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The Anti-Cocktail

Combine locally-distilled gin, St. Germain, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, egg whites, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice for one minute, then add ice and shake for two minutes. Strain into a powdered sugar-rimmed martini glass (NOT a margarita glass), top with club soda, and garnish with fresh mint for a modern twist on [...]



Combine locally-distilled gin, St. Germain, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, egg whites, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice for one minute, then add ice and shake for two minutes. Strain into a powdered sugar-rimmed martini glass (NOT a margarita glass), top with club soda, and garnish with fresh mint for a modern twist on a classic aperitif that you’ve never heard of!

Sheesh, just when did drinking get so complicated? As with any hobby, there are many levels of intricacy when it comes to the art of mixology, but it’s become increasingly clear that there is a bar-based push-back against the concept of complicated craft cocktails, leaving room for an emerging philosophy on drinking in our city: the everyperson’s cocktail. No frills, no pretension; just simple, dynamic drinks that are enjoyable and interesting. Here are a few of the exemplary bars in Columbus that have kick started the rise of the anti-craft cocktail:


1038 N High Street

Oddfellows’ repertoire includes a host of breakfast cereal-based cocktails sure to stir up your childhood nostalgia, even if there’s a significantly adult component to them.

Although the cereal cocktails look exactly like the dregs of your breakfast bowl, down to the soggy cereal flakes and syrupy-sweet flavored milk, they taste like the bowl of cereal you might pour yourself the morning after a rough breakup. From the Pebbles & Bam Bam (Fruity Pebbles, Loopy vodka, and almond milk) to the Powdered Toastman (Fireball, butterscotch Schnapps, Licor 43, almond milk, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Oddfellows’ offbeat concoctions highlight what brunch is really all about: getting schnockered on a Sunday afternoon without feeling guilty.

Ethyl & Tank

19 E 13th Avenue

Cocktails with an average of four ingredients per drink, discounted pricing on refills, and wine that retails for less than $10 per bottle? Ethyl & Tank’s got the art of humility down pat. Not only are their drink specials refreshing and affordable, they’re also cleverly themed. The Goro, for instance, offers a grown-up version of a root beer float, with Bacardi Oakheart, vanilla vodka, root beer Schnapps, and Coke. In other words, it’s a delicious, dessert-y way to satisfy your sweet tooth and unapologetically add the one thing that was missing from a root beer float all along: liquor, the one thing that prevented root beer floats from being completely perfect. But if the Goro doesn’t tickle your fancy, Ethyl & Tank also offers a host of other video game-themed inebriates that are sure to satisfy both the child and the adult in you.

Barrel on High

1120 N High Street

Classics never go out of style: tuxedos, martinis, and anything else with which James Bond has ever been associated, especially. But even the classics need a modern adaptation to stay relevant, which is why Barrel On High’s drink menu stands out as an accessible alternative to the elaborate concoctions of which many millennials are so fond. Barrel offers a list of “old school” classics juxtaposed against a backdrop of their own personal takes on many of the great pillars of drinking. Their Dirty Habit, for instance, is a modern stance on the outdated Bond-era martini. Consisting of spicy pepper-infused vodka, olive juice, pepperoncini, and an olive garnish, the Dirty Habit exemplifies everything we all want in a drink that we’d otherwise be too self-conscious to order on our own.


840 N High St. & 4206 Worth Ave (easton)

At Melt Bar & Grilled, the Big Boy isn’t a chain of hamburger joints with a creepy oversized man in checkered overalls for a mascot. It’s the answer to all the questions you never knew you wanted to ask, such as “what should I have before entering a drunken spelling bee?” and “what will I drink now that 4Loko no longer has caffeine?” Featuring Bulleit, Kahlua, Licor 43, fresh brewed coffee, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, the Big Boy is a delicious, energizing drink designed explicitly for those nights (or afternoons) where you’re not sure exactly where you’re going, but you know you’re going to have fun on the way.

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Italian Lebanese hybrid restaurant coming to German Village

Regina Fox



What do you get when you cross Italian food with Lebanese fare? Bistrolino.

The new hybrid restaurant will take over the spot formerly occupied by Harvest Pizzeria at 495 S 4th St. in German Village. A December open date is expected.

Columbus Business First reports Bistrolino is owned by Samer Chedid and Francesco Todisco, who worked together at Aladdin's Eatery. As immigrants, Chedid will bring is Lebanon roots to the concept, while Todisco will contribute his Italian influence.

Todisco told Columbus Business First the menu will be small, offering single-serving baking dishes including zucchini parmesan, braciola, and a Lebanese flatbread called man'oushe.

Keep an eye on Bistrolino's Facebook for updates.

