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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1044 N High St
phone: (614) 299-9399
(Place added by: Wildman on 05-25-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places in Columbus to grab some food and a couple beers. They have a ridiculous amount of beers on tap - some odd 50 or so, and they are changed out weekly, even daily. I usually ask if they have anything new in and most times, there is something on tap that hasn't been updated on the beer list yet. I was in last Monday and had a Green Flash Imperial IPA, a Breckenridge Small Batch 471, a Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus, and I sampled a Brew Kettle Old 21 Imperial IPA...quite the selection if you ask me! Also on tap was Yeti Imperial Stout, Youngs Double Chocolate, and too many others to count.
The food is pretty good too. I usually get the Blue Chips which are nachos covered with melted bleu cheese and bacon, and on Mondays they have $1 grilled cheese sandwiches served with kettle chips and a pickle.
The time to go is definitely happy hour 4-8pm for half price drafts. ITS GREAT. The crowd is definitely influenced by the Short North/Hipster crowd...not intending to offend anyone, I just don't know how else to describe it, but the vibe is always good. Service is sometimes slow, but only because it can get so hectic and overcrowded. If you want a more quiet, laid back visit, go early and don't go on Monday.
Overall, a very unique spot. Don't miss it if you're in town!
06-02-2010 00:28:02 |
More by jimbus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Went to Bodega with some friends for happy hour during the week. Ended up have a good amount of beer including Founder's Devil Dancer, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Southern Tier 2x IPA, and Weyebacher's Slam Dunkel among others. All of these were at half price during happy hour as is all draft beer. Happy Hour spanning from 4-8, this is one hell of a deal. Waiter was great and made sure that we always had a drink in front of us if that is what we wanted. Food wasn't bad, seemed a little above the average bar food to me. All and all, great place to go in Columbus for a great pint of beer.
07-11-2010 22:47:44 |
More by Lolli1315
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
50 drafts, but the happy hour is really what seals the deal here. get here before 5, and you can sit comfortably for a few hours drinking 1/2 price craft beer. The cask is excellent, and the selection is always varied and consistently good. The bottle selection is nothing to sneeze at either. As mentioned many times--it's a hipster mecca, and it gets crowded quickly. If you see past that, you'll have a good time. Bonus perk--being right on High St., it's easy to take a bus home so you don't have to drive (which you certainly won't want to after $3 Dogfish 90 for 3 hours). Food is good. Not why you come though.
10-04-2011 01:41:52 |
More by cneville
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here just before a concert.
I have been here a few times on visits up to Columbus, and have enjoyed each time. The tap list is always changing, which makes it a sweet place to visit to find some new, exciting beers on tap.
On this visit, I had Brooklyn's Cookie Jar Porter and Bear Republic's Ryevalry. Both pints were exceptional, though a bit high on the price. I asked if they did half pours (I wish more places did the half pour), but the waitress seemed confused, so I went with the full pint.
The atmosphere of Bodega is quite cool. Very modern interior design, a sizable bar, a raised platform for seating, and a small outdoor patio. There is a beer list, but since they rotate so many taps, your best bet is to walk up to the bar to take a look (I asked our waitress what was new and not on the menu, and she had no idea).
As for food, Bodega offers some decent fare. I had their BBLT panini (thick whole wheat bread, bacon, tomato, basil, etc.). They also had a few dishes with smoked salmon, a couple Indian-style dishes, and some pretty good salads. I wouldn't say this place should be visited for their food, though it was nice and light, good for pairing with some awesome brews.
Overall, Bodega has a nice atmosphere and a very impressive tap list. I would visit this place often if I lived closer simply to check out what's new on the tap list. Also, they have a great happy hour during the weekdays, offering great deals on all of their draft offerings.
05-23-2010 16:51:17 |
More by movingtrain
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The beer selection here is, undoubtedly, spectacular. The only other bar in Columbus with a competitive draft selection is Bob's Bar. What will ultimately sway you on Bodega is your take on the atmosphere; it is, without question, the definition of "hipster central." Some patrons are surely in there for the great beer selection, but I think the majority are there for the reputation more than their enjoyment of a particular beverage. If you can look past this (which I have no problem doing in the face of 50+ quality beers on tap), then you'll love this place. But just be forewarned.
Service here is generally pretty solid, which is surprising given that the place is packed almost 24/7. They also have a solid menu of appetizers and entrees that generally pair well with the beer.
I think the debate for best-beer-bar-in-Columbus boils down to Bob's Bar and Bodega, and I think most people's preference comes down to what they want out of the atmosphere. If you want a more laid-back locale where people are generally more knowledgeable about their beer-of-choice, then I'd recommend Bob's. If you prefer the "hipper" locale in town, and would rather err towards a slightly larger yet (arguably) diluted beer selection, then Bodega is your better bet.
08-30-2011 03:44:26 |
More by Knecht
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another stop in my post concert pub crawl. This was the last stop and we pretty much hung out here until last call it was beer heaven with 50 taps and half off drafts going on. I had the Weyerbacher Golf and Goose Island Pepe Nero. Vibe was awesome this place was packed, I almost bought a 15 dollar bottle of Drie Foteinen Lambic. Good service even with the bustling crowd. Cool homemade booths were cut into the walls, I really like the decor for this Spanish style Bodega. Definitely the best stop of the night, I will be back when in Columbus draft list was extensive with nice one off selections, somebody knows their beer.
05-01-2010 12:56:45 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Bodega in Columbus, OH
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