Bar profile: Lounge 62

By Columbus Alive
From the Bar profile: Lounge 62 edition

Located between downtown Gahanna and New Albany, Lounge 62 takes its name from a location off State Rte. 62 - but you'll remember its number for a different reason.

This great bar and restaurant keeps 62 beers on tap, rotating in new selections every few weeks while maintaining a base of customer favorites.

The ambitious number of suds spouts doesn't just mean more room for grocery-store lagers. Lounge 62 stocks some of the world's rarest, most delicious beers, with a focus on microbrews and stellar imports.

You'll find seasonal selections like Lagunitas Brown Shugga and Bell's Oberon, as well as stout crafts like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The list even includes exotic local fare such as Elevator Mocha Plum Stout.

Beer-lovers will salivate as they slowly ogle the beautiful line of taps just beyond a wooden bar accented with strands of rhinestones and high-def TVs. No draft is priced over $6.25, and most are under $5.

Once you have your pint glass in hand, you can remain at the bar to talk with regulars watching sports or saunter into swankier quarters. One of Lounge 62's charms is that it feels like an upscale cocktail bar smashed into a really good sports bar - a pairing that's just right in my book.

There's a row of low-lying tables and cushy high-backed booths, as well as a series of comfortable tables and stools. A new patio is slated to open this weekend, just in time for some summer sipping.

Elsewhere, owners meet their goal of being "an upscale place without the upscale price" by offering a very long weekday happy hour and a menu to fit most budgets. You'll have plenty of pairing options with a full line of small-plate noshes, gourmet pizzas, overstuffed paninis and bar bites with a twist.

Is there a draft in here?

Lounge 62's main claim to fame is having 62 beers on tap. Their list is nearly unmatched in Central Ohio, with some of the most unique drafts you can get your greedy little hands on. Here's the most current list:

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Ithaca Apricot Wheat

Ithaca CascaZilla

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Lager

Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper

Thirsty Dog Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel

Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

Columbus 90 Shilling Ale

Columbus Creeper

Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Sam Adams Boston Lager

Sam Adams Noble Pils

Dundee Original Honey Brown

Warsteiner

Hoegaarden

Stella Artois

Bass Pale Ale

Smithwick's

Harp Lager

Great Lakes Burning River

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Belhaven Scottish Ale

Murphy's Irish Stout

Guinness

Elevator Mocha Plum Stout

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

Founders Red's Rye PA

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Amber Ale

Bell's Pale Ale

Bell's Oberon

Abita Purple Haze

Abita Turbodog

Harpoon I.P.A.

Magic Hat #9

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Budweiser

Bud Light

Heineken

Amstel Light

Killian's Irish Red

Troeg's Troegenator Double Bock

Miller Lite

Blue Moon Belgian White

Strongbow

Avery India Pale Ale

Avery White Rascal Belgian-Style Wheat Ale

Stone Smoked Porter

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale