Although nicknamed “the biggest small town in America”, Columbus is home to a rich set of neighborhoods, including the German Village, Arena District, and the trendy Short North, which display a cultural palimpsest of German, Italian and Latino influences in their restaurants. Delve deeper and you’ll see that Columbus has a thriving nightlife too – just take a look at the 10 best bars in the area.
Celebrate Columbus’ strong German roots at Hofbräuhaus Columbus, where steins are raised, polkas are danced, and yodels can be heard. Enjoy Munich’s pride and joy – its 400-year-old Hofbräuhaus beer – and its complementary table-mates; baked pretzel, sauerkraut, and würst.
Hofbräuhaus Columbus, 800 Goodale Street, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-294-2437
Located on the Scioto River downtown, with fantastic views of the lighted fountains of Scioto Mile, Milestone 229 brings an unparalleled level of class to the Columbus food and drink scene. Offering a menu of American fare with regional influences, Milestone 229 is the perfect date night establishment in which to enjoy small plates and expertly mixed cocktails, like the Manhattan project, the cilantro and peach julep, and the bacon-wrapped wild gulf shrimp.
Milestone 229, 229 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-427-0276
Barcelona brings a little Spanish flair to Columbus’ German Village. Featuring an extensive wine and cocktail list, along with a chic interior and a relaxing outdoor patio, Barcelona is the perfect gathering place after a week of work. Be sure to sample from Barcelona’s tapas tasting menu, including the popular verde rellena, with stuffed collard greens, lamb, saffron rice, pisto, cranberry gastrique, and toasted quinoa, or opt to share one of the many Spanish paellas with friends.
Barcelona, 263 E Whittier St, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-443-3699
Come to The Old Mohawk for the comfortable atmosphere, the cold draft beer, and the legendary bratwurst sandwiches. Exuding an obvious German heritage, The Old Mohawk is a place where patrons instantly feel like regulars – it just feels like home. Be sure to have the bratwurst dinner, with Carles of Bucyrus bratwurst and sautéed onions, sauerkraut and swiss cheese, with a side of potato pancakes, sour cream, and caraway sauce.
The Old Mohawk, 819 Mohawk St, Columbus OH, USA, +1 614-444-7204