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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1044 N High St
phone: (614) 299-9399
(Place added by: Wildman on 05-25-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited Bodega on a Saturday afternoon. Upon walking in, you notice booths and a few tables to the left, and a small to medium sized L-shaped bar to the right, that is completely lined with different taps....beer selection here is top-notch! Various taps from Stone, Bear Republic, Bell's, Great Lakes, Left Hand, Founder's, Lindeman's, Widmer's, and too many others to remember. We grabbed a seat, and placed our drink orders fairly quickly. Food menu is a tad small, but well prepared and fairly priced, with a variety of sandwiches, pizza, soups, and salads mostly in the $6-10 range, with cheese trays also available. On this day, I opted for the BBLT sandwich, and washed that down with a Southern Tier Hopsun, and a Bell's Third coast (Hop Rod Rye was out). Beer is fairly priced at $4-5 for most of them, which seems pretty standard in most places. Happy Hour is probably the best time to hit this place, but I would advise bringing a driver if you're in party mode....real, REAL easy to get carried away in here! I will be back the next time I'm in Columbus.
06-30-2008 23:12:12 |
More by jockstrappy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
For the beer lover, Bodega's happy hour has got to be the greatest thing going. From 4-8 on weekdays, all draft beers are half price. And oh, what a selection it is. Almost fifty taps with an incredible array of top notch beers. I cannot give you all of them but what I could remember can put up against any bar in the country: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Old Rasputin, GL Blackout Stout and Commordore Perry, Deliriium Tremens, Bells Oberon and Java Stout, Stoudts Pils and IIPA, Chimay, Lindemans Framboise, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Founders Red Rye, Dragons Milk, Stone IPA, Dog Fish Head 60 Minute, Ayinger Hefeweisen, Hop Sun. And thats only twenty. With Half price, pints go for $2 to $3. That is an absolute steal for beer of this quality.
There has been criticism of the atmosphere but I found it for the most part to be friendly. People are approachable. The place can get a bit hectic at times and there is only one bathroom each for men and women. Service varies from good to a bit of a wait during peak times. I found sometimes it took a bit longer for the waitstaff to get to me but I did not feel the delay to be too long. You will find little trouble getting your share.
The food is not Bodega's strong suit. The soups and sandwiches are not exceptional or imaginative or very satisfying. It just ties you over for the beer.
Bodega is a phenomenal experience for the beer enthusiast.
You will be disappointed if you go for any other reason.
06-12-2008 02:57:24 |
More by yuengling
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Pretty nice both inside and out. The bar is lined with taps didn't count them but probably close to 50.
A very nice happy hour and the entire place was jammed pack with people. Great selection and prices were very reasonable. Two of the bar keeps talked to us for a while when they had time. They both seemed farily knowledgable about the brews they had and let us sample a couple.
Pretty cool place will go back again some time. The only problem could be hunting down a parking place.
We stopped in for happy hour which runs from 4 to 8 and was half off on all taps.
05-20-2008 21:59:56 |
More by nrbw23
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been to Bodega on many occasions while hanging out in the Short North / Victorian Village area. I've only been here during summer, and during those months, there's always people hanging out at the tables in the front along the sidewalk. Pretty much a local crowd here. Seems to me the indie-hipster crowd likes to come here. I'm not one to care a great deal about my appearance when I go out for a beer, but that's just me. Anyhow, the beer selection here is incredible. Stone, Great Lakes, Rogue, Southern Tier, some belgians, and the list goes on and on as far the taps. I never even looked at the bottle selection. People that work here seem nice also and you never have to wait a long time for a beer. Prices seemed ok to for the type of beer you're getting. Overall, a good place to go if you're in Columbus.
03-18-2008 21:51:22 |
More by Applesauce1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Best happy hour in town, in my opinion. Half off all drafts from 4-8pm, and it seems to me (in the few times I've been in) that they rotate their taps frequesntly. 7-8 belgians on tap, some great seasonals, and Founder's Breakfast stout ($2 for an 8oz pour during happy hour---not bad at all) all make this a worthwhile stop for me.
I haven't had the food, but it sure smells good every time I'm there, and they offer $1 grilled cheese sandwiches on Monday evenings. The atmosphere is great, when it is not crowded, and fluctuates between "trendy" young professionals, neighborhood locals, and some off the wall characters. When not busy, it is quite enjoyable.
12-14-2007 22:14:56 |
More by andyo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place has been open in our neighborhood for about a year, and my wife and I finally ventured in a couple days ago. I was particularly enticed by the recent addition of beer taps, upping their total taps to 50. We were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience, and went back a couple nights later.
Pretty relaxed atmosphere. Swanky decoration in the place. You can see all the beer taps lining the bar. There's a projection TV above the bar. Good amount of seating inside, plus a patio lining High St. that almost always seems full. Both nights, the place was busy, but we didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes for a table. There's on-street parking up and down High St., so you may have to hunt a bit, but it's too difficult.
