The 10 Best Bars In Columbus' German Village, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio | © Howard Jefferson/Flickr
Anna T. Wilson

In Columbus’ German Village, you’ll find great bars that feature imported beers from all over the world and some that only feature local Ohio breweries and draft beers. We list our pick of the top 10 bars in this cultural hub.

Downtown Columbus

1. Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant (CBC Restaurant)

Restaurant, American

CBC Restaurant features handcrafted beer and their draft list consists of Ohio-based breweries only. They also participate in supporting Breast Cancer research on every Thursday in October with their special: a pink peppercorn crusted gerber chicken breast, buttered broccolini and parmesan risotto with a vodka tomato cream sauce.

2. Gresso’s

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub

Gresso’s takes into consideration the practice of barhopping or just trying to make it to the only bar you wish to visit for the night. Gresso’s can shuttle their customers to the Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park, the Arena District, and The Short North, so large groups of people need not worry about car pooling or not fitting in one car. This place is extremely accommodating and is an ideal venue for visitors or tourists who want to create unforgettable memories with a unique experience.

3. Club Diversity

Bar, Pub Grub

With diversity in its name and party rocking power in their hearts, Club Diversity expanded to take advantage of the outside patio space in a freestanding building, resulting in a more accommodating and comfortable space. Four large gazebos are situated in the rear patio and they have the best martini bar in Columbus. Hosting live music, movie nights, karaoke, and providing customers with Wi-Fi, Club Diversity is a lively and welcoming bar.

4. Hey Hey Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub Grub

Hey Hey Bar & Grill’s name came from the Prohibition era, when bootleggers they would say “Hey! Hey! The Beer is here!”. Since then, that phrase became the name to know this venue by. Their affordable and vast beer selection ranges from ale to wheat, and their entire menu is listed with a suggested pairing of beer, making it easier for guests to decide what to order.

5. Three Sheets Brewery District

Three Sheets Brewery District

At Three Sheets, there is a happy hour everyday from three in the afternoon to nine at night. With a house party atmosphere and a strong sense of community, Three Sheets provides guests with a lively and fun venue. The area is best suited for special occasions as holidays, college parties, birthday parties and various other special events often take place here. With an intimate and vibrant setting, it’s difficult not to have a good time at Three Sheets.

560 S High St., Columbus, OH, +1 614 745 2751

Craft Beer | © TheDigitel Beaufort/Flickr

6. Beck Tavern

Beck Tavern

The Beck Tavern is a popular haunt with flat-screen TVs to watch sports games, friendly service, endless hospitality, and favorites on tap. There’s a sense of intimacy and comradeship here as dartboards are available for groups of friend to play. There’s also no waiting line to use them because there are three boards, inspiring friendly competition. These boards and the scoring chalkboards were given by regulars who decided to give back to the place that means much to them.

284 E Beck St., Columbus, OH, +1 614 228 1841

7. G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar

Restaurant, American

Scallops and short ribs at G. Michaels Bistro
© John Hritz/Flickr
At G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar, looking dapper and polished is a must in this sophisticated setting; it is a place for celebrations, first impressions, first dates, anniversaries, business meetings, or just a night out to treat yourself. Their list of full-bodied red wines and champagnes hail from New Zealand, Austria, Spain, and Napa. No particular taste is left out and no resource is saved with this extensive list; it’s very indulgent.

8. Shadowbox Live and the Backstage Bistro


Shadowbox Live is a brilliant place to experience exclusive productions of rock opera, traditional musicals, and dance. The Backstage Bistro serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; and from Tuesdays through to Sundays there is a post-show menu. The best part about this venue is that before the show and during intermission, the waiters and waitresses, who are also the cast members, bring the food and drinks to the table.

9. Westies Gastropub

Gastropub, Pub Grub

Westies Gastropub features more than just mainstream beer; among their beer selections is craft beer from some of the best local breweries in Ohio. The front dining area has exposed ceilings, a full bar, and an 80-inch TV; no matter which room guests are in, they’ll get the full experience of being able to watch sports games whilst relaxing with craft beers.

10. Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American

Not only is Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar known for their cuisine, but their bar menu is filled with signature cocktails, red and white wines by the glass, beers by the bottle, martinis and wines; name it and they’ll have it. No expense is spared and that drink, that everyone says you are peculiar for liking, is sure to be on Lindey’s eclectic menu.

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