A few home places to enjoy the away match against Toronto FC
The Columbus Crew SC travels north for a match against Toronto FC for its regular season opener this Saturday, March 2. Since it's an away match, plan on holing up at one of these spots that offer creative food and drink while you cheer on the men in black and yellow.
424 W. Town St., Franklinton
This appropriately sports-themed brewery is decorated with rows of land-grant university pennants. Land-Grant releases a seasonal American wheat beer called Glory that was originally developed with the help of Crew supporters. Sip on that, or any of the taproom offerings, including Spring Quarter Belgian blonde, Deep Search Baltic porter and the new Binary Star black IPA. Remember, Thursdays through Sundays, Ray Ray's parks its food truck outside the taproom, offering ribs, brisket and pulled pork.
96 Gender Rd., Canal Winchester
BrewDog owners James Watt and Martin Dickie have long voiced their support of the Crew, even releasing a golden ale called Crew Brew last fall and donating the profits to the Save The Crew efforts. Here, sample from a healthy roster that features BrewDog alongside other local microbrews while you partake in a menu of burgers, pizzas and other pub standards. If the action gets boring, grab a board game, play some pinball or cornhole, or see if you can join one of the brewery tours. By this time next year, BrewDog should have two more Columbus locations, in the Short North and Franklinton.
Endeavor Brewing Company
909 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview
Inhabiting the former Zauber Brewing space, Endeavor Brewing has continued its predecessor's custom of showing soccer matches on the big screens. The bar even opens early for international competitions. Take in the game in the open taproom and sample from an eclectic roster of beers such as the clean Latin Lager, the rich Hearth Belgian winter ale or the punchy New World IPA. If you get hungry, Glass City BBQ truck is slated to be on site.
Fado Irish Pub
4022 Townsfair Way, Easton
This Irish pub has long been a hotspot for soccer fans, showing international matches at all hours of the day and night. So no one will judge you for slinging back pints of Guinness at 8 a.m. Fado is decked out like a traditional pub, with low lighting, plenty of dark wood and little nooks and crannies tucked throughout. Find your spot, order a couple pints, then nosh on a menu of shepherd's pie, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, or the filling Irish breakfast.