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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
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Very conveniently located to OSU, on High street at the base of the Short North district. The main draw is 50 taps. The second draw could be the 50% prices during happy hour from 4-8. No other draws after those though, as the atmosphere is sort of "meh" and the service is OK but not outstanding.
The drafts I saw today included:
DFH 90 Minute
Brewdog Hardcore IPA
Avery Imperial Octoberfest
Ommegang Dry Stout
Elevator Bourbon Porter
and plenty more along those lines...
This is an easy and obvious choice if you're near OSU, one of the best choices in Columbus in general (not a big statement). I'm still waiting for an OH version of Maproom, Gingerman, or Toronados to be established, but I suspect our cities are too small to support them properly.
09-10-2009 00:39:53 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $
With 50 tap handles, 90% of which are craft brewed, it's possibly the best selection in the entire city of Columbus. Bodega is conveniently located on High Street in the Short North neighborhood.
Ordinarily, I'm suspicious of any place with 50 taps because that's a lot of beer to move and keep fresh. And yet, this place somehow manages to do it.
Happy Hour is second to none. Half off all pints! That means many $2.00 Columbus IPAs for me!!!
Be forewarned, Bodega is notoriously unfriendly and the service is equally bad. I haven't spoken to one person who doesn't have the same opinion. There is a very distinct clique there that is impenetrable.
Bodega wrote the book on the "High Street Attitude" that is so pervasive up and down that stretch of road. Many speculate that it is literally written into the job description to be as uncaring and unfriendly as possible. Seriously! It's almost as funny as it is frustrating. But the truth is probably much uglier, most likely a thing where the jobs aren't so much given to the best applicants, but instead are "handed down" to the "next friend" who also happens to be a young hip bicyclist with a scowl on his/her face, a disdain for "service," and a love for being part of "the scene."
To be sure, this does not keep me from going to this establishment, and in fact I was there a few days ago. They don't care about customer loyalty, or how much you tip, and that's less pressure for me as a customer.
07-26-2009 13:24:11 |
More by Fezfreak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I liked the relaxing atmosphere at bodega. The lighting and seating were nice and the music was not too loud. The music choices seemed to be very eclectic with the music ranging from classic rock sounding stuff to more modern, more indie music like vampire weekend. This music choice was a nice deviation from the norm.
The seating was comfortable with a nice little patio and half booth kinda things inside. However, there didn't seem to be enough sitting for the crowds that Bodega has during dinner/their happy hour.
Speaking of the happy hour, let me just say wow. Drafts are half off, which is awesome considering the crazy amount of taps. I mean just looking at the seasonal taps I saw oakes arrogant bastard, hoopin frog b.o.r.i.s., 2001 bigfoot, and many many others. Oh and the prices for the beers were solid. I mean an 8 year old Bigfoot for only $6.50 per pint on draft. In my mind that is more than worth it.
The only bad part about my visit to Bodega was that the service was not as exceptional as the beer. A friend of mine got his pizza 15 minutes after another friend who also ordered pizza. Even worse, he actually had to go up an ask for the pizza. It was ready, but they forgot it on the back counter or something. Speaking of food the sandwiches were delicious, but I didn't fall in love with the pizza. The margareta pizza had a bit too much pesto sauce. Overall though I think Bodega might be the best or at least one of the best beer bars in Columbus.
05-28-2009 13:43:30 |
More by OnThenIn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Returned from this place a few hours ago. Discovered it here on BA. Thanks for the reference!
As I parked across the street and walked toward this place I saw about 6 outdoor tables and this day it was 65 degrees out and sunny. Just about all 24 seats were taken and I was pleased to see (I was waiting for traffic to thin out before I reached it) that everyone appeared to have a different glass of some beer and that someone appeared to have a golden goblet of some kind. Well traffic thinned, I finished crossing the street and the "golden goblet" turned out to be a gold rimmed Stella Artois glass. Still very cool to see the proper glassware. I walked in to find lots of wood. The bar, the floor and several chairs were wood and many of the items were not "finished" but kind of a rustic wood look. I pulled up a black leather (I think that it is leather) bar stool and perused the menu. I recall New Holland Tulip, a Belgian Tripel I had not previously heard of, A Magic Hat Selection that I had not heard of before and even some local Columbus beers (an IPA if memory serves). There was a chalkboard with staff recommendations but many of those appeared to be from the extensive bottle list. The bartender was welcoming and informative, giving me plenty of time when I asked for it. I had arrived at about 4 15 pm and the happy hour there was written on a board outside as "half price beer 4 to 8 pm" so things were just getting underway I am sure. I did not have any food so no rating of that (I do not know if they even HAVE food to be honest but I do seem to recall now a kitchen?).
