There’s nothing quite like a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day.
The first archaeological evidence of wine is dated to 7,000 BCE in China. Clearly, we’re fans. Wine really is the perfect beverage. Not only does it taste great, but it’s also usually the start of a very good time and when consumed in moderation, is reported to have some amazing health benefits. Not that you need any convincing.
Here are the best places in Columbus where you can grab a glass, or a bottle (we’re not judging) of your favorite wine.
Wine on High is a retail wine shop, bar, and private event space in the heart of the Short North. The shop hosts fun events including 20 for $20 tastings and collaborative community events. The bar has wine by the glass or flight, as well as draft beer and cocktails. Wine on High’s weekly specials includes Happy Hour from 12-6, Monday through Friday, as well as $4 Mimosas all day Sunday!
Location & Hours: 789 N High St. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Looking for a variety of options? Tastings has over 200 wines in stock and the entire selection is available by the taste, glass, or by the bottle. Talk about my perfect Friday night! The food menu at Tastings isn’t too shabby either, offering everything from cheese plates to seafood entrees.
Location & Hours: 958 North High St. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.
House Wine is a great place to grab a glass of wine. With locations in both Worthington and Bexley, they’re the perfect post-work meet up. Both locations offer Wine Club and special events and tastings, which you can enjoy whether you’re a wine newbie or an aficionado.
Location & Hours: 644 High Street in Worthington and 2262 E Main Street in Bexley. Open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Bexley) and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Shop for a bottle you like and have the bistro pop the cork or just order a glass. The Wine Bistro has 3 locations around Columbus, all of which offer a wide selection of wine. There are intimate seating options perfect for date night or communal tables where the whole gang can gather.
Location & Hours: Hours vary by location. Click here for more info.
Meza Wine Shop is the cutest little wine heaven! Located in downtown Westerville, the shop has over 600 wine labels (wowza) from around the world in “every price range and for every occasion.” The bar hosts weekly tastings on Fridays and fun events like Sip & Sketch and Ladies Nights.
Location & Hours: 48 N State St. (Westerville) Open Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy amazing food and wine at The Osteria! The bar has a variety of wine selections, which you can purchase by glass or bottle, as well as flights and tasting options. Plus, when the weather is nice, they have an amazing patio!
Location & Hours: 901 Oak St. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday.
Obviously, this isn’t just a wine bar. The Refectory is one of the most award-winning restaurants in Columbus. They also happen to have one of the most amazing wine cellars, with over 600 labels to chose from. The restaurant frequently hosts wine events, where the sommelier presents a variety of wine tastings featuring different winemakers and themes. Usually, these events include light hors d’oeuvres perfectly paired and prepared by Chef Blondin.
Location & Hours: 1092 Bethel Rd. Open Monday-Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
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