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Best Bar of 2012: The St. James Tavern

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The St. James Tavern has pulled off a hat trick, landing the title of Best Bar in Columbus for three years running in our annual readers’ survey. While the SJT could potentially written off as a neighborhood bar specific to the Italian Village neighborhood, it’s become known as a bit of a go-to place for those looking to hang out with friends in the Short North vicinity without the bustle and crowding of meeting somewhere on High Street proper. Additionally, St. James lures in customers with the use of weekly food truck specials that get parked outside and offer dine-in shelter inside the bar.

In other news, many newer bars worth mentioning made a strong debut on this year’s list, including Olde Town Tavern, Curio, Grass Skirt and Double Happiness.

The Top 10 Bars of 2012:

  1. St. James Tavern
  2. The Olde Town Tavern
  3. Curio at Harvest
  4. Surly Girl Saloon
  5. Bob’s Bar
  6. Bodega
  7. Grass Skirt Tiki Room
  8. O’Reilly’s Pub
  9. Double Happiness
  10. MoJoe Lounge

Flashback: Best Bar of 2011 – St. James Tavern
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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    8 Responses to Best Bar of 2012: The St. James Tavern

    1. romanh December 27, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm

      I have to give a special congratulations to the Olde Towne Tavern though for being up near the top of so many of the Best of 2012 lists!

    2. susank December 28, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am

      A traditional watering hole was something Olde Towne desperately needed and they seem to fill that void nicely. Grass Skirt and Carabar have their place, but are much more niche establishments.

    3. FoodFort December 28, 2012 8:41 am at 8:41 am

      All great bars – but vey glad St. James won again. Michelle has worked hard to keep the bar going in a part of town that needed the boost. I predict Seventh son will be in the top 5 next year,

    4. ntn December 28, 2012 9:04 am at 9:04 am

      Congrats SJT!

    5. Hamsterdam December 28, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am

      Nice! The exact same bar ten times. Well done, CU!

    6. Walker Evans
      Walker December 28, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm

      @Hamster – Curio and Grass Skirt are the same thing? Weird!

    7. Lauren Wilson
      Lauren Wilson December 29, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am

      Seriously @Hamster those 10 bars all have very different vibes. That sort of comment makes one wonder if you’ve even been inside any of them…

      And…WOOOOOO SJT! #1 three years running for a reason. Best spot in town.

    8. leftovers December 29, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am

      Looking forward to when Seventh Son gets fully open. I think 4th St will really start rocking with two places so close and food trucks to boot!

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