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Top 25 places to drink in Columbus



Yelp’s Top 25 Places to drink is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Rambling House Soda Pop tucked away in Sohud. From the fanciest mixed drinks to the best boba — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to drink in Columbus.

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Topping this year’s best places to drink list is Cafe de Nook, a little Parisian-style coffee shop that Yelpers say is a hidden gem. Located within a big historic building downtown, Cafe de Nook serves up delicious seasonal drinks and some of the best coffee in town.

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

  1. Cafe de Nook (Downtown Columbus)

What they’re known for: delicious specialty coffee drinks and great atmosphere

Yelpers say: “Definitely charming, probably the closest feeling I would get to being in PARIS!” –Venus O.

  1. Brother’s Drake Meadery (Short North/University District)

What they’re known for: locally-made mead with locally-sourced ingredients

Yelpers say: “Real, honest focus on local community, local products, local friends and local stories!” –Kyle James H.

  1. Upper Cup Coffee (Olde Towne East)

What they’re known for: great coffee, great service, and great vibes

Yelpers say: “Walking through the door I knew this place was special from the wall art and decor, the music playing, and the selection of whole beans.” –Michael J.

  1. Comune (Schumacher Place)

What they’re known for: great drinks and excellent vegetarian food

Yelpers say: “The bartender had a thorough process and you could tell he cared about each individual drink he crafted.  The food had a certain depth to it that many restaurants claim but few are able to achieve.” –Jay B.

  1. Fox in the Snow Cafe (Schumacher Place)

What they’re known for: Real coffee drinks without frilly flavorings, awesome pastries, great breakfast sandwiches

Yelpers say: “Wonderfully crafted espresso drinks coupled with to-die-for pastries and Columbus’s best breakfast sandwich combine to make their two locations very hard to avoid.” –Edward P.

  1. Parsons North Brewing Company (Schumacher Place)

What they’re known for: Awesome dog-friendly outdoor seating and amazing selection of beers (even dark beer!)

Yelpers say: “Very underrated spot in an upcoming area of town. Awesome beer selection and even better service.” –Steven S.

  1. Rambling House Soda Pop (University District/SoHud)

What they’re known for: House made sodas and live bluegrass and jazz music

Yelpers say: “After living in Nashville we missed the bit of home that this place offered up through its honky tonk stage, cask bar top tables, small but robust bar, live music, pool tables, friendly faces and real good music. ” –Meena K.

  1. The Alibi Bourbon and Cocktail Lounge (Short North)

What they’re known for: Creative cocktails and a wide selection of bourbon

Yelpers say: “The Alibi has the BEST cocktails in the city. I am so impressed with every cocktail that I order. The innovation, creativity, and flavor just astounds me. ” –Hanna N.

  1. Coffee Connections of Hilliard (Hilliard)

What they’re known for: Cozy atmosphere and fresh, locally roasted coffee

Yelpers say: “Fantastic place with fantastic owners and staff!! They are very supportive of the local community, and, oh yeah, the coffee is great too!!” –Justin K.

  1. Pretentious Barrel House (Taylor Ave.)

What they’re known for: Sour beers, friendly, knowledgeable staff, and artistic decor

Yelpers say: “Best brewery in Columbus. 8-10 varied beers on tap everyday. You may not like sours, but you will like these. !” –Nate M.

11. Bottoms Up Coffee (Franklinton)

12. Grandview Grind (Grandview Heights)

13. Land Grant Brewing Company (Franklinton)

14. One Line Coffee (Short North)

15. 16-Bit Bar + Arcade (Downtown)

16. North High Brewing Company (Short North/University District)

17. Arch City Tavern (Short North/Italian Village)

18. Winans Chocolates + Coffees (German Village)

19. The Brewed Leaf (Bethel Rd)

20. Service Bar (Short North/University District)

21. Seventh Son Brewing (Italian Village)

22. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Downtown)

23. The Dublin Village Tavern (Dublin)

24. Wine on High (Short North)

25. The Bottle Shop (University District)

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Drink in the Columbus area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the coffee & tea, cideries, bubble tea, brewpubs, breweries, beer, wine & spirits, meaderies, kombucha, juice bars & smoothies, tea rooms, wineries, bars, beer gardens, coffee shops, beer hall, wine tasting rooms, and  distilleries category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Columbus area.  All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 1, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 1, 2022.

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