Meet People in Columbus at Any of These Great Locations!

couple with lego head

There’s nothing more exciting in this world than finding someone that you have a connection with, be it in a friendly level or something more intense. However, trying to meet people in Columbus isn’t always as easy as we think. Sometimes it can feel like it’s nearly impossible! This is especially true when you go to the same places over and over again, hoping that this time will be your time.

Well, we understand your frustration! That’s why we asked our members who live in Columbus what are some of the best bars in Columbus, Ohio where you could meet awesome people. Here are the top answers! Keep reading to see if your favorite spot is on our list!

1. Shadow Box Live

shadow box facade

Shadow Box Life is a non-profit performance group that self-produces numerous shows, while running the company on a day to day basis. For over 20 years, Shadow Box Live has produced world-class productions that entertain audiences and bringing people together. Whatever you’re into, you can bet that you’ll find a show that’ll appeal to your senses. For example, if you absolutely love the Beatles, you can check out a Beatles Rockumentary. If you’re a fan of trivia, attend the Quiz Box show and test your knowledge. Tickets sell out pretty quickly, so be sure to snag them quick!

Visit Them At:
503 S. Front St. Suite#260
Columbus, OH 43215
Hours Depend on Show Times

2. Grass Skirt

Grass Skirt inside

When you don’t have the budget for a getaway to Hawaii, head on down to Grass Skirt, a beachy little hideaway that allows you to imagine you’re sipping Mai Tai’s on the beach in Honolulu. Grass Skirt offers dishes that have decidedly Polynesian flavor profiles and we love them for it! From starts to handheld snacks, burgers, hoagies, tacos and full on entrees, whatever your craving, you’ll be able to find it here. When it comes to cocktails and drinks, Grass Skirt offers a huge selection of spirits from places like the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Panama, Barbados and more!

Visit Them At:
105 N Grant Ave. 43215 (S of Long, N of Gay)
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday: 11am to 10pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 12am
Sunday: Closed

3. Wine on High

bar on hight iside

Where do you go when you want a great glass of wine? With over 300 labels in their inventory, Wine on High is sure to appeal to everyone who pops by. Their newly remodeled bar allows you to enjoy wine by the glass, share a bottle with someone you’ve hit it off with, or you can even sample wines with one of their many flight options. The best part of Wine on High is the relaxed atmosphere. You can sip on a wide selection of wines without the pretense or pressure that you might experience at other wine bars. When it comes to romantic dates in Columbus, Ohio, many people come here because there’s nothing more romantic than sharing a bottle of Shiraz while talking the night away, don’t you think?

Visit Them At:
789 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm to 12am
Sunday: 1pm to 7pm

4. Marshall’s Restaurant & Bar

 Marshall’s Restaurant & Bar

When you’ve had a great evening with someone fun and exciting, you might have worked up an appetite and you’re craving something delicious. Marshall’s Restaurant and Bar has you covered. Whether you are looking for breakfast staples like omelets, eggs, or the full on breakfast buffet (only available on Saturday and Sunday mornings), Marshall’s has you covered. Of course, people can order favorites like burgers, wings, pizzas and BBQ if you’re hoping to end the night with a belly full of delicious food.

Visit Them At:
1105 W. First Avenue
Grandview, Ohio 43212
Monday: 4pm to Close
Tuesday – Saturday: 7am to 2am
Sunday: 9am to 12am
Happy Hours
Every Day: 2-7:00

5. Average Joe’s Pub & Grill

Average Joe’s Pub & Grill inside

After a hard week at the office, you’re probably going to want to head out to a place that is fun, exciting, and has great daily specials. That place would be Average Joe’s Pub and Grill! Naturally, you’re going to find the typical pub food and drink, but what has people coming back time and time again are the awesome daily specials like $0.60 wings on Sunday or $1.25 mini burger & chips on Thursday, $3 house special drafts… Who could resist? Plus, every Tuesday you can enroll in the Corn Hole tournament and listen to live music, making this place a great option when you’re looking for fun dates in Columbus, Ohio!

