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What’s Around: Bars in Columbus

June 20, 2019

What’s Around is a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives Columbus residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their own backyard.


Summer is the perfect time to hang out and catch up with friends – especially now that the weather is nice. Whether you’re looking for a pint of Ohio craft beer or a quick bite to eat, here are some of the best bars in downtown Columbus.

R Bar

  1. R Bar Arena (413 N Front St., Columbus OH 43215)

The R Bar Arena is located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District. With its 30+ flat screen TVs, you’ll never miss a game, no matter which season it is. After all, it is known as the best place to watch hockey in Columbus!

From a full-service bar to delicious lunch and dinner food options, your party’s cravings will be satisfied, guaranteed. Enjoy the summer weather on the patio for an added bonus!


Hofbräu haus

  1. Hofbräuhaus Columbus Brewery & Restaurant (800 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212)

Hofbräuhaus Columbus Brewery & Restaurant in the Grandview Yard area is a great place for friends and family to enjoy refreshing beers and tasty food. It offers a wide selection of traditional beer, brewed onsite every day.

With its vibrant environment, decorated rooms, live music and one of Columbus’ best outdoor Biergartens, Hofbräuhaus is perfect for all types of group outings and events.



  1. Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar (401 N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215)

If you’re looking for an entertaining night out with friends, look no further than the Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, located right here in the Arena District! The piano bar is known as the most exciting live music destination in the area. Grab a drink, make a song request and enjoy a never-ending celebration!


A&R Music Bar

  1. A&R Music Bar (391 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)

The A&R Music Bar is a healthy mix of bar, entertainment center and restaurant. It’s the perfect place to witness an up-and-coming music artist, or to simply stop by for a drink with friends.

Whether you’re heading to a concert or a sporting event, A&R is your place, with an outdoor patio that opens to crowds two hours before all Arena District events.


  1. The Three-Legged Mare (401 N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215)

Are Irish pubs with tasty fare and flowing beer your thing? The Three-Legged Mare is perfect for you! With over 15 TVs, two giant projection screens, darts and pub trivia, entertainment is endless at the Mare! The full bar is—of course—a plus, too.


BONUS: Whistle & Keg Columbus (343 N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215)

Columbus craft beer lovers will soon have another local bar to become a regular at: Whistle & Keg—a Youngstown, Ohio-based, self-service craft beer taproom opening later this summer in the Arena District’s historic Moline Plow building!

Whistle & Keg Columbus will feature 12-foot high ceilings, with large bell-shaped columns throughout and an expansive outdoor patio overlooking Battelle Plaza and the arena. Stay tuned for the opening of this pour-your-own concept in the Arena District!