August 12, 2022

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12 of the most popular Columbus rooftop bars and restaurants offer great views

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The heat is finally expected to subside this weekend, but the weather is supposed to be pleasant.

That makes it a perfect time to sit atop one of Columbus’ rooftop bars and enjoy a drink with friends or family and a good view. These 12 places offer both.

Whether you want to try one of the new places such as Mandrake Rooftop, a scenic view of the Scioto River or any others, there are plenty to entice you outdoors this weekend and beyond.

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Not sure where to go? We have you covered with a sampling of Columbus rooftop bars and restaurants worthy of consideration.

Mandrake Rooftop is the latest upper-level destination that offers an expansive view of Downtown, stylish cocktails and tapas-style menu with carefully curated ingredients.

Mandrake Rooftop is the latest upper-level destination that offers an expansive view of Downtown, stylish cocktails and tapas-style menu with carefully curated ingredients.

Mandrake Rooftop

808 N. High St., Short North

The newest of the rooftop bars on this list, Mandrake offers a view of Downtown, stylish cocktails and a tapas-style menu.

Sitting at the Moxy Columbus Short North hotel, Mandrake is part of Bobby George’s Ethos Hospitality Group of Cleveland.

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The bar has dinner hours from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. After 10 p.m., Mandrake turns into a lounge with bottle service and private-lounge seating with a DJ playing music.

For more information about the menu, which is features a host of shared items and sushi, can be found at www.mandrakerooftop.com.

You can soak up some rays and enjoy the view at Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen.

You can soak up some rays and enjoy the view at Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen.

Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen

517 Park St., Downtown

On the eighth floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, guests of Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen can gaze at a glimmering sunset over the Columbus skyline while enjoying Spanish-inspired dishes and signature cocktails and wines.

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For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.luminskybar. com/reservations/ or call 614-607-5960.

Vaso in Dublin offers a variety of specialty cocktails.

Vaso in Dublin offers a variety of specialty cocktails.

Vaso

6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin

Another place with Spanish-inspired dishes, VASO is also home to panoramic views, cocktails, wines and craft beers. Stationed at the top of the AC Dublin, the space overlooks the Scioto River and Historic Downtown Dublin area for a great weekend atmosphere.

The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor bar offering signature drinks such as the Laid Back, made with Bombay East Gin, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime.

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The food menu consists of small tapas offerings such as duck cannolis and miso deviled eggs, and a list of dinner options that bring a warm welcome to the Bridge Park District.

For more information and to reserve a table, go to www.vasodublin.com/ or call 614-698-2525.

Lincoln Social Rooftop is a sleek, modern lounge.

Lincoln Social Rooftop is a sleek, modern lounge.

Lincoln Social Rooftop

711 N. High St., Short North

In the heart of the Short North, the Lincoln Social Rooftop is a year-round oasis with a view that’s sure to elevate your night.

Nine stories up, the modern-and-sleek lounge offers a menu filled with pizzas, sweets, tacos and other shareable items. Lincoln also features a variety of drinks from wine, beer and cocktails.

For more information, visit https://lincolnsocialrooftop.com/ or call 614-300-9494.

Callahan’s Columbus

520 Park St., near Goodale Park

Sitting along Park Street’s line of bars and cantinas is Callahan’s, which can change from a part-time sports bar to a nightclub. It’s a more laid-back outdoor environment than the others on this list.

The first floor offers a traditional Irish Pub setting, while the patio overlooks Park Street and Goodale Park. Although not as deep of a menu as other venues, there are plenty of options for visitors.

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For more information, visit www.callahanscolumbus.com/ or call 614-223-1200.

RH Rooftop Restaurant at Easton has a glimmering interior.

RH Rooftop Restaurant at Easton has a glimmering interior.

RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus

4120 Worth Ave., Easton

Above the RH Furniture Outlet, an upscale home goods brand, the RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus overlooks the Easton Town Center area. With locations in Charlotte, Dallas and New York, the business is recognized for its sophisticated menu and glimmering interior.

Guests are welcomed with a menu filled with steak, lobster rolls and a robust selection of artisanal wines and craft beers. On the restaurant’s interior, trickling fountains and sparkling chandeliers surround patrons as they dine beneath a glass-and-steel atrium.

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For more information and to make reservations, visit https://rh.com/columbus/restaurant or call 614-968-8830.

Novak's Tavern & Patio has a laid-back vibe.

Novak’s Tavern & Patio has a laid-back vibe.

Novak’s Tavern & Patio

475 N. High St., Arena District

A High Street fixture for over 20 years, Novak’s Tavern & Patio is heavy on daily drink specials, live music and crafted cocktails.

