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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 Brian Kaiser

Wine Store

Wine on High – 18.1% of 3,311 votes Wine on High fell to second place in last year’s poll after taking the crown in 2014 and ’15. But now this locally owned operation is back on…

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


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


The Crest – 20.5% of 9,582 votes In the four years since The Crest opened its doors (on Earth Day, no less), customers have chowed down on food that’s local, environmentally friendly, and, above all, tasty….

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….