Bar profile: Rude Dog Pub and Eatery makes it difficult to choose between outside and inside dining

  • Photos by Meghan Ralston
By Columbus Alive
From the September 26, 2013 edition

Rude Dog Pub and Eatery, a local chain with spots at Polaris and Blacklick, added a third location in Grandview this summer. Taking over the former Knotty Pine space, Rude Dog is tucked back in the quaint neighborhood. It’s a little hard to find if you’ve never been, but worth the negligible search if you’re looking for a straightforward, hospitable hangout.

The interior of Rude Dog has been almost completely renovated, giving the space a more open quality. It’s a classic-pub-meets-slightly-modern aesthetic with hardwood floors, black and red accents and a stylish granite countertop.

The bar area is separated from the more typical dining room, but no matter where you’re seated it feels like a bar. Rude Dog has plenty of TVs, making it ideal for football on Saturdays and Sundays.

Even during a fairly uneventful Saturday of college ball — including the most ridiculous Ohio State route I’ve seen in 20 years — Rude Dog was entertaining. For NFL fans, or fantasy football/hair of the dog devotees, Rude Dog features a Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

There are two standouts at the neighborhood pub. The patio out front is large, covered and contains a couple TVs. It’s possibly the best place to hangout.

Making a strong case against the patio are the draft tables in the back of the bar area. It’s perfect for groups, as you select a beer and pour-as-you-please from the tap on the table. (It’s like those draft beer tubes, only not idiotic because the beer won’t go flat or get warm.)

Rude Dog has a solid selection of drafts ($3-$6) to choose from. There’s about a dozen rotating crafts, a couple imports and some American lagers. There’s also a few house specialty cocktails ($6-$9), and the bartenders are capable of mixing up the standard recipes.

Rude Dog also serves above-average pub grub (appetizers, wings, burgers, pizzas, etc.) at a reasonable price. The wings and Dog Bowls (deep-fried favorites tossed together in a bowl) are good options.