Pace-High Carry Out
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4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Located on High Street north of OSU campus, parking is limited to street or a parking lot across the street that belongs to a strip mall. I am not sure what the story is behind this store, but its current incarnation is a worthwhile stop for beer lovers. It is only a couple miles down High from Andy's, which makes for a good one-two punch.
The store appears to devote the majority of their space to beer, and wine/convenience store goods to a lesser extent. The beer can be located on shelves and in coolers, and there is a healthy selection of singles and "make your own 6/12 packs" available too. The beers are varied, with regionals like BBC, Thirsty Dog, GLBC and Bell's represented. Other micros like Anchor, Arcadia, Stone, Rockies Brewing are available too. Pace-High also has one of the better selections of Belgian bombers I have seen too - many I have never seen elsewhere. Finally, there are a fair number of imports from odd countries like Guatemala and Venezuela too.
The service here is friendly and efficient. All in all this place is well worth a stop if you are in the area.
03-22-2004 19:06:44 | More by Dogbrick
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Today was a free day for me so I decided to do some beer store hunting. This was my first stop of the day. From the outside, this place didnt look very nice. But on the inside, the beer was plenty and varied. They had just about everything within reason. Bruery, Buckeye, CBC, Alesmith, and a really nice selection of Belgians. I have no access to Alesmith in NC so I was excited to get a couple of bottles of those.
Prices were very reasoable. The Bruery beers were around $10 which is about $5 cheaper than NC. THe Alesmith beers were also around $10.
Service was nonexistent as the guy working the counter was on the phone the whole time jabbering away. A great selection saves this place.
01-18-2011 16:02:05 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Cheer up, Wildman, it's back. I reported this closed several months back because I went there only to find a shell of a building. What I didn't know, and what was not shown by any sign in the window, was that they were closed for general renovation, cleaning and restocking. Though it is not any palace of beer, it is certainly a great supply source once again. I scored 3 liter bottles of Double Bastard, picked out a couple of sixers of good singles, and could have easily spent much more time selecting good brews.
Friendly owner who is very helpful. Great selection with more on the way. Lots of cooler space and singles choices. Rear parking lot and open 7 days a week from 9 to around 10 at night. Highly recommended unless your primary choices are exotic Belgian beers, of which I saw few. At least you won't trip over 12 packs of macro brew here.
11-12-2003 22:50:57 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.16/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The outside of this place looked really sketchy. It honestly felt I was about to walk inside of the most ghetto shop in the worst part of a burned out town.
I fully expected the car to be on cinder blocks when we exited.
Surprisingly, the inside of the store was kept really clean which helped me feel a bit better.
Beer is to the right upon entering, and it has the vibe like the shop used to be half the size and they knocked down a wall to expand it.
This was the first of the 3 Columbus shops we hit up... And as it turns out, my least favorite.
The prices were higher than the other 2 places at which we stopped, and the selection was missing many beers that the other 2 had-- although this place did have several bottles of Old Raspy XIV.
When I asked about Rivertowne Lambic I was shown Lindemans Framboise. Ok, half credit for knowing the word Lambic...
Overall-- there are far better shops around than this, but if I lived locally I would swing in here once a month or so as it seems many limited beers may linger on shelves a bit longer.
01-23-2012 00:39:36 | More by AleWatcher
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is now one of my go to places, especially if I want to make my own 6- pack.
Pace-Hi is a nondescript mini-mart on N. High just south of North Broadway. It is basically split into two halves. The half with the counter has typical mini-mart stuff, Coolers of pop, snacks and this place has lots of wine accessories.
The second half is where all the beer and wine is. Like most places its more wine than beer, but the beer here is of good stock. 2 Full cooler doors of singles for mixing and matching. Plenty of Ohio stuff like Columbus Brewing and Thirsty Dog is represented in the first cooler. Lots of Bell's and Founder's and DFH are in the second cooler. They will break up packs of beer that are typically not sold as singles. DFH Burton Baton, HopSlam, Thirsty Dog Cerberus etc.
The rest of the coolers are all 6 and 4 packs, leaving one shelf for bombers and magnums divided by country.
There always is a great selection of Hoppin Frog.
The owner is a really helpful guy. He really appreciates the people who come to his shop often. Because of this I was able to purchase a pack of Nemesis and KBS from him which he keeps in the back room.
