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Restaurant: Quintessential

Columbus’ food scene changes as frequently as restaurants change their menus. What used to be a city largely known as a home for chain restaurants and strip mall one-offs is now seeing its food experiences…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

Fresh Tastes

Numerous new bars, breweries, or restaurants opened up in the last year, signifying a legitimate boom for the Columbus food & drink industry. These are just a few of the standouts: DogTap 96 Gender Rd.,…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Shed Show

“Forget Man Caves, Backyard Bar Sheds are the New Trend” Whatever you say, Internet. I saw this post sliding around my Facebook page last week, and I thought: Let’s let Columbus be the judge of…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

In The Hunt

BrewDog’s cofounder James Watt is not one to mince words. When explaining his decision to open are brewing operation here in the U.S. he was … blunt: “When I first came back to the U.S….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Kicking Ass (Quietly)

You could say Craig O’Herron isn’t afraid of an unsure bet. Three years ago, he quietly opened up a little brewery in an industrial park on the west side. And three years before that, he…

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Drunk History

I need to make a spiritual commitment to myself to stop doing after hours at the bar. This what I said to myself at 5 p.m., still hungover and struggling on two hours of sleep….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Breaking the Chain

Let’s face it: when it comes to beer, chains have a tendency to be… well… lame. Don’t get me wrong, I love the comfort and security of chain department stores like Target—when I’m buying that…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

Platform Steps Up

We believe in good beer, and the idea that beer can go way beyond its liquid form. And that, in a nutshell is the pitch for Platform Brewing, whose community-minded approach to craft brewing now has a taste…

Photo by Tommy Feisel

Cold Weather Cocktails

Just like restaurants change up their menus according to the seasons, craft bartenders do the same thing. I imagine these spirit-obsessed bar keeps, tinkering around with shrubs, bitters, the latest liquors—adding a drop of this,…

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Compassionate Coffee

When I am running around town, trailing a group of young writers with me like so many creative mines, I am always looking for a quiet place for us to settle and let their ideas…

Heaven in a Mug

It’s hot chocolate season and I took on the deliciously arduous task of uncovering the best hot chocolate in the city. It’s been a tight race, but the results are finally in. Chocolate Cafe in…

Up a Creek?

Did you get a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle this year? Maybe the 15-year-old? The 20? The 23?! They usually release them around late October, did you see any at the stores? Neither did I….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Unchain My Hops

It’s been easy to take Gordon Biersch for granted all these years. As a restaurant, it’s been a solid fixture in the Arena District pretty much since the area was developed, serving up an American-casual…

101 on 451: Absinthe

There has always been an interesting relationship between the producers who distill spirits and the bartenders who sell them to the public. Between them, you will find a veritable army of distributors, representatives, marketing agencies,…

Ducks in a Row

“Retro” is a term overused. Given the cultural zeitgeist and the rapid recycle of style that still feels like only yesterday, the ’90s are now considered “retro.” The same winsome memories are attached with equal…

Postcard Patios

Condado’s Tacos: Columbus Commons Debuting its second location early in the summer, the downtown Condado’s is part of the Highpoint Building. Tacked on to the north end of the development like a taco-fueled caboose, it…

Ace of Cups

Ah, the power of the almighty meme. When I told friends I was going to a cupping, they immediately thought I was going to let hot glass globes bruise my skin, a la Michael Phelps….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew in the ‘Shoe

Beer on the hallowed grounds of Ohio Stadium? Seems like a fantasy world many Buckeye fans have imagined for decades; selling alcohol on the sacrosanct campus of Ohio State University, until this upcoming season, has…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Upper Room

To say that the Short North Parlor Room “went a different direction” would be the understatement of the year. Gone from the former Surly Girl space: the faded wallpaper peeking out between hundreds of ornately…

Lokal Cold Brew in Columbus, OH on July 8, 2016.

A Taste of Indonesia

Somewhere on a sunny farm in Indonesia, a farmer is planting the seed for your next cup of coffee—and Lokal Cold Brew wants to make sure you drink it right. Sam Ryo and Winny Tan,…

Hitting the Ale Trail

Athens might be the perfect college town. The rolling, emerald hills of Southeastern Ohio ensconce the venerable Ohio University and its host community with postcard-worthy scenery. Aside from the OU campus, there’s not a lot…