South Campus Gateway

South Campus Gateway Photo: Randall Lee Schieber


This post is part five 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, Meg explores the happy hour specials near The Ohio State University. You can also check out options in the Short North Arts District , Grandview , Park Street and downtown . Stay tuned for future posts in the series, where we’ll feature Easton Town Center and Worthington.

While attending The Ohio State University, I learned a lot. One of the areas in which I gained extensive knowledge is the catalog of campus bars and their respective happy hours. After my research on the subject, I’m delighted to share my findings.

From the new additions, to the ones that changed ownership, to the oldies-but-goodies that will continue to be a campus landmark, the University District offers a plethora of happy hour options that should not be limited to the student population.

My personal recommendation is to head to South Campus Gateway where you can enjoy a number of places, including Eddie George’s Grille 27, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon and Gooeyz “Hideout."

Trust me. You’re bound to experience a joyous hour or two at one of these great places:

Bernie’s Distillery Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat., open-9 p.m. Specials: select $1 12 oz. drafts and $5 pitchers, $1.50 on select well drinks

Bier Stube Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m. Specials: $1 wells, and 50¢ bottled beer, $5 Bud Light, Bud and Miller Light pitchers, $5.50 Molson, Amber Bock and Killians pitchers (pitcher specials offered Daily 3-9 p.m.)

The Big Bar & Grill (formerly Panini’s) Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4-9 p.m. Specials: $2 drafts, $2 wells, ½ appetizers

Eddie George’s Grille 27 Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Specials: $2.25 beer of the month, $10 domestic buckets, $2 glasses of wine, $2 well drinks

Gooeyz “The Hideout” Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4-9 p.m. Specials: 5 domestic bottles for $10, $3 grape and cherry bombs, $2 wells, $1 Natural Light drafts, $5 Bud Light pitchers, $2 UV Signature shots

The Library Happy Hour: Daily, 3-9 p.m. (opens at 7 p.m. on Sunday) Specials: $1 house liquor, beer specials change daily

The Little Bar Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-9 p.m., All Day Sunday 11 a.m -2 a.m. Specials: $2 drafts, wells and domestic bottles, additional daily specials

Mad Mex Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.; Mucho Mad Monday 4-10 p.m. Specials: ½ off all drafts and wings; Mucho Mad Monday: $5 all you can eat burritos, $5 Big Azz Margaritas

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3-8 p.m. Specials: $2 wells and domestic drafts, $3 wines, ½ price wings

The O Patio and Pub (formerly Four Kegs) Happy Hour: Daily, 3-9 p.m. Specials: $1.50 domestic bottles, $2 wells, additional daily specials

out-r-inn Happy Hour: Daily, 3-8 p.m. Specials: $1.50 domestics and well drinks, $1 mug refills Sunday and Monday nights

Scarlet & Grey Café Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 2-8 p.m. Specials: $1 Miller and Coors Light drafts, $3 Miller and Coors Light pitchers, $2 wells, $1.50 domestic bottles

Sloopy’s Bar & Grill (formerly Miani’s) 614-263-1222 Happy Hour: Thurs.-Sat., 7-9 p.m. Specials: $1 You call it

Sloppy Donkey Sports Saloon (formerly Larry’s) Happy Hour: Daily, 3-10 p.m. Specials: $1 Bud Light bottles, $1 wells, $3 frozen margaritas, $1 tacos, ½ off appetizers

The Thirsty Scholar Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Specials: $1.75 domestic bottles, $1.25 domestic pints, $2 wells

Tipsy Bar and Grill (formerly The Nuthouse) Happy Hour: Tues.-Sat. 3-7 p.m. Specials: $1.50 domestic drafts, $5 pitchers, ½ off appetizers

Too’s Spirits Under High Happy Hour: Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 7-9 p.m. Specials: $4 pitchers and $.30 wings (Friday), $1 you call its (Saturday)