Great selection of beers. As already mentioned there are 50 beers on tap, categorized by style: ales and bocks, IPAs, stouts, porters, fruit beers, and ciders. Not to mention another 40+ bottles available, 12 oz., bombers, etc. I was very impressed. You could return here regularly and still find something new to try every time.
Food was great. A small-ish menu, which to me is a good sign. They're specializing in a few things rather than cranking out a large, mediocre menu. Most sandwiches run $6-8. We tried the house-made guacamole, which was awesome. My wife had the smoked salmon panini, and she loved it. I tried the curried chicken salad sandwich. The bread was a tad dry, but the salad itself was excellent. We also sampled a cheese plate. Good selection of fruit and cheeses, but WAY too small for $12.
The only downside was the service, and even that wasn't too bad. When you enter, there's no sign telling you to see yourself or to wait, so if you haven't been there before you just kind of stand there until someone comes by. Both times we went, the place seemed a little understaffed. We waited 7-8 minutes at our table before someone came over just to take a drink order. Although once we ordered, it came out pretty quickly.
I highly suggest checking out Bodega. Great atmosphere and decoration, big enough beer selection to please everyone, and high quality paninis and salads to complement the drinks. And my wife and I even saw the Columbus mayor stop in for a drink! What does that tell you?
07-12-2007 19:20:15 |
More by ndekke39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Went to Bodega for this first time last night. Probably not the best time to review this bar on a Gallery Hop night, but thats what happened.
We got there around 8:30 and it was really busy. Our friends already had a table by the window and we got to people watch. The beers on tap list is extensive. Belgians, IPAs, Wheat beers of plenty. I started with a Red Rocket from Bear Republic ($4), then had a Delerium Tremens ($4.5), and then had one of my favorites Stone Ruination ($5). Found the beer prices to be great for on tap. They also have an extensive Bottles list.
The atmosphere is really trendy and cool. Dark lighting, flatscreen TV above the bar. I would love to check this place out on another night. Apparently they have a great happy hour from 4-8 where all taps are half off ($2 for a great craft beer is very impressive)
Wife had a Smoked Salmon Panini and loved it. Great food there.
The only problem was the service (2.5). We only saw two servers in the whole bar. The next time I go, I would probably sit at the bar.
07-08-2007 16:18:12 |
More by genog
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
They just installed 40 new taps bring their selection up to 50 beers on draft. In terms of selection their only completion in Columbus would be Bob's Bar, but they mainly carry bottles, or Surely Girl which has about 20 on tap I believe. The waitress was real nice and let us try a couple before selecting. I won't even try to list them all. we had these....
Avery Czar 5$
Dragon's Milk 5$
Dog fish 4.50$
Red Hook long hammer 4$ or 4.5$
so the prices are pretty good.
some guys came in and did shots of all 50 beers for 28 dollars, ummm if that's your thing
06-22-2007 03:09:14 |
More by Zasty
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Bodega offers great food, small plates and pannini. The service is adequate, and never all that friendly--but who cares as long as I get my food and drink.
The selection in regards to beer and wine is very solid. With beer, other than an Arcadia Porter on draft, you have to go with the bottle selection. They offer many Rogue, Chimay, and Bells offerings in the bottle. The prices seem very far from cheap, yet not unreasonable.
It's a hot spot right now, so avoid peek bar hours. But the selection of food, wine, and craft beers make it one of the best stops in the Short North.
edited on 7/22/07: They remodeled and now have 50 beers on tap--a solid selection of imports and both local and national microbrews. Bodega is now much improved for BAs.
09-11-2006 20:40:56 |
More by Osiris9588
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bodega is a newer pub in the Short north near the High/3rd street intersection. Parking is pretty easy to find in either a nearby pay lot or on the street (there is even some free street parking right across the street).
The interior is open and has a cool 50s living room look. Brick on some walls and staggered wood panelling on others, with tables and benches along the walls in powder blue and rough wood. Interesting art on the walls too. The bar is in the back with a clear view of the beers in the cooler. They also have a patio for the warmer months.
The beer selection is pretty good. There are about 6 draughts with Bell's being one of the standouts. As for bottles, there is a hearty selection from Stone, Bell's, GLBC, Rogue, Lagunitas and more. Plenty to keep a beer lover's interest.
Service here is good, although my visit was on a Monday at lunch so there were relatively few customers.
Bodega has a focus on panini, with lots of different choices in toppings and style of bread. Both the grilled cheese on italian and the grilled chicken on focaccia were great.
Overall this is another fine addition to the Short North area. It is practically across the street from another newer bar with great beers and food - Surly Girl Saloon. I would like to see this trend continue.
06-06-2006 21:16:19 |
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