Gastropubs ride the beautiful area in between a bar and a fine dining establishment, and for that we love them.
The best thing you can do for a tall frosty pint or a cheek warming tumbler of scotch is pair them with a nice hot steak or pair of hand battered cod and fries. Delicious eats and fine drink have gone together since before man realized the Earth wasn’t flat (some of us still do and those people deserve no scotch, no sir, none at all).
But the Gastropub is more than just a place to eat and drink, it’s sacred communal ground, where you can catch the latest news from your neighbors over an evenings meal. You can wind down from the day with dinner and have a few drinks after just to smooth away all the corners.
We’ve gathered the 11 best gastropubs from around the city, perfect for dining with co-workers after a tough day at the office or a solo night out for a satisfying meal. Check them out next time you have a chance and see exactly why they serve up a killer bite and a pint.
Arch City wears their hometown pride on their sleeve, borrowing their name from an old turn of the century pseudonym for Columbus. They sport a huge variety of craft beers and local spirits with some very yummy (very affordable) food options.
Where: 862 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
More than just a Pizzeria, Harvest Bar and Kitchen offers a ton of different food options, all made using local farm fresh ingredients. You can really taste the difference in their pizzas and plates as a personal level of care and detail goes into each meal.
Where: 495 S. 4th St. Columbus, OH 43206, 2885 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43202, and 45. N. High St. Dublin, OH 43017
Barley’s takes their beers just as seriously as their food, brewing up original crafts from traditional ingredients. Be sure to try their Clevelander, a burger stacked with perogies and kielbasa sausage. Hey, don’t knock it until you try it, it’s actually pretty moan inducing.
Where: 467 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Serving 40 different beers, this gastropub gears its food toward more rustic and natural cuisine. With a menu just as crafty as its beers, Crafty’s look and feel is that of the quintessential neighborhood gastropub.
Where: 2234 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43085
Rockmill offers a very satisfying brunch and dinner menu, as well as Belgian beers crafted in their own brewery in Lancaster, Ohio. Be sure to dig on their Tavern Burger, a delicious sammie topped with bacon jam, dijonnaise, pickled onion, and extra sharp Tillamook cheddar.
Where: 503 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
This gastropub sports 60 different craft bottles and cans and over 20 different drafts. What’s more is their modern take on pub foods and entrees like their Pimento Cheese Pizza of their Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with garlic smashed redskin potatoes, creamed collard greens, cornbread, and honey hot sauce.
Where: 940 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43206
The Sycamore has a distinct neighborhood bar feel but its food is far more than that. You’ll feel right at home in its German Village setting as you enjoy an evening pint or a supper that you won’t soon forget. They perfectly balance the idea of the casual tavern with upscale fine food and eating.
Where: 262 E Sycamore St, Columbus, OH 43206
The Crest technically has two locations but each restaurant is far different from the other, with a different menu of food and beverage options. What they have in common, though, is an appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, and warm, approachable atmosphere.
Where: 2855 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43201 and 621 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43206
Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Prohibition Gastrolounge. Upstairs is their sports bar area, where you can kick up your feet and enjoy a beer while you watch the game. Downstairs in their martini lounge is where the real party begins, a shout out to the vintage speakeasies during the prohibition era.
Where: 21 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065
Matt the Miller’s aims for an upscale tavern atmosphere, with a diverse menu of fresh foods at every location. With everything prepared fresh and from scratch, it’s hard not to be satisfied with each meal.
Where: 1400 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, 6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr, Dublin, OH 43016, and 1436 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240
This pub wears a fresh, modern, sleek ambiance that they back up with a fantastic menu of food and cocktails. The Pearl is the pride and joy of the Short North foodie scene and a fantastic place to stop in for a drink after work. The Pearl is perfect for a weekday dinner or for preparing for a night out on the town.
Where: 641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215