Camperdown fosters adult playtime in Greenville, S.C.

A dance performance takes place on the plaza stage at Camperdown, a mixed-use development with a big entertainment component in downtown Greenville, S.C. (Courtesy of Camperdown)

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A dance performance takes place on the plaza stage at Camperdown, a mixed-use development with a big entertainment component in downtown Greenville, S.C. (Courtesy of Camperdown)

New downtown attraction pays homage to historical textile mill.

Parents have been arranging playdates for their kids for years. But what about playdates for adults? Grownups want an opportunity to connect with other adults, too, to share a cup of coffee or an adult beverage, enjoy a leisurely meal, do a little shopping, play a round of mini golf or enjoy a yoga or dance class.

Camperdown is a new development in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, that offers all that and more. Situated in the space that once housed the venerable Greenville News for more than 75 years, Camperdown is fast becoming the heartbeat of this popular weekend getaway destination.

Located at one of downtown Greenville’s busiest intersections, the corner of South Main and East Broad streets, the $350 million mixed-use commercial, residential and entertainment complex has been peeling back its layers since opening mid-2021.

Named in homage to Camperdown Mill, a post-Civil War textile mill that once operated along nearby Reedy River, the core of this 21st century adult playground is the 4.39-acre plaza in the center of the compound, pulling people from all corners of the downtown area, including adjacent Falls Park.

Surrounded by a hotel, restaurants, retail space and entertainment venues, the outdoor plaza welcomes locals and tourists alike with a large stage and a convivial setting of chairs and community tables.

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The bar at CAMP, Drew Erickson's new restaurant at Camperdown in Greenville, S.C. (Courtesy of Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard)

Credit: Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard

The bar at CAMP, Drew Erickson's new restaurant at Camperdown in Greenville, S.C. (Courtesy of Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard)

Credit: Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard

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The bar at CAMP, Drew Erickson's new restaurant at Camperdown in Greenville, S.C. (Courtesy of Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard)

Credit: Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard

Credit: Table 301/Celia Luck-Leonard

Wall murals suitable for Instagram selfies and other décor harken back to the heyday of the Camperdown Mill with shade sails that look like bolts of fabric and stools that mirror spools of thread. A light show recreates the constellation of stars the year that Camperdown Mill opened, and background music is inspired by the sounds of a textile mill.

On Main Street is AC Hotel by Marriott featuring a variety of dining option. Paloma serves Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired tapas on a stunning patio that takes in the downtown vibe and offers live acoustic music on the weekends.

On the rooftop, Juniper is a swanky, high-energy restaurant and gin-forward bar filled with floor-to-ceiling windows offering up spectacular sunsets and views of the city from eight stories up.

For a more intimate experience, The Press Room is a 30-seat speakeasy with its own dedicated elevator and access code texted to reservation holders. The space pays tribute to the history of the century-old Greenville News with a replica of a 1920s newspaper editor’s office, a James Bond-esque sliding door into the lounge, newspaper-inspired cocktail names and décor featuring framed news clippings more than 100 years old.

Across the plaza from the AC is CAMP, a restaurant from the folks at Table 301. Helmed by the Thomas Keller-mentored, French Laundry alum Drew Erickson, the creative menu is globally inspired. Dishes include steam buns stuffed with pork belly, grilled octopus and swordfish schnitzel. There’s an open kitchen, a festive cocktail bar that spills out to the plaza and a rooftop bar.

Other restaurants slated to open later this year include Larkin’s, a Greenville staple that is moving from its current location, and a second location of Charleston-based Carmella’s Café & Dessert Bar.

The newest member of the Camperdown playing field is Group Therapy Pub & Playground, an experiential entertainment destination, pub and restaurant. There’s an indoor, 18-hole mini golf course with a kid’s movie theme, axe throwing, ping pong and ice curling. Outside on the plaza, there are backyard games like ladder golf, cornhole, life-sized Jenga and Connect 4, and fowling (think football bowling). Special events include karaoke, trivia and bingo.

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Mini golf is a popular attraction at Camperdown's Group Therapy Pu & Playground. (Courtesy of Hinge Creative)

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Mini golf is a popular attraction at Camperdown's Group Therapy Pu & Playground. (Courtesy of Hinge Creative)

Credit: Hinge Creative

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Mini golf is a popular attraction at Camperdown's Group Therapy Pu & Playground. (Courtesy of Hinge Creative)

Credit: Hinge Creative

Credit: Hinge Creative

The 40-foot-long bar serves a variety of cocktails, wellness drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. There’s also a 30-tap self-serve wall of local, regional and seasonal beers and wines on tap.

So far, retail space features Southern Tide, the flagship store for the local apparel line for women, men and children, as well as Insomnia Cookies, Jeni’s Ice Cream and Starbucks, with more to come.

With so many activities, dining options and adult diversions, Camperdown is new news and a welcome addition to Greenville’s downtown cityscape.


IF YOU GO

Camperdown Plaza. Corner of Main and Broad streets, Greenville, South Carolina. www.camperdowngreenville.com.

What to do

Group Therapy Pub & Playground. Adult-themed playground with games, cocktails and dining. Games $10-$25; entrees $8-$15. 320 Falls St., Suite G. 864-284-4333. www.grouptherapy.fun.

Where to eat

Paloma. Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired tapas and cocktail bar on the lobby level of the AC Hotel. $13-$30. 315 S. Main St. 864-720-2950, www.palomagvl.com.

Juniper. High energy rooftop bar and restaurant in the AC Hotel. $14-$32 entrees. 315 S. Main St. 864-549-0000, www.junipergvl.com.

The Press Room. Intimate speakeasy and cocktail bar in the AC Hotel. $13-30. 315 S. Main St. 864-720-2950, www.pressroomgvl.com.

CAMP. A modern, American eatery featuring classic dishes and global flavors. Entrees $23-$34. 2 E. Broad St. 864-514-2267, www.campgvl.com.

Where to stay AC Hotel Greenville. $229 and up. 315 S. Main St. 864-720-2950. www.achotelgreenville.com.

Tourist info

Visit Greenville Visitor Center. City Hall Building, 206 S. Main St. 864-233-0461. www.visitgreenvillesc.com.