If you’re looking for a place with cheap drinks and a laid-back, no-frills atmosphere, then a neighborhood bar is probably your best bet. Whether you’ve just got off work and are ready to relax or just looking for a fun weekend night out with friends, hit up one of these 10 best neighborhood watering holes in Ohio.
Drop into Char Bar for one of their famous long island iced teas and stay for great music, a game of pool, and friendly faces. This neighborhood bar is the best place to hang with down-to-earth locals only all night long.
Dick’s Den in Columbus is a neighborhood bar that has been around for decades. With dark wood, an iron-plate ceiling reminiscent of the 1900s, and big glass windows that overlook the busy North Campus, Dick’s Den is the ultimate relaxed place to hang with friends. Pool tables and live jazz or bluegrass is on deck almost nightly.
Beck Tavern is a fun neighborhood bar in Columbus that offers a great selection of microbrews on tap, a top-notch Happy Hour, and three dart boards which attract a number of regular players.
Harbor Inn claims to be one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhood bars and has remained the same inside for nearly its entire existence. With over 175 different beers available, this is local favorite is a part of Cleveland’s history and definitely worth checking out.
If you and your friends tend to get kicked out of every bar, then Now That’s Class is the place for you. At this neighborhood bar and music venue, anything goes. Shows range from punk to avant-jazz and there’s a skateboard ramp, retro pinball machine, and everything else you could possibly need for a memorable night out.
The Duck Island Club in Cleveland is a small, intimate bar where the locals go when they want a retreat from the noisy big bars. The bar started as a speakeasy during prohibition and still lives up to those speakeasy days today with its unassuming look on the outside and its cozy feel inside.
Grab some friends and head to the Social Room in Cleveland for some nice drinks and nice vibes. A fun atmosphere, including pool tables and open mics on Monday nights, are waiting for you.
Murphy’s Bar is a local Cincinnati favorite for pool, trivia nights, giant Jenga nights, and a variety of other fun themed nights to enjoy. To top things off, Murphy’s Bar also offers incredible drink specials all week long.
Specializing in craft beers, Fries Cafe is always stocked with a constantly rotating selection of incredible drinks. On the lower level you’ll find two billiard tables and upstairs dart boards and an excellent outdoor space are waiting.
The name says it all. Dive Bar in Cincinnati offers a great selection of locally brewed beers and daily drink specials. If you're in University Village, Dive Bar is definitely worth a visit at least once.