Betty's Fine Food & Spirits

Betty's Fine Food & SpiritsBetty's Fine Food & Spirits
Betty's Fine Food & SpiritsBetty's Fine Food & Spirits
Bar, Eatery

680 N High St
Columbus, Ohio, 43215-1548
United States

(614) 228-6191 | map

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cratez from Canada (ON)

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

What I had: Six Point Sweet Action out of the can, white wine for my girlfriend.
What I liked: We were happy with the quality of our drinks but that’s about it.
What I disliked: Tap list was so pedestrian that I opted for something off the bottle/can menu (which I almost never do), took a while to get some seats, snooty bartender bordered on hostile, some loud drunken patron was making everyone uncomfortable and the servers did nothing about it, we left after one drink.
Would I go back? No.
Overall Rating: 58

Jan 29, 2020
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MRJAZZ from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went here on a Sunday afternoon after Church for their Brunch. Was motivated after reading the BA review. Nice ambiance, but as most places in the Short North, parking was a problem.
Staff was cordial and helpful, offering samples of the diverse beers they had on tap that day.
All in my party enjoyed the food and I was especially satisfied.

Oct 21, 2013
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RHWeir from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Right by the Short North Tavern in the heart of the Short North neighborhood, this place was innovative when it took over the innovative pizza place that used to inhabit the same building. The thing is, Betty's is still innovative and never gets old and the price is affordable.

Jun 10, 2013
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was, by far, my favorite place on my Short North pub crawl. There are some places that just seem to fit or are "up your alley" and this was one for me. Chicago bars came to mind while visiting this place.

I was there on a Sunday night and there was still a wait to get a table. Luckily, I was alone and saddled up to the bar.

I love the atmposphere here: it is very quaint and cozy and seems very familiar, even though I have never been here. I could see this as a regular spot where one walks in and his/her beer is at the counter.

My only beef with the place is the service. I was at the bar for around 10 minutes before I was even approached. The place was packed but there is no excuse for customer exclusivity. Otherwise, this place was a real gem.

Nice beer selection although, aparantley, Columbus had a big weekend because everything as empty. They did have Founders Double Trouble and I cant complain about that. Service was spotty because of the crowd: I think they are crowded 24/7 so I cant detract for that.

Again, this was my favorite place on the Short North tour (I havent been to Bodega or Barleys).

Jan 17, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is really hard to find. Its towards the southern end of Short North. There really isnt any awning or much else to set it apart. Just a decal on the window.

Its a typical small short north place. Just like its sister bars, Surly Girl, Tip Top and Dirty Franks. Also much like the other three bars they seem to love Pabst. Its available in tall boy cans and on tap. Other taps included Bell's Double Cream Stout, Bell's Two Hearted, Thirsty Dog Old Leg Humper, Great Lakes Dortmuder Gold, Lindeman's Framboise, Columbus Brewing Company IPA , Flying Dog and a few others.
Other than the decent tap list they have a few more in bottles like more Lindeman's and Anchor Steam.

I had my favorite, Two Hearted, and a veggie burrito.
The food is very similar to Surly Girl. Food available as vegetarian and vegan. They feature a lot of wraps.

This place is themed as a 50's pin up bar. There is a lot of pin up girl art work and eclectic, old fashioned beer-centric signage.

I would rank this up there with some of the best Short North stops. But I would pick Barley's and Bodega over this for beer any day.

Apr 02, 2010
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ne0m00re from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Betty's is a local nook on the South end of the Short North. The atmosphere is relaxed and the crowd is usually eclectic, loaded with young professionals and hipsters. Unless you are dining or drinking at odd hours, you'll have to wait for a table.
The food is more than worth the visit and it is usually very reasonably priced. I always feel comfortable ordering anything off of the menu with the expectation that it will be quite good, and I am never disappointed.
The beer selection is usually decent considering they only have maybe a dozen taps, which included Bell's Two Hearted and Best Brown, Great Lakes Burning River, New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Columbus Brewing Company's Creeper, Flying Dog's Tire Bite, Lindeman's Framboise, and Thirsty Dog's Leghumper this particular evening.
The only reason I wouldn't recommend Betty's is if you're not in the mood to wait for a table. The taps are nothing extravagent, but they always rotate a few seasonals. This place is great for taking dates.

Feb 12, 2010
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frazbri from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Betty's is a small bar and restaurant in the middle of the Short North. There isn't a really obvious sign, at least in the daylight. It wouldn't be hard to walk past.

Betty's walls are covered with classic pin-up girls. It's an interesting theme, but I'm sure there are a few easily offended types who would find it distasteful, but why are you dragging them into a bar in the Short North?

