Will be visiting C-bus for the 1st time ever..so where are the bars??

Brutus The Champ's picture
September 7, 2012 at 10:26a
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Hello my fellow Buckeyes... Later this year i will be going to the OSU/sh!tigian game...its my first ohio state game ever... actually its my first time ever in Ohio. I will be in town for almost the whole week and i was wondering what are some of the best bars Columbus has to offer.. especially in and around campus.. i want to soak up as much as i can from the school... it was my dream school but I never had the chance to go.. i am coming all the way from NY and i want to make my trip epic... so where do you all suggest I go?..what do u suggest i do?..id also want to walk around a visit historical places around campus... im totally lost haha.. help a brother out... Go Bucks/Nooo Blue!!!!!

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chitownbuckeye's picture

Eddie George's is a good spot for some pre game beer.  Barleys Smokehouse (Ale House #2) and Elevator Brewing would be good spots during the week for beer

thorvath22's picture

If you go to Barley's you have to get their Saurkraut Balls and any one their in house brewed ales.

BED's picture

Their Coffee Stout is the bomb if it's still in season.

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buck-I.8's picture

How old are you? I don't want to send you to the wrong places age-wise haha

Brutus The Champ's picture

26 years young haha

Brutus is........The People's Champ!!!!

William's picture

This. I've clearly never purchased from Eddie George's as they I.D., but Sloppy Donkey will sell beer to a 10 year old if they have money. I seriously think I've run into 15 year olds in there.

buck-I.8's picture

Haha I meant more that I didn't want to send a 45 year old to Big Bar haha. But I like Little Bar a lot, also In-R-Out, im more into the smaller bars

GoBucks713's picture

Out-R-Inn?

-The Aristocrats!

buck-I.8's picture

sounds like what I said

buckeyejonross's picture

Sloppy Donkey is gone now.

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

buck-I.8's picture

And the reason is what he cited haha

William's picture

I knew what you meant by the "age" comment just had to throw in my anecdote. Not surprised that they closed, the place sucked. I haven't gone their since Fall Quarter last year. I really didn't hit too many bars last year because of an obvious reason, so I just stuck to ordering from PJ's where their method of identification was over the phone: "Are you 21?"

buck-I.8's picture

You know you can go to buckeye express where their method of IDing is... none. haha

hodge's picture

Man, I miss Jabir so much--though I heard he sold Buckeye Express and moved back to Morocco.  I used to live in an absolute Hell-hole on Northwood, and would always stop by his store to get lotto tickets, booze, tabacco, etc.  Such a good guy, he never carded anyone (once I figured this out, all of my roommates became regulars).  My friend went there once and slammed two bottles of vodka on the counter, Jabir asks, "Rough day, huh?"  My friend (who had just lost a family member) looks him in the eye and mutters, "Yeah."  Jabir rang him up for one bottle, said "Take the other one on me."  He also once gave my roommates weed haha.

buck-I.8's picture

Jabir got arrested on a underage buying sting, and then moved. It is now his brother/other family member running the store, and he's equally as awesome.

William's picture

Well shit, I guess I'll be going there now. What's their selection like? 

Buckeyejason's picture

NEW WILLIAM ON 7 SEPTEMBER 2012 - 2:59PM #
Well shit, I guess I'll be going there now. What's their selection like?

Stay away from weed and booze William! You are far too young!

BUCKEYES BABY!

buck-I.8's picture

Well it's not a liquor store, so if you need something strong, send a friend to Kroger. Selection is inconsistent, but your staples are there. Also, it's pretty cheap compared to Tobacco/PJs. Cases for 10 and some change, cheap tequila for 7, etc.

hodge's picture

@BUCK-I.8 - Damn, that is totally unsurprising haha.  Once I moved to Summit, I didn't go back (I was also 21, and there are better places to buy beer), but my roommates kept tabs on him.  
@WILLIAM - Their selection is somewhere between poor and decent.  Lots of macros and your common imports (corona, guinness, dos equis, etc.), he does stock some assorted craft brews, but not a lot (Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, CBC, Boston Beer Company, etc); if you're not a total beer geek you should find something to your liking (Hell, I'm a total snob and always found something).  I also used to have decent success buying beer at Viking without being carded (90%), but I found this out after I turned 21--some friends of mine weren't as lucky.  Viking is about 3-4x the size of Buckeye Express and sells beer and wine exclusively.

