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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1044 N High St
phone: (614) 299-9399
(Place added by: Wildman on 05-25-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place recently opened in the Short North and has gotten quite a crowed, even though it has to compete with Surly Girl Saloon in the same general area. This place goes for a cafe style serving panini sandwiches and small plates. They have a pretty good wine selection and draw a mixed crowd of punkers and suits. The beer on tap is not as great as I would like, but the shape of the bar does hinder the amount that they can have while still allowing people to eat at the bar. Where they make up for smaller tap choices is the huge amount of bottles available, similar to High Five Bar farther up the street. The service can suffer if they get extremely busy, which maybe can't be helped, but does get frustrating sometimes. The co-owner, Collin Castore, lives in the area and is often there and is a very nice guy. Definitely worth checking out.
Edit: The beer taps have been expanded and with all beers on tap half price during happy hour, currently makes it one of the best places in town.
05-25-2006 23:22:24 |
More by Wildman
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 | 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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been to Bodega on many occasions while hanging out in the Short North / Victorian Village area. I've only been here during summer, and during those months, there's always people hanging out at the tables in the front along the sidewalk. Pretty much a local crowd here. Seems to me the indie-hipster crowd likes to come here. I'm not one to care a great deal about my appearance when I go out for a beer, but that's just me. Anyhow, the beer selection here is incredible. Stone, Great Lakes, Rogue, Southern Tier, some belgians, and the list goes on and on as far the taps. I never even looked at the bottle selection. People that work here seem nice also and you never have to wait a long time for a beer. Prices seemed ok to for the type of beer you're getting. Overall, a good place to go if you're in Columbus.
03-18-2008 21:51:22 |
More by Applesauce1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Pretty nice both inside and out. The bar is lined with taps didn't count them but probably close to 50.
A very nice happy hour and the entire place was jammed pack with people. Great selection and prices were very reasonable. Two of the bar keeps talked to us for a while when they had time. They both seemed farily knowledgable about the brews they had and let us sample a couple.
Pretty cool place will go back again some time. The only problem could be hunting down a parking place.
We stopped in for happy hour which runs from 4 to 8 and was half off on all taps.
05-20-2008 21:59:56 |
More by nrbw23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I was on a biz trip to Columbus - my 1st visit there- and made the impressive discovery of the Short North and this superb establishment. I consider a trip to be a resounding accomplishment when uncovering a place like this one; it's like a crowning achievement and Bodega provided me such a experience. I was there on a very busy Friday and after a brief wait, landed a seat at the bar and made my way through Bodega's rich and deep beer list. There are too many to list here; let's just say if you can't find a suitable pint among their offerings, you never will anywhere else. I had Great Lakes' outstanding Monster and several from Michigan's Dark Horse: the Crooked IPA with Citra and the FF Eert Dekoorc. Splendid in all respects. From the food menu, I opted for their Chef's Salad, which was a very tasty and inventive concoction of strawberries, blueberries and walnut in a citrus dressing. The service and staff are both beer-centric and friendly; I can't wait until my return trip to Columbus which will certainly include a stop @ Bodega!
05-25-2013 07:34:29 |
More by SudsTerkel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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
Bodega in Columbus, OH
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