Visit Them At:
151 Rome Hilliard Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228
1126 W. Henderson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220
Every Day: 11am to 2:30am
Happy Hour
All Day until 7pm

6. JT’s Pizza & Pub

pizza in JT’s Pizza & Pub

Calling all Trivia buffs! Wednesday nights at JT’s Pizza & Pub is where you want to go when you want to have some of the best pizza in the city, but also impress the ladies with your vast knowledge of useless information! Of course, if you aren’t interested in trivia, you can stop by on Monday’s to take part in Corn Hole tournaments, or Cigar night. When you want to listen to live music, you’re going to want to sit out on the large patio because it features a full bar and a huge stage! There’s over five big screens so you can bet you’re never going to miss the action. If you want to stay up to date with the ever changing events at JTs, we recommend signing up for their newsletter. That what you always know what’s going on!

Visit Them At:
2390 W. Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday: 11am to 1am
Saturday: 12pm to 1am
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm

7. R Bar Arena

R Bar Arena

Not every date night has to be all about wining, dining, and romancing. Couples who are hockey fans gravitate to R Bar because it is right in the heart of Arena District and it has over 30 flat screen televisions throughout the venue with a game playing on each. It doesn’t matter where you sit, you’ll be able to check out both international and NHL games while you’re noshing some sharable items like pizza and nachos. Of course, we can’t forget that during football seasons, you can stop by every Sunday at 1pm to catch the game, too! What makes R Bar even more awesome are the daily specials that range from half price pizza, appetizers, or sandwiches. When you and your honey want to have a fun night out and catch a game, R Bar is a great choice!

Visit Them At:
413 N Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Friday: 10:30am to 2:30am
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 2:30am

8. Three Legged Mare

Three Legged Mare inside

You may have been to the bar, a lounge, or a tavern, but have you ever been to an Irish themed pub like the Three-Legged Mare? The venue makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a bustling Irish pub in the heart of Dublin, with its Irish fare, assortment of bourbon and scotch. However, what really makes people keep coming back are the people. Folks who come here love having a good time and it only adds to the welcoming atmosphere that you’ll only get in an Irish Pub.

Visit Them At:
401 N Front St #150
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Friday: 11am to Close
Saturday – Sunday: 10am to Close

9. Barrel on High

Quote on the wall in Barrel on High

For romantic dates in Columbus, Ohio, Barrel on High is an upgraded whiskey bar that appeals to both the younger and older crowds. The collection of whiskey Barrel on High has on hand tends to fluctuate between 50 to 100 different varieties and they also have rotating taps that come from (usually) Ohio based breweries. Barrel on High didn’t just revamp the interior, but they also revamped the menu to include locally sourced ingredients. If you have a hankering for gourmet pub dishes, then you might want to check out the whiskey penne or even the ratatouille flatbread – it’s to die for!

Visit Them At:
1120 North High St
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Thursday: 4pm to 12am
Friday – Saturday: 4pm to 2am
Sunday: Closed

10. 16-Bit Bar & Arcade

one of the drinks in 16-Bit Bar & Arcade

Contrary to popular belief, gamers aren’t nerds! They know how to have fun and they have a competitive streak that can make for a great date night in Columbus, Ohio! 16-Bit Bar & Arcade is the perfect way to be an undercover flirt (Hey, placing a friendly wager on who can get the highest score in Space Invaders is a great way to flirt!). After you’ve defeated your opponent, make them feel less of a failure with a cocktail named after some of the greatest actors and actresses of yesterday. Also, there are always events going on, be it a Street Fighter Death Match on Mondays or Wayback Wednesdays where classic games are being featured.

Visit Them At:
254 S. 4th Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Friday: 4pm to 2:30am
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 2:30am

11. Asterisk Supper Club

Asterisk Supper Club inside

Asterisk Supper Club is a venue that opened in 2016, so it’s fairly new, but boy, is it making quite the splash as one of the best date night options for couples in Columbus. This speak-easy type supper club is located outside of Columbus in Westerville, once dubbed the “Dry Capitol of the World” during the prohibition era. That doesn’t ring true today, though, because you can be certain that you’ll find a selection of proprietary cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. Of course, you also have delicious meals, too! If you feel like you need to break away from the hustle and bustle, don’t hesitate to visit the Tea Room between 1pm and 4pm, where you can enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and tasty treats. Asterisk is a cut above the rest, and a definite must visit!