William's picture

Whereabouts on Summit? I've got a friend down near Weinland Park and it is sketchy. Although mostly anything East of campus is sketchy. I'm lucky enough to be in Kingsdale (really should just be a part of Upper Arlington) which is sandwiched between Upper Arlington and Grandview.

hodge's picture

Last year I was at 2405 Summit, but I'm in Beavercreek now (Dayton).  It's in SoHud, between Tompkins and Maynard on the West side of the street.  It's not a wonderful neighborhood, but it wasn't nearly as sketchy as I used to think, and it was a Hell of a lot quieter than my previous residence at 50 E Northwood.  Yeah, Weinland Park is some scary stuff, highest homicide rate in the damn city.

William's picture

Yeah, although campus isn't exactly a beacon of safety either. We've had far too many robberies within the past month.

buck-I.8's picture

@Hodge, when I went AND had money, I used to buy Magic Hat #9, every 3 days, delicious. Also Great Lakes, but now I can't afford such luxuries

William's picture

Huge fan of Great Lakes, good stuff. I'll have to check it out then. Haha very funny BuckeyeJason.
@BuckI-8 I've got cash flow thanks to the GI Bill (per diem) and the fact that I rake it in on parlays. Definitely allows me to afford Great Lakes more often instead of drinking piss water like my suitemates did last year. I never understood how someone could actually enjoy Natty Light.

buck-I.8's picture

You've got money? Let's have a beer sometime (or 10) hahaha

hodge's picture

Great Lakes is one of my favourite breweries, their Edmond Fitzgerald Porter is the best fall beer around (though Founder's Porter is close).  I've been on a massive pilsner kick since spring though, so I've been drinking a lot of North Coast's Scrimshaw, Portsmouth Pilsner, and Bohemia--wasn't a fan of Great Lakes' Wright Pils at all.
Their Oktoberfest is the bomb, though.

buck-I.8's picture

I was in Maryland/Delaware this summer, and I've fallen in love with Dogfish head

hodge's picture

Dogfish makes some damn good brews, granted I also love IPAs (though I wasn't a big fan of their Baron Baton, but Theobroma--with chocolate and chili peppers--was delicious).  Check the beer tastings at Studio 35 in Clintonville, I went to one where they did Founder's beers (Grand Rapid, MI) and showed This is Spinal Tap.  My God, I had an imperial porter/old ale aged in maple syrup covered bourbon barrels, an imperial IPA aged in brandy barrels, a malt-heavy beer flavored with semi-sweet Newaygo County cherries aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, along with their famous Breakfast Stout--brewed with semi-sweet chocolate and coffee...I got so hammered.

Haybucks's picture

Hodge, I go to Founders quite a bit. Love their Backwoods Bastard.  It's easy to sample yourself silly.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

hodge's picture

Oh God, that Backwoods Bastard...awesome beer.  I scored a four-pack at Whole Foods a year and a half ago: drank one, gave one away, and I've been ageing the other two ever since.  I think it's high time to crack one of those babies once it really starts cooling down.
I've also had some Bell's Third Coast Old Ale ageing for the last year-and-a-half, as well.  Along with a Roquefort Quadrupel and Unibroue 16.  It's going to be a very good winter haha.

William's picture

I've never heard of Dogfish Head. Sierra Nevada chose to have its Eastern plant located in North Carolina, so that's what I pretty much spent my whole summer drinking. Although my friends at NC State are fascinated with Yuengling, which is a shit beer, but they expanded into NC ~8 years ago and are pretty popular down there. Fat Tire is also really popular down there.
@Hodge that sounds effing amazing. That Breakfast Stout sounds incredible.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh God, Yingers are miserable. They were as good as gold when I was at OSU and I couldn't figure out it-to this day it still baffles me.
When AB bought Goose Island I was a little worried about changes to the chemistry but it doesn't look like much will change. 312 and Honkers Ale are the goods.
Also, I know in terms of 'micro' Sam Adams doesn't really qualify anymore but they make a Boston-only "Boston Brick Red" and it could very well be the best beer I've ever had.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

