World of Beer - Brewery District

very good

12 Reviews

Type: Bar

503 S Front St
Columbus, Ohio, 43215-5666
United States

(614) 224-1962

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Photo of mlockman
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Very noisy on account of the live band, and the above-average selection was diminished in my experience by the fact that three of the beers I came to try were no longer available despite remaining on the menu. I was informed that they had an extraordinarily high number of taps blow that day, and I suppose that's just he luck of the draw.

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Photo of wapcap
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A good chain place in Columbus. It is close to Columbus Brewing company, a very short walk.
The atmosphere was fine, and what ud expect from a craft beer that is a chain. No food.
Beer selection was good. Quite a few taps, alot more bottles. Lots of local and regional selections. I'd recommend checking this place out after visiting Columbus Brewing for dinner!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here for a quick beer after dinner at Columbus Brewing Restaurant.

The tap list is mighty big, as you'd expect, with a daunting bottle list as well. Being from New York, there was a lot of great stuff here that I wouldn't be able to try at home. We only had time for one beer, so I settled on a cool B-cut- Thirsty Dog Rum Barrel Aged Wulver. It was amazing. The people there are quite friendly, and pretty knowledgeable, they helped my girlfriend, not a huge beer lover, pick something they thought she'd like.

No food, but you can apparently order from around the neighborhood. Huge space, warehouse type feel, with some outside seating. Lots of huge TVs, would be good if you want to watch sports here.

Prices are slightly high compared to other places around the city I went.

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Photo of MRJAZZ
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

My first opportunity to try one of these franchised facilities. Was very impressed with the diverse selection of great brews that they had on tap, and the knowledgeable employees that were available to take care of the patrons. I understand that they are getting ready to open up a location @ the the Carousel Mall in Syracuse,NY, and look forward to my next visit there to avail myself of a great purveyor of Craft Beers in Central New York.

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Photo of Adkins1203
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

The most impressive thing about this place is the selection. They have a beer encyclopedia seemingly for a menu. 50 drafts is also pretty cool. The atmosphere was pretty low key other than the Ohio State basketball crowd. The whole down fall of the place is that they don't have their own food, however they do have a collection of local places that will deliver to you, but their own kitchen would be a big upgrade.

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Photo of GumbyDammit
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As I have gotten older, I have developed into a beer snob (meant in a good way!). I had frequented a different place, something about winking lizard. I thought that place had a great beer selection. If you think that is true, World of Beer blows that away!!!

I think there are like 500 bottled beers and 40-50 drafts. For those that are not too famaliar with lots of different beer styles it can seem overwhelming. It is totally worth working through that initial "wow" factor. There is a great app you can download on your smart phone that helps you track what beers you have had and lets you rate them so the app can give you suggestions of what to try.

I was surprised that they serve NO FOOD. Sounds weird, but you can order food from local restaurants and they deliver it to your table. Once I got use to this part I love this idea. If I am going out with a couple of friends for some food and great beer we don't have to limit what kind of food we have to get. All 4 of us can get food from 4 different restaurants. I think this is just awesome!!!

So when we go out to World of Beer, we get a HUGE beer selection, whatever type of food we want, sports on the flat panel TV's and LIVE MUSIC on the weekends. We get a little of everything.

Another GREAT thing about the beer selection is that you can't get your bland and boring bud light, coors light, etc. That swill is not available at World of Beer, only the finest quality selection of craft/import/micro brews. Thank God for that!!

I think I have found a new great place to continue my beer snobbery! ;-)

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Photo of beveritt
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

World of Beer. With a name like that, I should love this place.

Atmosphere: From the outside, this place looks like it will be awesome; a massive, old German brewery converted into a beer bar. However, the inside is more sports bar than beer bar. TVs cover every wall and the place feel like a sports bar/club, not a pub. Always packed and always loud, it is the kind of bar you have to scream at the person 6 inches from you just to be heard.

Quality: I am convinced this place never cleans their tap lines and avoid the draft list at all costs. While they do a good job of serving bottled beer, often in the correct logo-ed glass, every single draft I have tried has been off.

Service: One of the bright points here. The servers try very hard to always make sure you have a drink and are attentive and friendly. Obviously the sometimes get behind with the massive crowds, but I am impressed with their ability to carry a tray of beer through a crowd without spilling a drop and smiling all the way.

Selection: A large selection of beer, but for those seeking rare or one-offs, not your place. You can find all of the relatively easy to find craft beers, but even though I am not a whale hunter, it is often hard for me to find something new to try.

Food: No food served here, but you can order from several local places (they even have menus) or bring in your own.

Overall, sounds like a great place. But for someone looking to drink some craft beer in a pub like atmosphere, this is not the place for you. Glad to see it bringing craft beer to so many who may not have found it in their normal sports bar.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We planned on spending the early evening in the Short North hopping from bar to bar, then getting a cab to somewhere outside of walking distance. Everyone we talked to for 2 days said "have you been to World of Beers?". So we had to go.

It was definitely worth it. The place has a lot of room and has a very interesting multi level layout. They had 2 bands that night and the first one started pretty early because when we walked in about 9pm the second band was already playing.

It was pretty crowded but we found room for 2 to sit down. Our waitress was very attentive and we never lingered with an empty glass.

I can understand the locals not being overly impressed with this place, its a beer drinking destination, not a local bar.

Now if only they would have had really good pizza I would have been in heaven.

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Photo of Bonis
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

You walk in the main entrance and see that the bar itself spans one entire length of the establishment. Lots of big screen TV's everywhere and tons of coolers lined up with bottles of beer. Lots of seating, though you do have to wait a very long time to get a good table if you have a larger group and I've never seen a seat open at the bar. Very loud live music being played, mostly cheesy covers. I didn't thoroughly enjoy the music, but the group I was with seemed to like it. Hate to sound like an old man, but I enjoyed myself much more when they just had the more quiet music playing in the background as opposed to the loud annoying live cover guy.

