Bar, Eatery

115 Parsons Ave.
Olde Towne East
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
United States

(614) 223-1010 | map

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Hoppedup616 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Place usually showcases local and national acts. I've seen some awesome shows there. I was in there recently and had a coney dog, was pretty darn awesome. They have a bunch beers on tap, last one I had was the Kentucky Bourbon Ale which was awesome. My favorite though is their shot called the "Hate Crime" It's a shot of whiskey and a slap in the face, can't get much better than that! I've always had a goodtime coming through there with buds. Great place, awesome food and brews, pretty decent crowd.

Aug 09, 2011
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polio from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

great place to go have a drink and see some music. i've only been here twice but both times i had a blast and i would definatly go back here.

the bar tenders are really nice and they dont just walk around they look for people trying to buy drinks so that you dont have to stand there all awkward trying to get someones attention.

sometimes the bands that play suck, but you'll have that at any bar. but both times i went i saw at least one band i thought was good.

not my favorite bar and not the best bar in columbus but defiantly had a great time and will go here again.

Nov 12, 2010
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I recently moved so this bar got a lot closer to home. I figured I would give it a go.

I was there while there were some bands playing. It was quite crowded. Lots of people standing out front, smoking. Inside was dark. The only lighting were red bulbs in the light fixtures on the ceiling. It made for a slightly weird feeling place.
I wasnt really impressed with the quality of the place nor the decor. The wall behind the bar is plastered with drawings, birthday cards and pictures of stuff.

The crowd was very eclectic. I am used to this being that this is Columbus but this bar had more of a mixed crowed than usual. It was almost strange. Lots of hipster kids (but you cant go anyway in town without that) and older people. I even saw a few girls that had to have been about 14.

Naturally there was Pabst, lots of Pabst. They set aside two taps for it as well as a whole shelf in the cooler for the cans.
Once you get past the vast amount of PBR youll see that there is a decent line of taps.
Stoudt's ESB, Elevator, Lindeman's, Oberon and Two Hearted, SN Pale Ale, Dead Guy and Great Lakes. Sam Smith bottles are in the cooler.

They have a food menu written on a chalkboard but I didnt eat. It looked like hotdogs and stuff, probably a lot of vegan stuff...

This is just another hipster bar handing out PBR cans for cheap. Its all getting kinda exhausting...

May 18, 2010
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BlueberryJohnson from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is my favorite bar in Columbus. Great atmosphere, great music, good beer, and great food. I do remember the bar having a pretty decent selection of craft beer on tap, moreso than your average bar in Columbus. They tend to have Great Lakes Blackout Stout on tap the majority of the year (hence my ignorance of the rest of their offerings), although the last time I was there in November, it had been replaced by Great Lakes' Christmas Ale, which might very well have been replaced by now with another Great Lakes seasonal. The prices for food and beer are cheap (I believe craft beer on tap is $3), and my tab is always lower than I would expect it to be. The bar definitely can have a hipster feel to it when there are concerts, especially when bands are playing, so typically you will see the vast majority of people drinking $1 PBRs. I have never gotten any bottled beer, although the fridge is easily in view, and the selection does appear somewhat limited for it. I would have to make another visit to say so definitively.

The food here is superb and reason enough to come, especially if you're a vegan/vegetarian, as they have a nice variety of vegan/vegetarian fare, such as vegan chili and vegetarian hot dog, which are both quite excellent. As has been mentioned elsewhere, there is no cover charge, another plus.

If one is a fan of indie music, then Carabar is a great place for music. I have been to a couple of shows here, and both have been excellent. The bar is pretty small, though, so it can get very crowded if a popular band plays that night. Earplugs might also be a good idea for those going for music. The music tends to be very loud.

As for atmosphere, it is always great, but I prefer the atmosphere when there are no shows going on. When there are no shows, the bar is never very crowded, even on the weekends, and you can sit back and enjoy the great selection of the music. You can actually have a conversation without being drowned out by the music, a nice change of pace from most bars in C-Bus.

Jan 17, 2010
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lftwng4 from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I haven't been to the Carabar in over a year, so I don't have much relevant to add, but I will say the handful of times I have been there is when a band is playing, and I think it's a great venue to see live music. Having a choice for beers is frosting on the cake.
I also can't overstate how great it is that they never charge a cover. Mind you, most bands that play there would charge in the $5-$10 range anyways, so it isn't the savings, it's that the bar is tuned in enough to the "scene" that they book quality bands and have faith that they can pay them from bar sales.
If I have any complaints, it's that I haven't found an accurate, up-to-date listing of their schedule.
Highly recommended for anyone on the fence about checking this place out.

Dec 29, 2009
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beveritt from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A little "dive" bar in downtown Columbus that I went to with some friends after classes one evening. I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent selection on craft beer in tap.

The place itself is nothing to write home about, just an old building with an eclectic array of decorations. The entire place is essentially two large rooms, one has a bar and the other is more of a seating area.

Staff was quick and friendly, didn't talk to anyone about beer, so I can't really comment on their knowledge.

The bar has both bottled beer and taps. In general, it seems the craft beer is tap only, most of the bottles are macro or pseudo-craft (i.e. Stell, Heiniken.) The taps are along the back wall, probably 10-12 of them. When I was in I saw Great Lakes, New Holland, Lindemans Framboise, and others I can't recall.

Is this place a must see destination for beer geeks? Absolutely not. It is, however, a inexpensive and quiet bar where both beer geeks and macro drinkers can be happy. Being a few blocks from Capital Law School, I think I will be here frequently over the next few years.

Dec 04, 2009
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