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Local Haunts

The Columbus spirit scene is legendary, and not just for the intriguing elixirs your corner bartender conjures. No, there’s a less celebrated set of spirits you don’t always hear about from those behind the taps…

Soul at the Joseph by Brian Kaiser

Setting the Bar

Your friends have probably said “Hey, let’s go to this cool bar.” But how many times do they say, “Let’s go sit at this cool bar?” For many, it’s just a place to sit while…

Olde Town Tavern

Sunlight Savings Time

The magazine you’re holding right now is likely sparkling under the warm rays of the sun. Cool. It snowed the day I finished this. Which is why we know you’ll appreciate the annual Groundhog Day-like…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

FAQ: Pants

There’s plenty of colorful personalities in the Columbus food and drink scene. And we’re setting out to capture them—one dish/drink at a time. This month, it’s the illustrious/mysterious veteran bartender we only know by one…

Beck Tavern by Collins Laatsch

Old School/New School

Welcome to a new series at Stock & Barrel, where we pair two establishments that highlight the restaurant/bar scene in Columbus—one with a younger footprint, and another steeped in character. The Rules:  Choose one destination for…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Truth in a Glass

The new Short North speakeasy thrives on simplicity The truth is that Two Truths is classy, but without pretense. Somehow, this soulful speakeasy combines the best of all worlds: exquisite cocktails, charming service, and an…

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…

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…

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…

Photo by Maddie McGarvey

Gaming During the Game

Sometimes you throw a couple of random, good ingredients together and find that they work surprisingly well—kettle chips on a chili dog or poutine with French fries. You can count Clintonville’s new Old Skool in…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Holiday Cheer(s)

The holidays are Joe Peppercorn’s time to show off. This month, he and his ever-evolving band will take the Bluestone stage for one of the city’s most massive holiday events—the sixth annual Beatles Marathon. By…

Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Photo by Chris Casella

Altered Ales

One of the toughest jobs for any craft brewery is maintaining the delicate balance of new and exciting beers for your diehard fans, collectors, and craft fanatics—and also a more profitable, easier to sell stable…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Eggman Cometh

Development seems to come hot and heavy in certain parts of town. The corner of Oak and 18th in Olde Towne East is certainly a burgeoning oasis in an oft-forgotten and mischaracterized section of the…

Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Mustard

While writing for a local magazine may not afford me the unique opportunities that a national publication may provide, I have had my fair share of adventures, and encounters while doing my job. I don’t…

Photos b y Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Aloe Vera

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Huddle Up

Gahanna’s Creekside business complex has drawn mixed reviews. It was an ambitious venture, but a combination of Columbus reclaiming its urban core and a dicey economy worked against the boom developers were banking on. Still,…

Photo by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Your Happy Place

Everybody loves to brag about their “bargain radar”—uncovering quality products on the cheap is why thrifting is such an exhilarating experience. Finding a dollar pair of Levi’s that fit just right can certainly make one’s…

Bar Bet

Back in November, we embarked on an experiment within the pages of our sister publication, (614) Magazine, or rather a dangerous game, one in which bartenders could have a little fun with ingredients, and each…

Photos by Josh Miller/ Matchbox LTD

Drink as Thieves

If the idea of an edible Manhattan or a spherified libation speaks to you, then so will pop-up speakeasy concept Four Thieves Thirst Parlour. Granted, it will also speak to you if you have no…

Photo by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Ghost Pepper

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Photo by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Cheers to the New Year!

Emily George, Lindey’s I believe that highballs are coming back in a big way. The concept is simple: spirit and mixer. There’s not much more to it. There aren’t fancy ingredients, obscure syrups, difficult-to-manufacture ingredients,…

Photo by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Candy Canes

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Whiskey Bent

Like any other, the alcohol industry has its trends. Rum-runners once ran rum. All the gin joints in all the world once poured the piney punch. Vodka took over in the 1970s and kept people…

Booze News

Brewery Beat Temperance Row Brewing has opened in uptown Westerville—its name a nod to the neighborhood’s prohibition past. The brewery employs Scott Francis, original brewmaster at both Columbus Brewing Company and Barley’s Ale House, as…

Photo by Chris Casella

Winter Warmers

This year’s (614) Holiday Cocktail Competition presented by Campari was bigger than ever. The Gallerie Bar and Bistro played host to 24 bars from around the city, and beyond the outer belt. 200 people attended…

Photo by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

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