The first time I stepped inside North Campus' Rambling House Soda, I was transported back to southeast Ohio, to my hometown of Marietta. It wasn't just the stringed instruments, which, yes, Owner John Lynch loves, but it was the entire vibe, a sorta Appalachian speakeasy. So it shouldn't surprise that among Lynch's other favorite things, whiskey is included.

The first time I stepped inside North Campus’ Rambling House Soda, I was transported back to southeast Ohio, to my hometown of Marietta. It wasn’t just the stringed instruments, which, yes, Owner John Lynch loves, but it was the entire vibe, a sorta Appalachian speakeasy. So it shouldn’t surprise that among Lynch’s other favorite things, whiskey is included.

Dick’s Den Marathon

Yes, it technically ended 12 years ago and yes, they stopped covering the bar walls with pictures from the races. But every year 20 to 30 people still show up on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. You drink a shot, drink a beer, run 5 miles north on High to a liquor store. Then you buy a fifth of whiskey and run 5 miles back to Dick’s Den and drink a pitcher of beer. First one to finish the pitcher of beer is the winner. Feel free to stop by March 14 at 12:30 to watch or take on the reigning and three-time champion.

Fiddle and guitar music

It's really that simple. Old Time. Celtic. Traditional. Roots. If it has those two instruments the probability that I'm going to enjoy listening to it goes way up.

South Drive-In Theater

The best concession stand in all of Columbus — my cooler. With a new born, my wife and I are excited for the season to start to see how he handles it. We figure without a babysitter Studio 35 is probably out for the next couple years.

Basketball

It's an addiction. I play four or five times a week year-round. Rec leagues, open gyms, renting courts — I'm in. When the weather warms we'll play once a week at the school across from the Rambling House.

Cornerstone Deli

The variety, the portions, the prices — it's all good. I want to order a rice bowl as we're talking right now.

Mayor Coleman

Columbus has done great the last decade, especially compared to other cities around Ohio. The revitalization of Downtown and his emphasis on bicycles and trails has been awesome. Hopefully Andy Ginther can build off of Coleman's work and keep it going.