Circus Bar

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Type: Bar

1227 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43201
United States

(614) 421-2998 | map

Formerly High Five Bar & Grill under previous management.

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Reviews by MbpBugeye:
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2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

This place is weird. Very, very weird.

I was brought here on a night where everyone was dressed up as clowns. I'm not sure if this is the norm here or not, but judging by the name, motif and patrons I'd say this wasn't an unusual night.

There was a $3 cover charge. God I hate cover charges. To me a cover is simply asking customers to go somewhere else, and in the Short North there is no shortage of other options.

The place is just a big empty square room with a bar at the back. not really anywhere to sit. There were a few tables but probably only about 5 of them, so naturally they were all taken. There are circus sideshow posters on the walls which I thought was pretty cool.

Everyone there that night were juggalos. These kind of people make me... I'll say, uncomfortable. Many were dancing, some were kissing members of the same sex and the rest were contemplating how magnets work. Factor this environment in with the lack of a place to hide, much less sit down, I was ready to leave as soon as I got there.

I did, however, find comfort in a couple of the beers that were on tap. Columbus IPA (All I really need) and Old Rasputin on nitro. The other selections were just fine as well. Columbus Pale Ale, Hoegaarden, Great Lakes Dopplerock and others. A solid line up but by today's Short North bar standards very average, almost pedestrian. I guess its a good thing when I can call nitro'd Old Raspy average.

The prices were steep. I got a pint of CIPA and a pint of Old Raspy. The bill came out to over $10. Neither of these beers should be in the $5 range. My brother got a tall PBR thinking it would be cheap. It was $4. Also, I basically ended up paying a $3 cover charge to stare at 300lb cleavage and muffin topping that was all over the place.

The service was friendly and quick, if not a bit weird.

This is a Juggalo bar so I'll only be dragged back, kicking and screaming.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

High Five is located on the corner of High and 5th (get it?) just north of downtown. This area is not too busy so street parking is pretty easy to find.

Between the tinted windows, foosball and small stage you can tell this place relishes in its dive bar aesthetic. The entire joint is painted powder blue, with some interesting art and beer signs on the walls. The bar is in the rear and there is a single TV. The rest of the area has tables and there are booths along the windows. I would think the tables are cleared out when there is a band on stage.

The beer selection is better than expected. There are 10 taps with highlights from Rogue Dead Guy and Bell's Two-Hearted. They also have the run-of-the-mill options like Stella and Guinness. There are around 50 beers in bottles, ranging from local/regionals like GLBC, Bell's, Thirsty Dog and CBC to other micros like Rogue, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Stone etc. Some imports from Sam Smith to Beck's were spotted too.

Service here is pretty good. The bartender tried to give me my beer on the house when I told her I might have trouble hitting the credit card minimum since they no longer served food. I did have cash though and she did disappear for quite awhile so overall it was decent.

As mentioned this establishment no longer serves food.

I would probably drive the extra couple miles to Victorian's, St. James Tavern or any number of bars in the Short North before coming here. However the place does have a certain charm and would probably be a fun place to check out a local band and have a couple good brews at the same time.

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Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Okay, this location was previously a dive bar for punk rock bands with little to offer except PBR. Well new ownership has not only changed the whole look of the place and added food, but they have greatly changed the beer menu to make it one of the best in the neighborhood. There were at least 30 craft beers that you could choose from in bottles with the average price of $3.50. The taps consisted of Dead Guy, Bert Grant Hefe, Two Hearted, Stella, plus a few rotating at $4.50. The micros definately occupy more space than the marcos, even though they made sure to have enough of those as well. They painted the formerly black themed bar blue and knocked out the front and replaced it with glass. This to promote a eatery somewhere along the lines of Skullys. While I give them points, where they really need to work is on educating their staff. Too many patrons were ordering thing based on name only and not realizing what they were getting.

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