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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1044 N High St
phone: (614) 299-9399
(Place added by: Wildman on 05-25-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Bodega has the best draft selection in Columbus. I think that they are the only bar in Columbus that always has a cask condition beer available. It has a great happy hour that features ½ off drafts and Mondays they have $1 grilled cheese. There is a good amount of parking on high street but you have to pay the parking meters. If you do not mid walking a couple blocks you can find some free parking on some of the side streets. Their food is hit or miss and is a little high priced but it’s better than most bar food. Service can vary but I have never had any issue getting a beer. But I only go during off times when I can get a seat at the bar. The major downside for me is that it can get extremely crowded. Overall, I think that Bodega is a great bar but I would definitely recommend not going during their peak times.
09-29-2011 14:35:14 |
More by deadmule
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The beer selection here is, undoubtedly, spectacular. The only other bar in Columbus with a competitive draft selection is Bob's Bar. What will ultimately sway you on Bodega is your take on the atmosphere; it is, without question, the definition of "hipster central." Some patrons are surely in there for the great beer selection, but I think the majority are there for the reputation more than their enjoyment of a particular beverage. If you can look past this (which I have no problem doing in the face of 50+ quality beers on tap), then you'll love this place. But just be forewarned.
Service here is generally pretty solid, which is surprising given that the place is packed almost 24/7. They also have a solid menu of appetizers and entrees that generally pair well with the beer.
I think the debate for best-beer-bar-in-Columbus boils down to Bob's Bar and Bodega, and I think most people's preference comes down to what they want out of the atmosphere. If you want a more laid-back locale where people are generally more knowledgeable about their beer-of-choice, then I'd recommend Bob's. If you prefer the "hipper" locale in town, and would rather err towards a slightly larger yet (arguably) diluted beer selection, then Bodega is your better bet.
08-30-2011 03:44:26 |
More by Knecht
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
1. $1 Grilled Cheese Mondays
2. 4-8 Half off drafts
3. Weekly cheese plate
4. Delicious pizzas
5. Next door to Late Night Slice
6. 50 Taps (Only two are domestic premium PBR and Miller Lite)
7. A ton of bottles, the owner also owns and operates a beer store in the North Market. (Barrel and Bottle)
This is a great neighborhood spot that doesn't always have parking or space to move around because it is more than a secret oasis. Bodega does not always have the best service. Now that I go there a lot and visit on business, my friends and I are received better than most. But there are quite a few holier-than-though hipsters that tend bar and like to change the jukebox if they feel like it and might not always give you a cheery vibe. YOU DONT COME HERE FOR THE SERVICE. ITS ABOUT THE BEER.
08-29-2011 12:54:19 |
More by hyprlt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was there last Friday from 4:00 to 6:00PM before dinner in the Short North. $2 drafts? That's crazy; well being from a liberal state where that's illegal it seemed relatively crazy. A pint of 90 Minute for $2? A pint of Lake Erie Monster for $2?
Open floor layout in a bright area on a busy street. Sat with my wife and 2 friends and were promptly greeted by a friendly waitress, one that remained attentive. We split 4 appetizers which were all good tome. I had 3 pints; Lake Erie Monster, 90 Minute and a local saison whose name escapes me. The selection was large enough to make anyone happy, and with plenty of munchies on the menu, I really enjoyed our sort of brief visit here. Not sure when I'll be back to Columbus, but I will go back whenever that is. Great place to drink.
08-07-2011 13:52:57 |
More by BeTheBall
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Bodega's, along with Bob's Bar in Columbus were my gateways into the world of craft beer as an undergraduate at Ohio State. As such, they will always have a special place in my heart. When I finally turned 21 and discovered good beer I was probably hitting up Bodega's at least two times per week. Although I don't live in Columbus anymore I frequented Bodega's plenty and still do when I visit.
To be blunt, Bodega's isn't very large. There are maybe 4 small tables outside and another 12-14 inside, within about 15-20 bar seats. Residing in the trendy Short North, Bodega's attracts a lot of non-beer enthusiasts. That's not a bad thing at all, but just a heads up as to the general attitude and knowledge of beer for most other patrons. During the weekly happy hour or grilled cheese Monday's this place is PACKED. If you don't get there early (think 5 pm) forget about finding a table and expect a wait.
So, onto the service. Oh boy. Despite it being sub-par on just about every visit my friends and I still came here all the time. So they must be doing something right. Most of our waiters and waitresses seemed disinterested in their job and took awhile to come around to our table. I can't remember a single occurrence where we were treated that well; our patronage always seemed to annoy them even though we tipped pretty well. I always went with friends we weren't obnoxious by any means - maybe we asked too many beer-related questions but I don't remember us ever explicitly being assholes. We also split our tabs as poor college students (rather than pay a single check) and apparently this was a foreign concept to them and they never liked this.
Alright, enough negativity. But the service is easily the worst part about this place. I still love Bodega's, and here's why: their tap-list is phenomenal and their happy hour. My god, the HAPPY HOUR. Unbelievable. Every week day from 4-8 pm (or something like that), every draft beer on the menu is HALF OFF. Where else do you find that with their kind of tap selection? I've never seen anything else like it. Their tap-list spans about 40 beers with 15 of those frequently rotating seasonals. There is also a large bottle selection but because of the ridiculously happy hour deal my friends and I almost always stuck with the draft choices. There is always something on draft worth drinking even if you've had it before. Quality was always pretty good - clean glassware, decent pours. They may not have always had the most appropriate glassware but I can live with that. You won't see many whales here but I have seen CBS on-tap once.
