1690 Clara St
Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: (614) 586-1001
Fax: (614) 586-1002
Bars & Cafes
Head to the friendly neighborhood bar next door at Fourth Street Bar for their famous Happy Hours. Located on the Ohio State University campus, their attractive prices and laid-back vibe are a hit among students. Select from a rotating list of ales and porters sourced from local and established breweries. On the food menu are burgers, pizza and sandwiches, while the entertainment line-up features sports telecasts, live music and karaoke, as well as bowling and pool.
Not far from the glossy sports bars and student hangouts of the university area, Cafe Bourbon Street sits as a dirty little beacon of all that is divey. The walls are covered with grubby old junk. The bathrooms are dirty. Punk bands come from near and far to play before the sauced and grungy crowds here. Long-time local favorites The Feelers even chose Bourbon Street as the site of their swansong performance in August 2008. Drinks-wise, you can't go wrong. Where else can you order a 40-ounce bottle of cheap malt liquor and drink it right there at the bar? See website for schedule of events.
Get your sports fix at Chumley's. Located in University District, this bar features over 30 televisions and a high-definition screen telecasting live games. It is popular among students during Happy Hours with great deals on beer and signature cocktails. They feature over 50 drafts and 100 bottles paired with salads, burgers and sandwiches.
Village Idiot is a sports bar in Columbus's university district. This bar offers a welcoming and casual atmosphere and a back patio for when you need a little fresh air. The Village Idiot isn't pretentious or trendy, it simply is what it is, and that's what so many people love about it. Head to the Commonwealth Sandwich Shop next door when you start to get a little hungry.
St. James Tavern is a dive bar in the Italian Village that caters to an adult crowd, as opposed to trendier bars that draw crowds of hipsters. St. James is definitely something of a neighborhood bar, located away from the center of town, but the drinks are strong and delicious and regulars keep coming back for more.
North High Brewing is a popular pub in the university district of Columbus. This spot is often frequented by students but many others enjoy the casual atmosphere and hipster vibe of this bar. And, of course, a main draw to this brewing company is the beer, which is always unique and of the highest quality. Stop by often and check out their seasonal beers which are always a delicious surprise.
Just a few blocks from the Ohio State University campus, there's Rumba Café, a vivacious live-music venue if there ever was one. Some nights, rock bands take the stage, others it's a jazz combo or a Latin ensemble; often there's soul to be heard here, and some funk if you're lucky. Drinks are made stiff, and to eat there's a selection of bocas, a South American variation on the Spanish tapas. The space itself is cozy and lived-in, and that helps make every performance all the more intimate. See website for concert schedule, photos and more.
Like actual libraries, the Library is something of an institution. For years, it has acted as a home away from home to many a thirsty OSU student, for what could be more comforting than cheap pitchers of light beer and lots and lots of pool? Well, how about darts and foosball, and different drink specials every single night of the week!? To top it all off, there's the obvious: The joy of telling a nagging loved one that you are, indeed, "getting some work done at the Library." What fun! See website for daily specials, arcade game list, happy hour deets and more.
Generally, truth in advertising is something to be valued. At Surly Girl, there are conspicuously few surly girls -- or surly anybodies for that matter. Most of the faces at Surly Girl are quite pleasant, for this is a respected neighborhood watering hole and eatery. The food consists of pizzas and sandwiches, and for dessert there's a whole list of specialty cupcakes (also known as "cuppycakes") to choose from. Behind the bar, there's every kind of liquor imaginable, and the gracious staff will turn any of it into a bright shiny cocktail for you, if you so desire. The beer menu is something to behold as well, full as it is of impressive micros from the region and as far away as Petaluma, CA. On select nights, Surly Girl hosts special events such as Punk Rock Aerobics which, as the name suggests, means a bunch of punk girls (and a few boys) in spandex doing jumping jacks to Devo and the Misfits.
Directly adjacent to the New Taj Mahal restaurant, Taj Bar focuses less on the delectable Indian fare offered by their neighbor, and more on a relaxed vibe with some of the best bar food in town. Taj is popular with students from the campus nearby, promising a lively night accompanied by some fantastic food from the restaurant next door.
Brace yourself for a lesson in tea and culture. This is not your typical tea-bag cup of tea, but a refined and unique tea experience. In addition to the various teas offered from different regions around the world, artisan teapots and instructions on how to brew the perfect cup are available. Stop in, out of the cold, and let the tea transform your senses.
This restaurant/wine room, run by Chef Alana Shock, is located three blocks from Ohio State University. It serves scrumptious American cuisine with an experimental twist, and the menu changes every day. The summer fare makes use of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, and chicken, while the winter cuisine features tubers, lamb and oxtail. Wine is the other main reason why people head here, and the staff will help you choose a smart food-wine pairing. Vegetarians are taken care of too. Catering services are available.