Enormous projection screens and flat-panel TVs show sports night and day at Club 33. In between their own color commentary, patrons dig into hearty bar food?bacon topped burgers, sandwiches with gooey cheese, and golden-baked pizzas. On Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ takes the stage, as patrons shimmy out on the dance floor. The bar also accepts new teams into its pool league.
Meeting someone special sometimes means wading through a seemingly endless series of unsuitable suitors. Thankfully, that's not the way it happens at Classymatches. Instead, their matchmakers arrange speed-dating events tailored around your age group and interests, helping you avoid incompatibility in the process. Plus, even if someone isn't a match, the mini-dates zoom by so quickly that you're never left trapped in awkward conversation. At the end of the night, you and fellow daters fill out scorecards with your favorite dates, and hosts e-mail you contact info for love connections the next day.
By Columbus CEO's count, Kevin and Lori Ames have graced the city with nearly 20 restaurants, including the Press Grill and Cafe Lola. These days, they own and operate Front Street Bar & Grill, which elevates classic pub and comfort foods to gourmet stat. Case in point: the aptly named "fancy grilled cheese," whose muenster, provolone, and aged cheddar trio joins oven-roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, and bacon between its locally-made slices of bread. Housemade chips, meanwhile, complement homemade salsa or guacamole, and braised short ribs lend some upscale flavor to poutine topped with fried egg and white cheddar cheese curds. Guests can, of course, pair these edibles with refreshments from Front Street's bar, which is lined with wine, craft beer, and fixings for cocktails such as ginger mojitos and various margaritas.
Feasts unfold amid the eatery's exposed brick walls or on its covered outdoor terrace, Lola's Backdoor Cantina, which offers modern Mexican fare. In between bites and sips, visitors can play rounds of pool and ski ball, or pick a tune on the jukebox, which is a preferable alternative to begging the bartender for a serenade.
Nestled in the heart of Columbus' Short North Arts District, The Rossi Bar + Kitchen offers an eclectic menu whose creative offerings include Smoked Ohio Pork Belly, pastrami-cured New York strip steak, and Cocoa Braised Short Ribs, as well as the Rossi Burger and Authentic New York-style pizza boasting fresh mozzarella cheese and hand rolled dough. Luckily, there's ample time to try different things: the kitchen serves food until 1 a.m. At the bar, patrons share conversation and libations including craft beers, creative cocktails, and an extensive wine list served until 2:30 a.m. Reminiscent of a big city bistro, The Rossi Bar + Kitchen is complete with a vintage 1940's era bar, discovered in Brooklyn, refurbished and brought back to life in the Short North.
As dusk turns to darkness, Sway transforms from an upscale tapas restaurant to a raucous nightclub. In the hours before the switch, tapas are the main attraction. Chefs meticulously season and garnish each small plate. To make lobster flatbread, they layer chunks of meat and shiitake mushrooms atop super-thin crusts. They prepare scallops one by one, flavoring each morsel with sesame seeds, cilantro rémoulade, or ancho mole. Signature drinks, including the key-lime-pie martini, fuel the switch to club-mode. On most weekend evenings, neon lights crisscross young crowds, spotlighting live DJs and all the dust that's floating in the air.
Nestled in downtown Columbus, the cozy El Camino Inn bar and restaurant prides itself on its authentic tacos. But don't expect an atmosphere filled with sombreros and cheesy tchotchkes. Classic rock jams echo throughout the 70's-inspired space, which Columbus Monthly likened to the set of a Quentin Tarantino movie. There, while seated at the vintage bar or tucked into a giant, round, navy-leather booth, diners sink their teeth into corn-cake gorditas, Cubano torta sandwiches, and fish tacos, washed down with ice-cold beers and potent cocktails made from a stock of more than 30 tequilas.