William's picture

Yuengling tastes like ass, and yeah Sam Adams still makes the claim to being a microbrewery, but I don't think they can really call themselves that. They do make some solid brews though, like their Chocolate Bock, Pumpkin Ale, Boston Lager (so cliche), Octoberfest, Winter Lager and White Lager are all good. Their Summer Ale is terrible, it's as bad as Leinenkeugel's Summer Shandy.
 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Shandies, like clear liquors are for rich women on diets.
Cliche or not-Boston Lager is awesome.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

hodge's picture

That's weird, I bought a sixer of Honkers a few weeks ago and was greatly disappointed, never was much a fan of 312 either, but wheat beers really aren't my thing (save for the occasional hefeweizen).  If you dig the Honkers Ale, try Wells Bombardier; it's the best selling beer in Britain, and it's a classic bitter, like Honkers but much stronger flavor profile.
If you dig on the Boston Lager, try Great Lakes' Elliot Ness or Brooklyn Lager: they both have a more developed flavor amd are slightly less boozy (though I do enjoy me some Sams).
I never understood the hatred of Yuengling; it's not great, but it's a decent enough cheap, quaffable beer that's a definite improvement over bud/miller/coors/pbr.  Though, for good cheap beer I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's "Simpler Times" Pilsner: $2.99 ($3.50 outside OH and WI) a sixer with a slight metallic taste (not a bad thing), and no corn, grain, or adjuncts; or Buckeye Beer made by Maumee Brewing Co. in Toledo.

William's picture

I'd honestly drink Rolling Rock over Yuengling.

hodge's picture

First beer I ever got drunk on was Rolling Rock.  I still remember puking it out the window of my mother's car when I was 16, haven't tasted it since and don't think I ever will haha.

William's picture

Nice. Pretty sure the first beer I had and got drunk off of, had to be Old Milwaukee. I remember splitting 2 cases with some friends beach-camping, good times. That stuff is so cheap though. I had one a few weeks ago, it tasted like rubbing alcohol and water. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Elliot Ness I like, Brooklyn I love. I'll give Bombardier a shot if for no other reason than its name. I mean at the end of the day, if its good drink it. I love Coors Light so I drink that in bulk, obviously its good for what it is-I really only branch out with American Small brews. European Beers never did it for me as a whole, which I know isn't really fair to paint with such a broad roller.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

I was there this summer in Rehoboth Beach. I stayed within stumbling distance of Dogfish and that was a good thing because I got destroyed. So many great options!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

buck-I.8's picture

Same place I was this summer, small world haha

labuck's picture

Scrimshaw is amazing!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Erroneous! Erroneous on both counts!  Natty Light got me through college... I would buy 3 cases a weekend and not even think twice about it.  Truthfully it's not the greatest beer, but once you hit 3-4 can't even taste it anymore. 

Bolt's picture

Oh shit, I loved Jabir. The guy there now said Jabir will be back soon and he might try working again. Said he went back to the homeland but was coming back to visit and maybe for good. We used to hang out in the store and drink with Jabir.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Not the sloppy donkey! Noooo!

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Buckeyeneer's picture

So sad that they got rid of Larry's to put up that Sloppy Donkey sh!t hole

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

Rapping Bum's picture

Agreed 10000000%.

Help is on the way.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Here is something I posted on another forum:
Lane Ave and North of Lane Ave
Lane Avenue is the place to be there will be several lot parties (Hineygate and Riverwatch) with food/beer/music and bars as well as food vendors. Varsity Club (278 West Lane Avenue, http://www.myvarsityclub.com/) is by far the most popular bar to be in due to it being the closest bar to the stadium. However, it gets packed and may not be your best option for a good time-to-beer ratio. The Thirsty Scholar (2201 Neil Avenue) is just down the street (east of Varsity Club) and around the corner on Neil. It is good based on its location but only a good option if you are still in your 20s as it is a crappy little college bar and there are so many better places to go. If you continue walking east to the corner of Lane Ave and High Street you will find the biggest BW3s in the US (it was started in Cbus). Head north on High Street and in addition to a few bars and food places, you will find Little Bar (2195 N High Stree http://www.thelittlebar.com/), a recently popular pre and post game spot. Across the street is Scarlett and Gray Cafe (2203 N. High St http://www.scarletandgreycafe.com/) which is usually a good time, though often very crowded. Not too much north of that, except for Jack and Benny's (2563 N High Street), which may be the best breakfast place in the city, but get there early as it is a small place and gets crowded quick. Speaking of breakfast, Buckeye Donut (1998 N High Street http://buckeye-donuts.com/) is always open and a favorite student hang out.

