This is not a guide for those who only eat on white table cloths. I cannot guarantee that you’ll find a five star restaurant from this post. If you’re looking for a romantic hotspot you’re reading the wrong article.

This is for those of us that like true hole-in-the-wall establishments.


A Guide to Columbus’ Bars and Restaurants With Character

1. In the Arena District Betty’s Bar 435 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus What to order: Betty’s Burger, homemade potato chips Why: The owner, Shorty, is a great gal. She’ll greet you as “Sweet pea”, ask you “how’s your grease?” and when you leave tell you “be good or don’t get caught!” Don’t just show up, though, the hours are irregular: check their Facebook page to see when she feels like opening.

2. In the Short North Arts District Mike’s Grill 724 North High Street, Columbus What to order: a cold beer Why: This tiny hole in the wall is home to can beers, a good jam-box, and a pretty cool back-patio.

3. In the University District Too’s 1880 North High Street, Columbus What to order: a Tsunami Shot (you might get wet). Why: Too’s is a hangout for college students; it’s in a dingy basement with high-energy music and great drinks.

4. In Old Beechwold Bob’s Bar 4961 North High Street, Columbus What to order: a craft beer Why: this place has a very good beer selection, darts and a pool table. When it comes to neighborhood bars this place is the tops.

5. In Grandview Heights Meister’s Bar 1168 Chambers Road, Columbus What to order: pizza Why: This bar is tucked in an out-of-the way neighborhood. There are pool tables, a really good jam-box, and a great crowd. Meister’s is a good choice for a fun night out with friends in a relaxed atmosphere.