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Victorian's Midnight Cafe

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Victorian's Midnight CafeVictorian's Midnight Cafe

Type: Bar

251 W. 5th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio, 43201
United States

(614) 299-2295 | map

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I went for happy hour on a Friday to hear some music and drink some brew. This was my first time visiting and really enjoyed myself. It was small but had a friendly atmosphere. There were actually quite a few people there, given the size and earlier time of the evening. I would definitely go back.

Location is great, parking was free on the street and the surrounding area is really hip.

Beer selection was satisfactory, though only two were on draft: Rogue Dead Guy Ale and a stout by Bell's (I'm not sure which one). Drafts were only $2.00 and the stout was fantastic. As for bottles, I didn't get much of a look. I saw some people with some GLBC, maybe a Dogfish Head, and a bunch of macros.

Give it a try.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Vic's is located near the Neil/5th Ave intersection near downtown in Victorian Village (really cool houses in the immediate area). There is a lot of free street parking in the blocks surrounding the joint.

I stopped by on an early Monday evening and the place was pretty dead. The place has a great local vibe, very small and eclectic. There is definitely a peacenik atmosphere to the place which is probably offputting to some but I didn't mind it at all. Lots of blue hues in the main room where the bar and restaraunt seating is, and the adjacent pool room is a seafoam green color.

The beer selection is varied and pretty good overall. They only have 5 taps from Shiner Bock, Oberon, Arcadia etc, and it looked like 2 of them were empty. The bottle selection is much better: GLBC, CBC, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Founders and others from stateside. Add to that a decent import list from Young's, Delirium Tremens, Lindemans, Chimay etc.

As for the service, despite the fact that I was the only person at the bar, I kind of got the impression that I was putting the bartender out. Maybe it was my work clothes or the fact that they didn't know me. Who knows. Not a big deal, and she did give me an actual Stout glass for my Breakfast Stout when I asked.

I did not try the food on this visit.

Overall a unique spot in a pretty little section of Columbus. Worth a visit.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Well, I scored the atmosphere a 3 and that might be dead wrong. It all depends on your perspective. This is kind of a homemade place; by that I mean that this place not your cookie cutter type of pub. The furniture is like from your living room, the paintings are American Gothic style handywork, and the corner building in which it resides is not built to hold what it holds today. I particularly liked the chessboards with matches in progress, but players absent.

The beer choices are simply awesome here. The tap was Old Rasputin. An amazing array of both craft and foreign bottled beers. And the quality is quite high as in Unibroue and that ilk. Lots of Belgian.

This is not a place to expect quick service; it'll come when the spirit moves. Else, it is one great beer bar, without much parking available.

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Victorian's Midnight Cafe in Columbus, OH
Place rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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