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First Look: Oddfellows Liquor Bar

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You’ve got to love Columbus’ entrepreneurial spirit! Indeed, this is a city where anyone with a dream, and the right mix of hard work and creative vision, can have it all.

Look at Mikey Sarboro, who, five years ago, launched what has become one of the city’s best-loved and most recognizable pizza brands, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, with buddies Jason Biundo and Bryce Ungerott.

Ready for the next enterprising step in his career, today he launches what he hopes will be another Short North must-stop, Oddfellows Liquor Bar, with Ungerott and another long-time friend, Dylan Wayman.

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“This project has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to see people’s reactions to what we’ve done,” shares Sarboro. “We’ve put an enormous amount of work into making Oddfellows totally different from anything else, not only in the Short North, but the whole state.”

Oddfellows’ decor is a righteous homage to the eclectic, with items like an 106-year old back bar, an ornate, handmade, 35-foot front bar, a 1940s bottle cooler, and easily, the most lovingly hand-painted toilets this city has ever seen, populating the 1,400 square feet space.

There are 16 draft handles at Oddfellows, which can comfortably seat 50 guests at a time (note: seat, not hold), as well as a distinctly manly collection of liquors and a specialty cocktail list.

The Negroni Slushie is summertime in a glass, while the Odd Dawg, with gin, grapefruit juice, elderflower, and salt, is an inspired take on the Salty Dog. There’s also the popular trio: See/Hear/Speak No Evil, and they’re all available for $7.

A full menu of bar-friendly snacks, including Deviled Pickled Eggs, Sriracha Hummus, and Bacon Brittle, will also be available for purchase for $6 at Oddfellows, as well as Mikey’s famous slices.

The self-proclaimed “first destination diving bar” in Central Ohio is located at 1038 North High Street, and shares its southern wall with Mikey’s original shack. Guests are asked not to bring their alcoholic beverages onto the small dining patio, however, as Mikey’s has no liquor license.

“Our goal was to create a unique experience that our customers and neighbors can be proud to call their own,” adds Ungerott. “We want to have the bar you have to visit every night you’re in the Short North.”

Oddfellows Liquor Bar officially opens to the public at 3pm today. Their daily hours of operation going forward will be 3pm – 2:30am, with extended weekend brunch hours. For more on Oddfellows Liquor Bar, follow them at www.facebook.com/oddfellowsliquorbar.

Photos by Ayana Wilson.

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5 Responses to First Look: Oddfellows Liquor Bar

  1. Chris Sherman August 2, 2014 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm

    Super sweet. Coolest bar to open in the short in a decade.

  2. Lisa Craig Morton
    Lisa Craig Morton August 2, 2014 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm

    Love what they did with that incredible historic building! Very cool.

  3. Jason Powell
    Jason Powell August 3, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm

    Great job with the place. Loved the atmosphere last night. My type of place.

  4. Bluehouse1065 August 5, 2014 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm

    Great place! We live around the corner and are so happy to have this as our new local. Spent a fun gallery hop night sitting in the window drinking delicious old fashioneds. The proximity to the best pizza in town doesn’t hurt either. Great service too. Home run!

  5. OneBagTravel October 27, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm

    I ate there this weekend. The attention to detail on the inside is awesome. Their vintage bottle refrigerator was impressive. Katalina’s have a popup kitchen in there now and their Chorizo sliders were okay (not worth the $11 though). Happy hour 7 days a week is a plus too.

    I’ll def be back.

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