Best Bar Staff

From the Best Bar Staff edition

Betty's Fine Food & Spirits

680 N. High St., Short North

614-228-6191

Web: bettyscolumbus.com

Liz Lessner's first restaurant, Betty's in the Short North, is the shop that launched thousands of fans. They cram in at all hours to take in the crazy, kitschy digs and to dig into Betty's famously bold comfort vittles. Yeah, this place puts the fun in funky. And with a knowing staff always quick with a dish, a quaff and a laugh - and a kitchen that serves until 2 a.m. - Betty's can make the tail-end of the evening wag a little more smoothly.

Runners-up: Dub Pub, Union