03-27-2010 21:29:45 | More by MbpBugeye
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
(Update: Someone must have heard my plea and the place now reminds me more of the old days and my friend who first introduced me to the place is especially happy with the revival) I review this place as if mourning an old friend. This place was great when years ago, I made a brief foray into micro beers. They used to have the whole store lined from top to bottom with beers. But my latest visits to this place with my friend who used to worship it were sadly disappointing. A very limited selection. To the untrained eye, they may feel they found a steal at this location. But to us who knew it's once great glory, we notice all the empty spaces that once held beer. I dearly hope someone else takes it over who remembers those days and brings back this once great beer haven.
05-25-2003 07:41:39 | More by Wildman
4.7/5 rDev +18.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Went zooming by and almost didn't see it, let alone remember it was one of the places I wanted to check out. It took two tries at looping around twisty little streets that all looked alike before I came back far enough. Damn this foolish no U-turn law!
It was worth the effort. I stepped into a rustic, barnlike store framed by rough-hewn beams. Never mind the wine in the left half. Pass through to the right hand and find a roomful of beer. As you twine through it, you keep finding more nooks and corners and more beers. Some very interesting Belgians (and B-style) prominently displayed, like Hitachino Nest and Black Ghost.
Nice guy at the counter, who was glad to help, though not exactly the most voluble.
The best part is you can get singles of *anything*. Joy for the beer-hunter!
08-25-2004 00:54:17 | More by gentlebubbles
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Somehow I never really managed to get out to this place in all my years around Columbus. Man was I missing out.
Essentially a little convenience store, mostly alcohol forward. There were a few racks of wine, and possibly liquor, but I didn't really have a ton of time to explore the non-beer part of the store.
I came here because I needed to pick up some singles for a trade, and I had heard they are great about singles.
Almost every 12oz beer was sold in single form, and whatever is not can be broken into singles. The manager/owner was very quick to accommodate my request to break a sixer of Columbus Summerteeth into singles, and he in fact remarked that he was surprised it wasn't already available as singles.
There were tons of little gems sitting around, ranging from nice Ohio stuff, to harder to find seasonal releases, as well as some really interesting import offerings from Belgium and Germany. There were several Ohio breweries represented that I have not seen sold anywhere else in town.
There are some shelves, but I'd say that about 70% of all beer is in a cooler. The sheer size is smaller than Kenny Road, but the selection in the cooler makes this a better stopping point than Kenny Road imo.
Once I have some spare cash I want to stop back again to pick up some fun new ticks!
05-18-2011 05:35:18 | More by Spider889
3.85/5 rDev -3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I should start out by saying that this is a store I've frequented many times over the years and it has seen good and bad days (mostly bad days). Factors that come in to play are management, lack of air conditioning, old beers always in stock, empty shelves that once held many brews, the list keeps going and going. I was told that this place has once again opened under new management so I thought I'd check it out to see if anything has changed.
Looks like the interior has been redone and it does look alot nicer than before. After walking in the door off High St. you will need to hang a right to get to the beer area. The first shelf in this area has several larger size bottles and some imports at room temperature. There is a sign posted that reads these selections are also kept cold in the back of the cooler. I noticed brews from Unibroue, Tucher, Baltika, d'Achouffe, Huyghe, and St. Bernardus. Once past this shelf there are several coolers of singles that are available for make-your-own six packs. Selection in the singles section is nice. After these coolers there are 10-15 coolers of cold sixers with craft brews and macros selections. Some of the breweries represented are Great Lakes, New Holland, Founders, Avery, Rogue, Green Flash, Southern Tier, Bells, Lakefront, and Brooklyn. Nice to see most of the beer in the store is kept cold.
Overall, this is the best shape that I have seen this store in. There is a wide selection of brews that are priced on par with other establishments in the area. I think it is still fairly new this time around so quality is going to be good. Time will tell if this is going to last but, for now, this is a nice place to stop if you need to pick up some good beer.
12-03-2008 23:21:05 | More by csmiley
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
The last time I hit this shop a couple years or so ago, the shelves were practically empty and it looked like they were going out of business. Wow, things have changed! Large selection of domestic and imports. Micros and macros present. A good portion of which is kept in the large number of coolers. Ability to buy singles of anything in the store really boosts the selection and certainly entices me to buy more beer here. Saw a couple things I haven't seen anywhere else in Columbus including Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils. Stock seemed to be reasonably fresh. Service was courteous. I didn't ask for any assistance, but the gentleman seemed interested in having my repeat business so I'm guessing he likely has an owner's stake in the shop. An old building that doesn't look like much inside or outside, but certainly holds a good stash of quality beer. Definitely a place to check out in Columbus.
05-30-2004 05:05:08 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Pace-High Carry Out in Columbus, OH
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