LifeEpicurean.com wrote Barrel 44: A Whiskey Bar Work In Progress
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
BY ANGEL JACKSON
For many Columbus residents, the grand opening of Barrel 44, a new whiskey bar in the Short North, was a much anticipated event, so it came as quite a surprise to discover the bar had opened, very much under the radar, without a Grand Opening, or much fanfare of any kind. This may be attributed to the long delay in opening, and early renovation problems the bar encountered, or perhaps its an indication that they would rather have time to work out the kinks prior to the City’s resident Bar Hoppers descending on their establishment. Regardless, I ventured out to Barrel 44 this weekend to sample one of Columbus’ few dedicated whiskey bars.
Barrel 44 is not a bad new spot, and in time could present a lot in the mid-range bar and upscale casual dining scene of the Short North, particularly in that area of the neighborhood. As it stands now, however, there is room for improvement, and it remains to be seen if Barrel 44 even aspires to be more than merely a quaint spot for a few drinks before moving on to another establishment. One hopes they do, and it certainly shows promise, but the proof is in the whiskey.