Distilled: Happy Hour of the Month: 4th St. Bar & Grill

From the March 21, 2013 edition

It’s my job to go to happy hours. But, to be completely honest, this gets repetitive because many happy hours offer the same specials. Occasionally, I come across a happy hour that goes above and beyond the rest. This is one such happy hour.

It’s possible that there’s a better happy hour on campus than 4th St. Bar & Grill (known for its affinity for all things soccer and home to the Crew Union), but I highly doubt it. The campus spot’s happy hour immediately earned my respect by offering specials until 9 p.m. It’s rare you find a spot that goes past 7 p.m., but a place that goes until this late — with booze I actually want to drink — is my great white whale.

Making this late run even better is what 4th St. has discounted. All drinks are half-off (with the rare exception of a limited release like Bell’s Hopslam). All 58 drafts, including the ones at 4th St.’s carryout/growler fillery House of Brews, are half-off. A glass of Redbreast 15 whiskey? Half-off. Even appetizers are half-off from 4 to 7 p.m.

Besides the everyday happy hour deals, 4th St. comes through with a different daily special as well. The most popular is Tuesday night’s half-off everything all night long special. It results in 4th St.’s busiest, most debauched night.

“Get here early. If not, you won’t find a seat,” General Manager Bryan Myers said.

While Tuesday is clearly a night of revelry, Thursday is also popular and offers another excellent daily special. 4th St.’s Local Love Thursdays means $3 Ohio drafts, $4 OYO and Watershed vodkas, $4 Brothers Drake meads and $5 whiskeys from the aforementioned Columbus distilleries.

Lastly, 4th St. began offering beer flights recently that are — you guessed it — half-off ($7) during happy hour. The 58 taps have seriously excellent stuff, and the five sample (5 ounce) flight is ideal for getting a well-rounded experience.

Photo by Meghan Ralston