Drinks and tapas at Barrio

Photo: Barrio

This post is part four of a seven part series featuring Columbus happy hours . Check back each week as Experience Columbus staff spotlight their favorite areas of Columbus to meet friends, share a drink and have some fun.

In this post, Kelly explores the happy hour specials downtown. You can also check out options in the Short North Arts District , Grandview , or Park Street . Stay tuned for future posts in the series, where we'll feature the University District at OSU, Easton Town Center and Worthington.

Downtown Columbus restaurants are known for many different things - some are trendy and upscale, while others are more laid back and casual. Whatever atmosphere you choose, you’re also sure to find great happy hour deals. Whether it’s half-price drinks, specially priced bar menus or daily food specials, you can’t go wrong.

One of my favorite happy hours is at Barrio Tapas Lounge, especially for their 2-for-1 Tapas Tuesdays. Every Tuesday tapas are buy-one-get-one-free, all day. Create a new combination each week and never get bored, or stick with your trusty favorites (I recommend the Fried Potatos and Crab and Almond Empanadas). Pair your tapas with a half-price pitcher of sangria, and you’re in for a good night at a great price.

Check out more details and other downtown options:

Barrio Tapas Restaurant Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off Modelo, Red Stripe, wine, and sangria and margarita pitchers; 2-for-1 Tapas Tuesdays (all day); Empanada Wednesdays, 8 for $12 (all day); Taco Thursdays, $2 tacos (all day)

Due Amici Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: 2-for-1 specials on bar menu & pizzas; Mon., 1/2 off bottles of wine & champagne all night

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m. Specials: $2.50 handcrafted pints

Flatiron Bar & Diner Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: $2 well drinks & domestic bottles, $3.50 drafts, $5 specialty martinis, $5 bar menu

M Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., at the bar Specials: $5 martinis & wine; Fri., 1/2 off sushi (5-7 p.m.)

Michael O’Toole’s Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: $1 off short drafts, $1 off select wines, discounted appetizers

Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4- p.mm. Specials: $1 PBR, $2 Straub drafts, $3 Ohio-brewed drafts

Yellow Brick Pizza Happy Hour: Tue.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: ½ off all drafts, $1 PBR cans, $1 off bottles all day Saturday

Any downtown favorites that I missed? Let me know in the comments—I’d love to add them to my must-try list.