In a rut with date night? We’re here to help. Every week, we’ll pair a notable show – music, art, dance, or theater – with the perfect pre-show dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll even tell you what to order and how long your Uber or Lyft should take between the two. Consider all of the guesswork taken care of. All you have to do is snag tickets and make that reservation.
Eat at The Strip Club 104 $$
By Ariel Turner
With so many new additions to downtown Greer’s restaurant scene in the last year, picking one of the several great options for a pre-show dinner could be tricky. But sometimes, just like Fleetwood Mac, you want to go with a classic that still has an edge. The Strip Club 104 at 104 E. Poinsett St., within walking distance of The Spinning Jenny, certainly fits the bill. (In terms of rumours that have been flying around, yes, the restaurant is listed for sale on LoopNet for $1.85 million, and has been for a while, but no word on any impending change there.)
A steakhouse, The Strip Club has all the classics you’d expect – choice cuts of steak with accompanying toppings and shareable sides – but there’s so much more to it than that. And as a word of advice, if you order nothing else, get the mussels. When The Strip Club’s owners, Jason and Lori Clark, closed their other Greer restaurant, BIN112, where SELECT is now, they transferred the famous BIN mussels to the steakhouse menu. At $18 for the large bucket that could be dinner for two, they are arguably some of the tastiest and best value on mussels you’ll find anywhere in the Upstate.
(portions large enough to share; allergen-friendly menu)
Blue Cheese & Apple Wood Bacon Mussels
The Pig Skin
Parmesan Truffle Pomme Frites
Bacon, Bacon, Bacon
Lobster Cobb Salad
(filet mignon, pimento cheese, crispy shrimp, collards, mashed potatoes)
Just Too Good To Be Named
(blackened sashimi grade tuna, goat cheese, roasted tomato chow-chow, collards, pilaf)
Ride-share: Not necessary. Park for dinner and walk to the show.
Listen to Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
You can’t argue with Fleetwood Mac, and there are a couple of reasons for that. First off, they’re way better at arguing with themselves than you’ll ever be — few bands have been through as much turmoil as the Mac has, and the Stevie Nicks-Lindsey Buckingham dynamic is only a small part of their tumultuous 52-year history.
Secondly, their catalog of hits, largely from the aforementioned Buckingham-Nicks era, with a lot of help from keyboardist Christine McVie, is unassailable. From “Say You Love Me” and “Rhiannon,” to “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams,” to “Tusk,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies,” and beyond, no one came up with music like they did.
Those songs powered a couple hundred million in album sales and countless shows in stadiums around the world. If you want to see the current incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, featuring Nicks, McVie, drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, and guitarists Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, that’ll cost you a few hundred bucks minimum, and you’ll be looking at video monitors a lot more than the stage.
Or, if you want to be a lot closer to the music, you can check out Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute at The Spinning Jenny in Greer on Saturday. This band doesn’t just pump out near-note-perfect versions of Fleetwood Mac, though they do that pretty spectacularly. They also take pains to look their respective parts. You’ll get a twirling, lace-and-top-hat singer paying homage to Stevie Nicks at center stage. You’ll get a Christine McVie lookalike behind the keys, and you’ll get a rhythm section that’s the spitting image of Fleetwood AND Mac. Their Buckingham isn’t bad either.
This is the epitome of a low-stress show — tunes you love delivered by pros who also love them, up close and personal in a great room. It beats Row ZZZ at the Enormo-Dome any day, right?
What: Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20
Where: The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 door
Info: 864-469-6416, https://www.thespinningjennygreer.com/