Best New Bar

From the Best New Bar edition

Level Dining Lounge

700 N. High St., Short North

614-754-7111

Web: levelcolumbus.com

Mystery and a giant tarp long shrouded the building that once housed R.J. Snappers, and what eventually emerged in June didn't disappoint. Level Dining Lounge is an inviting, eye-catching establishment - and narrowly edged out Martini Park and The Pub Polaris as the city's best new bar. Adorned with historic brick and modern flourishes, Level is a perfect place to sip martinis, sample affordable, top-notch dishes, dance to electronic music and post up for people-watching. It's the most stylish new spot in the hottest district in town.

Runners-up: Martini Park, The Pub Polaris