High Street (South of Lane Ave)
If you head south of Lane Avenue on High Street, take a look at the Out-R-In (20 E Frambes Ave http://www.yelp.com/biz/out-r-inn-columbus). Its a couple of buildings off of High Street but this is one of my favorites and if I make it down to campus this weekend I will be there after the game. It is one of the oldest bars on campus due to them being a little more strict about only having 21+ at the bar. This bar on game days, much like Varsity Club, has the full gambit, from current college students to the 80 year old alums so everyone feels welcome. It has both indoor and outdoor sections and is a little less crowded than . There is also a good food place attached. Keep heading south on High Street and there will be plenty of little bars and food places that will have something to please everyone. I must also recommend Big Bar (1716 North High Street, http://www.thebigbar.net/), the sibling to Little Bar. This bar is above the Newport Music Hall, an off-campus landmark in its own right. Big Bar is a sports bar with plenty of TVs and a great place to park it if you want a fun place to watch all the other games, eat some good food, and not be completely crowded. THey have the big beer towers here so split one with your friends.  Keep going south and you will get to the South Campus Gateway (http://www.southcampusgateway.com/food-drink.html). This is where Eddie George's Grille 27 (1636 N High Street) is. There is a parking garage here which was $10 or $15 last year to park. I like parking at the Gateway because I get there early and hit all the bars on my way to the stadium. There are several other bars here including an Irish Pub and Ugly Tuna Saloona. Both popular bars on Saturday night. If you want the best pizza we have to offer, both places are near the Gateway on West 11th Avenue. Catfish Biffs (75 W 11th Ave) and Adriatico's (265 W 11th Ave). Catfish is thin crust, by the slice or by the pie. Adriatico's is thick Sicilian crust and only sold by the pie. If you are in a hurry, go Biffs. If you don't mind waiting to Adriatico's. Late night only Biffs will be open, so if you party all night, follow the trail of drunken students to Biffs.

Other
If you are looking for something on Friday night check out Front Street/Arena Distict or the Short North. These areas draws an older crowd and will have plenty of bars and restaurants to make you happy, whatever your mood. The other suggestion I might make is German Village. While there are many great places to go in German Village I will highlight two. Thurman Cafe (183 Thurman Ave http://www.thethurmancafe.com/) was highlighted on Man vs Food and has what is generally considered the biggest and best burger in Columbus. The other is Schmidt's (240 E Kossuth St http://schmidthaus.com/) also on Man vs Food. I have gone here on several Friday nights before games and met some great opposing fans. Get yourself a brat, saurkraut balls, a creme puff and a tall liter of beer and release your inner German.
Microbrews and other interesting things
Downtown
Elevator Brewing Co. http://elevatorbrewing.com/ 161 N. High Street. If you are coming from campus the easiest (not necessarily the fastest) is head south on High Street and just keep going until you get to downtown. Elevator is on your right. It has "the rock" which is a Turkish cooking stone that is heated to 400 degrees and then it is brought out with a raw steak that you can cut up and cook and dip in different sauces. Nice decor and I like their beers a lot.

Arena District
Barley's Brewhouse - http://barleysbrewing.com/downtown/ 467 North High Street This place is near Front Street and the Arena District so you can start here and hit a bunch of other places nearby. I was not too crazy about their beers but I went to the Columbus Beerfest two weeks ago and they were trying some new things that were impressive.

