Bar profile: The Walrus brings food, drink and music to downtown strip

Abernathy Miller, Columbus Alive

Downtown recently welcomed a new addition to the growing entertainment district around 4th St. and Main. The Walrus, a pub and restaurant owned by Kevin Burns and Brad Hobbs of Olde Town Tavern and Cornerstone, offers late-night eats, quality cocktails and musical entertainment. Both Burns and Hobbs hope their new venture will add to the momentum of downtown's entertainment district.

"Adding music to this area was always part of the plan," Burns said. "We are concert junkies ourselves, and there isn't really a place for music yet. We wanted to be part of creating another neighborhood in town where people could bounce around. There is so much cool stuff to do around here, but the area is still underdeveloped."

In addition to weekly reggae, jazz and acoustic music, the Walrus offers a full menu of pub-grub favorites like flatbreads, lobster rolls, salads and sandwiches, as well as vegetarian options (try the sweet potato nachos) and brunch. The kitchen is always open until 1 a.m., and the open garage door and patio at the front make for picturesque views of downtown to accompany imbibing. The space is also lined with flat screen TVs for optimal soccer, football and hockey viewing once the seasons start.

"We probably changed our minds 20 different times when we were working on the place," Hobbs said. "We wanted to offer a little bit of everything. The best compliment we've received so far from people who live in the area is that they don't feel like they're in Columbus, they feel like they're in an East Coast bar."

For those who'd rather drink their dinner, the Walrus offers 30 rotating beer taps, more than half dedicated to local breweries. The drink menu focuses on mid-century classics with fresh ingredients and local spirits, like the Tomi Collins made with Watershed gin and named for chef Tomi Reichard.

The Walrus' first two months have been busy, and both Burns and Hobbs hope the positive feedback from the neighborhood keeps coming.

"It's kind of like a first date so far," Hobbs said. "The neighborhood locals are really happy to have us here, and we're just hoping for the best."

Photos by Maddie McGarvey

The Walrus

143 E. Main St., Downtown

Open daily, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.