Bar: Grandview Cafe

By Columbus Alive
From the June 21, 2012 edition

Grandview Cafe has long been a popular hangout right in the heart of the northwest suburb for a number for reasons. First off, the inviting two-story bar and grill manages to combine a casual atmosphere with good-times partying that appeals to just about all comers.

Inside, the bar comes across much like a traditional pub, thanks to its wood-laden bar and decor. The buzzing of patrons — anywhere from a low murmur during afternoon happy hours to downright boisterous during trivia on weeknights and live bands on the weekends — creates a constant energy running through the space.

Grandview Cafe also boasts one of the most popular and attractive patios in the city. Anyone strolling down Grandview Avenue could immediately be drawn in. The second-story veranda covers more than half of the street-level patio, so patrons can choose to sit on the wrought-iron patio furniture either in the sun or the shade.

There’s also a large flat-screen out back that’s perfect for watching either of the thrilling sporting events going on right now — Euro 2012 or the NBA Finals. The servers make sure to keep the tables full of drinks so you don’t miss any of the action.

Whether indoors or out, the bar has you covered on the drink front. A half-dozen draft beers ($5) and plenty of bottles — $3 domestics, $3.25 for most imports and crafts — will quench your thirst. There’s also a full liquor selection, and the vodka tonic I enjoyed was strong.

The bar offers a menu filled with pub-grub favorites that excel over standard bar fare. If you’re looking for beer-battered seafood platters, look no further. The Fish and Chips ($13.79) is fantastic, and the Shrimp and Chips ($9.79) is a steal.

Also recommended are a number of specialty dogs (two for $8.49) — Nathan’s hot dogs topped with everything from bacon and provolone (Woody Style) to queso dip, jalapenos and tortilla chips (the award-winning Stadium Dog).