Football season is officially underway! If anyone knows how to experience football season to the fullest, it’s Ohio State fans. While there’s nothing quite like seeing the game in front of your eyes at the Shoe, there’s something exciting about cheering on the Buckeyes during away games with fellow fans — and plenty of beer and bar bites to go around.
From suburban sports bars to lively pubs nestled in the heart of the city, there are so many places to watch the game. Be a part of the excitement and camaraderie by cheering on the Buckeyes at these exceptional sports bars in Columbus.
Location: 945 King Avenue
Located just south of the Ohio State campus, King Avenue Five is a popular destination for lunch, dinner or drinks, including 10 beers on tap. The setup is designed for the ultimate sports experience, including six HDTV projection screens and 22 high-def flat screens around the bar!
Location: 2941 North High Street
It’s always a party at Old Skool, a vibrant bar just north of the University District. The industrial interior features plenty of high-res TVs and garage doors opening to a covered outdoor patio. All season long, enjoy drink specials, including $3 drafts and $2 sliders on Saturdays and $4 Great Lakes Brewing Company Pils and $2 sliders on Sundays.
Location: 26 North High Street
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Nestled in the heart of downtown, Olivers is a hip industrial eatery with an exceptional menu and a full bar. This central hotspot is known for their live blues shows every Friday and Saturday night and weekday happy hour from 3–7 p.m. With its full bar and delicious pub grub, Olivers is a great place to be during Buckeyes games.
Location: 775 Yard Street
This modern restaurant was founded by the Heisman Trophy-winning Ohio State football star Eddie George, so it is naturally an exceptional place to watch the Buckeyes. The award-winning menu and beverage program completes the experience at this hotspot not far from the South Campus Gateway.
Location: 401 North Front Street #150
This Irish-American tavern always has something going on — including live music, darts, pub trivia, rugby, soccer and just about any sporting event. With over 15 televisions and two giant projection screens, you won’t miss a single play of the Buckeyes game at Three-Legged Mare!
Location: 780 North High Street
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This trendy and vibrant pint house is situated in the heart of the action in the Short North Arts District. The modern industrial interior (with an open roof!) provides the ideal environment for a relaxed brunch or an exciting Buckeyes game. Short North Pint House offers tasty bar bites and an impressive selection of craft beers.
Location: 1480 Bethel Road
Coaches is the place to be during any major sporting event, especially Buckeyes games. This neighborhood hotspot has over 50 TVs, good pub food and a spacious patio. Coaches offers a number of specials throughout the week, including $4 long islands, $5 craft beers, $3 Fireball shots and more.
Location: 20 Frambes Avenue
Out-R-Inn is undeniably one of the most beloved bars for Ohio State fans. In fact, this mainstay has been voted one of the college bars in the country for its pre-game festivities and abundance of drink specials. The distinguishing factor of Out-R-Inn is its unbeatable atmosphere and energy, which keeps patrons (and alumni!) coming back again and again. When the weather is nice, relax on the spacious outdoor patio with picnic tables, TVs and cornhole, or retreat inside to play pool and darts when the weather cools. During big games in the fall and winter, the patio will often be open and equipped with space heaters.
Location: 278 West Lane Avenue
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Located just steps from the Horseshoe, the Varsity Club is a staple for Ohio State fans. This old school pub dates back to 1959 and still offers one of the best game day atmospheres for fans, plus one of the largest tailgate parties in the city. The cozy, wood-clad interior is accompanied by a large outdoor space in the back, where all the tailgating fun takes place!
Location: 1516 North High Street
Chumley’s is another popular destination for Ohio State students for its proximity to campus, abundance of drink specials and lively atmosphere. This relatively new addition to the local sports bar scene has plenty of room to roam and large high-res TV screens in every direction. On game day, Chumley’s will typically open early in the morning (sometimes as early as 7 a.m.!) for the ultimate pre-game experience.
Location: 2195 North High Street
The Little Bar is another favorite amongst Ohio State students, but on game day, you’ll find a mix of all ages. As can be implied from the name, the inside of The Little Bar is pretty small, but there is a spacious outdoor area with a giant projector playing the game. Plus, you’ll find 16 flat-screen TVs throughout The Little Bar, which means you won’t miss a play! Don’t miss Tiny Gate, considered one of the best tailgate parties in the city.
Where are you watching the big game? We’d love to know your favorite local sports bar! Let us know in the comments below.