Bar, Eatery

1044 N High St
Columbus, Ohio, 43201-2410
United States

(614) 299-9399 | map

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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

What I had: Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA and Victory Prima Pils on tap, white wine and cocktail for my girl.
What I liked: Ridiculous draught and bottle lists, bartender was spot on with her recommendations and happy to provide samples, managed to find seats right away despite it being super busy, cozy bar with chalkboard in plain view, good college crowd, really fun vibe on a Saturday night, love the Mikey’s Slice joint right next door.
What I disliked: Certainly attracts some hipster types but we didn’t feel out of place here.
Would I go back? For sure.
Overall Rating: 88

Jan 29, 2020
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jp32 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nice place. They always have tons of great beer options, limited brews and stuff I haven't heard of. Also, a nice small seating area outside, facing the walk-by traffic, which I like. I haven't tried their food, so cannot comment on that side of things.

Jul 04, 2016
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Zonk from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great spot. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Huge selection with some really great limited stuff on tap and turning over constantly. High end pub grub type food done very well.

Jul 20, 2015
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MRJAZZ from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Went to this location while in town for my nephew's wedding. Was motivated by the BA review.
Must have gone to almost 15 places during my weeks visit to the Capital city. This was my overall # 1 place in the Capital City. Went there three times, and every time was great !
Ambiance, Beer selection, personnel and cuisine were superb. Only complaint: the Din gets to be very loud on busy days. Superb Facility !

Oct 21, 2013
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stercomm from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been here a couple of times, once in the early afternoon with my son and once for dinner with a buddy, both visits have been very enjoyable. First time was just there for the beer. They have a really great selection, a lot of good brews that are a bit out of the mainstream in terms of similar selections say at a Yardhouse or similar establishment. If you are a real craft beer hound a definite place to stop. Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly and prompt; all good things. Second time came for dinner and beer; once again great beer selection and some great suggestions from our waitress. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. From a price standpoint not disappointed at all felt there was value for the dollar.

Sep 25, 2013
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SudsTerkel from Colorado

4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I was on a biz trip to Columbus - my 1st visit there- and made the impressive discovery of the Short North and this superb establishment. I consider a trip to be a resounding accomplishment when uncovering a place like this one; it's like a crowning achievement and Bodega provided me such a experience. I was there on a very busy Friday and after a brief wait, landed a seat at the bar and made my way through Bodega's rich and deep beer list. There are too many to list here; let's just say if you can't find a suitable pint among their offerings, you never will anywhere else. I had Great Lakes' outstanding Monster and several from Michigan's Dark Horse: the Crooked IPA with Citra and the FF Eert Dekoorc. Splendid in all respects. From the food menu, I opted for their Chef's Salad, which was a very tasty and inventive concoction of strawberries, blueberries and walnut in a citrus dressing. The service and staff are both beer-centric and friendly; I can't wait until my return trip to Columbus which will certainly include a stop @ Bodega!

May 25, 2013
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apasternak from District of Columbia

4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Walked in late one Saturday night when bar hopping around the Short North. I was with a roommate and my girlfriend, and we found a table right away. I split a bottle of Chimay Red with my roommate, which was fantastic as always, though a little pricey. We ordered food, which considering this was towards the end of our crawl, was much needed. The nachos were excellent and the spinach dip was also good, despite my general dislike for the dish. Good food, good atmosphere and good booze. It was a good time.

Apr 04, 2013
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Chrysostom from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

I was here for five or six hours the other day. The atmosphere is generally good, a little hipster-y, but the place becomes packed to the hilt after about 9:00 PM. No music or dance when I was there, which is a plus for me - I think they may have turned some on later in the night, I'm not sure. The patrons run the gamut from young hipsters to business travelers, and are uniformly interesting. Good beer requires good conversation.

