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8 patios to beat the bitter cold

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Besides the driving, icy windshields, frozen noses, and treacherous sidewalks, there is really nothing to fear about Ohio winters! You make excuse after excuse to stay in, but we’re here to encourage you to go out.

Lift a pint to ole Jack Frost and visit these lovely watering holes that offer rustic and warm outdoor drinking experiences.

Ill-Mannered Brewing Company | 38 Grace Dr., Powell
Beer offering MVP: Zach Morris

This is a special bar because it all started from home brewing, and has slowly risen into a nano-brewery. This year they recently moved into their new space with an awesome patio and firepit to enjoy their ever-changing and evolving brews.

Seventh Son Brewery | 1101 N 4th St.
Beer offering MVP: The Scientist

This neighborhood bar is a comfortable spot to get some great and unique craft beers, see different food trucks, and do some great people watching.

BrewDog Franklinton | 463 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: The Punk

Columbus was the first outpost of this insanely popular U.K. brewery, and the gifts keep coming with their expansion, including a brew-tel! Enjoy the deliciously inventive craft brews and pub food, and if you visit the patio pit, you can even bring your furry friend along.

Land-Grant Brewing Company | 424 W Town St.
Beer offering MVP: Stiff-Arm

When you drink from Land Grant, you get so much: an amazing series of craft beers, two firepits, Ray-Ray’s food, but most importantly, you get a sense of community. Land Grant is all about “beer for good,” and is committed to sustainability and giving back to the community.

Pins Mechanical Company | 6558 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: Chai Striker

There is a phenomenon of adulting like a kid going on here, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of. Not only can you have a campfire-like experience with a kick-ass specialty drink, but you can go duckpin bowling, play bocce ball, ping pong, foosball or even revisit an arcade game you might have played in the 80s.

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Red Brick Tap & Grill | 292 E Gates St.
Beer offering MVP: Winter White Ale

This is a great neighborhood bar that you can find in Merion Village that boasts a variety of local Ohio beers, a firepit that gets lit-up at sundown, and a delicious pub menu.

VASO Rooftop Lounge | 6540 Riverside Dr.
Specialty drink MVP: The Full Montenegro

This is a cool place to catch a drink by the fire because it also offers the whole world as a view, in a sense. They offer tapas, as well as entrees, and the drinks are the least of what will be on your mind when you catch that view.

Woodlands Tavern | 1200 W 3rd Ave.
Specialty drink MVP: Skronk Juice by Taft’s Brewing Company in Cincinnati

Woodlands has great live music, a unique selection of amazing comedians that visit, and has a rotating variety of different Ohio brewing companies. Grab an IPA, sit by their firepit, and watch what unfolds at this neighborhood bar.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

Posted by Ray Ray's Hog Pit on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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