Gordon Biersch - http://www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/columbus-oh  401 North Front Street. This is a chain but their beers are good. It is on Front Street and next to the Blue Jackets arena and nightlife district. Nearby is the Big Bang Bar  http://thebigbangbar.com/oh/columbus which has dueling pianos.

Brewery District
Columbus Brewing Company - http://www.columbusbrewingco.com/ 525 Short Street. They have some pretty nice beers and a good IPA as someone else mentioned. It is a little hard to find, so have your smartphone/garmin at the ready.

World of Beer - http://wobusa.com/Locations/BreweryDistrict.aspx  503 South Front Street. The Brewery District had fallen on hard times over the past few years but is starting to show signs of recovery due to Columbus Brewing and World of Beer. If you want the current holder of the "Most Beers in Town" award, head to WOB.

WHISKEY DRINKERS
Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar http://www.barrel44.com/shortnorth.html 1120 North High Street. For you whiskey lovers, there is only one place. It is in the Short North which is the other prime nightlife area.

For those looking for something different
Brothers Drake Meadery http://brothersdrake.com/index.php?/home  26 E 5th Avenue. Yes we have a meadery. Cow town has grown up! This is located on the north tip of the Short North. and and also be found by heading south of campus on High Street.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

BuckeyeVet's picture

@ Buckeyeneer - You, sir or madam, officially win the internet today! After reading your post, I aborted my lame, hurried 2 sentences long attempt and will simply punt to you. Cheers!

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hodge's picture

First off, BUCKEYENEER's list is pretty awesome, so I'll do my best to add on accordingly.
Barrel 44 is awesome, though it's definitely more of a bourbon bar than a scotch bar (their selection of Islay malts is uninspired, to say the least).  Same goes for Brothers Drake, plus they have beer from Jackie O's in Athens, which in my limited experience has been the best beer in the state (their IPA is to die for).
My bar when I was at Ohio State was the Brazenhead.  It's an Irish Pub in the Grandview district, and therefore much more quiet and chill.  But there's not a better weekday bar in the city: curl up with a pint, chat with the bartenders, and try some Magner's Irish Cider (beats the living Hell out of Strongbow).
The Short North is a must-see if your in Columbus.  With restaurants ranging from diners to upscale, and bars ranging from trendy clubs to neighborhood dives, you can't beat a food/pub crawl through the two mile district that starts about 5-7 blocks south of Campus.  I know you said you'll be there through the week, but if you can extend it to the Saturday after The Game, you can catch Gallery Hop--where all the businesses and art galleries stay open late Saturday night, and the people watching is a gold mine.
You must take a stroll across campus, take in the Oval, visit the 'Shoe far before gameday (it's so incredible to see it empty).  The whole campus is largely walkable, and you should book a few hours to just wander--but definitely look into printing out a map, you'll get lost in no time!  Concentrate your time east of the Olentangy River; "West Campus" (or "Ag Campus") doesn't quite have the same charm, but if you've got the time it's worth a visit.  Make sure you get breakfast at Hang Over Easy, it's a diner/bar on campus that serves up the best greasy-spoon breakfasts in town (plus a solid selection of beverages to wet your whistle).  Avoid them on gameday, though; unless you're willing to show up at 7 am.
Also on the subject of Campus, make damned sure that you catch the Mirror Lake Jump.  It's an absolute shit-show, but it's completely worth experiencing at least once in your life.  Since The Game moved to Thanksgiving weekend, the jump occurs on the Tuesday night (10pm-1am is typically the peak times, 11-12 is probably the best) before the game, in this case November 20th.  Students, cops and faculty all mingle in the muddy confines of Mirror Lake Hollow, making for an absolutely outrageous tradition unparalleled in collegiate athletics.  If you plan on jumping (which you totally should, by the way), wear sandals duct-taped to your feet; if you're not going to jump, WEAR BOOTS.
Food-wise, try anything that seems local--avoid the hell out of anything you can find at home.  Some highlights inclue Piada, a Columbus original that's basically an italian version of Chipotle (and beats it effortlessly); Ray-Ray's Hog Pit, a food truck open year-round serving up the best slow-cooked mammal flesh in the city, if not the whole damned state; Katalina's, a tiny hole-in-the-wall with little seating that offers up local ingredients and cheffy riffs on paninis and sandwiches; Yellow Brick Pizza, thin-crust pie in a slightly sketchy neighborhood serving up an exceptionally well-curated draft list (bonus, there's a tavern that's opened across the street); Katzinger's Deli, traditional Jewish deli with a ludicrious selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, and food items, not to mention 1 pound sandwiches and fresh-made pickles; Hounddog's Pizza, a dive bar and pizza joint with fantastic hand-tossed pie; A Slice of New York, NY-style pizza joint across from campus with a solid lunch special (2 slices and a drink for $5); Raisin' Canes Chicken Fingers, yes it's a chain but I'm not sure if there's any in New York, their menu comprises fried chicken, texas toast, french fries, coleslaw, and a dipping sauce made from the tears of angels--try it;  also check Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, they're another Cowtown original that offers gourmet interpretations of classic flavors--some more outlandish than others--hit up the one in Grandview and snag a cup of joe from Stauf's Coffee Roasters next door, believe me you won't be disappointed.
Also, for reference, here's Eleven-Dub's Visitor's Guide to Columbus 2010 and two similar forum topics covering this subject, as well.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Hodge - thanks for the awesome primer on C-bus spots. I think I'll print this and keep it handy for my next trip back there. In the meantime, you're making me hungry. Btw, I'm getting the hint that you most favor Italian food. Can't blame you. Bacon, Italian food, and slow-smoked barbeque can take you a long ways . . .