Quality in beer is extraordinarily high, with reduction only for the lack of glassware (only about four different kinds) and the lack of a good high-end scotch selection (Obad 14 was the oldest and best scotch they had). Quality of food is moderate - it's not bad, but is a very small selection, not even covering all of the bases of typical pub fare (limited to chicken wings and sandwiches, pretty much) - and overpriced. Other gastropubs/food pubs do a much better job with the food, but this is primarily a beer bar, not an eatery with good brews, or half-and-half.

UPDATE: On subsequent visits, the service has ranged from bad to horrible. The first time was a lucky one. To quote another reviewer: "The vibe/attitude so "too cool for school" that it borders on nauseating. Yesterday, after 10 minutes of sitting AT THE BAR without ANY acknowldegement by the staff (we counted 4 behind the bar), we left and went a few doors down to Surly Girl Saloon (where were enthusiastically welcomed by the bar staff)."

I agree. It's hard to get the bartender's attention and I'm boisterous. If you're not "in", you're not "in", it seems to be. I had the same experience, and also ended up in the Surly Girl after going to the cigar place and the antique shop on the same block. The Surly Girl had a good selection of taps (not nearly approaching the Bodega, Bob's, or the World of Beer, though), great decor and ambiance, weird food, lots of pamphlets and hand-bills advertising fashionable leftist causes and events pinned to bulletin boards, etc. (take it or leave it), and much better service.

FIRST VISIT: when I was there earlier in the day, was excellent - 5 out of 5 - with prompt service, helpful and knowledgeable barkeeps, cheap or free tastings of random beers, and good conversation on many topics and debates about beer - even though it was my first time at the place. As it became more packed, wall-to-wall, the service degraded exponentially, as is to be expected.

UPDATE: Selection is actually a 4. I've never seen St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap or in bottles again after my first visit, which is inexcusable.

Selection is 5 out of 5. St Bernardus Abt 12 is on tap, and every other St Bernardus is in bottles in the fridge. Huge selection of local beers (just about all of them, including some homebrews), including at least one cask-conditioned ale, about 50 taps - two walls lined with them - and maybe 150-225 different kinds of bottles, ranging from the most pedestrian (craft beer) such as Great Lakes, to the weirdest and rarest, such as never-before-heard-of bottles of gueuze, etc. They carry almost every Trappist except for Wesvleteren - Rochefort 6, 8, 10; Chimay Red, White, Blue; St Bernardus 8, Tripel, 12; Achel Dubbel; La Trappe/Koningshoeven Quad; Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel; Orval (including aged Orval), etc. The selection is ridiculously large - it rivals anything in Boston, New York, or Chicago. See it for yourself.

Food is average for a bar. The food itself that they serve, is good (although I've heard it's hit-or-miss), probably a 3.75 or a 4 out of 5. The selection is very small, but it's compensated for by the incredible selection of beers.

The beer is reasonable in price for a bar, 10 oz of St Bernardus 12 on tap going for about $10, a 750mL of Duvel going for about $16, so on and so forth - about 50-100% more than liquor store prices on bottles, as is expected for a bar. I think all taps are half-price during happy hour based on the size of my bill (only about $120 after twelve or more beers, about half from bottles). They have off-license, so they can sell you beer to go. The food is overpriced with small selection, and good, but not great. I give it $$ or $$/$ (2 and 1/2) overall for price. The beer is if anything underpriced. I'm used to drinking $30 scotches at most places that don't have good beers, so that may affect my thinking, but doubtfully so - the beer truly is cheap. For beer, $ - Inexpensive. For food, $$$ - Overpriced. Compromise rating - $$.

Overall, a 4 out of 5 - beer counts for more than anything else at a beer bar - and a recommendation.

Mar 23, 2013
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Chrome_Dome from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Been to this place a couple times since October 2012, both during off-peak hours. Beer selection and quality is fantastic and constantly in flux. Definitely sense the younger Hipster and Craft Beer customer base. My value rating of 'reasonable' was a compromise, as I feel that while the food is delicious and of great quality, it is a bit pricey and I couldn't afford to eat there regularly. But, if you get the Happy Hour price on your beer, that is a really good value. At the end of my second visit, I was leaving just as they got into the swing of their evening business, and holy geez, this place definitely gets packed.

