Are you ready to elevate your after work evenings in downtown Columbus? Whether you're a local winding down your workday or a visitor looking for a perfect spot to meet up with friends, the city's vibrant happy hour scene has you covered. From craft breweries to rooftop bars, downtown Columbus boasts an array of enticing options to explore. 

Here are 20+ happy hours to try in downtown Columbus.


Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Not only is Wolf’s Ridge Brewing one of the city’s top-rated restaurants, it’s also one of our best breweries! You get to enjoy the best of both at its taproom and main dining room.


Wolf's Ridge Brewing Flight

Beer flight from Wolf's Ridge Brewing.

In the restaurant…

  • When: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
  • The deal: $7 bartender’s choice classic cocktails, $8 house wine, $8 shishito giardiniera and fried smelts, $10 Persian tomato salad

In the taproom…

  • When: Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $1 off drafts, $2 off BYO flights, $2 off big pretzels and wings


Goodale Station

Located on the twelfth floor of the Canopy By Hilton, Goodale Station offers beautiful views of the city as a backdrop to drinks, dinner, or weekend brunch.


Goodale Station Happy Hour Collage

Cocktails and small plates at Goodale Station


  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: Discounted small plates, $9 cocktails, $3 bottles/cans, $5 drafts, $6 wines


Rishi Sushi Kitchen & Bar

There are plenty of reasons to love Rishi: artfully prepared sushi, big bowls of ramen or noodles, a curated selection of sake. Its happy hour is icing on the cake.

  • When: Monday-Thursday, 5-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $6-8 specialty cocktails; buy two get one free sushi (Mondays); BOGO starters (Tuesday); half off bottles of wine (Wednesday), half off bottles of sake (Thursday)


The Keep

The Keep is the in-house bar and restaurant of the Art Deco LeVeque Tower, Columbus’ first skyscraper built in 1924!


A cocktail in a rocks glass from The Keep

A cocktail at The Keep


  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: Discounts on selection libations


Little West Tavern at The Junto

Little West Tavern is the ground-floor eatery of the new Junto Hotel. It’s built around a cozy open-hearth kitchen and offers hearty fare to hotel guests and visitors.


The bar area and happy hour offerings at Little West Tavern

Happy hour offerings from Little West Tavern


  • When: “Easy hours” 4-6 p.m. daily
  • The deal: $8 crunchy wings, queso fundido, and poutine; $8 Punchy and From Tx with Love; $7 Pony + Whiskey or tequila shots; $5 local drafts


El Camino Inn

The recently reopened El Camino Inn invites you to their weekly happy hour specials.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $7 margaritas, $4 Palomas, $2 beers and El Toro shots, $10 tortilla chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole



Slammer’s is a beloved downtown, LGBTQIA+ bar that’s been welcoming the community for more than 30 years.


Woman eating Columbus-Style Pizza at Slammers in Columbus

The patio at Slammer's


  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $5 shareables, $4 well shots, $3 domestic pints, $1 off signature cocktails


Little Palace

Little Palace is another beloved hangout with a retro vibe, serving an eclectic mix of sub sandwiches, pizzas, stromboli, gyros, and specialties like loco moco and poutine.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
  • The deal: $3 drafts and well cocktails, $2 domestic beers, $2 off wines by the glass



Sidebar is a cozy spot on East Main Street that offers vintage cocktails and Latin-inspired small plates.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $8-10 tapas, $15 pizzas, $ beers, $8.50 wines, $9 cocktails, $4 desserts


Pat and Gracie’s

This Clintonville-area, LGBTQIA-owned pub recently opened a location in the Lazarus building downtown!

  • When: All day Monday + Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.
  • The deal: Specials on appetizers; half-off draft beer; $3 off select cocktails; $2 off bottled beer, liquor, and wines.


Hadley’s Bar & Kitchen

Hadley’s is a delightful outpost on South Fourth Street, with dinner, drinks, and brunch.

