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8 Swank Places to Grab a Beer After Work in Columbus

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So you’ve finished your work day, loosened your tie, and you’re ready to kick back with your coworkers. Here’s 8 swank places where you can do just that!

We based our list on:

  • Originality of the bar scene
  • Variety of drinks
  • Taste/composition of the beers

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1. Pins Mechanical Company

pins mechanical bowling alley
This place has got a lot of balls. (Image courtesy of Pins Mechanical)

Foosball, pinball, ping pong, patio pong, regular and duckpin bowling--needless to say, this place has got a lot of balls. "Not a ton, but like a bunch," as the PINS Mechanical Co. Columbus location puts it.

With an array of games and small-ball libations sold daily, this is the place to go to settle any workplace competition. For an after-work Blue Jackets experience unlike any other, enjoy the game from Pins Party Tower. And if your workplace friends show any amount of skill (or not), you all can join a duckpin or pinball league, Monday and Tuesday nights respectively.

Plus you can pick from drafts, cocktails and punches to satisfy everyone’s tastes.  

Location

141 N. 4th St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Hours

Mon.-Fri. Open at 4 p.m.

Sat. - Sun. Open at noon

2. Little Rock Bar

little rock bar exterior
For everyone who needs a little rock in their lives. (Image courtesy of Columbus Underground)

With events like Rock your Cock Off Karaoke Tuesdays (and $3 drafts all night), Everybody’s a Comedian Wednesdays, and DJ Fridays, this place can’t get more rock ‘n’ roll. They’ve also got an extensive amount of beer on tap and in the can, so everyone in the office (who likes to rock, anyway) can have their choice of brewski.

Location

944 N. 4th St.

Columbus, OH 43201

Hours

Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Fri. 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Sat. noon - 2 a.m.

Sun. noon - 12 a.m.

3. Land Grant Brewing Co.

land grant brewery interior
For the freshest beer you can get. (Image courtesy of Land Grant Brewing Co.)

Built out of a dedication to painstakingly crafted beer, powerful design and a devotion to midwestern sports, the Land Grant Brewing Co. is the place to go for seriously fresh and finely crafted beer.

Their taproom is the perfect size for any party; grab a smaller window table, saddle up to the bar or take your entire office, fill up one of their communal areas and watch your favorite team on the flat screen!

Location

424 W. Town St.

Columbus, OH

Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 3:30 -10 p.m.

Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sat. 11:00 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Sun. 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

4. Denmark on High

people inside denmark on high columbus bar
For one of the most original drinking experiences you’ll ever have. (Image courtesy of Short North Arts District)

Their motto: “A cocktail should be an experience.” While this is a list about beer, and Denmark on High does have quite the list of craft beers, we couldn’t leave out such an interesting flavor experience.

With house concoctions such as “Can I Get a Uhh..” (vodka), “The Other Side” (gin), and “Stairway to Nowhere” (whisky), and the “house” itself being a Columbus landmark, lovers of all kinds of drinks (beer included) will be pleased to find themselves here.

Location

463 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Sat. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Closed Sundays

5. Lineage Brewing

people inside lineage brewery
Leave a mark on your coworkers by bringing them to a place that respects the old while reinventing the wheel. (Image courtesy of ohiocraftbeer.org)

The word “lineage” isn’t just a cool company name that someone just picked out in the startup phase of this place--lineage to Lineage Brewery means caring what you came from and contributing to what you leave behind. With this in mind, Lineage Brewing pays homage to the age tradition of craft beer by innovating the process with new flavor combinations that would make their ancestors proud.

So if you’re not just looking for any old canned beer, but something with integrity, Lineage Brewing is going to be the place to go.

Location

2971 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43202

Hours

Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Fri. 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

(They don’t do Mondays)

6. Club 185

club 185 interior
No matter where you come from, you’ll fit right in at this neighborhood bar. (Image courtesy of Columbus Underground)

Club 185 has got a long history, starting in 1954 as the local ‘speakeasy’ and evolving into the neighborhood bar that it is today. From hard hats to hipsters, lawyers to company executives, everyone finds Club 185 to be the perfect place to “tame their hunger and quench their thirst,” as the bar puts it.

Happy Hour is from 4-7, so cut out a little early and come hang out!

Location

185 E. Livingston Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Hours

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (bar til 2:30)

Sat.-Sun. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. (bar til 2:30)

7. Arch City Tavern

crowded arch city tavern interior
Your next favorite Short North after work happy hour is here. (Image courtesy of archcitytavern.com)

It’s the perfect happy hour spot--not only is the beer half price, but so is the stone-baked pizza, select sliders and special appetizers. So slide out of your office and into a booth for some after hours fun! (and don’t worry, the game will be on)

Location

862 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Hours

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

8. The Olde Towne Tavern

olde town tavern interior
Sounds dingy and yucky, right? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to come here, then. (Image courtesy of Breakfast with Nick)

Okay, I’ll be the first to say it--anytime I hear the word “tavern” I think of a dark cave populated by a few barflies, and I just want to steer clear. But the Olde Towne Tavern, located in a neighborhood revitalized by a community of young entrepreneurs, holds in it an air of rustic chic. And it’s menu has been said to be surprisingly engaging, which is not expected in a quick menu read-through.

Show your friends that taverns can be cool, and show up at the corner of Oak and 18th!

Location

889 Oak St.

Columbus, OH 43205

Hours

11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. daily

There’s a place on this list for everyone at work--whether they’re into playing sports (competitively or just plain badly), rocking out or just hanging out in a neighborhood scene. For the lovers of local crafts and the wine moms, here are 8 great places to get your drink on in Columbus.