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The Top 10 Best New Bars of 2016

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Best New Bars of 2016Photo by Walker Evans.
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While 2016 might not have been a great year for many people for many reasons, it was a stellar year for the local drinking and nightlife scene in Columbus. Over a dozen new bars opened their doors this year to much fanfare, giving our readers and contributors a lot of options to choose from when naming a top destination for the year. In the end, only one can be named number one, and that venue is the PINS Mechanical Company, which opened Downtown in September.

Much more than just a bar, PINS offers a wide variety of entertainment options for visitors, primarily in the form of duckpin bowling and numerous pinball machines. If that’s not enough for you, there are several foosball tables, large-scale jenga games, shuffleboard, two patios, food trucks, ping pong and more. Oh, and of course there’s plenty of beer and specialty cocktails to be consumed as well.

Stay tuned for the second installment of PINS at Bridge Park in Dublin, which could end up being the best new bar of 2017 if it wows crowds as much as the first one.

For more information, visit www.pinsbar.com.

Top 10 New Columbus Bars of 2016:

  1. PINS Mechanical Company
  2. Rockmill Tavern
  3. Condado (Downtown)
  4. Black Brick Bar
  5. Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen
  6. The Eagle
  7. Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen
  8. Standard Hall
  9. Balboa
  10. 101 Beer Kitchen

Flashback: Best New Bar of 2015 — The Walrus
Flashback: Best New Bar of 2014 — Oddfellows Liquor Bar

Flashback: Best New Bar of 2013 — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

Note: Our “Best of 2016″ lists are published as the combined results of our annual Reader Nomination Survey and Editor’s Choice picks.

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