When it comes to essential cocktail bars, Columbus has some of the best and most renowned spots in the state. It's also home to a few newer drinking destinations that have been making waves in recent years.
Here now, are the most important cocktail bars in Columbus. Use this as a guide for when you're trying to host out-of-town guests, impress dates or just looking for an exceptional drink around town.
Antiques on High is located on South High Street in the brewery district of Columbus, Ohio. As the sister brewery to Seventh Son Brewing, AoH focuses on the production of sour and wild beers as well as hazy hop-forward IPAs and pale ales. Along with the AoH beers there are several wines and craft cocktails offered on draft.
We recommend the Chesterfield: bonded rye whiskey, benedictine, dry orange curacao, stone fort brown syrup
Watershed Distillery was built to make exceptional spirits. Firmly rooted in the belief that success doesn’t happen overnight and certainly not by chance, Watershed seeks to create and celebrate change within the community and beyond. Watershed was founded in 2010 by Columbus natives Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo.
We recommend the Vow of Silence: watershed vodka, vanilla syrup, lemon, green chartreuse, egg whites
Barrel Spirits On High is a whiskey bar that gives the people of Columbus what they want. Their menu is all over the board, with something to please all palates. Whiskey may be thought of as their bread and butter, but their bartenders stir, shake, and pour some very cool and old school hand-crafted cocktails.
We recommend The Barrel Mule: buckeye vodka or jim beam, crabbies ginger beer, angostura bitters, lime
The Goat is a lively social space dedicated to bringing people together. With a community-inspired menu, crafted cocktails, a wide range of local bourbons & brews, live music performances and community events, there’s always something new to discover.
We recommend the Black Walnut Old Fashioned: old forester bourbon, demerara syrup, black walnut bitters, orange express
Owned by Jonathan Klingler and Nate Feeney, Mouton has enjoyed being one of the best bars in the Short North for nearly a decade. It’s a place to delight in the company of the people you’re with as you sip on a tasty libation, interesting wine or maybe even a snack. They even showcase the work of local artists within the space.
We recommend the Classic Old Fashioned: old forester 100, angostura bitters, orange bitters, lemon peel, sugar
The Light of the Seven Matchsticks, quietly located beneath Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, features plush velvet seating, a classic bar, and warm light. You can almost hear the soft whispers of Prohibition-era Columbus and the rich history of the location and the people who have come before. The house drink menu asks you to take a bold dive into the exciting and upcoming world of craft cocktails, stirred and shaken with premium house-made ingredients and an adventurous spirit.
We recommend the Familiar Parts of Unfamiliar Plants: fennel pollen and cinnamon infused plantation aged rum, benedictine, suze, jager manifest