hodge's picture

Actually, probably my largest indulgence is Mexican cuisine, though I do loves me some Italian.  I love real tacos, there's a great place called Taqueria Los Guachos that serves up Tacos Al Pastor, roasted on a spit with pineapple, cilantro and onion--it's an orgy of flavor.  I only didn't link it due to the fact that it's not essentially "winter" food.  I loves me some tex-mex, even if it's not really "authentic".
For instance, for the game last week (and college football's inaugural Saturday) I made homemade chorizo, potato and onion taquitos (Denny's signature creates subliminal cravings), tomatillo salsa verde, and chile con queso.  It's a wonder I could get out of bed the next day, let alone walk.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I love Mexican food, too - definitely near the top. Love Tacos Al Pastor. Carnitas. Traditional Mexican bbq (which is usually goat meat). I could go on and on. I'm not one who gets hung up on "authenticity," though. Give me some awesome "fusion" food, anytime. Meanwhile, a buddy of mine who grew up in east L.A. used to bitch all the time about gourmet Mexican and fusion, saying that his mom's traditional recipes blew away all the pretenders. I went to his house for dinner and, I'm afraid, his mom couldn't cook - bless her heart. Also, I've had some very poor tacos at hole in the wall places in Mexico. 
Don't know if I can put Mexican at the top of the list, though, because I can never commit to saying this or that is "best."
Thai, Chinese, Japenese, French, Spanish, Lebanese, Greek, Alaskan/Northwest smoked fish, etc . . .   
 

Rapping Bum's picture

TLG is a must, get the que me notas.

Help is on the way.

William's picture

Hit up the Piada in Upper Arlington and man it is so good for fast Italian food.

Buckeyejason's picture

That stuff is the bomb! Been there quite a few times.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Conroy's picture

Campus is on one side of high street and there are a slew of bars on the other.  I highly recommend going to Toos for some Tidal Waves.

Brutus The Champ's picture

gentlemen/ladies...thank you so much for the insight.. if you come up with another other spots..please post...this will be epic......as always...go buckeyes!!

Brutus is........The People's Champ!!!!

Knarcisi's picture
  • Walk through the Oval and Mirror Lake
  • Have a beer elbow to elbow in the Varsity Club
  • Eddie George's or the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe
  • Go to the Skull Session in St. John Arena, 2 hours, 20 minutes before kickoff
  • Get in the stadium early enough to see the band come in
  • No shortage of beers.  Bars, formal and informal tailgates all around. 
spqr2008's picture

If you are going to Skull Session before The Game, make sure you get there super early, as in 3 hours before game time so that you can get seats.