The service here is pretty good. There were always a couple servers walking around and asking if we needed another beer. I usually chose to go the bar to order my next drink, but if I happened to need a drink when the server came by, I'd easily have her put it on my tab. The only service issue I had was a conflict over whether or not they had a beer on tap. Upon my arrival, I asked for the CBC/Fat Hats Brewno barleywine collab, and the guy taking my order said they were out. No more than an hour later, one of my companions ordered one, and sure enough, they magically had it. Not sure what the confusion was, but I ended up ordering one for my last beer, which was an excellent choice.

The selection here is mediocre for what I would expect. There are 500 bottles, but nothing at all that just screams "you have to buy me!" And the bottle selection never changes (well, rarely changes)... I went with drafts all night because their bottle selection was highly overpriced. The prices aren't ridiculous, but $4 was the cheapest bottle. I don't expect to pay $8 for 12 oz of beer that I could get for $1.50 at the store. Absurd. Draft list was also pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary and strangely priced. The CBC/Fat Heads Brewno is the most impressive beer they've had on tap, and only $6. I've also never seen a Great Lakes on tap for $6.50 and turn around an see a St Bernardus 12 for $7... makes no sense. Whoever does their pricing has it all fucked up, but that's not a huge complaint. I didn't walk out completely broke. I was a bit concerned how a sports bar can't serve Bud or PBR. I appreciate that as a beer snob, but I think they should have played it safe and at least carry one of the 2 instead of pushing IC Light on everyone who wants to order a PBR.

I will second whoever mentioned the shitty pours. On a couple occasions, I know I didn't get more than 8 oz in my snifter. And they try to serve in proper glassware, but some things I questioned, such as receiving a DIPA in a snifter while my black barleywine came in a pint. Not anything to fuss about though, as I assume the barleywine in a pint glass was their mistake.

Overall, it's a nice bar. It's good if you're into a loud sports bar that you can take several friends to. Not you're average spot to just go and try and score a special beer. This seems like a place I could go a couple of times a year, but not frequent. I will be going back, but I hope to visit several other bars in Cbus before I come back to this pricey establishment.

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Photo of OsuJohn
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I watched pro football today at World of Beer. They have a nice atmosphere. There are over 40 beers on tap and several hundred in bottles. They are committed to craft beer and imports, it was nice to see they didn't waste tap handles on bud/miller products. They have draft menus and bottle menus. The bottle menus explain They different types and styles of beer they have.

They do not have food, but it is set so you can have food delivered from several local places.

The beer selection is exceptional and the prices are reasonable.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went to one of these down in Florida when I was on vacation and was blown away, now in my home town not so sweet.

A: A love the atmosphere, a really modern look with big tvs and a big bar. Great use of seating arrangements and a lot of places to stand. Also a party room upstairs and the band plays above the bar.

S: Went on the opening night so the service was good almost in a bad way. You will never have an empty beer but they would constantly ask you if you wanted something else and it would be numerous different people. I had some extra stuff on my bill but ended up only paying for 2/3 beers I had.

S: The selection is a lot, I wouldn't say it's good though. They have over 500 bottles and 50 taps but if you live in Ohio you probably have already tried a lot of it. And everything else doesn't appeal. If you are from out of town and want to try some stuff you can't get across the country the selection might be different.

F: They don't have food but you can order from restaurants close by.

V: Price is what makes this place hard to go to often. Draft was 4-9 and bottles were 4-12. And you get small pours of beer that you shouldn't. The place is just expensive for mediocre beer.

Overall if you want a great atmosphere with a bunch of people drinking good beer this would be a place to go

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Photo of fakewadeboggs
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Review from my visit on NOV. 7th

Remember when your favorite punk/indie band signed to a major label? You saw them more than a few times in clubs with just a handful of other people. You have all their records on vinyl. You were very excited for this new album on the major label. Finally this band would get the money for great production and the promotion to play bigger venues. The record comes out and you are one of the first to pick it up. You put it on for the first time and it's not exactly what you expected. It sounds great, maybe to good. The production is over the top, the vocals are too loud, and they didn't take any chances. Sure there are still parts you love, and yes this record will get them many new fans, but they have lost all the raw underground feel that made you love that band in the first place.
This is exactly what my first trip to World of Beer felt like. I am a huge craft beer nerd and yes, they have a good selection of beers, but they were playing it very safe. There was absolutely no seasonal representation. This was a shame as it is my favorite beer season...end of Octoberfest and the start of Winter beers. All beers over 7.5% alc. were to be served in a snifter style glasses, but with no consistency or consideration to the beer. My wife and I both got a DogfishHead 90 min. one was served in a Brandy style snifter and the other in a Belgium style glass. The music was turned up way too loud, club style. This is a fend for yourself type of situation. Get a beer at the bar and then try to find a place to stand or sit. There also is not in house food. You do have the option to order, by your cell phone, to 4 local restaurants that will deliver the food to you at the bar. Prices are decent, $5-$7 for draft and $4-$12 on bottles. There is also $1 off draft beers everyday during Happy Hour until 7pm. It was also nice to hear that the draft selection would be changing weekly.
I had been anticipating my first trip to World of Beer for a few weeks and I must admit I was let down. I do like the fact that they do not carry domestics such as Bud/ Bud Light and they encourage people new to the beer scene to try something different. Will it be the Beer Heaven that I had dreamed of, probably not. Will it be a decent place to grab a few before a Hockey game, Baseball game, or concert...sure, if I'm in the Brewery District.

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World of Beer - Brewery District in Columbus, OH
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