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Happy Hour

Marcella’s Ristorante – 13.8% of 4,473 votes Multiple locations | marcellasitaliankitchen.com 2  Forno 10.9% 3  Bar Louie 10.7% 2016: Marcella’s Ristorante – 32.8% of 2,987 votes 2  Bakersfield 18.3% 3  Hyde Park 16.1%

by Collins Laatsch

Dance Club

Skully’s Music Diner – 32.1% of 4,117 votes With its bright, iconic neon sign and unmatched space, Skully’s is the best place in Columbus to break a sweat—especially now that Damn Girl has found its permanent…

by Collins Laatsch

Karaoke Night

Mickey’s – 32.7% of 3,603 votes Oh Mickey’s, you’re so fine, you’re so fine in our readers’ minds, go Mickey’s! Writing that sentence was like karaoke itself: awkward, cheesy, embarrassing, fun, hilarious. Mickey’s may not look…

Pick Up Bar

Bar Louie – 18.4% of 3,882 votes You know the term “hookup culture” has reached its cultural nadir when network sitcoms devote story arcs around it. Yet dating, in whatever terminology it comes packaged in, never…

by Brian Kaiser

Wine Store

Wine on High – 18.1% of 3,311 votes Wine on High fell to second place in last year’s poll after taking the crown in 2014 and ’15. But now this locally owned operation is back on…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Craft Beer Store

Weiland’s – 20.8% of 3,419 votes This family-owned store is in its sixth decade of business, having started as a small market in the Clintonville area. The now 18,000-square foot location offers more than just beer,…

by Collins Laatsch

Drinking Patio

Pins Mechanical Co. – 14.3% of 5,112 votes 141 N Fourth St. | pinsbar.com 2 Seventh Son 12.2% 3 Union 8.4% 2016: Brazenhead – 14.7% of 5,134 votes 1027 W Fifth Ave. |  hdrestaurants.com 2  Union…

By Megan Leigh Barnard


Union – 57.8% of 3,874 votes Union is beloved for reasons that many bars are: excellent, near daily drink specials, better-than-you-think entrees and appetizers, and wide open space. But above all, Union is where you can…

By Megan Leigh Barnard

Classic Cocktail Bar

Curio – 16.8% of 4,405 votes Where else can you sip masterfully created cocktails, surrounded by tinctures and antique decor and serenaded by old school hip hop? There’s only one Curio, and it’s the repeat option…

Bloody Mary

The Pearl – 13.5% of 8,193 votes Transcending the basic Bloody Mary model requires finesse. Year after year, The Pearl has delivered on perfecting a spicy, savory, and succulent spin on the classic cocktail. Forget the…

Dive Bar

Char Bar – 18.1% of 4,588 votes Trend pieces tend to highlight the hot, happenin’ spots—the ones where the cool kids go. Sometimes, though, you need something simple and rugged. Char Bar is just that place….

Overall Bar

The Pint House – 9.9% of 5,060 votes Despite the prodigious competition, The Pint House was able to hold onto their top spot as best bar in Columbus once again. There is something enticing about the traditional…

by Collins Laatsch

New Bar

Pins Mechanical Company – 22.8% 4,617 votes Columbus loves to play. Connecting with your inner child while tipsy is one of those beautiful juxtapositions that we can all collectively rally around. Give us a warehouse-sized space…

Trivia Night

Gateway Film Center – 16.9% of 4,414 votes Do you know Stephen Tobolowsky is? (It’s Groundhog Day’s Ned Ryerson). If you did know that, Name 10 Trivia at the Gateway offers a sanctuary for you and other…