Columbus’ culinary scene is one of the most diverse and innovative in the country. In our artsy city, you can find everything from trendy cocktail bars to famous ice cream shops that guarantee to have some of the best fare for miles.
So you can enjoy Columbus’ constantly expanding culinary horizon without breaking the bank — we rounded up some of our favorite happy hour deals around the area! Ranging from half-priced cocktails to discounted pizza flights, you’ll definitely find something on this list to enjoy!
862 Nort High Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Arch City Tavern
Named after the famous arches sprinkled throughout Columbus’ High Street at the turn of the century, Arch City Tavern is a neighborhood gastropub with a fine selection of burgers, sandwiches, craft beers and cocktails. Enjoy their classic atmosphere during their happy hour, where you can get half off of all drafts, wines by the glass and their delicious pizzas along with a plethora of other fantastic specials. For an even greater deal, stop by on Mondays for their five dollar burger special all day.
584 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Everyday, 4-9 p.m.
Bar 23 is a bar and lounge centered on the east side of North High Street in the Short North District. While you can almost always find a game on one of their large flat screen TVs, they don’t consider themselves to be exclusively a sports bar. On the weekends, enjoy a more lounge atmosphere, with larger crowds and a DJ. Their weekday happy hour consists of half-priced appetizers along with their daily special of half-priced martinis from four to nine p.m.
1044 High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.
Bodega encourages you to come for the beer and stay for the food — and we couldn’t agree more. They offer over 200 beers, 47 of them on tap, along with a fresh and inventive American pub-style menu. In addition to their daily specials, they offer half-priced draughts during their weekly happy hour. Be sure to stop in for their “$1 Grilled Cheese Monday” or their “$3 Gourmet Taco Tuesday” — which just may be the best thing ever.
987 North 4th Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Cosecha Cocina
Located in Italian Village, Cosecha Cocina is a local favorite for their refreshing margaritas and delicious Mexican-inspired street food. Their menu includes traditional bites like tamales, tostadas, tacos and enchiladas — all with an innovative twist. Visit them during their happy hour during the week for $5 margaritas and $3 tacos along with $2 chips and salsas, Pacifico, and Negro Modello!
65 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m.
Dui Amici is located in a renovated, historic building in downtown Columbus and has been serving some of the best Italian fare in the area since opening in 2003. Their menu features classic Italian dishes along with some modern and creative twists on lunch, brunch and dinner items. During their happy hour, you can try their pizzas, appetizers, beers, wine and mules in the bar and cocktail area — all for half of their usual prices.
335 West 3rd Avenue | Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
This neighborhood spot is nestled in Victorian Village. Whether you’re looking for a spot to catch up with some friends or a place to catch the game, Harrison’s on Third offers something for everyone. Stop by during their happy hour for a plethora of reasonably priced options, including discounted draft and craft beers, half-off all bottles of wine, $3 pizzas, $6.99 appetizers, and more!
595 South 3rd Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.
G. Michael’s Bistro and Bar offers a menu full of locally sourced, seasonal food to give their patrons a unique and high-quality dining experience. Every innovative dish is inspired by the South’s “low-country” flair — the perfect compliment to their relaxed-upscale atmosphere. Visit them during happy hour for $6 craft cocktails, $3 select draught beers, $5 wine pours and $8 small plates!
624 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.
With one of the most artistic and delicious menus around, The Guild House may just be Columbus’ best-kept secret. They offer creative American cuisine that is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and use as many locally grown ingredients as possible. The fantastic deals during their happy hour include half-price featured wines, cocktails and beers along with items from the “Raw”, “Market” and “Appetizer” menu sections.
2971 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
This sleek and chic neighborhood brewpub is located in an old car wash that has been transformed into a modern space with a friendly atmosphere. The brewers are constantly on a quest to create the perfect pint, so you’re in for some innovative and creative brews when you visit. Plus, this brewery is dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along for the ride. Their happy hour includes deals like $1 off draft beers, wine, cider, cocktails and shareable appetizers.
693 North High Street | Sunday-Friday, 3-8 p.m.
Since 1988, Mac’s has been a Short North Arts District favorite, where people love to gather and unwind after exploring the neighborhood. Their menu is full of tasty, Scottish-inspired dishes, from Scotch eggs and Cornish pastries to Guinness stew and bangers and mash. Head over after a long day and enjoy their happy hour menu that features $3.50 drafts and half off appetizers, bottles of wine and much more!
1195 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
With locations in Brooklyn, Chicago, Baltimore and Columbus — Paulie Gees taking the country by storm. This critically acclaimed pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style pies made in a wood-burning oven, along with local beers and wine. During happy hour, you can get their signature and vegan pizzas for $10 and their famous pizza flights for only $20. After you’ve had your pizza fix, wash it down with discounted specialty cocktails and select wine pours.
413 North Front Street | Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. on non-nationwide arena evet days
R Bar is located in the Arena District of downtown Columbus and is the best place in the city to watch a game thanks to their more than 30 flat screen TVs. They offer a rotating, seasonal tap full of local craft beers, as well as an extensive menu full of your sports bar favorites. Visit during happy hour for a plethora of discounted drinks and their famous appetizers at half the usual price.
122 East Main Street | Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Nestled downtown, Sidebar 122 is a go-to spot for live jazz, upscale cuisine and high-quality service. Their menu features dishes with Mediterranean flare intermingled with South American inspired small-plates. During their happy hour, you can enjoy $2-$4 bottled beer, $6 wine, $10 pizzas, and much more! Plus, don’t forget to stop by on Tuesdays for their “Tapas Tuesday” special.
73 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Enjoy Ohio comfort foods, fantastic whiskey concoctions, live music and pinball — all in this artsy neighborhood bar. You can enjoy their happy hour during the week, which offers $2 off Ohio draft beers, $3 Watershed Liquors and half-off select appetizers. Also, make sure to visit during the weekend whenever you can and grab brunch (our favorite meal of the day) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Which of these Columbus happy hours do you want to check out first? Let us know in the comments!