Beer-tivities: Neighborhood bar crawls

By Columbus Alive
From the July 18, 2013 edition

The bar crawl is a time-honored beer-tivity that is as easy as it comes … if you’ve got comfy shoes and your liver is up to it. Here’s a rundown of five neighborhoods with expert options for the truly dedicated.

Short North [4 beers out of five, 5 expert]

Columbus’ most popular nightlife spot has a high concentration of bars and some really great options. For expert level, ada few more spotswhile strolling High Street.

Barley’s Brewing Co. Ale House No. 1

467 N. High St ‎

614-228-2537

barleysbrewing.com

Fantastic local brew pub has a wealth of draft options.

Pint House

780 N. High St.

614-429-3986

pinthouse.thecgsgroup.com

One of the city’s newest beer drinking haunts.

House Beer

843 N. High St.

614-670-8095

facebook.com/myhousebeer

A quaint, hip tap room with excellent brews.

Arch City Tavern

862 N. High St ‎

614-725-5620

archcitytavern.com

Bar and restaurant with comfortable atmosphere, solid draft and cocktail list.

Local Bar

913 N. High St.

614-670-8958

facebook.com/localbarshortnorth

Retro atmosphere + awesome draft selection = helluva good time.

Bodega

1044 N. High St.

614-299-9399

columbusbodega.com

A staple in the bar scene, known for its extensive beer list and gastropub dishes.

Expert level:

 

Mouton

954 N. High St.

614-732-4660

mouton954.com

Expertly-made classic and craft cocktails.

Union Café

782 N. High St.

614-421-2233

unioncafe.com

LGBT spot welcoming to all has a variety of drinks and superb patio.

Hubbard Grill

793 N. High St.

614-291-5000

hubbardgrille.com

Upscale cocktails and comfort foods join cheap beers (in cans).

The Rossi Bar & Kitchen

895 N. High St.

614-299-2810

rossibarandkitchen.com

Wildly creative cocktails, stellar grub and a swanky atmosphere.

Grandview [3 beers out of five, expert 3.5]

Friendly neighborhood with some solid options for a night of exuberance. Experts need to head down Third Avenue for more drinks — and fun.

Local Cantina

1423 Grandview Ave.

614-488-6146

Recent addition to the Grandview scene is immediately popular thanks to kick-ass cocktails and eclectic draft list.

Matt the Miller’s

1400 Grandview Ave.

614-754-1026

mtmtavern.com

Discounted beers (especially good selection of drafts) and appetizers during happy hour.

Vino Vino

1371 Grandview Ave.

614-481-8200

vinovinocolumbus.com

Oenophiles like bar crawls too.

Grandview Café

1455 W. Third Ave.

614-486-2233

grandviewcafe.com

Do some outdoor drinking on a great neighborhood patio.

Expert level:

Third & Hollywood

1433 W. Third Ave.

614-488-0303

thirdandhollywood.com

Add a little elegance to your crawl with a well-made cocktail.

Byrne’s Pub

1248 W. Third Ave.

614-486-4722

byrnespub.com

Longtime neighborhood favorite is always a good time. Slainte!

Woodlands Tavern

1200 W. Third Ave.

614-2994987

woodlandstavern.com

A good selection of taps, best taken advantage of during Monday Funday.

Clintonville [2 beers out of five, expert 3]

Clintonville has quickly become a destination for beer aficionados thanks to some great new establishments. Experts have a little longer walk, but it’s worth it.

India-Oak Grill

590 Oakland Park Ave.

614-261-9355

A great neighborhood spot with possibly Columbus’ best Italian sub.

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave.

614-261-1581

studio35.com

A plethora of great drafts. Bonus difficulty for catching a flick.

The Crest Gastropub

2855 Indianola Ave.

614-261-7128

facebook.com/TheCrestGastropub

A smorgasbord of fantastic beer, cocktails and food.

Expert level:

O’Reilly’s

2822 N. High St

614-262-6343

Beloved hole-in-the-wall for its delectable pub grub and cheap drinks.

Patrick J’s

2711 N. High St.

614-784-0660

Neighborhood staple with good-time atmosphere and inviting patio.

Italian Village [2 beers out of five, expert 2.5]

This up-and-coming area now has a brewery and two great neighborhood bars, making the beer choices plentiful.

Little Rock

944 N. Fourth St.

614-824-5602

littlerockbar.net

The neighborhood’s newest spot has 30 drafts and a kickass jukebox.

St. James Tavern

1057 N. Fourth St. 

614-294-0064

stjamestavern.com

Italian Village’s godfather of bars has a solid beer list and a great crowd.

Seventh Son Brewery

1101 N. Fourth St.

614-421-2337

seventhsonbrewing.com

One of Columbus’ new breweries has stellar beer.

Expert level:

Skully’s Music Diner

1151 N. High St.

614-291-8856

skullys.org

or

Surly Girl Saloon

1126 N. High St.

614-294-4900

surlygirlsaloon.com

Skuly’s for a show or Surly Girl for some grub? Your call.

Brewery District [3.5 beers out of five, expert 4]

This downtown neighborhood is currently undergoing a welcomed resurgence with some stellar new spots.

Classics Pizza/Victory’s

543 S. High St‎

614-225-1577

victoryslive.com

It’s good to have Victory’s back in the fold.

McCasky’s Grille

520 S. Front St.

614-715-8225

Imbibing in an upscale setting at its best.

Double Happiness

482 S. Front St.

614-220-5558

doublehappinessohio.com

The décor and atmosphere is just amazing here — not mention the fantastic music.

World of Beer

503 S. Front St.

614-224-1962 ‎

wobusa.com

A crap load of beer. ’Nuff said.

Backstage Bistro

503 S. Front St.

614-732-4782

sbxbackstagebistro.com

Shadowbox Live’s bar is great, even if you don’t see a show.

Expert level:

Columbus Brewing Co.

525 Short St.

614-464-2739

columbusbrewingco.com

Get the Bodhi. You’re welcome.

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