Looking for the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some nice cold suds with good friends? Well, Ohio’s vibrant bar scene can help you do just that. Whether beer is your thing, or you’re more of a wine person, or if it’s cocktails and liquors you seek, Ohio is the place to grab a drink in a lively atmosphere. From feel-good pubs to bourbon-focused bars, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Ohio. Here are 10 of the best bars in the state.
Clancy's Tavern is more than just a bar. They serve delicious foods with a Prime Rib Dinner Special every Saturday night, a Walleye Dinner Special every Friday night, a Tuesday Wing special served all day, and Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They show every NFL game every Sunday, with the NFL Sunday Ticket on their big screen projection TVs, and serve 27 different brands of draft beer, as well as bottled beer, wines, and cocktails.
The Century isn't for the faint of heart. If your palette can only handle beer or wine, then this is not the place for you. But if you want to taste some of the best bourbon whiskey in the country then The Century just might have what you're looking for. They carry almost 120 types of bourbon and even more ryes and whiskeys. The owners and operators are passionate about good bourbon, and true experts of the craft. If you have questions about bourbon or whiskey, they have answers.
69 Taps gets their name from the fact that they have 69 taps on the wall, and one of the best beer selections in all of Ohio. They have Happy Hour seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and SUPER happy hour Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Even better, the draft of the month is only $2 a glass, the featured draft is only $3 a glass, and the specialty shot of the month is only $3 as well!
Old Bag of Nails Pub got its name from the original founder, Gaylord Wirrick, who opened the pub in an old empty hardware store, where the only thing left was an old bag of nails. They specialize in battered fish and battered pickles, but they have a full selection of delicious bar food, craft beers, draft beers, wines, and ciders.
The Humble Wine Bar in Lakewood, Ohio, has a massive selection of wine by the bottle or the glass, fancy mixed cocktails, and craft beer by the bottle or on tap. You can also order cheeses to match with your wine, or authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. And afterwards, sweeten the night up with one of their many desserts. Happy Hour is every weekday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where wine by the glass is only $5 and the featured draft beer is only $3.
When you're spending an evening with friends, sometimes, you want a little more of something to do then tipping back beers and watching the football game on a big screen TV. That's where Tabletop Board Game Cafe comes in. They bring in at least six new board games every month of every genre and interest, and they have coffee, smoothies, food, and of course, cold beer on tap or in bottles.
The Village Idiot opened in 1997 and has been a pillar in the Toledo area music scene ever since. They feature both local and nationally famous music groups, even featuring American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox regularly before she appeared on the popular music contest. The bar is located in a 1920s-era building in historic uptown Maumee. They feature live music seven nights a week, freshly made pizza, craft beers, and friendly bartenders.
The Dublin Pub is a cornerstone of the Dayton bar scene, and an iconic authentic Irish Pub. It's so iconic in fact that the likes of Quentin Tarantino, George Takei, and Ty Pennington have all stopped in for a drink and an Irish meal, and their music stage has featured Blue Oyster Cult, The Violent Femmes, Gaelic Storm, Sheryl Crow, and hundreds more. In 2014, they were named as one of the “Top Irish Establishments in the U.S.” by TomHoran.com, and they're a favorite of anyone looking to feel a little Irish in the Dayton area.
St. James Tavern started out in 1996, in a run-down building that was on its last legs, but after a year under the management of current owner, Michelle Hill, with painstaking renovations to both the business model and the building itself, the St. James Tavern became known as “the neighborhood bar without a neighborhood.” They take pride in a rotating selection of at least 13 quality microbrews on tap at all times, the Bose TouchTunes digital jukebox with over 2,000 songs to choose from, and the friendly loyal patronage that made the bar what it is today.
The 750ml Wine Bar has over 800 standard options of wine, as well as 20 rotating seasonal brews, hand-selected by a small team of self-professed “professional wine lovers.” They have a wine boutique on-site where you can order wines you love by the case or as a single bottle, and they're happy to special order anything that they don't happen to have in stock. They were voted “Best Wine Bar” on Fox8's Hot List, and won the Wine Spectator's Best Of “Award of Excellence” in 2015. If you're a wine lover, this is the place for you.