Serving “pub grub” items, the brew offerings include Ohio-made beers, IPAs, wheats and stouts. The menu also includes an assortment of wines, Champagnes and house cocktails such as the Lemon Shake Up, Casamigas Mint Lemonade, Makers 46 Old Fashioned and others.

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For more information and private reservations, www.novakstavern.com/ contact or call 614-224-8821.

The Columbus skylines as seen from the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown.

The Columbus skylines as seen from the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Goodale Station

77 E. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

Goodale Station is located on the top floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Short North. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a private dining area with a stellar view of the city’s skyline.

Notable food items include lamb risotto and trout.

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The bar features a mix of classic and novelty options. Favorites include the Fancy Nancy, made with Chamomile Tito’s Vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, yuzu and St. Germain.

For more information and reservations, visit https://goodalestation.com/ or call 614-227-9400.

Relax and enjoy the surroundings at Antiques on High.

Relax and enjoy the surroundings at Antiques on High.

Antiques on High

714 S. High St., Brewery District

Antiques on High may be the sister brewery to Seventh Son Brewing, but the space undoubtedly stands on its own. The rooftop bar, located just inside Columbus’ Brewery District, focuses on the production of sours, wild beers, pale ales and IPAs while also offering several craft cocktails and wines on the drink menu.

Although there’s no kitchen at the bar, food trucks act as the food options. Foxfire Tacos is there on Tuesdays, Street Thyme on Wednesday, Aloha Ahina on Thursday, Two Fat Indians on Friday and California Burrito on Saturdays.

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For more information and reservations, visit www.antiquesonhigh.com.

Frozen margarita, anyone? You can try one at Terrace Bar.

Frozen margarita, anyone? You can try one at Terrace Bar.

Terrace Bar

1079 N. High St., Short North area

As part of the Luxe 23 trio, featuring Urban Chophouse and Whiskey Lounge on the first floor, Terrace Bar stands atop the space in the Short North. The Terrace sports its own bar and kitchen, private and rentable cabanas and a large pool at its center.

The food menu features lighter fare such as shrimp skewers, chips and dip, along with a melting pot of other offerings such as beef sliders, poke bowls and Caesar salad.

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Guests can soak up the summer sun with a refreshing mix of frozen margaritas, sparkling wines and cocktails, which forge the space’s metropolitan and tropical flair together. The West Coast Paloma is made with Volcan Blanco tequila, lime, mint, cane sugar and grapefruit soda; and the Spa Day is made with Ford’s Gin, lime, cucumber, bitters, mint and sparkling water.

For more information and reservations, visit https://terraceshortnorth.com/ or call 614-929.5430.

You can find a variety of specialty drafts at BrewDog.

You can find a variety of specialty drafts at BrewDog.

BrewDog Franklinton

463 W. Town St., Franklinton

This Franklinton neighborhood gem went from an old car mechanic shop to a two-deck, 48-tap bar and roof terrace. BrewDog Franklinton, like its other Columbus-area locations, has specialty drafts, bottles and canned beverages straight from the brand’s DogTap in Canal Winchester.

The bar’s food menu includes carnitas; brisket, black bean and fried chicken tacos; and the Fast Joe, made with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, red onion and Elvis Juice bacon jam. Vegetarian options are also available on Mondays.

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For more information, visit www.brewdog.com/usa/bars/usa/brewdog-franklinton.

ROOFTOP @ BUDD provides a relaxing spot that offers a variety of beverages.

ROOFTOP @ BUDD provides a relaxing spot that offers a variety of beverages.

ROOFTOP @ BUDD

1086 N. 4th St., Downtown

ROOFTOP @ BUDD is an ideal spot for guests to soak up the summer sun while sipping on a glass of wine or craft cocktails.

Located inside Downtown’s Budd Dairy Food Hall, the view isn’t as compelling as other bars or restaurants mentioned here, but the bar’s charm comes from its relaxing and laidback milieu.

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Guests are welcomed with a slew of food options from the hall’s “Chef Partners” that occupy the main floor. These eateries offer traditional Italian dishes, New York-style pizza, savory fried chicken, firey seafood plates, rich ice-cream flavors and other flavorful selections.

Patrons can try the various wines, sangrias, hard seltzers or finely crafted cocktails available on the culinary hub’s beverage menu.

For more information, visit https://budddairyfoodhall.com/bars-at-budd- dairy-food-hall/.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Greater Columbus rooftop bars, restaurants to visit in Ohio

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