  • When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
  • The deal: $5 draft beer, select spirits, and wine pours; $6 appetizers


The Woodbury

The Woodbury is a modern diner offering a delightfully eclectic menu.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
  • The deal: Half off drafts; $6 Proverb wines; $4 wells; $5 nachos and crab rangoon dip; $6 pork belly tacos and Wings Your Way


Parable After Dark

Parable After Dark is the late-night cocktail pop-up at Parable Coffee. They serve drinks from 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays to Sundays.


A flaming cocktail from Parable After Dark

A flaming cocktail from Parable After Dark
  • When: Thursday-Sunday, 3-7 p.m.
  • The deal: Discounted cocktails for downtown and service industry friends


The Citizens Trust

One of downtown’s most beautiful bars, The Citizens Trust is located in an old bank lobby above Veritas restaurant.

  • When: Wednesday-Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
  • The deal: $8 classic cocktails, $4 beers, $5 gin and tonics, $8 glasses of wine


Downtown Tavern

The newer Downtown Tavern boasts the “best, never-ending happy hour.” They offer great deals on drinks whenever they’re open!

  • When: All day, every day
  • The deal: $6 martinis, mules, and mojitos; $5 classic cocktails and wines by the glass; $3 shots; $15 mimosa kits; deals on buckets of domestic beers and seltzers; 4 for $12 house pudding shots; much more!


Stories on High

The 28th-floor restaurant on the new Hilton Tower just introduced the following:


Stories on High Rooftop Lounge


  • When: 4-6 p.m. daily
  • The deal: $9 small plates and cocktails, $7 wines and house spirits, $5 beers


Milestone 229

It’s really hard to beat the views at Milestone 229, overlooking the riverfront and the Scioto Mile!


Milestone 229 Food Shot

A full spread from Milestone 229


  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. at the bar
  • The deal: $9 specialty cocktails and small plates, $5 draft beers


Buckeye Bourbon House

Buckeye Bourbon House is nestled in the lobby of the Residence Inn downtown. In addition to small pates and dinners, they boast one of the city’s biggest whiskey lists.

  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $7 signature cocktails, Manhattans, and Old Fashioneds; $6 wines; $3 domestics; half off select starters


Due Amici

Due Amici is a long-running favorite on Gay Street for Old World Italian fare and excellent wines in a beautiful space.

  • When: Monday-Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m.
  • The deal: Half off small plates, pizzas, wines by the glass, beer, and Moscow mules


Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Elevator’s beautiful historic digs downtown have long made it a popular spot for beer, cocktails, and excellent dinners.


Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

The bar area at Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
  • When: Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
  • The deal: $2 off appetizers, draft beer, wine by the glass and bottle, liquor, cocktails


PINS Mechanical Co.

PINS is the ultimate hangout, a full bar with duckpin bowling, pinball machines, yard games, and more fun.

  • When: Monday-Friday until 7 p.m.
  • The deal: $2 off specialty cocktails, draft beer, and wine


Bar Cicchetti

The house bar and restaurant for the Westin Great Southern Hotel is operated by internationally known chef Fabio Viviani.


Cocktail from bar cicchetti

A cocktail from Bar Cicchetti


  • When: Monday-Friday, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • The deal: Half off appetizers, glasses of wine, house cocktails, beer


The Goat

The Goat is the in-house eatery for LC RiverSouth. They open early for coffee and breakfast, and stay open late!

  • When: Monday-Friday 3 - 7 p.m.
  • The deal: $6-8 cocktails, $5 beers and seltzers, $5 house wines


Aracri Pizzeria

Aracri is a go-to spot for giant slices of pizza, subs, pastas, and calzones.

  • When: Tuesday-Friday, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • The deal: $5 drafts and glasses of wine; $2.50 bottled beers; $8 all apps


Market 65

While Market 65 is known for its build-your-own lunch salads, they offer a select happy hour and special evening hours when Broadway shows visit the Ohio Theatre!

  • When: Thursday, 4-6 p.m.
  • The deal: Flatbreads, beers, and wines by the glass