Venture outside the city center with these suburban drinking destinations
Spot to Sip: Dublin Village Tavern
27 South High St.
Get in touch with Dublin’s Irish side at the Dublin Village Tavern, a neighborhood pub situated in a building that dates back to the late 1880s. Having previously served as a hardware store and a post office, it’s now a cozy spot to nosh on fish and chips or Irish kettle dinners while you knock back pints of Guinness and a shot or two of Jameson. No matter what you’re drinking, it’s a good place to hole up and share a few stories.
Bar hop to: The Pint Room, Harvest Pizzeria
Spot to Sip: Prohibition Gastro Lounge
21 W. Olentangy St.
In “Downtown” Powell, tucked behind Kraft House No. 5, the Prohibition Gastro Lounge offers cocktails and upscale bar snacks. The bar features a handsome collection of over 150 whiskeys and a cocktail menu sporting both new creations and vintage favorites, plus a healthy selection of wines. Pair your visit with small plates, flatbreads, burgers and even a kid’s menu — and enjoy it all on the patio.
Bar hop to: Ill Mannered Brewing, Kraft House No. 5
Spot to Sip: Uptown Deli & Brew
41 N. State St.
Westerville has a funny relationship with alcohol. It was once ground zero for the temperance movement that led to Prohibition, but its former dry status has now been fully erased by a range of bars and restaurants. Uptown Deli and Brew houses Temperance Row Brewing, headed up by Scott Francis (the man behind Barley’s and CBC, originally). He and his team brew all the classics: pale ales, ESBs, IPAs and everything in-between.
Bar hop to: Asterisk Supper Club, Good Vibes Winery
Spot to Sip: Flanagan’s Pub
3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd.
Also known as “The Old Trading Post,” Flanagan’s has been a family-owned spot dating back to 1957, first established by Bob Flanagan and now run by his son Mat. It serves all the bar classics: wings, burgers and sandwiches, and even opens early for breakfast. There are nightly drink specials, a huge patio and plenty of live music offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bar hop to: Pastimes Pub, The Goat
Spot to Sip: 101 Beer Kitchen
397 Stoneridge Ln.
101’s Gahanna outpost serves up creative pub fare in a family-friendly setting. As the name implies, beer is the big focus. The beer list features a constantly rotating collection of interesting brews on tap and in the bottle. Recent draft finds include Seventh Son’s Abbadon Belgian quad, Founders’ Lizard of Koz blueberry vanilla stout and Boulevard’s Rye on Rye on Rye.
Bar hop to: Pigskin Brewing, Kindred Beer
Spot to Sip: Chef T’s Pub
19 N. Center St.
Chef Todd Gross is the man behind Chef T’s, a newer neighborhood spot in Pickerington perfect for imbibing while enjoying an Instagram-worthy menu of creative comfort foods. Craft beer on tap, house-made barrel infusions and a cocktail menu featuring things like Chef T’s Manhattan (bourbon, Luxardo cherries, sweet vermouth, Angostura, orange juice and a sugar cube) are perfect for sipping on the patio while enjoying live music.
Bar hop to: Herb’n Cafe, Classics Sports Bar
Spot to Sip: 840 Lounge
23 Collingwood Ave.
“Always a party!” says the sign in front of 840 Lounge. The Whitehall bar is an easy-to-love neighborhood dive in Whitehall that’s pretty much always open. It features all the bar favorites, including nightly drink specials, karaoke, live music and good camaraderie.
Bar hop to: Stop 40, GJ’s Lounge
Spot to Sip: Hale’s Ales & Kitchen
3641 Fishinger Blvd.
Hale’s is a newer spot in Hilliard’s Mill Run Square. It features close to 40 beers on draft or in bottles and cans, and also fills growlers to go. Mixed among the typical American macro lagers are solid craft finds from Ohio breweries like CBC, Homestead, North High, Cellar Dweller and Brew Kettle. Beers pair with a pub menu of pizzas, burgers, subs and pastas.
Bar hop to: Run of the Mill Tavern, Nasty’s Sports Bar