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Raising the (Home) Bar

Brian Riegel wanted to have a drink 20,000 leagues under the sea, and he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. “I needed someone else who could tell me what’s possible and what’s not possible,…

High Dive

We don’t love dive bars because they have old booths with stuffing coming out of them, or because our shoes stick to their floors. We love our dive bars because they are dependable and unchanging….

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Dream Seats

It’s summertime. It’s finally nice. So get your ass to at least one of these 10 outdoor oases. Milestone 229 229 S Civic Center, www.milestone229.com This “Jewel of the Mile” allows Columbusonians to have an…

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Keep It Hid

Have you heard about Columbus’s Secret Speakeasy? Down the stairs of an historic building in Olde Worthington sits a sub rosa gem, hidden under cover of the late-dinner-hour clatter from the unknowing diners above. Muffled…

Back to Basics

There were some rumblings when it closed. There were some rumblings when it re-opened. People fear change; it’s true. But fear not. Bodega is back, and it’s singing an all-new tune. Bodega has been a…

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A Great Strange Dream

Mike Conley is espousing his goals for Kafe Kerouac, the off-campus-but-not-campus-like coffee/club house. Keep the doors open, pay the bills, make sure the employees are compensated reasonably…it’s a pretty standard spiel for a small business…

Strong in Spirit

Columbus is not short on new restaurant and bar offerings. The Short North alone has become a veritable meat grinder of options; each new space forced into a fixed geography and through the same grinding…

Booze by the Batch

The emergence of the big-city-style, 12-dollar craft cocktails here in Columbus has been well documented. In this very publication, we’ve explored the phenomenon from the most luxurious at-home bars to the most authentic public offerings….

Your Happy Place

Whether single or married, I suspect few people’s happy place is connected with Valentine’s Day. The holiday can be contrived and clichéd, and restaurants are often packed with displays of affection that should have been…

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