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Taft’s on Draft: Cinci Brewporium opens first Columbus location in Franklinton

Linda Lee Baird



After hearing all the hype about Cincinnati’s up-and-coming Over the Rhine neighborhood a few years back, I went to see it for myself. The first stop was Taft’s Ale House, a gigantic brewery inside of a church originally built in 1850, fully renovated for guests’ reveling pleasure. After spending the next few hours sampling beverages and snacking on beer cheese pretzels, I was inclined to believe the neighborhood hype. Did I fully explore OTR that night? I don’t actually remember. But I’m certain that I had a great time at Taft’s. So when I found out that Taft’s was coming to Columbus, the news sounded even sweeter than their Maverick Chocolate Porter.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus spans nearly 6,000 square feet in the Gravity development, including over 2,000 square feet of patio space. Like the development itself, Taft’s is building an artistic theme into its new offering. “Our actual design is going to be kind of focused on ‘80s/‘90s pop art,” said David Kassling, Managing Partner for Taft’s Brewing Company. “Being that Franklinton definitely has its art roots, we think that’s a great way to ingrain ourself in the community.”

Kassling said that the word brewpourium literally means the place where the brew is poured. That they’ve chosen to make “brewpourium” part of their name tells you everything you need to know about what Taft’s wants to be known for: its carefully crafted suds. The brewpourium will have at least 10 taps serving Taft’s original varieties, including its signature Gavel Banger IPA, which was voted best beer in Cincinnati last March by the city’s residents.

Taft’s will offer a full food menu as well. Kassling is particularly proud to introduce New Haven-style pizza to Columbus. “We’re recreating a style that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Ohio,” he said. (The style is also known as apizza, which is pronounced "a piece," as in, I’d like a piece of that crisp coal-red cheesy goodness right now, please.) Kassling describes it as a cross between New York and Neapolitan style. Taft’s version features our and tomatoes imported from Italy.

Rounding out the menu is another ‘90s-inspired treat, this time in dessert form. Remember Dunkaroos, those cookies that came in a package with icing designed for dipping, perhaps consumed while you watched episodes of Saved By the Bell? Taft’s will serve up Taftaroos, its unique take on the snack.

Kassling plans to use the brewpourium’s large space to offer patrons activities beyond food and drink. The stage will be open for games of darts when not in use for performances. On the floor, guests will find shufflepuck and Killer Queen, an arcade game utilizing 8-bit graphics in line with the old-school theme. Video game fans will also find gaming stations inlaid in the bar, with several retro options to choose from.

With three Cincinnati locations in operation, Kassling is not new to the business. Even so, expanding to Columbus marks a milestone, and one he wasn’t always seeking to meet. “We didn’t necessarily look at this as we needed to expand to a new city or we needed to expand to Columbus,” he said.

But when the opportunity to join the Gravity Project presented itself, Kassling said it proved too good to pass up. “We’re really excited, not only because of the nature of the building being so modern and unique, not just to Columbus, but to anywhere. But also the shape of our space is funky, and that led to different ideas in what we wanted to do with our build out.”

Kassling acknowledged that in coming to Columbus, Taft’s is joining a few of our communities: the community of Franklinton, to be sure, but also the well-established community of independent breweries operating across the city. An installation built into Taft’s countertop will pay homage to this fact, incorporating crushed cans and packaging from breweries like Seventh Son, Land-Grant, and North High. “It’s gonna be totally an art piece,” he said.

Rather than focusing on the potentially competitive aspect of the brewing scene, Kassling emphasized the camaraderie and common goals within the industry. “At the end of the day, craft beer is a great way to bring people together,” he said. “And at the end of the day, we’re all preaching community and good times.”

While Taft’s new location may not be in a church, Kassling’s words are the type of preaching that I can get behind.

Taft’s Brewpourium Columbus is located at 440 W Broad St. in the Gravity project. For more details about Taft’s, visit

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New “relaxed” wine house now open in Dublin

614now Staff



Next time you're in Dublin, make sure to stop and smell the rosé at the city's newest wine bar. Coast Wine House recently opened at 75 S High St., offering a contemporary wine bar + bottle shop inspired by a blend of the spirit of coastal California and traditional wine country cafés, markets, and bodegas, according to the website.

Coast assures they don't take themselves too seriously "in contrast to the conventional wine world," describes the website.

"The mood is decidedly relaxed. The wine is pleasantly chilled," Coast says.

The wine bar is run by Dustin Snow, who his wife, Molly, believes brings a "warm and relaxed" feel to Coast.

"A visit to our house is by no means fancy, but Dustin makes it special, because he genuinely wants to make you feel at home," she wrote on Instagram. "And since Coast is an extension of our home you will have this same warm and relaxed experience."

Coast is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm- 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm- 10pm, and closed Sunday through Tuesday. To learn more visit

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