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5 best campus bars for the not-so-college students

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Woo-hoo college football is back!

But if you think you’re just going to aimlessly waltz around Columbus with no tactical plan this weekend, ho-ho honey, you are dead wrong.

Yeah, you went to Ohio State nine years ago but it is a much different place now. Not to mention how it can kind of resemble a battle field when the Bucks are playing.

You need an agenda.

Don’t freak out though because we are letting you in on the best places to loosen up before the 7:30pm kickoff.

Here it is, the Game Day Game Plan:

South Campus:

The new and improved Chumley’s. It’s just a touch south of Gateway which makes it so much more accessible if you went for bottomless mimosas in the Short North first.

We don’t advise you venture further into the belly of the beast that is Ohio State’s campus unless you want to the vacuumed into the #new2osu chaos so just stop there.

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North Campus

If you’re coming in to campus from the north, be sure to stop at Out-R-Inn.

They hook it up on game days with a Bloody Mary bar, a DJ whose repertoire consists of exclusively Buckeye remixes. Out-R-Inn take their 21+ rule very seriously so you can rest assured you won’t be buying an 18yo a shot unless their fake is like….super good.

If you hike a little more north, pop in to The Little Bar. They project the game on a giant screen outside the bar.

For good measure, trek a little further north to the new Cazuela’s. Enjoy the sunshine and 70-ish degree weather on their massive patio and take advantage of the free chips and salsa.

East Campus:

Anything east of High Street

The Land of the Undergrads. Pretend to be someone’s aunt/uncle and join in on a game of front lawn flip cup.

West campus/Lane Avenue: 


Varsity Club is the OG of game day.

It’ll be crowded with oldies but goodies like yourself just trying to relive their glory days with a warm-ish pint of Coors Lite.

You probably won’t be pressured into a Fire Ball shot at this bar like you would at the aforementioned spots but hey, we can’t make any guarantees—you are on campus after all.

Booze will be flowing again this year inside Ohio Stadium in case you want to pass by all these tap mansions.

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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Rye In July

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Rye in July featuring the Algonquin! We teamed up with Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo for this tasty Rye, perfect for July! Today's Rye is featuring the Algonquin, with notes of spice, tobacco, and fruit balanced throughout this cocktail - it's sure to please!

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