Notes: This is a real BA place, like a small Brick Store or even a Bier Markt in Cleveland. I will be back, that is for sure!
05-03-2009 02:35:00 |
More by adamette
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The guy at Grapes of Mirth suggested this place. We went after the Penguins/Bluejackets game for some good beer. The tap selection was great and I got to try some Elevator and Columbus Brewing Co. selections. The atmosphere was good for what it was. Its a little upscale for my tastes but if they have good beer I don't really care. The place was a little too trendy but the people there were trying to be way too trendy. The service was quick and friendly so overall it was a good experience. I would go back if ever in the C-bus area and would highly recommend it.
03-19-2009 05:59:49 |
More by CrazyMacHarris99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A very good place with an appreciation of good beer. It's just a little hipster, just a little upscale. Seemed almost like a late 50's beatnik vibe, with a nice fieldstone wall and low-slung architecture. The selection was outstanding, including DFH Palo Santo Marron on tap, and pretty good beer knowledge on the part of the bartender and the neighboring stool occupier. This was my first trip to Columbus, but Bodega is respectable by the standards of the top beer bars in the country. Worth going out of your way for.
02-14-2009 02:34:10 |
More by Flyer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place is a long six-block walk from Barleys brewpub, but worth the effort. It isn't far, but seems quite a bit longer than six blocks.
Inside, the vibe is cool and trendy. Bricks, a nice bar, and a few tables. However, the place isn't above some TV entertainment (and neither am I) via two projectors on the wall. Entertainment that doesn't detract from the vibe.
I was disappointed by the beer selection when I entered and saw tap handles visible above the bar - all the wannabe good-beers were there (you know, the beers you see in places trying but failing to be good-beer places): Boddington's, PBR, etc. However, there were a ton of great taps hidden behind the bar, and an extensive bottle list and selection was terrific. Beers were a bit pricey.
I was tempted by the cheese plate, but didn't have any food. The menu was light, but looked terrific.
Service was OK...wasn't quick nor especially friendly, but got the job done.
From what I've seen of this town so far (which admittedly isn't much), this place has the best beer selection in town. I'll be back.
02-11-2009 00:51:27 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Bodega has been on my regular rotation of good beers locations in Columbus for some time now. They are located right on High Street in the Short North District. The place is relatively small, but has a great atmosphere. Its a very comfortable, laidback environment, that could be considered verging on trendy, but not overwhelmingly so.
The beer selection speaks for itself -- 50 different taps, with an additional 20-30 bottles to choose from (and pretty timely rotation of taps). Most of the big names we get in Ohio are always on the docket: Dogfish, Avery, Chimay, Founder's, Bear Republic, etc. Spending an entire evening here can pricey depending upon your drinking habits, but it is one of the best places in Columbus to be during happy hour with half off all drafts. The food is very good as well, and anything but your normal bar fare. Selections like Brie, Bruschetta, and Hummus cater a little more towards the ecclectic crowd, and offer a nice change to the standard wings and nachos.
The downside is that, being a small place, it can get crowded pretty quickly. If you want a table during happy hour, you have to get there early. And although the servers are extremely polite and helpful, with usually only one or two working the floor, service can get a tad slow. They don't really have TV's here either (only one small projetor on the wall), so don't expect to be able to watch a game. I guess that really isn't the point of going here, though.
If your in the mood for a non-traditional bar/restaurant night with a great beer selection, Bodega is always a great option and a must-stop location if your wandering around the Short North.
01-27-2009 20:35:51 |
More by amietaj1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
When I first got to the bar I was overwhelmed at the draught selection. Over 50 different types on tap then another 20+ in bottles. I was thankful when they handed me a menu to look through. I could easily spend all day in this place just trying all the different types of beer they served. Price was reasonable, pretty much what I had expected, about 4 to 6 a pint. The atmosphere was alright but not quite my crowd but i really wasnt surprised becuase of the location. One thing that bothered me was the lighting. It was way too dark to try to read a beer menu and the candle at our table was burning out so I was having difficulties ordering my next brew. Overall great place and i am going to come back here soon.
12-11-2008 04:28:04 |
More by trapp87
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Made the twelve (12) block trek from downtown one night after a conference. This place was packed with coeds. Service was awful because the place was so packed. I heard their happy hour is half price drafts from four (4) to eight (8) pm. I got that price on one of my beers but not the other. They have dozens of taps. I can't rate the food because my group would not be able to get a table for over an hour. We quaffed 2 standing in the doorway and went to Barley's instead. If I am ever in Columbus again I will be going out of my way to get back here.
08-24-2008 22:09:31 |
More by pecokid
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