Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 800
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Overall impressions: This restaurant is in a beautiful building (stained glass windows, pressed tin ceilings). Good selection of beers and seafood meals.
Beer: They had about a dozen house-brewed beers on tap. My friends got the hefeweizen and really liked it. I got the dunkelweizen. If I had tasted it without knowing the name I would have guessed it to be a milk stout – it had smooth sweet chocolate flavor with very light roast in the background. It seemed a little over-carbonated for my taste. I also got the Horny Goat (porter aged in three months in bourbon barrels). This was beautifully smooth. You could perceived the bourbon, but it didn’t hit you over the head. The chocolate and roast flavors were well balanced with the bourbon.
Food: For Ohio, there was a rather decent selection of seafood. My friends got the crab-stuffed scallops and the crab cakes. I got the blacked mahi-mahi. It was on a bed of risotto and cord with asparagus. It was a decent size but on the upper end of what I usually spend.
Atmosphere: The brewpub is in a cool building that has some neat and interesting history. It has some beautiful stained glass windows and neat dropped ceilings.
01-24-2013 03:32:51 | More by Yeastcakes
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Okay, so the building is amazing. Really amazing. Like one of the nicest buildings you're likely to drink a pint in. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. Food is good, if not memorable (I doubt they're making that hummus in house). Service is bordering on lousy (snarky bartenders that don't know what they're selling), and the beer is mediocre. If you're a homebrewer with any sort of an idea what you're doing, you've got beer that's just as good or better sitting in your keg at home.
If you must get a beer somewhere, I guess Elevator is fine, but I'd search high and low before I'd go back. Barley's isn't too far from here, and is a much better option.
07-29-2012 15:01:22 | More by rodney4130
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Elevator has an awesome old syle feel. The bar, ceilings and nice wood work will wow you. The food was really good but maybe a bit over priced.The atmosphere makes up for the over priced food. If you do plan on going make sure to reserve a table.If not you could wait up to 2 hours to be seated. My only complaint has to be the bartenders. They were very rude and didn't want to answer any questions we had about the beers. I would say wait to get drinks when you get a table and by pass the bar. I will be going back to Elvator as their beer is better from the tap than from bottle.
04-17-2012 01:08:47 | More by Bucknutty24
3.76/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Located right downtown in a fantastic old building.Stained glass,ornate ceilings and walls,etc.Decent sized bar,and adequate table seating. Found some meter parking a couple of blocks away rather easily.
Service was nice,not overly talkative,but not unpleasent either.
Tried a few beers,the dopplebock being the best.From what I tried the beers were just slightly above average.Decent selection to chose from.
Just tried the broccoli soup,it was alright.
All in all I would say this is an ok place to stop by, but not the type of place I would spend a great amount of time in.
12-14-2011 18:21:55 | More by wingedeel
2.45/5 rDev -31.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$$
SHORT POURS. I've been to this place three or four times, but don't think I'll go back anytime soon, because 3 SHORT POURS two nights in a row were enough to sour my opinion of the place for a long time. The decor is really beautiful and worth a visit because they don't make floors and ceilings and woodwork like this anymore. i haven't had a bad meal in the place, but still, SHORT POURS suck. Fill the glass up. If an inch of head is their style of pour, then get larger glasses and give us a pints worth of beer for our money.
03-24-2011 11:56:43 | More by alebird
2.1/5 rDev -41%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Skip Elevator Brewery if you are checking out the brewpubs of Columbus, Ohio. Their beers are relatively timid and high priced compared to others in town, and their bartenders are unpleasant. An honest and friendly but lukewarm comment on a brew turns them surly. On a second visit, with different folks behind the bar, (why oh why did we give them yet another chance!) we also ate at the bar, a practice sure to up your tab/potential tip, and the service was even worse.
The first time I visited Elevator, I was in a larger group that sat at a table. We noted that the building is certainly nice and someone in our group related some local history on the place. The restaurant is well decorated. The food on this first visit did at least come to us warm, and it was OK but not especially notable either for its quality or value. The service was average but hardly above average. The beer was fairly mediocre among brewpub offerings, even on this first visit, but I wrote it off to choosing a couple of styles that are not among their strengths. On the second and third visits noted above, both to the bar only, I learned that 3 other styles are just not fine examples of their type.