Visit Them At:
14 N State St,
Westerville, OH 43081
Monday: 12pm to 9pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm to 11pm (Kitchen open till 10:00 pm) (Appetizers 10:00 pm – Close)
Sunday: 10am to 9pm (Brunch 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
(Supper 3:00 pm – Close)

12. North High Brewing Company

North High Brewing Company<

Forget big name brews like Budweiser or Coors and stop by North High Brewing Company for a taste of a microbrew that brings people coming back time and time again. The brewery has been open since 2011 and they consistently brew more than 30 different beer. With their one of a kind brew on premises equipment, you can choose exactly what you want. If you go on a tour through the brewery, the brewing experts will walk you through the entire process so that your batch turns out with the highest quality that is expected from North High Brewing Company.

Visit Them At:
1288 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Monday – Thursday: 2pm to 12am
Friday – Saturday: 12pm to 2am
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm

13. Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Mikey’s Late Night Slice inside

Whether you’re heading out for a night of partying with your friends, or you’re coming home from the club with someone and you’re hungry, Mikey’s Late Night Slice is exactly what will get you through the night and hopefully prevent a hangover the next morning! Of course, if you don’t want to head out to the restaurant, you can also order your pizza for delivery, so you don’t have to worry about getting dressed when you’re comfortably lounging with your sweetie watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Visit Them At:
268 South 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 3am
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 4am
Bar Closes Every Day at 2:30am

14. Algeria’s Seafood

Food in Algeria’s Seafood

You don’t have to go to the beaches of California if you want beach hut food! Right here in the heart of Columbus, you can dine on West Coast Mexican Seafood right here at Algeria’s Seafood. Though this isn’t your typical lavish seafood restaurant, this hole-in-the-wall spot is a hidden gem that is definitely worth exploring. There are always daily specials that will have you coming back time and time again-plus the hand crafted margaritas during Happy Hour will certainly whet your whistle!

Visit Them At:
2584 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220
Monday – Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Friday: 11am to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 10pm
Sunday: 11am to 9pm
Happy Hour
Monday – Friday: 4pm to 8pm

15. Old Field’s North Four Tavern

Old Field’s North Four Tavern inside

Old Field’s North Four Tavern has got to be one of the best bars in Columbus, Ohio, as it’s poured over 125 of Ohio’s finest breweries since 2014. Their selection is always changing, so you could go there every day and try something new on tap! If you’re hoping to find something more consistent, their food menu doesn’t change nearly as often, but it is still updated regularly. If you have a Growler, you can stop by on Monday and have it filled with whatever beer you want. If you don’t have one, you can still bring in a mason jar (16 or 32 ounce) so you can take it home and enjoy later. How sweet is that?!

Visit Them At:
1571 North Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Sunday – Friday: 5pm to 2:30pm
Saturday: 7pm to 2:30am

16. Hai Poké

food in Hai Poké

Hai Poké offers island inspired street food, right here in Columbus. You can enjoy delicious poké like Salmon Poké, Veggie Bowls, Tuna Poké or Wakame. With four locations, you can always bet that you’ll meet someone cool when standing in line for your favorite poké.

Visit Them At:
Pure Pressed Juicery: 194 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Oddfellows Liquor Bar: 1038 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Zauber Brewing Company: 909 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Hai Poke – Short North 647 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Pure Pressed Juicery: Weekdays, 11am to 2pm
Oddfellows Liquor Bar: Tuesday – Friday: 4pm to 9pm
Zauber Brewing Company: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 4pm to 9pm | Sunday: 3pm to 8pm
Hai Poke Short North: Every Day: 11am – 10pm

17. Lineage Brewing

Lineage Brewing inside

For many people, beer is the best way to unwind after a long day at work or after a day working outside. Beer is one of those beverages that brings people together, so it should be no surprise that visiting Lineage Brewing is a great way to meet people in Columbus. When you stop by, you can drink craft beer that takes tried and true brewing techniques, and combines it with new flavor combinations that will tantalize your taste buds. You can also dine on an impressive selection of dishes that pair perfectly with any given beer.

Visit Them At:
2971 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43202
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Friday: 4pm to 1am
Saturday: 11am to 1am
Sunday: 11am to 10pm

These are just some of the great places you could visit when you want to plan a date night or meet someone new. If you’re having a hard time finding the time to meet someone in person, you can always give online dating a shot and then bring them to one of these fun date options!