I totally intend to return to this place as often as I can and will continue to recommend to friends.

Dec 19, 2012
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rodney4130 from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise Bodega was. Our original plan was to hit up Columbus Brewing Co, but when that was closed (on a Saturday afternoon?), we decided to see what this place was all about.

Honestly, if I wasn't driving, I could've hung out here all day. Great selection, cheap prices, friendly bartenders and clientele, good music....what else do you need?

It's in a fairly nondescript building, but that's okay with me. If I lived in the area, Bodega would totally be my neighborhood bar. A total surprise of our Columbus beer tour, and a place that I'll be visiting again the next time I'm in the city.

Jul 29, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here on more than one occasion and while the tap selection is impressive, the overall experience of coming to Bodega leaves a lot to be desired. The service is non-existent, the vibe/attitude so "too cool for school" that it borders on nauseating. Yesterday, after 10 minutes of sitting AT THE BAR without ANY acknowldegement by the staff (we counted 4 behind the bar), we left and went a few doors down to Surly Girl Saloon (where were enthusiastically welcomed by the bar staff). If all you want is a good craft beer selection and have plenty of time to kill waiting for someone to serve you, by all means, head on over to Bodega. But if you've got that much free time, take a trip about 30 minutes east to Brews in Granville. Better tap selection. Attentive, knowledgeable bar staff. Consistently good food.

Apr 02, 2012
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A co-worker and I cut out of our conference at the convention center at 4:00 to get to Bodega before the happy hour rush. We sat down at the last open table at 4:20 and the place was standing room only from there on out...and this was on Monday.

The beer selection is pretty much as good as you can get for high quality micros. I tried to stick with lower ABV session beers and went with Souther Tier Eurotrash Pils ($2.50), Weasel Boy Scotch Ale ($2.25), and Brooklyn Maple Porter ($2.75).

My buddy, who can not drink, had the plate of thee fish tacos for $9. I had one and it was very tasty. Lots of other tempting small plates on the menu.

Yes, I did a double take and made some verbal proclamation about $2 craft beers. It is too good to be true.

I didn't pay much attention to the hipster element. Had a seat by the window and a table of cute college girls next to us. No need to focus on hip dudes.

The server was efficient and thorough to the point she went back to the bar to get me a note from the bar of what was no longer and now on tap.

I met some other Columbus beer people during my visit to town and they rolled their eyes and complained about how crowded it gets at Bodega. If you plan to get there early, it's a great destination at the best value I've found in my extensive beer travels.

Feb 17, 2012
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cneville from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

50 drafts, but the happy hour is really what seals the deal here. get here before 5, and you can sit comfortably for a few hours drinking 1/2 price craft beer. The cask is excellent, and the selection is always varied and consistently good. The bottle selection is nothing to sneeze at either. As mentioned many times--it's a hipster mecca, and it gets crowded quickly. If you see past that, you'll have a good time. Bonus perk--being right on High St., it's easy to take a bus home so you don't have to drive (which you certainly won't want to after $3 Dogfish 90 for 3 hours). Food is good. Not why you come though.

Oct 04, 2011
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deadmule from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Bodega has the best draft selection in Columbus. I think that they are the only bar in Columbus that always has a cask condition beer available. It has a great happy hour that features ½ off drafts and Mondays they have $1 grilled cheese. There is a good amount of parking on high street but you have to pay the parking meters. If you do not mid walking a couple blocks you can find some free parking on some of the side streets. Their food is hit or miss and is a little high priced but it’s better than most bar food. Service can vary but I have never had any issue getting a beer. But I only go during off times when I can get a seat at the bar. The major downside for me is that it can get extremely crowded. Overall, I think that Bodega is a great bar but I would definitely recommend not going during their peak times.

