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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1044 N High St
phone: (614) 299-9399
(Place added by: Wildman on 05-25-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I went here twice on a recent Columbus visit. Once for happy hour which is a great value but as very packed and then on a mellow Sunday afternoon where the vibe shifted accordingly. The have a well thought out draft selection with something for everyone as well as a fair bottle list to round things out.
I had 4 different draft beers all with great quality. Bells 2 Hearted, Goose Island Sofie, Great Lakes Erie Monster & Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (finally got to taste on of these).
Even when they were busy, our experience was that the staff stayed attentive and friendly. Some were very laid back but not lazy.
08-19-2010 15:15:38 |
More by HopJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I had been wanting to visit Bodega for some time this year. Ever since I heard about their selection I begged my wife to go, but she kept asking to go elsewhere. This was due to a combination of busy downtown atmosphere with little parking options, and the fact that nearly every review of this place claimed the staff was rude, snobby, and/or inattentive.
Parking is slightly annoying, there is no dedicated lot, but it wasn't too hard to find parking within a half block or so.
The place is a little cramped, but it is a cozy and inviting little bistro with a really nice patio area. I would have loved to sit there but we went on a hot summer afternoon so the AC seemed a little more inviting.
The service was nothing like the other reviewers claim. (I saw bad reviews of the service here and on numerous other online sites) The staff was friendly and semi knowledgeable. Our waitress wasn't aware Bodega had tapped a keg of Hopslam they were cellaring despite the fact that they had been making regular announcements on Facebook the night before regarding when the keg would be tapped. Nonetheless, she did have several recommendations for my wife when her first choice was out.
The waitstaff wasn't overly attentive, but enough so that I was never without beer.
The food, while pricey, was pretty good. I believe they do $1 grilled cheese sandwiches on Mondays.
The main sellers for this place though are their happy hour and selection. I missed happy hour when I went, but it is advertised as half off all drafts 4-8pm on week nights, including Fridays.
The selection was phenomenal. They had many rarities I haven't found anywhere else in Columbus, and a range of 4-16 beers for the most popular styles. It winds up being something on the order of 40-50 taps at least. They also have a decently sized bottle list as well.
So if you don't mind a potentially crowded Short North bar and don't expect to have a dedicated personal waitress at your side all night long Bodega is definitely worth checking out. They regularly post new and rare beers they offer on Facebook for those interested.
07-28-2010 10:03:50 |
More by Spider889
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here just before a concert.
I have been here a few times on visits up to Columbus, and have enjoyed each time. The tap list is always changing, which makes it a sweet place to visit to find some new, exciting beers on tap.
On this visit, I had Brooklyn's Cookie Jar Porter and Bear Republic's Ryevalry. Both pints were exceptional, though a bit high on the price. I asked if they did half pours (I wish more places did the half pour), but the waitress seemed confused, so I went with the full pint.
The atmosphere of Bodega is quite cool. Very modern interior design, a sizable bar, a raised platform for seating, and a small outdoor patio. There is a beer list, but since they rotate so many taps, your best bet is to walk up to the bar to take a look (I asked our waitress what was new and not on the menu, and she had no idea).
As for food, Bodega offers some decent fare. I had their BBLT panini (thick whole wheat bread, bacon, tomato, basil, etc.). They also had a few dishes with smoked salmon, a couple Indian-style dishes, and some pretty good salads. I wouldn't say this place should be visited for their food, though it was nice and light, good for pairing with some awesome brews.
Overall, Bodega has a nice atmosphere and a very impressive tap list. I would visit this place often if I lived closer simply to check out what's new on the tap list. Also, they have a great happy hour during the weekdays, offering great deals on all of their draft offerings.
05-23-2010 16:51:17 |
More by movingtrain
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I went here last Monday, for some evening beers with my good buddy SharaANevada. We entered the bar and the atmosphere was nice, classic style with a full service bar. The selection and the beer menu's were pretty clear and marked out by style. The only issue i had was the clueless staff. We asked 3 different bar tenders if there was something new on the beer menu, to which all three had a blank stare. After looking at the draft list we realized that they missed i think 6 new taps that weren't on the list. Other than that the experience was great. Notable taps: Quercus Vitis Humulus and La Roja
05-19-2010 19:43:56 |
More by manabozo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another stop in my post concert pub crawl. This was the last stop and we pretty much hung out here until last call it was beer heaven with 50 taps and half off drafts going on. I had the Weyerbacher Golf and Goose Island Pepe Nero. Vibe was awesome this place was packed, I almost bought a 15 dollar bottle of Drie Foteinen Lambic. Good service even with the bustling crowd. Cool homemade booths were cut into the walls, I really like the decor for this Spanish style Bodega. Definitely the best stop of the night, I will be back when in Columbus draft list was extensive with nice one off selections, somebody knows their beer.
05-01-2010 12:56:45 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $
One of my favorite bars in Columbus. It can get very crowded. This is a pretty popular place amongst the local artistic, hipster and beer lovers alike.
Go during happy hour and all of their 50 some taps are half off. That means you can get stuff like Nightstalker, Brown Shugga and lots of local's seasonals like Columbus Brewing and Elevator for cheaper than anywhere else.
They have a large emphasis on seasonal taps so the tap list will change frequently. This is a good thing to me though. You never know what will be available.
They also have lots of bottled beer that is there basically full time.
I have only ordered food here a few times. They have good gourmet grilled cheeses but other than that Im here for the beer only.
Even though it is often very crowded, service is mighty prompt.
03-28-2010 21:02:06 |
More by MbpBugeye
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is FANTASTIC!! Got there late in the evening, after the happy-hour crowd. First there was a wait for a table, then 2 stools opened at the bar. First impression... HOLY TAPS! Browsed the 5-page menu.... blown away. Nothing main stream, and over a dozen stouts and porters. Started with a Young's Double Chocolate, and went from there. A friend who always ridiculed me for drinking dark stuff tasted it, and fell in love with stouts. I honestly don't remember the other 6 i drank. Anything labeled dark, i was willing to try.
The service was great, though the crowd was thinning quite a bit as we stayed. Never waited more than 2 minutes with an empty glass. The bartender was VERY knowledgeable, and his recommendations were spot on.
Prices were good as well, mostly $5 - $7 a pint. Considering they were all micros or imports.... not bad. Would love to have been there for the 1/2 price happy hour, but staggering back to the hotel was bad enough!
If i get back to Columbus, DEFINITELY going back to Bodega!!
03-15-2010 04:38:53 |
More by QuickTruck
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Have been here several times, most recently a day ago for happy hour. This is definitely an excellent destination for beer in Columbus, and the happy hour makes things even better...especially if you get there early. We got there just after 4pm on a Friday and were able to get a table immediately. By 6, it is standing only with an hour or more wait to get a seat.
Fifty draft beers, mostly craft or high-quality imports. Our group tried Cascazilla, a bourbon barrel aged porter from Elevator, Rogue Maierfest, Goose Island Imperial Brown, BrewDog Dogma, and Young's Double Chocolate. We tried some paninis, a pizza, and the blue chips.
As others have mentioned, service can be slow, although for being there at a busy time we did not have much trouble at all. This is in a trendy part of town and the trendy crowd definitely shows up. Atmosphere changed over the 3 hours we were there...watching English Premier League at the beginning and having to shout to be heard by the time we left.
Overall, this has become a favorite spot for me and my group of middle aged friends. 50 beers on draft, a good bottle list, and a happy hour with 1/2 price drafts for 4 hours. If you can stand the trendy crowd, this is definitely a go-to spot.
09-19-2009 22:31:32 |
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Bodega in Columbus, OH
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