Food was alright, moderately priced. We never went there for the food but it was a nice supplement while grabbing a couple of beers. Despite the dismal service we always came back to Bodega's. I can't speak much about the crowd or atmosphere during the nights or weekends because we usually went during the happy hours. Definitely worth checking out when you're in Columbus. Also worth visiting regularly if you're a Columbus resident.
06-06-2011 03:06:03 |
More by CapitalGains
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Bodega's is my favorite place to drink beer in Columbus. The selection, value, atmosphere, and service all make this place the 'go to' beer bar in Columbus.
Bodega's gets beers that no one else in Ohio gets..the beer is always fresh, and Colin and his crew take great pains to make certain that customers get the beer fresh and served at the right temperature.
How can you fault a place with the best selection, the best prices, and the best atmosphere?
I highly recommend Bodega's as a place where you won't be disappointed in your experience anytime you are fortunate enough to visit.
06-01-2011 03:08:18 |
More by smithm1970
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This was one of my last stops on my Columbus bar crawl, night two. The weather was cold and rainy so the walk was made even tougher because of the adverse weather conditions. Upon arrival at the Bodega, there were about 5 skinny jeans wearing dudes standing about three feet from the door smoking cigarettes. What is the point of making a place nonsmoking if you have to wade through smoke just to get inside?
The music was annoyingly loud. It would be practically impossible to carry on a conversation inside here. The place was filled with college kids and more skinny jeans wearing people. I felt pretty out of place as an older professional.
The bartender was pretty uninterested in serving me any beer, but after looking at the outrageously overpriced but extensive beer list, I settled on a $2 Pabst Blue RIbbon. This was definitely the best selection in the whole city, as far as bars go. Too bad I killed by beer money early.
I would try to go here during the early afternoon when nobody is here and maybe the music isnt quite as loud. Otherwise, its still a pretty cool place with a huge beer list.
01-19-2011 00:25:57 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
A small cafe turned into a beer paradise during the day and loud hipster hang out at night.
I visit my friend quite often in Columbus and this is the bar we always go to because she lives a few blocks from it. The crowd has been similiar on every night. Sunday they have trivia and the crowd isn't huge, service is pretty good on that night.
Weekends are a different story, if you go on a friday or saturday night be warned that you will have to push your way to the bar to get a beer and its so loud that it's hard for the bartenders to even hear what you are ordering. I recommend going during th happy hour or during the day.
The selection is great, over 50 beers on tap and numerous others in bottles.
Haven't had much food from here but what I had was good.
The price is the biggest issue for me. Beer on tap that I would like to order ranges from 5.50 to 10.00 which is steep to me. I usually end up getting a beer I haven't tried before then switching to 2 dollar PBR for the rest of the time because the prices are too much.
Overall a decent place with a great selection, but definitely a hipster hang out.
01-05-2011 04:47:03 |
More by Bogforce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
*A little re-reviewing here... knocking down the service rating a little and up the food*
BODEGA! Best beer bar in Columbus, Ohio, the entire Midwest. Entering Bodega makes me giddy with excitement... what kind of rare craft taps will they be offering this time? Always something amazing!
I've visited my share of beer bars around the US and nothing comes close to Bodega (The Ginger Man in my native New York does have more taps, but somehow I still like the Bodega selections better).
You probably have read all those negative reviews of Bodega- bad service, an attitude, too many hipsters, way crowded... when I went there for the first time, I was afraid. But I've been to Bodega several times now and have never ever had an issue with service, attitude or annoying hipsters. :-) I think the crowd is really eclectic and makes for great people-watching.
The atmosphere is superb, cozy and inviting, a little loud but not too much, nice tables. I could easily spend hours there if I lived nearby! Service is always smooth, prompt and so perfectly nice. My wife and I felt like regulars after one or two visits!
The negative is that it does crowded, particularly during their happy hour (understandably). But if you don't mind paying full price, come later on and the crowd thins out.
Bodega doesn't get a perfect 5 from me because of the food (just average pub food, nothing great) and the price (a little pricey- I know the beers are rare, but still, this is Columbus, shouldn't charge $8 for a pint!).
Oh, some cask beers would be great too. I don't think they have any.
I would love Bodega to get a new, imaginative menu and move the place to a higher level. Maybe some tuna or beef tartare, kobe sliders, some cool appetizers.
But hey, we're here for the beer! Bodega rules Columbus.
10-07-2010 02:48:24 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Headed here with some buddies to hit up the Columbus beer scene. Good location in the Short North, a couple tables outside provide some nice people watching. The inside was nice but it's a weird beer bar place, its way to trendy for me, nice just not what I want for my beer bar...The quality of the beers was really nice, good selection of midwest beers, lots of Michigan, nice to get some Troegs as well. The service was good, both servers offered good suggestions.
A Columbus must for a beer bar.
09-14-2010 20:32:32 |
More by jrallen34
Bodega in Columbus, OH
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