Knarcisi's picture

And oh, for the best and most unique pizza on the planet and great Buckeye fans, Planks Cafe on Parsons ... night before or after the game!

HighBallAce's picture

I haven't had great Mexican food sense I moved back from Texas. Geez I miss that place.
Then again, I haven't been on High Street in downtown Columbus in forever.
I've been to several Ohio State games but I've never been to the tail gates. Do you have to pay a fee or something. And then do you just walk up and get food from different people or how does that work?

GABuckeye's picture

Just a curiosity question... do you have family from Ohio that were huge Buckeye fans?  How'd you become a fan?  
Just wondering because I technically have never "lived" in Ohio unless you count the 4 years I went to school at Miami.  But my entire family is from Cleveland, so I grew up a huge fan.  I visit at least once a year.

Buckeyejason's picture

^ same here except familys from Youngstown.
I haven't had good Mexican food since I moved from Southern California to New York. If I could name one of the few good things about SoCal it's that there's a million great Mexican joints to eat at.

BUCKEYES BABY!

HighBallAce's picture

I grew up in Delaware Ohio which is just down the road pretty much. I grew up on Ohio State sense I was a baby and when I got into high school, I had a chance to play basketball in the city leagues with some of the Ohio State guys.
Yeah, Mexican food here just isn't as good as it is in places where there are alot of Hispanic folks. Not saying there isn't alot here but in Texas there is a huge population. Actually, to me southern food is way better than anywhere around here.

hodge's picture

Check Taco Trucks Columbus.  You've got a better chance finding some authentic grub at any of the myriad family-owned trucks than you do anywhere else.  I my above comment to Fido, I mentioned Los Guachos--I'd definitely recommend giving them a whirl.

HighBallAce's picture

"Traditional" Mexican food really isn't that good to me. It's very bland actually. What everyone thinks is Mexican food is really "Tex-Mex." Which by far is better than the traditional Mexican foods.

William's picture

I was in San Antonio 2 years ago and the Tex-Mex there was terrible. I'll take real Mexican over that crap anyday. 

hodge's picture

Understood, gotta say I dig on both equally.  Abuelo's is pricey, but they're solid, same thing with On the Border.  They're chains, but pretty good--I prefer them both to El Vaquero--though they probably can't hold a candle to what you can score in Texas haha.

HighBallAce's picture

We had On the Border in Texas and I didn't think it was all that good. If your ever in the East Texas area of Longview or Tyler, try a couple places called Mercados or Posados. They are owned by the same family and they really know how to make Mexican. I don't mind El Vaquero actually. I guess it's all a matter of preferance.
 

Iwearmocs's picture

Didn't read through all this, so it might be repeats, but if you're in town for a week, go to bodega in the short north for happy hour- its hipstery but its got the widest selection of brews half off plus one dollar gourmet grilled cheese.  Wednesday afternoon/evening is three dollar burger night at Brazenhead, by far my favorite special in columbus.  Schmidt's in german village is pretty sweet (its got a bratwurst buffet, plus german beers!)  High street can get kinda douchey, but eddie georges should be experienced, although it will be packed on gameday, and killdare's is an irish pub that just opened at the gateway (i'd stay away from anything else at the gateway though.)  Good luck, and have fun!

BME_Buckeye's picture

Back in my days when I was a student (Less than 2 months ago) we would go to Little Bar, Outer Inn and Thirsty Scholar. Outer Inn (on Frambes) is the best place to go for games.... 
Check out the Student Union and Woody Hayes Atheltic Complex.... 
Offical time for Skull Session is 2 hours and 30 mins before kick of at St.Johns....
I would go to the Main Library top floor if you want to see a nice view of campus and when you walk in the east doors rub Thompsons head for good luck in our game. Its been a huge tradition among students to bring them luck during games and school. 
If you want, you can go buckeye picking too! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Sgt. Elias's picture

