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Top 10: The Best Bars in Columbus, Ohio

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At the top end of our annual list of best bars in Columbus, you’ll find a place where you can do more with your hands than just hold a beer or cocktail. You can save a princess from a giant monkey, you can throw a sonic boom, or you can help a puck-shaped man consume ghosts. Of course, all of that and more can be found at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade.

While the original Downtown location celebrated its five year anniversary in 2018, it was busy opening a second central Ohio location at Bridge Park in Dublin, giving locals two ways to celebrate the arcade games of yesteryear. The fun doesn’t stop there though, as this local brand has already grown to Cincinnati and Cleveland with plans to expand to Indianapolis, Nashville, Charlotte, Dallas and Austin.

For more information, visit www.16-bitbar.com.

The Top 10 Columbus Bars of 2018:

10. Denmark on High

463 N. High St. — Downtown

9. Little Rock Bar

944 N. Fourth St. — Italian Village

8. Land Grant Brewing

424 W. Town St. — Franklinton

The best bars in Columbus, Ohio.
Photo by Susan Post.

7. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

215 N. Fourth St. — Downtown


954 N. High St. — Short North

5. Oddfellows Liquor Bar

1038 N. High St. — Short North

4. The Bottle Shop

237 King Ave. — University District

The number one bar in Columbus, Ohio.
Photo by Lauren Sega.

3. Brewdog

1175 N. High St. — Short North
463 W. Town St — Franklinton

2. Seventh Son Brewing Co.

1101 N. Fourth St. — Italian Village

1. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

254 S. Fourth St. — Downtown
6564 Riverside Dr — Dublin

Best places to drink in Columbus, Ohio.
Photo via 16-Bit Bar+Arcade


Flashback: Best Bar of 2017 — PINS Mechanical Co.
Flashback: Best Bar of 2016 — Curio at Harvest
Flashback: Best Bar of 2015 — The Pint House

Flashback: Best Bar of 2014 — 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

Flashback: Best Bar of 2013 — St. James Tavern

Flashback: Best Bar of 2012 — St. James Tavern
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

Note: Our “Best of 2018″ lists are published as the combined results of our annual Reader Nomination Survey and Editor’s Choice picks.

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