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Best Bar of 2011: St. James Tavern

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For the second year in a row, the fans have spoken… the St. James Tavern is the #1 bar in Columbus. This Italian Village staple celebrated its 15th anniversary back in September and while the neighborhood has changed a lot during those years, the bar remains true to its no-nonsense roots. SJT serves no food (aside from the occasional visiting food truck outside) and doesn’t give in to trendy cocktail menus or marketing gimmicks. The simplicity works well in providing a friendly “neighborhood joint” atmosphere that is welcoming to anyone looking for a place to hang out with friends, grab a beer, and enjoy a solid jukebox or a round of pool.

The Top 10 Bars of 2011:

  1. St. James Tavern
  2. Bodega
  3. Carabar
  4. Surly Girl Saloon
  5. Club 185
  6. O’Reilly’s
  7. Short North Tavern
  8. High Beck Tavern
  9. Ace of Cups
  10. Hal and Al’s

Flashback: Best Bar of 2010 – St. James Tavern
Flashback: Best Bar of 2009 – Surly Girl Saloon
Flashback: Best Bar of 2008 – Bodega

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  • catnfiddle

    Agreed.  James is my Cheers, and I drive past a lot of bars to go there.

  • Snarf

    People still go to Bodega?

  • mrpoppinzs

    Hot! – Michelle is awesome.

    Love that list, need to hit up 185 again. Surly Girly is my home away from home. Park St has its perks too, but CU is not its crowd.

  • SJT

    I am honored! Thanks CU- what a great xmas present XO

  • http://whattherock.com Liner Notes

    Congratulations, SJT!

  • http://www.hudsonstreethooligans.com Mr.Compton

    I am always about bringing first dates to St. James Tavern. What a great place to have a conversation, enjoy good beer and yet it’s still affordable.

  • saywhat2

    6&8 = agreed

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