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia

1225 Fellow’s Place Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 214-2222

Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia is also conveniently located a short walking distance to Mizzou campus and only a couple of miles from downtown Columbia, so it’s a good home base if you’re interested in exploring all the area has to offer.

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Where to Eat & Drink Columbia

If you’re looking for a bite to eat ahead of the game or perhaps items to pick up for your tailgate (including adult beverages, of course), here are some of your best bets located near campus.

Broadway Diner

22 South 4th Street, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 875-1173

Open at 6 a.m Tuesday through Sunday, you can fuel up for the day’s festivities at Broadway Diner. We hear you’ve got to try their signature breakfast dish. “The Stretch” — a plate of hashbrowns loaded up with eggs, chili, cheese, peppers, and onions (customizable with plenty of add-ons).

CC’s City Broiler

1401 Forum Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65203 • (573) 445-7772

There’s a good amount of quality beef in Missouri, and CC’s City Broiler is a popular steakhouse. Carnivores, stop by this local hotspot to get your fix.

CJ’s Hot Wings

704 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 442-7777

Hot wings are a welcome addition to any tailgate, and CJ’s Hot Wings is famous around town. You may want to stop by the shop, too — it’s on Columbia’s busiest street!

Como Smoke and Fire

4600 Paris Road, Ste. 102, Columbia, MO 65202 • (573) 443-3473

Homemade sauces and house-smoked barbecue make Como Smoke and Fire a killer source for your tailgate spread. If you aren’t up for doing any day-of cooking, cater from Como.

DASH Convenience & Liquor Store

308 South 9th Street, Ste. 106, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 777-4474

Close to campus, stop by DASH Convenience & Liquor Store for your last-minute tailgating needs.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

225 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 449-2454

Serving up the best pizza in town for 45 years now, Shakespeare’s Pizza is a must for your weekend in Columbia. Don’t just take our word for it; it was recently voted “Best College Hangout in the Nation.”

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Bars in Columbia

If you’re in the market for a pre- or post-game drink, here are a few hotspots to check out — equally well-suited to celebrating or drowning your sorrows.

Pool Table with Balls

Columbia is home to a lively set of local favorite bars. If you like a little post-game competition, Willie’s Pub & Pool is a good bet!

The FieldHouse + Willie’s Pub & Pool + Bullwinkle’s

1107 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 554-1485

The FieldHouse, Willie’s Pub & Pool, and Bullwinkle’s are favorite hotspots for locals and tourists alike. Each offering a unique atmosphere, the three bars offer daily specials.

Hole in the Wall Speakeasy

910 Business Loop 70 East, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 442-7491

As the second smallest bar in North America, Hole in the Wall Speakeasy is a cozy dive bar in the heart of Columbia. This local spot also offers daily specials.

On the Rocks

1011 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 874-0680

Offering signature cocktails, Jumbo Shots (the largest shots in Columbia!), and low-priced martinis, On the Rocks is a great bang for your buck.

The Roof

1111 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 • (573) 875-7000

As the name suggests, The Roof is a rooftop bar on the eighth floor of The Broadway Columbia (pictured above). In addition to handcrafted cocktails, the bar offers sweeping views of downtown, fire pits, and occasional live music.

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Where to Tailgate in Columbia

Think parking lot party for your Mizzou tailgate. Bring a tent for cover, pack some food and drinks, and you’ll find your crowd. Here are a few tailgating tips:

  • If you’re looking to take your tailgate to the next level, bring your RV or bus to Truman Landing.
  • Don’t forget to pack some games: cornhole and ladder toss are popular options.
  • There are some lots (priority parking tailgate areas) reserved for members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

SB TIP:

If you don’t feel like driving or using a rideshare option, consider taking the Columbia Transit shuttle bus. Visit gocomotransit.com to see where the bus has pick-up and drop-off locations.

Go Tigers!

FULL SEC GUIDE HOME PAGE: click here.

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