I've had more than my fill of this place, and anyone can find much better restaurants that brew beer by 1) going south on High St. from Elevator (161 N. High) to the COLUMBUS BREWING COMPANY (just west of S. High St. on Short St. in the German Village area). They feature a full restaurant menu and consistently terrific beers and food. Their standard IPA is one of the best balanced examples of its type anywhere OR 2) Going north to the 500 block of N. High St. and visiting BARLEYS ALE HOUSE. They feature many styles of beer on a rotating basis and special brews on most Friday afternoons. Their beers, well ok, ales actually, are much more adventuresome and cover a gamut of styles from mild to aggressive in both taste and alcohol content. They have a brew pub type menu with some major full menu aspirations and the food is top notch. The location is perfect for some exploring on foot since it is right at the Arena District and Short North areas of Columbus that feature 100s of restaurants, music and night spots, interesting shops, and, not far away, the big and attractive urban Goodale Park.
03-14-2011 22:17:35 | More by linnaxis
4.3/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This has become a go-to place for me as it is right across the street from work. You can't find a better value in town for happy hour. All of their beers are on $2.50/pint (except for the monthly beers).
The building is beautiful! It has a long history as a billiards club. The wood trim is fantastic and there are few places better to drink a few pints than at the bar.
The service has always been good for me. No problems there. They usually have a dozen or so beers on tap with two or three monthly selections. Their monthly selections have been hit or miss. Sometimes you can tell they are swinging for the fences. Sometimes it's overkill and can be too much and sometimes they connect for a great beer. Either way, I can certainly appreciate the vision and the effort.
Food is usually very good. I'm not really into food too much, but think they have a great burger (always order less done than you want it, as they usually over cook by a degree or two) and fish and chips.
This is a beautiful place with a solid selection of beers. It is certainly worth the stop when in Columbus. It is also not far from CBC and both Barley's locations...so you can make a day of it!
03-13-2011 16:03:36 | More by jhnmdn1
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Elevator was the first brewery/beer place I visited when I moved to Columbus (my wife took me there straight from the airport) and I will never forget it for that reason.
I will also say we only went there one more time! Not for lack of quality, but we just preferred other brewpubs and bars like Barley's and Bodega.
The interior of Elevator is absolutely stunning, an old turn-of-the-last-century building of a kind you don't see anymore in razed-and-renewed downtown Columbus. Copper ceilings, murals, grand lamps and ornaments, rich wood panels... this is some gorgeous stuff.
It might sound silly to say the building is the best part of Elevator, but -after eating and drinking there- it could easily feel this way.
Service is alright, but not great. We sat at the bar and the guy can be a little slow but not too bad.
Their IPA and Red Ale are good, almost very good. Wonderfully drinkable. Their big beers are hit or miss (their super-strong Eisbock, or some of their barrel-aged brews are interesting but far from great). The Germans, I don't really care for. But they do have a slightly-better-than-average tap list after all, if not exciting. It's missing darker/bigger beers.
Food is also better than your average pub grub (some inventive items and preparations) but alas, very expensive.
This is not my beer stop of choice in Columbus, but worth visiting at least once.
11-16-2010 00:50:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Very nice place. The inside is very well done with a very nice bar and a lot of seating. The menu was a little limited and slightly expensive, but the food was very good. I had the pulled pork and my girlfriend had the pizza, but were nice size portions and both were so so good. The beer was only there brews, however, their beers were solid. A couple of very good beers, but nothing below a b minus level. The service was a little slow and lacked a little bit of knowledge but overall it was a very good place with some solid beer.
07-23-2010 19:13:15 | More by goblue3509
3.88/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I finally went in here for a beer. I dont really know what took me so long. I think the prices of the menu scared me away, that and the fact that I can get many of their beers in stores.
Inside the place is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the best interior spaces I have ever been in. Its all antique, refurbished woodwork with carved mastheads and deco designs. Tile floors, high ceilings, built in glass cabinets showing shirts, glassware and growlers, stained glass and pale blue lights highlighting things throughout. Utterly impressive inside.
We sat down at the very large bar and were immediately offered a menu and beer list. The bartender told us what the extra beers were that werent on the list (a dunkel and eisbock). Service was prompt, but it wasnt too busy. I didnt ask many questions so I dont know exactly how knowledgeable the staff is.
They have all of their beers that can be found around town in bottles and on tap as well as two other beers for their two separate beer tours. I got the eisbock and my brother got the dunkel. My suspicion is that the dunkelweisen is the base beer for the eisbock, but I have no confirmation.
Prices here are frankly out of control. I have never eaten here but I have seen the menu on their website. My 10oz snifter of their eisbock was $8. That is a little much to pay for a beer with a lot of hype and credit, let alone a local brewpub beer.
Overall I really love the atmosphere here. They do have quick limited runs that come and go but I bet it will be a while before I make it back here.
07-17-2010 22:45:44 | More by MbpBugeye
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus in Columbus, OH
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.