Within a block of Capital Square and just across from Columbus Commons, the MoJoe Lounge Downtown attracts a steady group of nine-to-fivers for happy hour, but location isn't the main reason. The happy hour menu of upscale comfort foods and ample beverage options make the easy access just icing on the cake.

Within a block of Capital Square and just across from Columbus Commons, the MoJoe Lounge Downtown attracts a steady group of nine-to-fivers for happy hour, but location isn't the main reason. The happy hour menu of upscale comfort foods and ample beverage options make the easy access just icing on the cake.

The booze:

The eight draft beers - $2 off during happy hour - are buoyed by crafts and seasonals. Solid options are Southern Tier's 2XIPA ($3.50), a hopped-up India pale ale with a whopping 8.2 ABV, and the ever-popular Dead Guy Ale from Rogue ($3.50).

A number of bottles are also available - including three varieties from both Chimay and Great Lakes, and Arrogant Bastard bombers.

While the beer selection is stout, the standout is MoJoe's cocktails. A seasonal menu using inspired in-house infusions is being finalized and will be unveiled soon.

I'm looking forward to trying the modified Manhattan, which uses rye, coffee-infused molasses, tart cherry juice and Carpano Antica vermouth. I learned from a MoJoe bartender that high-quality vermouth makes all the difference.

Look for other infusions made with Watershed products: Szechuan peppercorn gin and apple cider vodka.

I did sample one of the upcoming cocktail menu's items, the Sazerac ($7.50). The Big Easy libation, with rye, bitters and absinthe is quite excellent. The bartender asked me how much I like absinthe - I prefer a sharper anise-favored Sazerac - and prepared my drink accordingly.

The food:

The happy hour menu at MoJoe keeps things fairly simple with a selection stick to your ribs comfort food with an upscale panache.

The Shredded Short Rib and Smoked Cheddar Pizza ($7) is as hearty as it is tasty; the thin-crust pie is topped with mounds of savory meat, thick shredded cheese and caramelized onions.

If you're looking for a lighter snack - the short rib pizza is a meal for one or can be shared - try the Truffle Chips, served with a side of creamy blue cheese. And I thought chips and dip couldn't be more addictive.

Another recommended snack is the fresh almonds and olive plate ($4). The crispy, toasted nuts, kalamatas and lemon juice-soaked picholines are endlessly munchable.