Sep 29, 2011
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Knecht from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The beer selection here is, undoubtedly, spectacular. The only other bar in Columbus with a competitive draft selection is Bob's Bar. What will ultimately sway you on Bodega is your take on the atmosphere; it is, without question, the definition of "hipster central." Some patrons are surely in there for the great beer selection, but I think the majority are there for the reputation more than their enjoyment of a particular beverage. If you can look past this (which I have no problem doing in the face of 50+ quality beers on tap), then you'll love this place. But just be forewarned.

Service here is generally pretty solid, which is surprising given that the place is packed almost 24/7. They also have a solid menu of appetizers and entrees that generally pair well with the beer.

I think the debate for best-beer-bar-in-Columbus boils down to Bob's Bar and Bodega, and I think most people's preference comes down to what they want out of the atmosphere. If you want a more laid-back locale where people are generally more knowledgeable about their beer-of-choice, then I'd recommend Bob's. If you prefer the "hipper" locale in town, and would rather err towards a slightly larger yet (arguably) diluted beer selection, then Bodega is your better bet.

Aug 30, 2011
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hyprlt from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

1. $1 Grilled Cheese Mondays
2. 4-8 Half off drafts
3. Weekly cheese plate
4. Delicious pizzas
5. Next door to Late Night Slice
6. 50 Taps (Only two are domestic premium PBR and Miller Lite)
7. A ton of bottles, the owner also owns and operates a beer store in the North Market. (Barrel and Bottle)
This is a great neighborhood spot that doesn't always have parking or space to move around because it is more than a secret oasis. Bodega does not always have the best service. Now that I go there a lot and visit on business, my friends and I are received better than most. But there are quite a few holier-than-though hipsters that tend bar and like to change the jukebox if they feel like it and might not always give you a cheery vibe. YOU DONT COME HERE FOR THE SERVICE. ITS ABOUT THE BEER.

Aug 29, 2011
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BeTheBall from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was there last Friday from 4:00 to 6:00PM before dinner in the Short North. $2 drafts? That's crazy; well being from a liberal state where that's illegal it seemed relatively crazy. A pint of 90 Minute for $2? A pint of Lake Erie Monster for $2?
Open floor layout in a bright area on a busy street. Sat with my wife and 2 friends and were promptly greeted by a friendly waitress, one that remained attentive. We split 4 appetizers which were all good tome. I had 3 pints; Lake Erie Monster, 90 Minute and a local saison whose name escapes me. The selection was large enough to make anyone happy, and with plenty of munchies on the menu, I really enjoyed our sort of brief visit here. Not sure when I'll be back to Columbus, but I will go back whenever that is. Great place to drink.

Aug 07, 2011
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CapitalGains from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Bodega's, along with Bob's Bar in Columbus were my gateways into the world of craft beer as an undergraduate at Ohio State. As such, they will always have a special place in my heart. When I finally turned 21 and discovered good beer I was probably hitting up Bodega's at least two times per week. Although I don't live in Columbus anymore I frequented Bodega's plenty and still do when I visit.

To be blunt, Bodega's isn't very large. There are maybe 4 small tables outside and another 12-14 inside, within about 15-20 bar seats. Residing in the trendy Short North, Bodega's attracts a lot of non-beer enthusiasts. That's not a bad thing at all, but just a heads up as to the general attitude and knowledge of beer for most other patrons. During the weekly happy hour or grilled cheese Monday's this place is PACKED. If you don't get there early (think 5 pm) forget about finding a table and expect a wait.

So, onto the service. Oh boy. Despite it being sub-par on just about every visit my friends and I still came here all the time. So they must be doing something right. Most of our waiters and waitresses seemed disinterested in their job and took awhile to come around to our table. I can't remember a single occurrence where we were treated that well; our patronage always seemed to annoy them even though we tipped pretty well. I always went with friends we weren't obnoxious by any means - maybe we asked too many beer-related questions but I don't remember us ever explicitly being assholes. We also split our tabs as poor college students (rather than pay a single check) and apparently this was a foreign concept to them and they never liked this.