The beer list isn't huge, but there's good quality beer to drink. It sounds like they rotate the taps pretty regularly, too. I had a glass of Two Hearted Ale, and it tasted very fresh and vibrant. I love a place with clean lines.

We ate brunch at Betty's. The food was breakfast basics, but twisted. I had an omelette with tasso that gave it a nice little kick. It was a well made, hearty breakfast.

This is a very likable bar. I wouldn't consider it a destination based only on the beer, but I wouldn't hesitate to stop in.

Jan 04, 2010
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Fezfreak from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a bustling little joint located in the heart of the Short North. It's walls host an eclectic homage to pinup girl, Betty Paige.

Betty's is the restaurant that spawned Surly Girl Saloon, Tip Top Lounge and Dirty Frank's, with each one offering comfort dishes of one sort or another.

I was in there recently and the service had improved a little. But don't be surprised if you go there and are ignored by the bartenders and wait staff. They may think you're not cool enough.

Decent beer selection. Not as good as Surly Girl. But like its sister restaurants, you don't go for the service. You go for the atmosphere, the beer and the food (in no particular order).

Jul 26, 2009
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Straight up, Betty's Rocks!
Hightlights of last visit (May 17, 2009):

Columbus Brewing IPA (on tap)
Troegs Hopback Amber Ale (on tap)
Bell's Two Hearted Ale (on tap)
Meatloaf sandwich- nom, nom.

As we were leaving the Crew Stadium for the ROTR '09 festivities, we asked the cabbie for a good beer and food recommendation late on Sunday night. As far as we could tell, he dropped us off at heaven's door.

The restaurant and bar is firmly established on an urban corner a few blocks removed from the Arena District and nestled into the historic urban fabric of downtown Columbus. The building is charming in it's non-pretentious stature and inviting to us Rock 'n Roll beat-downs. The slinder and lengthy bar holds about 25 patrons while 6-8 pub tables stand on the other side of the aisle from the bar. Not a large place, I can see crowdedness being an issue at peak hours.

I was taken back by the outstanding beer selection for a bar that doesn't brag on their beers. Other beers that I noticed were Great Lakes Grassroots, Abita Purple Haze, Bell's Oberon, Linemann Framboise, and maybe another dozen high-end taps.

The waitress was excellent with her flirty personality and attentiveness despite the midnight Sunday hour. She was great with conversation, storytelling, and keeping out glasses full.

The spin-dip appetizer and meatloaf sanwich definately hit the spot after a day of parchness and starvation. Prices were reasonable; portions were not- outrageously large. Any place with grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu earns definate bonus points in my book.

For anyone in the Arts District and in need of a quality pint, then Betty's in not to be missed. ...and throw a couple dollars in the best jukebox in Ohio!

May 19, 2009
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited this short north joint late on a Tuesday night with friends who live near by.

Betty's is a small joint with a short bar and a handful of bar table, and is apparently know as the place to go for late night drunken munchies. Good juke box, nice wall art, kinda funky and punkish. I liked it.

Large and well chosen tap list of about 16 featuring beers from: Bell's, DFH, Stoudt's, Flying Dog, Otter Creek, Unibroue, Lindemans, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, etc... Small but wonderfully selective bottle list of great American crafts, PBR, and a few imports.

Service is top notch - knows the beer, is right there when you need them, friendly, etc...

Didn't have any food but it looked great.

Jun 05, 2008
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Applesauce1 from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Betty's on many occasions now, and have been impressed each time. Betty's is located on High Street in the Short North. When you walk in, there's a bar to your left and tables and such to the right as you go back. Pretty good selection here, maybe 15 taps of good microbrews. They also my beloved 24 oz. PBR cans if you're feeling like going cheap on the night. The people here seem laid back and friendly (customers and workers). We also got food one time here (nachos and chicken and cheese stuff that was great for the late night munchies). Overall, a great place to have a few beers with friends at late night.

Mar 18, 2008
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cproioi from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here after spending the day at COSI. The beer selections was good with Bell's, Founders, Tommyknocker, Lindemans and others on tap. The food was good, I had the Pale Ale Asian Noodles with tofu. Everything but the tofu was right on with that dish. The issue was that the tofu was just soaked in too much soy sauce. The service was fast a friendly with a good knowledge of what the sell. The atmosphere was lovely, lots of old pin-ups i.e. Betty Page. A nice small place to visit with good beer and good food at a reasonable price.

Aug 13, 2007
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trep from West Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the Short North on High Street. Super easy to find. Parking was a breeze too. Of course, this was Monday evening so I wasn't expecting it to be packed.

