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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Columbus, Ohio

By Manuela

As one of the best college towns in Ohio, Columbus is always a good place to have some yummy food and score some great drink deals. For many students at Ohio State University, the city’s downtown restaurants and bars play a significant part in their overall college experience.If you’re looking to explore Columbus on a budget, or just love a great deal, happy hour is your best friend!

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There are a number of good spots around Columbus with happy hour deals that are great for OSU students who don’t want to spend too much money. Here, we’ve compiled a list of places in and around downtown Columbus with amazing food and drink specials.

The 5 Best Places for Happy Hour near Ohio State University

1. Bodega

Bodega restaurant in the short north near OSU in ColumbusPhoto courtesy of Bodega

Area: Short North

Distance from Rambler: 9-minute Uber

Address: 1044 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Bodega is located in the Short North Arts District and has amazing food and happy hour deals. It is a popular place for OSU students to go on a night out or before football games. Monday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. Bodega’s happy hour has the following specials:

  • Mondays: $2 grilled cheese on Mondays
  • Tuesdays: $5 house margaritas and $3 tacos
  • Wednesdays: half off wings on Wednesdays
  • Friday: $12 Fish and Chips Platter
  • Monday – Friday: ½ off all taps, $2 off wine by the glass, $4 well drinks

2. Ethyl & Tank

four people at Ethyl and Tank eating nachos and drinking near osu in columbus

Area: South Campus

Distance from Rambler: 6-minute Uber

Address: 19 E 13th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

Ethyl & Tank is located on South Campus, just steps aways from the Ohio Union. It’s a very fun spot for students to watch the game at and go out during the week and weekends. This multi-level bar and restaurant near campus offers happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers Tuesday through Sunday:

  • Tuesday – Sunday: $2 wells, $3 drafts, $6 tanks
  • Tuesday: $2 tacos
  • Wednesday: $6 apps
  • Friday: $5 nachos

3. Forno Kitchen + Bar

Forno Kitchen + Bar in Columbus OH in the Short NorthPhoto courtesy of Forno Kitchen + Bar

Area: Short North Arts District

Distance from Rambler: 10-minute Uber

Address: 721 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Forno in Columbus is the ultimate spot for an amazing happy hour experience. Located in the heart of the Short North, this vibrant and trendy restaurant offers a unique combination of Italian cuisine and lively atmosphere. Their happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. and it includes half priced draft beer, bar snacks, pizzas, and wine by the glass.

4. Lemongrass Fusion Bistro

Lemon Grass Fusion Bistro in the short north near Columbus OHPhoto courtesy of Lemon Grass Fusion Bistro

Area: Short North Arts District

Distance from Rambler: 9-minute Uber

Address: 641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Lemongrass Fusion Bistro is a great place to grab food and score some happy hour deals. This trendy spot serves a variety of Asian-fusion meals including sushi. Their happy hour is 3-7 p.m., 9-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deals include:

  • $5 Salmon Roll, $4 Avocado Roll, $7 California Roll
  • $5 Vodka-mixed cocktails
  • $6 House wines by the glass

5. Short North Pint House & Beer Garden

inside of Short North Pint House in Columbus OHPhoto courtesy of Short North Pint House

Area: Short North Arts District

Distance from Rambler: 9-minute Uber

Address: 780 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Pint House is a casual restaurant with a great atmosphere. It’s a great spot to go with friends or family for a fun and affordable happy hour before a night out. Their happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. and it includes the following deals:

  • Half price select draughts and food (changes daily)
  • 75 cents wings
  • $7 mimosas

We hope that this list of some of our favorite spots to enjoy happy hour helps you continue to explore Columbus! If there is anything else the Columbus Rambler team can help you with, please contact our leasing office. We’re happy to help you in your housing search!


Manuela is a Digital Marketing Intern for Rambler. She is a Senior at The Ohio State University, majoring in Communications.

April 15, 2024


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