Beer-tivities: Neighborhood bar crawls

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 ‎


Fantastic local brew pub has a wealth of draft options.

Pint House

780 N. High St.


One of the city’s newest beer drinking haunts.

House Beer

843 N. High St.


A quaint, hip tap room with excellent brews.

Arch City Tavern

862 N. High St ‎


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

Local Bar

913 N. High St.


Retro atmosphere + awesome draft selection = helluva good time.


1044 N. High St.


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

Expert level:



954 N. High St.


Expertly-made classic and craft cocktails.

Union Café

782 N. High St.


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

Hubbard Grill

793 N. High St.


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

The Rossi Bar & Kitchen

895 N. High St.


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.


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.


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

Vino Vino

1371 Grandview Ave.


Oenophiles like bar crawls too.

Grandview Café

1455 W. Third Ave.


Do some outdoor drinking on a great neighborhood patio.

Expert level:

Third & Hollywood

1433 W. Third Ave.


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

Byrne’s Pub

1248 W. Third Ave.


Longtime neighborhood favorite is always a good time. Slainte!

Woodlands Tavern

1200 W. Third Ave.


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.


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

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave.


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

The Crest Gastropub

2855 Indianola Ave.


A smorgasbord of fantastic beer, cocktails and food.

Expert level:


2822 N. High St


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

Patrick J’s

2711 N. High St.


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.


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

St. James Tavern

1057 N. Fourth St. 


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

Seventh Son Brewery

1101 N. Fourth St.


One of Columbus’ new breweries has stellar beer.

Expert level:

Skully’s Music Diner

1151 N. High St.



Surly Girl Saloon

1126 N. High St.


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


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

McCasky’s Grille

520 S. Front St.


Imbibing in an upscale setting at its best.

Double Happiness

482 S. Front St.


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

World of Beer

503 S. Front St.

614-224-1962 ‎

A crap load of beer. ’Nuff said.

Backstage Bistro

503 S. Front St.


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

Expert level:

Columbus Brewing Co.

525 Short St.


Get the Bodhi. You’re welcome.

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