I stayed nearby and only just went in for one, quick drink in advance of catching the bus on my way up to OSU. Very depressing looking place with an even more depressing clientele. Staff very perfunctory- the main action seems to be outside.
Dress Code: Casual
Average! An old timer that has recently be taken over by new management. A very female-centric staff gets the basics done. I stopped-by to watch the Womens' soccer and did so but T.V did not have great reception(bartendress even less enthused). Overall, a blah experience.
Dress Code: Business casual
A place with a bit more character than most other Short North destinations. 2nd floor location with a nice pool area. Ended up there on the late side and it was still alive and kickin'.
Dress Code: Casual or nice casual
A very casual spot with excellent T.V.'s. Too bad the air conditioning wasn't working AT ALL on one of the hottest days of the year!! Watched the Womens' World Cup Soccer and chatted with a local. Bartendress fine except that she asked me "Are you doing a geneological study" when I asked her where she was from. Some of the other kitchen staff looked a little bit like they were on the run from something but this place has real, Downtown Columbus character. Pay special attention to some of the collegiate Gothic detail throughout this quirky, historic sports bar.
Dress Code: Casual
This is a very well-known Short North watering hole. Excellent mixed drink selection. Very good service- the bartender even made me the Sweet Tart drink that is no longer on the current menu. Had a long talk with a Dorothy Parker-esque patron I have dubbed the 'artist in residence' since she was sketching throughout my entire evening at the bar. Filled to the brim with locals here.
Dress Code: nice but casual
In 1846, a group of 12 German immigrants decided to keep their culture alive in America by creating a men's chorus, or "Maennerchor". SInce then, a women's chorus and children's chorus have been formed, too. This has been a prominent social gathering place ever since.
Visiting Columbus on a Monday, I never expected to find much going on in the way of live entertainment. But there was a sign in front of this place advertising a live jazz orchestra, so I had to check it out.
It was Vaughn Wiester's 21-piece "Famous Jazz Orchestra". They could really swing! And they perform most Mondays at 7:30. It's worth going out of your way to see this, especially if you like the big bands. They play an assortment of compositions, not just the ones that all the other bands play. And some of the soloists are terrific. Check the website for more information on this and the other shows.
Dress Code: Casual, but not too casual.
Where do people in Columbus go for entertainment and nightlife? Short North is on their short list of places. This street is lined with shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars for many blocks. Go with an open mind, and you'll find something good.
Dress Code: Depends on the place.
For being a pretty laid back bar, they are kind of trendy and original for this area. They serve food late (mostly seafood), and a good place to drink beer, or what they call "fishbowls." Fishbowls are some kind of fruity concoction with a rummer alligator in them. The alligator is filled with 151. You get to kep the bowl (and it is a very large drink that people tend to share) and the alligator.
Dress Code: Anything from Jimmy Buffet attire, to your fancy city-slicker-night-on-the-town uniform
This is a bar I got to a lot after getting off work in Polaris. Basically Polaris slowly shuts down after 9. First goes the mall, then the other shops, the restaurants..... So it is very normal to grab some after work drinks at Murphy's. The atmosphere is very laid back, but you can still get decent beers there.
Occasionally they have a live local band.
They have decent patio, and a parking lot.
18+ to hang, 21+ to drink
Dress Code: I usually show up in my uniform strait from work, a lot of others do that to.
Skyebar gives off the feeling of being trendy and a little swanky for a campus bar. Usually they play hiphop music, but occasionally they will have a live band, or be themed to some other genre. Happy Hour although completely amazing (dollar wells, dollar select beers, and dollar select shots) is pretty quite and low key. Happy Hour is from 5-9, and usually if you make it there before Happy Hour is over they will give you a stamp allowing you to get discount drinks after 9. They don't serve any food. (Although for St. Patty's day they had a beef and cabbage special). This is the bar I most frequent.
Dress Code: Happy Hour is more casual, but usually in the evening people are dressier. Hiphop attire, business casual, jeans & Ts or sweaters, khakis and a button down, high-heel and skimpy skirts is what most people where there.
There is no cover, unless there is something special going on.
It is 21+
This place has cheap drinks. Really Cheap and it really isnt a bad place to kill some time before an activity on the North Side. Not the best area of town but not to bad. This place has karoke on Friday and Saturday nights. IT has a pool table, several dart boards, big screen tv's and a really fun staff. If your looking to karoke this is a good place to go. The juke box has a great selection even the latest songs are available on it.
Dress Code: You can wear what ever you want.
This is my absolute favorite campus area bar. I was there almost every single Wednesday night during my last quarter of college. Wednesdays are fish bowl nights. Fish bowls consist of some neon pink or neon green alcoholic concoction, along with a shot of 151 in an alligator. You can keep the bowl and the alligator. Wednesdays were also karaoke nights, except instead of singing along with a screen and a CD, you actually sing along with a live band. This place is great during the school year, but it's kind of boring when school's not in session and during the summer.
This downtown restaurant/bar has my favorite martinis in Columbus. I think I had some sort of really girly Starburst martini that still remains to be one of my favorite alcoholic beverages. Anyway, this place is fairly trendy and has a cool atmosphere. I hear the food is decent, but I've never actually had food there. The martinis are pretty good, though.
If you'd like to go somewhere a little classier in Columbus, head downtown to Spice Bar. I was there on my 21st birthday. This place offers rooms with different music/styles/themes. It can be sort of like a maze finding your way around, especially while inebriated. It's basically a really chill place with a slightly older crowd (as opposed to college students). It's 21+.
This 18+ bar in the OSU campus area resembles an IHOP on the outside and a ski lodge on the inside. There's also a decent patio. This place has a very impressive selection of beer, so if you're choosy, head on over to the Little Bar.