Cozy little place, that smelled delicious. Didn't try the food.

Tap selection had several nice choices. I opted for the Weyerbacher Old Heathen. Taps from Founders, Bell's, New Holland, and Stoudt's graced the list. Bottle selection was slim. Some offerings from Unibroue, Lindeman's, and Guineess/Newcastle/Heineken.

Waitress was very fast to take our order and pour our drinks. We only stayed for one beer but it seemed like a nice place to stop in and have lunch and a beer.

Jun 28, 2006
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ndekke39 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Betty's is one of the highlights of Columbus' Short North neighborhood. It's a hip little bar/restaurant owned and run by a group of local women (some of the same who run Surly Girl Saloon up the road). They're very connected with the neighborhood, even showcasing local artists.

Beer selection is excellent - lots of regional microbrews on tap, like Bell's, Founder's, New Holland, etc. They usually have 15-25 beers on tap, and plenty more bottled.

The food is one of the best things about Betty's. Very high-quality, clever entrees like meatloaf, jerk pork, beer brats, and salmon. Their fried plantains and homemade potato chips are a must.

One final way Betty's endears itself to the neighborhood is that they're open and serving food until 2 a.m.! Always handy for late-night snacks and drinks.

May 15, 2006
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nitemarebrewer from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Betty's has a good beer selection, They carry the Blithering Idiot barley wine on draft, and it's actually served in a belgian beer glass...and that's good enough for me, really. Didnt try their food, but my friend swears by their wraps.

The atmosphere is good. The place has the most Pabst Blue Ribbon signs I have ever seen. Several other decorations, figurines and knick-knacks you might see at a garage sale, line the walls.

Barkeeps were friendly and service good. Problem is in the winter. Cold air gushes into the place everytime the front door opens, because the place is shaped like a large hallway, making a good windtunnel.

Location is busy, but not too hard to find parking.

Mar 25, 2006
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Betty's is located in the Short North just north (get it?) from dowtown Columbus near the intersection of High/Lincoln. Parking is limited mostly to street parking, both metered and permit. During the week that should not pose a problem but on weekends (especially during the monthly Gallery Hop) it could get rough.

Inside it is small and cozy, with a really bizarre (but not in a bad way) atmosphere. Lots of maroon and blue, with tacky wallpaper and ceramic figurines in the bar area on the left. Some breweriana around too, and loads of Betty Page memorabilia is everywhere. Another thing I noticed was there is an emphasis on vodka at the bar. There were a ton of different brands, many of which I have never seen before.

As for the beer, they have around 9-10 taps ranging from DFH, Bell's, Stoudt's, Otter Creek to Belgians from Unibroue and Lindeman's. The bottle selection isn't huge but there are some microbrew beers from Bell's, Sierra Nevada, Abita etc. PBR and Schlitz are proudly offered too.

The service here was just fine on an early Monday evening. It was not terribly busy either way.

The food at Betty's is very good. They make simple dishes like Betty's Mac & Cheese or homemade potato chips and cheese sauce (Steve's Afternoon Delight) delectable.

Overall this is just the kind of place I would frequent if I lived in the area. Being only a short distance from downtown and from other good beer stops (Barley's, Grapes of Mirth) means it is definitely worth a look.

Apr 27, 2005
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a small place right on the corner in the Short North that you could easily pass by. Don't be fooled though, you will want to go in. The inside is interesting, kind of "artsy" small and cozy. Tables are on your right, while the bar is on your left. This is a small place, so there is not much room in between. The service was good. The staff was not the most knowledgeable, however they were friendly and prompt. The selection was very nice. Among the taps were Alpha King, Fat Dog Stout, Lindeman's Framboise, Purple Haze, Stovepipe Porter.... As I said before, don't pass this place up, stop in for at least one beer. It is nice to see a place that isn't so "cookie cutter", that is it actually has some personality.

Feb 24, 2004
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This store does have an impressive lineup of taps. Many of the finest micro names in America are represented here. The service is quick and thorough, though beer knowledge is not the primary forte. Comfortable and cozy surroundings. All in all, not a bad stop.

May 22, 2003
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Wildman from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I agree with the selection of beer's being one of the best in the Short North. My only problem with them is their tendancy to choose the microbrews with the coolest names or catchiest ingrediants. Would like them too rotate some others a bit more often. Has a tendency towards just a couple styles of beers, due to focusing on one distributor. But they have worked hard to add to their bottle selection and vary at least some of their tap selection. The food is an eclectic mix of several styles. Usually have a special every day. The food is good, but some of the dishes could use a little different presentation, since that hurts how well the food holds up after sitting on your plate awhile.

May 27, 2002
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