Happy hour review: Arch City Tavern

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From the August 21, 2014 edition

The only way to nurse a bad case of the Mondays is with a little taste of the weekend. If you did the weekend right, though, your bank account might pump the brakes on that plan. Don’t fear, a happy hour spent at Arch City Tavern (862 N. High St. ) can help you mitigate the post-weekend comedown in a chic and calming atmosphere, without giving up too much loot. Arch City’s no-fuss attitude and happy-hour offerings are the perfect way to ease into the workweek.

Food/drink specials: 3 of 4

Weekdays from 3-7 p.m. at Arch City Tavern, beer, wine (by the glass) and artisan pizzas are half-off. More than 40 craft-leaning draft and bottled beers are offered, along with a respectable mix of red and white wines. During regular hours, beer prices range from $5-$9 (with the exception of some specialty Rockmill brews) and wine from $7-$10. To counteract the two-for-one wine and beer, I opted for the Margherita pizza ($5 at happy hour) with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. Arch City also offers a fig pizza, with roasted pine nuts, figs, prosciutto and goat cheese, and the Mediterranean pizza with olives, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, which go for $6 and $5.50 respectively at happy hour. The pizza’s ingredients were fresh, and it was the perfect size for two people to share.

Atmosphere: 3 of 4

Arch City’s sleek, spacious interior is both welcoming and calming. A retractable window opens up most of the front, allowing a refreshing breeze to flow through the space. Window seats are prime real estate for High St. people-watching, while a row of tables along the wall welcomed more intimate conversation. A large, ornate mural depicting historical Columbus is splashed across the wall, and an illuminated arch, fashioned like those that bridge High St., add sophisticated flavor. Exposed brick walls and curated accents gave a hip, understated vibe.

Overall: 3 of 4

Quality nosh, wine and beer specials, along with prompt service and a relaxing atmosphere made Arch City Tavern a perfect spot for a weekend-recovery happy hour. I shared an artisan pie with a friend, and had two glasses of a buttery chardonnay for less than $15. If they’d add a liquor special to the line-up, it’d be an ideal spot to restart the weekend, too.

Photo by Meghan Ralston