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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Columbus

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Columbus? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Union Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (46)
$30 and under
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Voted Columbus' Best LGBT+ Bar, Union Cafe has been a staple in the heart of the Short North since 1996. Union is a safe space known for its generous pours, daily drink specials, and world-class drag entertainment. Our modern American menu is popularly priced and expanding throughout the spring.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
My friends and I enjoyed it we can’t wait next year come back we love it there
A photo of Arch City Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (139)
$30 and under
Grill
Columbus
About the restaurant
Arch City Tavern is a contemporary gastropub located in the heart of the Short North. Guests can stop in for lunch, dinner & late night to enjoy local craft beer, seasonal cocktails and recipes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Make sure to check out the decor and 20-foot pencil drawing of Old Columbus for a taste of the area's history. Come visit us for Happy Hour M-F 3-6:00pm and weekend brunch Sat & Sun 11am-3pm.

Reservations are limited. We save a majority of our tables for walk-in seating. Minimum party size for reservations on Fridays & Saturday is 7 people. For reservations of 12+ people, please email archcitytavern@gmail.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great dinner! Worthwhile to get a few different app options. Also if you go on your birthday and are expecting a slice of cake - be warned you get a birthday shot instead!! Overall great experience and food.
A photo of Bendi Wok n' Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (143)
$30 and under
Asian
Columbus
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Arianavip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The food here is always amazing! We have been multiple times and whether they are busy or not the food does take a while to prepare, so just know it won’t be a super quick meal. The bendi soup has some of the best flavor, so I’d recommend that every time!
A photo of Columbus Brewing Company Beer Hall restaurant
4.7
4.7 (48)
$30 and under
Brewery
Columbus
About the restaurant
The Columbus Brewing Company Beer Hall is an expansive beer paradise set in an historic landmark with multiple bars and dining areas, 24 taps and globally inspired food.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
This was my third time coming here and every single time the experience is great! The food is amazing, especially the Bodhi bowl. The service is always amazing too.
A photo of Lincoln Social restaurant
4.6
4.6 (146)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Columbus
About the restaurant
Guests must be 21 and over to enter at all times.

The urban rooftop lounge, located atop the Lincoln building, is the perfect way to enjoy the Columbus skyline. With a retractable roof and a fire pit, this cool rooftop oasis is the ideal spot for guests to sip, savor and surround themselves within the cityscape. Enjoy the sweeping city views with a cocktail in hand, crafted by expert mixologists and stay for a flavorful bite created by the award-winning culinary team. This will be an energetic gathering place complete with an ivy wall to grab the perfect Instagram picture.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great club atmosphere with the DJ mixing the tunes for Pride. Extraordinary service, especially given how packed full of people it was with everyone drinking to celebrate.
A photo of Bodega restaurant
4.6
4.6 (12)
$30 and under
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Bodega offers fresh and inventive American pub fare in a lively atmosphere. With 47 taps, 150 beers, and carefully crafted cocktails- we take our booze seriously. Come for the beer and stay for the food! Walk in's are encouraged as we offer a limited amount of reservations throughout the week.
Top review
JohnHvip
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Had their version of the crunch wrap supreme. It was amazing. Great beer selection
A photo of The Pour House at Machinery Hall restaurant
4.5
4.5 (259)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Circleville
About the restaurant
The Pour House at Machinery Hall is a full service restaurant that serves Chef-driven cuisine using fresh, high quality ingredients. We feature 30 beers on draft with an emphasis on craft beers from Ohio and beyond. We specialize in craft cocktails and host live music and entertainment. Our passion is to provide our guests with the highest quality service, atmosphere, environment and experience in historic downtown Chillicothe!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Our favorite Sunday Brunch spot! The Eggs Benedict are outstanding!
A photo of Bristol Republic restaurant
4.5
4.5 (572)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Columbus
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bristol Republic!
Nestled in the heart of the Short North, Bristol Republic is a locally owned, Nashville inspired bar and restaurant serving up competition quality BBQ smoked in-house daily, ice cold craft beer, over 150 rare Bourbon and Whiskeys from well-known and independent distilleries across the country and live music (Friday & Saturday)! We are open Thursday-Sunday. Join us Saturday & Sunday mornings from 10am-3pm for our famous Southern Brunch! Menus can be found at our website.
Top review
Kikikierra300
Dined 6 days ago
I took my husband here for the Father’s Day brunch buffet. Both my husband and my son loved the food.
A photo of Parlay Sporting Club + Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (274)
$30 and under
Sports Bar
Columbus
About the restaurant
Parlay Sporting Club + Kitchen is a polished sports bar and restaurant featuring elevated American fare, with an intricately curated specialty drink, spirits, & local craft beer selection. Located on The Cap in the Short North, next to the Greater Columbus Convention Center - Parlay is the Short North's superior host for viewing parties featuring the largest sporting events around the world.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Quick, friendly service…food was hot and fresh…fun atmosphere…will be back!
A photo of Grandview Cafe restaurant
4.3
4.3 (15)
$30 and under
American
Upper Arlington
About the restaurant
Laid-back neighborhood tavern serving American eats & craft brews in a vintage space with a patio. Voted #1 best neighborhood bar in Upper Arlington/Grandview in the (614) ColumBEST awards!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great location in the Grandview area. There is a good variety of alcoholic drinks & cool vibe.
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