Snow showers count, too
OK, so maybe we're getting more April frost than April showers, but warmer temperatures and the requisite spring rain are on their way. If you're looking for a cozy spot to hide away from April showers, sneak into one of these five bars.
The Light of Seven Matchsticks
5601 N. High St., Worthington
Seven Matchsticks' subterranean digs are the ideal hiding spot from spring rains. Named after a fake novel in Wes Anderson's “Moonrise Kingdom,” the kitschy-but-homey cocktail bar sits beneath Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Seven Matchsticks has honed its style to a T. Menus are tucked into old books, and if you're stuck in the waiting area you can order cocktails by writing your order on a library card, knocking on a small door in the wall and slipping your selection through the slot.
1200 W. Third Ave., Grandview
This Grandview watering hole is the place for a solid live music lineup, an even healthier roster of craft beers (catch happy hour prices from 3-8 p.m. Monday to Saturday) and creative, deli-style eats provided by Challah. Snag a seat at the bar and work your way through pints of local and regional beers while feasting on crispy chicken sandwiches, corned beef reubens and smashburgers.
Blind Lady Tavern
22 E. Mound St., Downtown
The space at Blind Lady Tavern boasts a long history of helping Columbus denizens huddle up against the elements. Known as the Jury Room for much of its life, the cocktail bar dates back to the 1830s. The bar is decorated in dark wood, with kitschy wallpaper, chandeliers and old drawings of Columbus. Modern guests join a long tradition of taking solace in its hushed confines with a cocktail or two in hand.
Curio at Harvest
495 S. Third St., German Village
Home to some of the city's most award-winning bartenders, Curio's throwback digs sit adjacent to the original Harvest Pizzeria in German Village (itself a cozy respite). Grab a seat at the bar and let Travis Owens and his team take the lead. This spot craft all the classics, plus a seasonal menu of in-house creations.
310 E. Hudson St., North Campus
Rambling House's casual digs on Hudson Street have become a home for regulars to enjoy the joint's craft sodas, beers and plenty of live music. The bar is open Tuesday through Sunday evenings, and features music every night, leaning mostly toward bluegrass. Guests can enjoy Rambling House offerings such as cream soda, cola and ginger beer. The menu is rounded out by a tap list of 10 or so Ohio craft beers.