You can tell a lot about a bar by its jukebox. Perusing Kickstand Pub's electronic juke A-to-Z reveals some strange bedfellows - The Eagles next to Evanescence, Interpol beside Alan Jackson and Kid Rock nestled by MGMT - but like a good buffet, there's something for everyone.

You can tell a lot about a bar by its jukebox. Perusing Kickstand Pub's electronic juke A-to-Z reveals some strange bedfellows - The Eagles next to Evanescence, Interpol beside Alan Jackson and Kid Rock nestled by MGMT - but like a good buffet, there's something for everyone.

Between the music box's diversity and depth, it's easy to see why Alive readers chose the Westerville bar as the Best Jukebox in Columbus.

Just two years ago, Kickstand Pub was a biker bar keen on classic rock - that's when current co-owners Paul and Melissa Herzog took over. "I like all types of music, and we're young, so we tried to bring in some of the indie rock and hip-hop music," said Melissa Herzog.

Kickstand Pub now features an inviting record store-meets-sports bar ambiance, with live music Wednesdays through Saturdays to boot. From Wednesday bike nights to Thursday acoustic shows, the clientele can vary as much as the music on stage. Some friends and I found ourselves among the eclectic fray on a Friday night.

Despite the chill outside, the large open-space bar buzzed with activity. Rock 'n' roll posters and collages provide a backdrop for a huge oval bar flooded with thirsty patrons. Three pool tables nearby erupt in waves of jeers; meanwhile, a band heads onto a spacious rear stage anchored by a stripper pole.

One of the many bartenders quickly spots my empty hands and brings a pint of Bell's Two Hearted Ale to the rescue; other draft options include Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale, Stella ($4.50) and Bud (22-ounce for $3.50).

Around the bar, the twentysomething-and-up crowd dresses casually - some sport heels, others ball caps - and mingles while playing games like darts, or gazing upon flat-screen TVs. Besides the tall stools surrounding the bar, it's mostly standing-room-only as The Filthy Habits take the stage and dispatch some solid covers, even of shudder-worthy songs like "I Kissed a Girl."

Shots and bombs grow more popular as the night marches on. Most opt for no-nonsense shots like Jameson ($5.50) or Jager bombs ($4.75), according to Herzog, but more curious types enjoy sweet-tasting shooters with quirky names like Tye-dye or Incredible Hulk ($4.25).

When Kickstand Pub isn't shaking up Westerville's nightlife, daily drink specials help drum up a weekday neighborhood crowd. Popular deals include Monday's $3 import drafts and Wednesday's $1 PBR/Natty Light cans and $3.75 Skye mixers.

"Every night isn't crazy, loud rock 'n' roll music," Herzog said, "but it certainly happens."