Alright, enough negativity. But the service is easily the worst part about this place. I still love Bodega's, and here's why: their tap-list is phenomenal and their happy hour. My god, the HAPPY HOUR. Unbelievable. Every week day from 4-8 pm (or something like that), every draft beer on the menu is HALF OFF. Where else do you find that with their kind of tap selection? I've never seen anything else like it. Their tap-list spans about 40 beers with 15 of those frequently rotating seasonals. There is also a large bottle selection but because of the ridiculously happy hour deal my friends and I almost always stuck with the draft choices. There is always something on draft worth drinking even if you've had it before. Quality was always pretty good - clean glassware, decent pours. They may not have always had the most appropriate glassware but I can live with that. You won't see many whales here but I have seen CBS on-tap once.

Food was alright, moderately priced. We never went there for the food but it was a nice supplement while grabbing a couple of beers. Despite the dismal service we always came back to Bodega's. I can't speak much about the crowd or atmosphere during the nights or weekends because we usually went during the happy hours. Definitely worth checking out when you're in Columbus. Also worth visiting regularly if you're a Columbus resident.

Jun 06, 2011
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smithm1970 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Bodega's is my favorite place to drink beer in Columbus. The selection, value, atmosphere, and service all make this place the 'go to' beer bar in Columbus.

Bodega's gets beers that no one else in Ohio gets..the beer is always fresh, and Colin and his crew take great pains to make certain that customers get the beer fresh and served at the right temperature.

How can you fault a place with the best selection, the best prices, and the best atmosphere?

I highly recommend Bodega's as a place where you won't be disappointed in your experience anytime you are fortunate enough to visit.

Jun 01, 2011
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This was one of my last stops on my Columbus bar crawl, night two. The weather was cold and rainy so the walk was made even tougher because of the adverse weather conditions. Upon arrival at the Bodega, there were about 5 skinny jeans wearing dudes standing about three feet from the door smoking cigarettes. What is the point of making a place nonsmoking if you have to wade through smoke just to get inside?

The music was annoyingly loud. It would be practically impossible to carry on a conversation inside here. The place was filled with college kids and more skinny jeans wearing people. I felt pretty out of place as an older professional.

The bartender was pretty uninterested in serving me any beer, but after looking at the outrageously overpriced but extensive beer list, I settled on a $2 Pabst Blue RIbbon. This was definitely the best selection in the whole city, as far as bars go. Too bad I killed by beer money early.

I would try to go here during the early afternoon when nobody is here and maybe the music isnt quite as loud. Otherwise, its still a pretty cool place with a huge beer list.

Jan 19, 2011
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Bogforce from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A small cafe turned into a beer paradise during the day and loud hipster hang out at night.

I visit my friend quite often in Columbus and this is the bar we always go to because she lives a few blocks from it. The crowd has been similiar on every night. Sunday they have trivia and the crowd isn't huge, service is pretty good on that night.

Weekends are a different story, if you go on a friday or saturday night be warned that you will have to push your way to the bar to get a beer and its so loud that it's hard for the bartenders to even hear what you are ordering. I recommend going during th happy hour or during the day.

The selection is great, over 50 beers on tap and numerous others in bottles.

Haven't had much food from here but what I had was good.

The price is the biggest issue for me. Beer on tap that I would like to order ranges from 5.50 to 10.00 which is steep to me. I usually end up getting a beer I haven't tried before then switching to 2 dollar PBR for the rest of the time because the prices are too much.

Overall a decent place with a great selection, but definitely a hipster hang out.

Jan 05, 2011
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

*A little re-reviewing here... knocking down the service rating a little and up the food*

BODEGA! Best beer bar in Columbus, Ohio, the entire Midwest. Entering Bodega makes me giddy with excitement... what kind of rare craft taps will they be offering this time? Always something amazing!

I've visited my share of beer bars around the US and nothing comes close to Bodega (The Ginger Man in my native New York does have more taps, but somehow I still like the Bodega selections better).

