Best of Columbus Readers’ Poll 2021: Arts, Culture and Nightlife

Here are your picks for best bar, best concert venue, best art gallery and more

You, the Reader
Dick's Den

Best bar

First: Dick’s Den

Second: Beck Tavern

Third: Bob’s Bar

Best beer bar

First: Bob’s Bar

Second: Studio 35

Third: 101 Beer Kitchen

Best brewery

First: Seventh Son Brewing Co./Antiques on High

Second: Land-Grant Brewing

Third: Columbus Brewing Co.

Best taproom

First: Seventh Son Brewing

Second: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Third: Columbus Brewing Co.

Outside Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Best cocktails

First: Watershed Kitchen & Bar

Second: The Light of Seven Matchsticks

Third: Law Bird

Best bar to bring kids

First: Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

Second: Land-Grant Brewing

Third: Studio 35

Best wine shop

First: Weiland’s Market

Second: Carfagna’s Market

Third: Gentile’s The Wine Sellers

Best beer shop

First: Weiland’s Market

Second: Savor Growl

Third: Kenny Road Market

Bartenders, Jackie Sansavera, and Kristen Zeune, work at Slammers, which is one of the last lesbian bars in the country, and the only one in Ohio.

Best LGBTQ bar

First: Union Cafe

Second: Slammers

Third: Axis on High

Best music venue

First: Newport Music Hall

Second: Express Live (outdoors)

Third: Ace of Cups

The outside facade of the Newport Music Hall as shown in the documentary "If These Walls Could Talk."

Best art gallery

First: Roy G Biv

Second: OSU Urban Arts Space

Third (tie): 934 Gallery and the Riffe Gallery

Best theater group

First: CATCO

Second: Short North Stage

Third: MadLab

Jordan Renda, founder and creative director of Otherworld

Best fully immersive art experience that also doubles as a concert venue

First: Otherworld