This post is part 1 of a 7 part series featuring Columbus happy hours. Whether you like to head downtown or to the suburbs, we have you covered. 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 abundant in the Short North Arts District. Stay tuned for future posts in the series as we explore Grandview, Park Street, downtown, the University District at OSU, Easton Town Center and Worthington.

Who doesn’t love a great happy hour? It’s the perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy day, catch up with friends and coworkers, and best of all enjoy tasty drinks and snacks at a fraction of the price. My go to spot is the Short North Arts District . With 20+ restaurants lining High Street, the choices are both diverse and plentiful; the tough part is figuring out exactly where to go. And if you’re anything like me, it’s usually a game time decision based on my mood and my group.

To help make the decision easier, I have compiled a list of some of the Short North’s best happy hour offerings. If you had to pick just one, I would recommend Bodega for its impressive beer selection. They serve 50+ beers on tap, all of which are half-price every weekday from 4-8 p.m. With drafts ranging from $2-$3, I would argue this is one of the best deals in town. It’s also a great excuse to branch out, try something new and maybe even find a new favorite or two.

Bar 23 (614-224-2323) Happy Hour: Daily, 4-9 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off martinis, $2.50 domestics, $6 wine, 1/2 off appetizers (4-6 p.m.)

Barley's Brewing Company Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m. Specials: $3 select pints, $3.50 imperial pints (20 oz.), $12 pitchers, $3 bottled beers

Basil Thai Restaurant Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat., 4-7 p.m. Specials: $3.95 wine and small plates, 1/2 off beer

Bernards Tavern Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off beer, well drinks and select appetizers, $1 off wine; Mon., $1 tacos, $10 margarita pitchers

Bodega Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off drafts, $2 well drinks, $3 wines; Mon., $1 grilled cheese

Burgundy Room Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m. Specials: $2 beer, $4 martinis, $5 wine, $14 sangria pitchers, $6 tapas (after 5 p.m.)

Eleven Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Specials: $4 drinks and small plates

Hyde Park Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6:30 p.m., at the bar Specials: $4 martinis, $5 small plates

La Fogata Happy Hour: Mon.-Thur., 3-6 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off appetizers, drafts and margaritas

Level Dining Lounge Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. Specials: $2 domestic bottles, $3 well drinks

Marcella's Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m., in the bar area Specials: 1/2 off select food and drink

Martini Modern Italian Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off appetizers, $4 martinis

Mojoe Lounge Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off drafts, $1.50 select bottled beer, $5 mojitos, $4 7" one-item pizzas

Mozaik Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-8 p.m. Specials: 1/2 off select drinks and small plates

Skully's Happy Hour: Daily, 4-8 p.m. Specials: 1/2 drafts, $1.50 domestic bottles and well drinks

Sushi Rock Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m. Specials: $2-$3 beer, $4 wine, martinis, and select appetizers and maki rolls; Wed., 1/2 off select sushi (5-10 p.m.)

I'm sure there are more to add. So if you know of other happy hour specials you’d like to share, please add them in the comments.