Coldest Beer in Columbus: Best of the rest

  • Loose Goose Tavern
  • Park Street Patio
  • The Tilted Kilt
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From the July 19, 2012 edition

These bars didn’t quite crack the Top 10 in this year’s competition, but who cares? We found the beer to be quite pleasant and the bars themselves even moreso.

Coaches Bar and Grill

1480 Bethel Rd., Northwest Side

614-457-3353

coachesbarandgrill.com

Beer: Bud Light

Tested: 6:10 p.m. Thursday, July 5

Temperature: 32.3 degrees

Visit this Bethel Road sports bar for cold beer, tasty sandwiches and either the giant patio out back or an indoor seat near one of the bar’s insane number of TVs — there are even televisions in the bathrooms.

Greek Street Tavern

3110 Kingsdale Center, Upper Arlington

614-457-9191

Beer: Miller Lite

Tested: 8:43 p.m. Monday, July 2

Temperature: 32.9

Don’t miss the gyros at this comfortable restaurant next to Giant Eagle Market District. We tried two versions, traditional and grilled chicken; both were stuffed to the gills, really hot off the grill and encased in the softest flatbread.

Keystone Pub

1081 Gemini Place, Polaris

614-847-0007

keystonepolaris.com

Beer: Bud Light

Tested: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5

Temperature: 33.4 degrees

Polaris isn’t just a fashion place; thanks to Keystone Pub, it’s also a motorcycle place. Ride by for the Yuengling Cruise-In every Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

Park Street Cantina

491 N. Park St., Arena District

614-884-2108

parkstreetcantina.com

Beer type: Bud Light

Tested: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7

Temperature: 33.7 degrees

Park Street’s own version of a Mexican gringo bar has a killer patio for those days when the weather is feeling a little tropical. There’s a focus on tequila and margaritas, of course, but the cerveza is plenty fria, too!

AWOL

49 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East

614-621-8779

awolbar.com

Beer: Bud Light

Tested: 6 p.m. Friday, July 6

Temperature: 33.8 degrees

It was the hottest day of the year when we took our beer temperature at AWOL, and even then the party was going strong at one of Columbus’ most popular LGBT bars. Even when the weather is unbearable, AWOL’s spectacular patio is a welcoming respite, complete with a wrap-around bar and plenty of seating.

Tilted Kilt

8665 Sancus Blvd., Polaris

614-888-5458

tiltedkilt.com

Beer: Miller Lite

Tested: 4:30 p.m. June 27

Temperature: 34.9 degrees

Tilted Kilt is a flirty franchise with Celtic-themed decor, a husky menu of pub grub and, most notably, many a lovely lady server in butt-skimming skirts and push-up bras. Beer is always served with a side of sexy, even if you’re not there for the girls — strapping young busboys in kilts also flit about.

Kildare’s

1576 N. High St., South Campus

614-294-2200

columbus.kildaresirishpub.com

Beer: Bud Light

Tested: 6:58 p.m. Saturday, June 30

Temperature: 36.7 degrees

Kildare’s, a giant yet authentic-looking Irish pub, has one of the most impressive beer lists in the Campus area. Also impressive: Even though the Bud Light measured was fairly warm at 36.7 degrees, a friend’s classy Delirium Tremens clocked in at a much colder 28.8 degrees.

Red Brick Inn

292 E. Gates St., Merion Village

614-444-7637

Beer: Miller Lite

Tested: 8 p.m. Friday, July 13

Temperature: 38.7 degrees

Get an eyeful of the tchotchkes all over this quintessential neighborhood place. The bar menu is short but honest — try the breaded cauliflower with ranch — and the place has plenty of games to keep you happily occupied.

Dub Pub

5736 Franz Rd., Dublin

614-761-2728

dub-pub.com

Beer: Bud Light

Date and time tested: 7:01 p.m. Friday, July 6

Temperature: 39.1 degrees

It might not have placed in the coldest-beer rankings, but if want to cool off or just take a break from the sun, this cave-like sports bar is your place.

Winking Lizard Tavern

100 Hutchinson Ave., Crosswoods

614-785-9755

winkinglizard.com

Beer: Miller Lite

Tested: 8 p.m. Monday, July 2

Temperature: 39.1

It was a tad embarrassing to order a domestic light beer at this bustling restaurant, which is famous for its extensive craft beer selection. Case in point: They’re tapping kegs of Great Lakes Christmas Ale on Friday.

Brews Cafe

116 Broadway E., Granville

740-587-0249

brewscafe.com

Beer: Miller Lite

Tested: 5:54 p.m. Sunday, July 8

Temperature: 39.3 degrees

Sure, getting to Granville can be a dud of a drive and this suds staple didn’t serve the beer we tested as cold as we would have liked, but Brews Cafe is absolutely worth a visit. With 36 beers on tap and a bottle selection that would impress the snobbiest of beer snobs, you probably wouldn’t go here to buy a Miller Lite anyway.

Loose Goose Tavern

668 Grandview Ave., Grandview

614-488-6114

gettothegoose.com

Beer: Bud Light

Tested: 2:57 p.m. Saturday, July 7

Temperature: 39.4 degrees

Loose Goose’s loaded chips are definitely worth a visit to one of Grandview’s newest bars. A delicious mixture of kettle chips with fire-roasted corn salsa, bacon, cilantro and jack cheese, the appetizer is the perfect addition to your next round of drinks.

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