Bars: Where to watch the Ohio State vs. Michigan game

By Columbus Alive
From the November 24, 2011 edition

Who cares about Thanksgiving — this weekend is the biggest game of the year! Two disappointing losses have knocked Ohio State out of conference championship consideration, but beating that team from up north can make any season a winner.

Here’s a rundown of a few places to watch Big Blue lose its eighth in a row to the Bucks. All of these places will be rocking with hoards of fired-up fans, and some offer game-day specials. You definitely won’t be hearing any “Hail to the Victors.”

Pastimes Pub & Grill

1333 Worthington Centre Dr., Worthington

614-468-1519

pastimespubandgrill.com

This friendly spot boasts plenty of flat screens and a happy hour beginning at 11 a.m. with bonus game-day specials ($3 Buckeye shots, anyone?). The crowd promises to be raucous, too.

For noshing, the upscale pub grub menu features some excellent wing varieties, a savory pulled pork sandwich and blue cheese sticks.

Coaches Bar & Grill

1480 Bethel Rd., Northwest Side

614-457-3353

coachesbarandgrill.com

The Bethel Road spot is a favorite for sports fans because there’s basically a flat screen every couple of feet. There’s even a small TV in every booth. Those missing the outdoor experience of Heinegate can grab a spot on the patio, which is also filled with TVs.

Grandview Cafe

1455 W. Third Ave., Grandview

614-486-2233

grandviewcafe.com

Grandview Cafe, one of the neighborhood’s most popular spots, has a little bit of everything on its extensive menu. The selection of coneys and hot dogs — the Woody Dog, topped with bacon and provolone cheese, seems appropriate and delicious — is a good place to start, but there’s plenty of burgers, “sammiches,” and the Famous Fish and Chips as well. Football plus food equals happiness.

The Bier Stube

1479 N. High St., Campus

614-299-5467

This awesome hole-in-the-wall hangout has seen many Buckeye victories since it opened in 1966. College students love the cheap shots and pitchers, but it’s also common for alumni to hang out here on game days while looking to relive some of the revelry from yesteryear.