The Big Room Bar aims to be a one-stop shop for music lovers and imbibers alike with live music, three menus, brews and specialty cocktails. The recently opened bar in CD102.5's Big Room event space is working to perpetuate the independent spirit and dedication to the local community that has earned CD102.5 a cult following in Columbus. But once the novelty of a bar in a radio station wears off, the staff hopes the quality and execution of the cocktail and food menus will earn them some fans of their own.

The Big Room Bar aims to be a one-stop shop for music lovers and imbibers alike with live music, three menus, brews and specialty cocktails. The recently opened bar in CD102.5's Big Room event space is working to perpetuate the independent spirit and dedication to the local community that has earned CD102.5 a cult following in Columbus. But once the novelty of a bar in a radio station wears off, the staff hopes the quality and execution of the cocktail and food menus will earn them some fans of their own.

"There is obviously a novelty aspect to it, but I think once people see how we bridge the gap between radio station and bar, they will feel the same connection we do to the electric energy and want to come back." kitchen manager Justin Hemminger said. "The bars that do things the best, that's what you go there for. That's what we're aiming for."

For Hemminger, that means giving popular bar fare an added "twist."

"It's not high-end cuisine by any stretch, but it is delicious," Hemminger said. "We're hoping that the food and drinks we're putting out are unique enough that we build a clientele who would want to come here for specifically what we offer."

The bar features a brunch, lunch and late-night menu, each specially tailored to meet patron needs. The lunch menu is designed to be an easy pick for downtown professionals, including an exclusive pierogi from Pierogi Mountain, and the late night menu makes noshing and rocking easier with hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches you can eat standing up.

"I haven't done the math, but I think there 25,000 topping combinations for our hot dogs and grilled cheese, including M&Ms," Hemminger said. "I want to shake the hand of the person who gets M&Ms."

At the bar, patrons can choose from 12 draft beers (10 from Ohio) or imbibe on speciality cocktails like The Flaming Lips, (made with Jalapeño-infused vodka) or the Andy Manhattan, named for late radio personality "Andyman" Davis.

Though the bar will be closed to the public during Big Room performances, Thursday through Saturday night will feature local acts. Live band karaoke takes place on Tuesday, and comedy will be added to the weekly line-up in October.

"We'll always have some reliance on the draw of the performers," Hemminger said. "But we want to give them good reasons to come back."