413 N. Front St., Arena District
R Bar is situated by the walkway from the Park Street area into the Arena District proper. It's the gateway to the neighborhood but, more importantly, it's the gateway to Blue Jackets fan culture in Columbus.
Whether carrying the flag after filtering out of Nationwide Arena or huddling around flat-screen TVs to follow the Jackets on the road, there's usually a flood of sweater-clad hockey nuts keeping the R lively. And bringing in guest bartenders like Rick Nash certainly doesn't hurt the bar's ice-cool cred.
Runners-up: Eddie George's Grille 27, Park Street Tavern