Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Columbus nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Columbus Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

German Village

You can come for the extensive menu of tapas and the equally lengthy list of wines to pair with your selections. You can also come to people watch, as this well established favorite draws a crowd of trendy locals for both lunch and dinner. Then...  Read More

Columbus Brewing Company

Whether you like your beer light or dark or somewhere between, the brew masters at the Columbus Brewing Company serve up pale, golden, nut brown and apricot ales, a wheat beer and a porter based on an 1859 recipe, in short, a drink to compliment...  Read More

Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

It's easy to spot this wonderful bar thanks to its turn-of-the-century, multicolored Art Deco elevator façade. Inside, the ornate ceilings, tile floors and polished banquettes add a sense of nostalgia as patrons sip lagers and ales brewed on...  Read More

Buffalo Wild Wings

Great bar that serves up delicious chicken wings and drumsticks spun in 14 signature sauces ranging from sweet and spicy to "blazin." Pool tables draw heated competition, and large-screen televisions play the biggest sports events of the day. A...  Read More

Barley's Brewing Company

Barley's relaxed atmosphere makes everyone feel at home whether it is their first visit or their fiftieth. One of Columbus' premier brewing spots located in the arts capital of the Short North neighborhood, Barley's serves a full lunch and...  Read More

Martini's Italian Bistro

A place to sit may be difficult to come by at this oft crowded Short North bar where people wait for a table or simply drop in to try one of 18 martinis. Concoctions include traditional offerings and specialties such as the chocolate martini...  Read More

Oldfields on High

A quirky exterior gives way to a cozy neighborhood bar/performance space that packs in a crowd virtually every night of the week. Reasonably priced drinks are one draw, the other is a revolving roster of local, regional and nationally recognized...  Read More

Tommy Keegans

This cozy neighborhood spot has been popular with locals for more than a decade, especially on the weekends, when the line up of bands really packs in the college set. If you are a soccer fan, this is the place to take in the championships. Dark...  Read More

Thirsty Ear Tavern

Thirsty Ear, with its abundance of music posters, has a nostalgic feeling and focuses on good, live music. Blues jams, open mic nights, and live bands are regular draws. Friendly ambience and service are a boon, and you'll also find beers from...  Read More

German Village
Club 185

There are institutions and then there is Club 185. A bar that has been around since the mid-50s, plenty of its patrons remember it as their dads' hangout after the neighborhood softball games and a great place to get an authentic Nathan's Coney...  Read More

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