The Best Bars for Foodies in Columbus

From the student population of Ohio State University to thirsty tourists, Columbus has no shortage of people looking for a great place to drink. Thankfully, Columbus also has no shortage of amazing bars, from live music joints to chilled-out lounges. But where are the best bars in Columbus? Welcome to our Tastemaker List bar edition. Our expert team have tried and tested the top drinking spots in the city and whittled them down to a list of “must-try” venues.

From High Street Honey to Ernest Hemingway’s favorite, Death in the Afternoon, cocktails are a must in Columbus. It comes as no surprise that in such a foodie city, plenty of these concoctions come alongside small plates worthy of big restaurants. Enjoy olives in Italian Village, sweet stuff in Short North or burgers washed down with craft beer down High Street. Book now and reserve a comfy seat at one of the best bars in Columbus tonight.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge, Bristol Republic, 1808 American Bistro
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Tapas / Small Plates, Barbecue, American
Neighborhoods:Short North - Arena District, Columbus, Delaware
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Short North - Arena District
824 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

Fireproof’s owners designed it to be a one-stop destination where guests can enjoy a great meal, then finish off their night working through the cocktail menu at the bar. The food focuses on tapas sep...

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Good for Groups in Columbus
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Bristol Republic

$$$$·Barbecue·
Columbus
312 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups

An after-work favorite, Bristol Republic is a Nashville-inspired bar with an eye-watering range of whiskey and bourbon. Sundays are for BBQ buffet, and with the Nashville theme going strong, expect co...

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Great for Brunch in Columbus

1808 American Bistro

$$$$·American·
Delaware
1,473 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Head out to Delaware for the day and book a table at 1808, a bright and warm restaurant redolent in wood and bare brick. There's a huge beer selection, complemented by unusual additions like mead, plu...

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Service Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
473 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

Middle West Spirits Distillery has its own on-site showcase for its spirits, in the shape of Service Bar. Service Bar is as much as top restaurant as a favorite drinking spot, regularly appearing at t...

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Gallerie Bar & Bistro

$$$$·American·
Columbus
526 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

Travelers know that some of the best bars in the world are hotel bars. So, it’s no surprise that this classy affair located inside the Hilton is one of the best bars in Columbus- as well as one of the...

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The Crest Gastropub - Clintonville

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Clintonville
196 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

More than just a Clintonville favorite, The Crest is a modern and eco-thinking pub with a focus on sustainability and seasonal cuisine. Some food is grown on the roof, and in raised beds in the restau...

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Best Ambiance in Columbus
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Del Mar SoCal Kitchen

$$$$·Californian·
Columbus
1,199 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot

California comes to Columbus in the shape of the Del Mar SoCal Kitchen. SoCal stands for Southern California, which is the inspiration for the menu here. Diners can watch as their food comes together ...

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Forno Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
1,964 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Forno is a Short North hot spot for pizza, drinks, and weekend brunch. Sit at the long, marble bar and indulge in local craft beer, a superb wine or one of their handcrafted cocktails. Dinner is all a...

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Best Overall in Columbus
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The Avenue - Dublin

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Dublin
1,887 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Low lit and intimate, the restaurant has a cool 1920s vibe which is only accentuated by the red leather booths. Right on the fast-developing Grandview Avenue, this Steak Tavern is fast becoming the pl...

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Steakhouse in Columbus
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Hofbrauhaus Columbus

$$$$·German·
Columbus
893 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Influenced by German beer halls, Hofbrauhaus as a concept is a large, gathering space for friends to eat, drink, and become a community together. Long tables allow many groups to sit together, sparkin...

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Good for Groups in Columbus

The Pearl - Short North

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Short North - Arena District
4,695 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Short North is home to many great eating and drinking spots. Not too many of them, however, claim to be a restaurant, tavern and oyster room all at the same time. The Pearl has an extensive drinks lis...

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Best Overall in Columbus
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