A lot of people want to escape the biting cold of the winter or the blazing heat of the summer, and live in an artificial climate indoors until spring or fall arrives. But why live in a state with all four of the seasons if you are going to hide from half of them? Make this winter an unofficial midwest Polar Bear club, and have a drink by the fire(pit) this winter. Lift a pint to ole Jack Frost and visit these lovely watering holes that offer a rustic outdoor drinking experience.
BrewDog Franklinton | 463 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: The Punk
Columbus was the first outpost of this insanely popular Scottish brewery, and the gifts keep coming with their expansion, including a brew-tel! Enjoy the deliciously inventive craft brews and pub food, and if you visit the patio pit, you can even bring your furry friend along.
Ill-Mannered Brewing Company | 38 Grace Dr., Powell
Beer offering MVP: Zach Morris
This is a special bar because it all started from home brewing, and has slowly risen into a nano-brewery. This year they recently moved into their new space with an awesome patio and firepit to enjoy their ever-changing and evolving brews.
Land-Grant Brewing Company | 424 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: Stiff-Arm
When you drink from Land-Grant, you get so much: an amazing series of craft beers, two firepits, Ray-Ray’s food, but most importantly, you get a sense of community. Land-Grant is all about “beer for good,” and is committed to sustainability and giving back to the community.
Pins Mechanical Company | 6558 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: Chai Striker
There is a phenomenon of adulting like a kid going on here, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of. Not only can you have a campfire-like experience with a kick-ass specialty drink, but you can go duckpin bowling, play bocce ball, ping pong, foosball, or even revisit an arcade game you might have played in the 80s.
Red Brick Tap & Grill | 292 E Gates St.
Beer offering MVP: Winter White Ale
This is a great neighborhood bar that you can find in Merion Village that boasts a variety of local Ohio beers, a firepit that gets lit-up at sundown, and a delicious pub menu.
VASO Rooftop Lounge | 6540 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: The Full Montenegro
This is a cool place to catch a drink by the fire because it also offers the whole world as a view, in a sense. They offer tapas, as well as entrees, and the drinks are the least of what will be on your mind when you catch that view.
Woodlands Tavern | 1200 W 3rd Ave.
Specialty drink MVP: Skronk Juice by Taft’s Brewing Company in Cincinnati
Woodlands has great live music, a unique selection of amazing comedians that visit, and has a rotating variety of different Ohio brewing companies. Grab an IPA, sit by their firepit, and watch what unfolds at this neighborhood bar.
Seventh Son Brewery | 1101 N 4th St.
Beer offering MVP: The Scientist
This neighborhood bar is a comfortable spot to get some great and unique craft beers, see different food trucks, and do some great people watching.
Story by Emily Arbogast.