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Local Band

Mojoflo – 17.7% of 5,230 votes With their trumpeting melodies and soft, expertly crafted hooks, Mojoflo’s sound is luscious, smooth, funky, and transcendent of genre. For years they have been our number one pick for when we…

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 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 Megan Leigh Barnard

Dining Patio

Barcelona – 19.6% of 5,018 votes There’s something beautiful about the city of Barcelona—its pronunciation, its culture, its scenery. The Columbus restaurant of the same name has taken these associations and applied them in a cozy and…

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

LGBT Bar

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….

by Brian Kaiser

Comfort Food

Hot Chicken Takeover – 26.3% of 9,614 votes This category saw a vote total that nearly quadrupled over the last year. What changed? Was there an increased need for comfort food last year? What happened in…

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…

Greg Bartram

Local Pro Sports Fans

Columbus Blue Jackets – 60.4% of 6,334 votes Remember the operative phrase “there’s always next year” for optimistic sports fanatics—even in the face of less-than-positive future prospects? That sentiment has now been officially removed from the…

by Nathan Ward

Art Gallery

Wexner Center for the Arts – 50.2% of 4,007 votes It doesn’t matter who you are—the Wexner Center will give you a creative itch. Artists, art students, and non-artists alike can find something to love—whether it’s…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Local Blogger

Nick Dekker, Breakfast with Nick – 25.4% of 5,440 votes Within the last couple years, food writing has gained a status akin to music and film writing; there are more avenues for non-professional critics to write about…

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…