You probably have read all those negative reviews of Bodega- bad service, an attitude, too many hipsters, way crowded... when I went there for the first time, I was afraid. But I've been to Bodega several times now and have never ever had an issue with service, attitude or annoying hipsters. :-) I think the crowd is really eclectic and makes for great people-watching.

The atmosphere is superb, cozy and inviting, a little loud but not too much, nice tables. I could easily spend hours there if I lived nearby! Service is always smooth, prompt and so perfectly nice. My wife and I felt like regulars after one or two visits!

The negative is that it does crowded, particularly during their happy hour (understandably). But if you don't mind paying full price, come later on and the crowd thins out.

Bodega doesn't get a perfect 5 from me because of the food (just average pub food, nothing great) and the price (a little pricey- I know the beers are rare, but still, this is Columbus, shouldn't charge $8 for a pint!).

Oh, some cask beers would be great too. I don't think they have any.

I would love Bodega to get a new, imaginative menu and move the place to a higher level. Maybe some tuna or beef tartare, kobe sliders, some cool appetizers.

But hey, we're here for the beer! Bodega rules Columbus.

Oct 07, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Headed here with some buddies to hit up the Columbus beer scene. Good location in the Short North, a couple tables outside provide some nice people watching. The inside was nice but it's a weird beer bar place, its way to trendy for me, nice just not what I want for my beer bar...The quality of the beers was really nice, good selection of midwest beers, lots of Michigan, nice to get some Troegs as well. The service was good, both servers offered good suggestions.

A Columbus must for a beer bar.

Sep 14, 2010
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HopJ from California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I went here twice on a recent Columbus visit. Once for happy hour which is a great value but as very packed and then on a mellow Sunday afternoon where the vibe shifted accordingly. The have a well thought out draft selection with something for everyone as well as a fair bottle list to round things out.

I had 4 different draft beers all with great quality. Bells 2 Hearted, Goose Island Sofie, Great Lakes Erie Monster & Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (finally got to taste on of these).

Even when they were busy, our experience was that the staff stayed attentive and friendly. Some were very laid back but not lazy.

Aug 19, 2010
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I had been wanting to visit Bodega for some time this year. Ever since I heard about their selection I begged my wife to go, but she kept asking to go elsewhere. This was due to a combination of busy downtown atmosphere with little parking options, and the fact that nearly every review of this place claimed the staff was rude, snobby, and/or inattentive.

Parking is slightly annoying, there is no dedicated lot, but it wasn't too hard to find parking within a half block or so.

The place is a little cramped, but it is a cozy and inviting little bistro with a really nice patio area. I would have loved to sit there but we went on a hot summer afternoon so the AC seemed a little more inviting.

The service was nothing like the other reviewers claim. (I saw bad reviews of the service here and on numerous other online sites) The staff was friendly and semi knowledgeable. Our waitress wasn't aware Bodega had tapped a keg of Hopslam they were cellaring despite the fact that they had been making regular announcements on Facebook the night before regarding when the keg would be tapped. Nonetheless, she did have several recommendations for my wife when her first choice was out.

The waitstaff wasn't overly attentive, but enough so that I was never without beer.

The food, while pricey, was pretty good. I believe they do $1 grilled cheese sandwiches on Mondays.

The main sellers for this place though are their happy hour and selection. I missed happy hour when I went, but it is advertised as half off all drafts 4-8pm on week nights, including Fridays.

The selection was phenomenal. They had many rarities I haven't found anywhere else in Columbus, and a range of 4-16 beers for the most popular styles. It winds up being something on the order of 40-50 taps at least. They also have a decently sized bottle list as well.

So if you don't mind a potentially crowded Short North bar and don't expect to have a dedicated personal waitress at your side all night long Bodega is definitely worth checking out. They regularly post new and rare beers they offer on Facebook for those interested.

Jul 28, 2010
Bodega in Columbus, OH
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 84 ratings