As the crow flies Barrel 44 is about 175 yards from my front door. This is both wonderful and terrifying. Their food should not be underestimated, they have decent small plates (I usually get Cajun seared scallops) to keep you fortified whilst you do battle with two fingers of Redbreast and a pint of Brooklyn Lager, rinse, repeat. They make a respectable Sazerac as well. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

schooey's picture

I live down the street from Brooklyn Brewery and they charge the same price you probably pay there, a crime. Besides their beer is so-so. I feel ancient reading this beer conversation. Most of you will be drinking Gin by the time you are my age. If you must drink beer try anything from Ommegang brewery. If I must drink beer I buy the local Polish Zywiec or better Hevelius, because you will not find better for the money anywhere, especially the Hevelius, as in the astronomer. 
Oh, but what I wanted to say was that the best all around beer available anywhere, all time, is Anchor Steam. 

jfunk's picture

Little off the beaten path, but Jimmy V's is the bomb. Great food, surprisingly good whiskey selection, and great atmosphere. There's one out Fifth Ave. and another one down in German Village.
 
A few other recommendations:

  • Hit up Catfish Biff's after the game for some sweet, sweet after game pizza.
  • Anyone know if they still do the all-you-can drink special at the Thirsty Scholar? Might be worth a look into especially since it's right by the stadium.
  • Thurman's has been mentioned before but I think it deserves to be mentioned again. Their little pretzel bites are out of this world.

(Okay, I definitely need to get my a$$ back to Columbus if that's all I can think of. This is pathetic...)

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I'm of German ethicity so anytime I go to a game -- Schmidt's in German Village on Friday night  is a must. My mom and dad loved this place.
There are several spots on campus that have been there forever. Varsity Club, Out-R-Inn, Bernie's Bagels, Buckeye Donuts, the Bier Stube. On first siight, they might not be all that impressive. But they are legitimate campus landmarks and I hope they all last a long time. Makes me think I'm not as old as I actually am.

Bolt's picture

Just bar crawl High Street and take in some of campus along the way. Make it up to Lane Avenue if you wish or save that for postgame activities and putz around the stadium at tailgates, Skull Session, band/player entrances from St. John to the 'Shoe.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Hit up the hole in the wall called Bernie's. It's on High St. between 15th and 16th Ave. Great sandwiches, a Bloody Mary bar and the true old head Alumni. The TVs suck though.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

hodge's picture

Bernie's is the bomb.  Only went there once, but I'm determined to get my ass back there.  Such a sketchy joint, I love it.  Apparently, Jeffery Dahmer used to drink there, he even completed their world tour and had a mug...but people keep stealing it.

Doc's picture

I love Bernie's!  Every time a buddy of mine and I go to a game we stop in for "Breakfast".  I was in that place the night OJ took his famous Bronco ride.  My favorite place.

"Say my name."

Bolt's picture

Bernie's is a spot of young nostalgia for me. They'd let us in when friends and I were in HS for local punk shows and didn't seem to mind when we were 16 and drinking out in the open.

Rapping Bum's picture

Out-R-Inn, Bier Stube are musts.  If you're in the short north you should check out: Mac's, Short North Tavern, Bernard's (BROnard's).  I LOVE Char Bar and the Long Islands that they make, but that's for serious business.
 
Zeno's in Victorian Village is the BEST bar in Columbus with the Best DJ, DJ Shabak Tha C-City Rocka.  At least to me.

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jfunk's picture

Zeno's in Victorian Village is the BEST bar in Columbus with the Best DJ, DJ Shabak Tha C-City Rocka.  At least to me.

 
^^^^^ So much this. I used to live a block away from Zeno's and practically lived there. Chewbacca (as we called him) would always put on some James Brown for us when we came in. Miss that place so much.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Woody's Tavern in the Union.  There's also a new place near 16th and high next to the Huntington Bank.  I've been there once and they have a huge selection of microbrews, with specials on Ohio beers.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

buck-I.8's picture

For anyone going to Woody's to drink, please tip, it's still a bar. Thank you

JDupler's picture

1) Out R Inn
2) Little Bar
3) Varsity Club
4) anywhere else
I'm 28, been going to games since 1990, went to college here.  Just my personal prefrence from the past few post-college years.  Tailgates are great but anywhere in Columbus on gameday is a sight to behold.  Have a great time!  Michigan gameday is crazy.  If you are wearing scarlet and gray you'll be alright.