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Patio Szn: Top 5 outside hangs hiding in NW Columbus

Mike Thomas

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The Northwest side of Columbus is known for its diverse range of international restaurants and many a hidden strip-mall gem. It’s also a densely-populated part of town, with a seemingly endless number of apartment complexes and housing subdivisions scattered throughout the area.

While the bar scene in the Northwest flies under the radar compared to trendier spots in nearby Grandview and Clintonville, the people packed into this corner of town often defer to proximity over clout when it comes to drinking out.

With summer quickly approaching, outdoor drinking on your chosen establishment’s sun-soaked patio is back in play. Here are five of the top patios on the city’s Northwest side.

Somewhere in Particular | 5053 Dierker Rd

Thanks to a killer food menu and a wide variety of house-made beers on tap, the brewpub that set up shop in the historic Henderson House was quickly embraced as a go-to neighborhood hang on the NW side.

Sporting a spacious outdoor seating area complete with beerhall-style benches, SIP’s patio is sure to be a top summer destination for years to come.

Harrison’s on Kenny | 4510 Kenny Rd

Harrison’s patio is all about fun in the sun. A dedicated pong table and full cornhole set are just some of the attractions to keep you and your friends entertained while you knock back cold ones all afternoon.

Once you’ve worn yourself out with activities, get cozy in the lounge-style seats, or belly up to the full-service outdoor bar. With a large awning at the rear of the space, you can catch a break from the sun while remaining outside.

Coaches Bar & Grill | 1480 Bethel Rd

Coaches is an unpretentious neighborhood sports bar at the end of a shopping center on Bethel Rd. With a full menu of reasonably-priced food and a laid-back crowd of regulars at the bar, Coaches is the place to go when you just want to chill.

Coaches also sports a decently-sized patio with full bar service in the summer and sports on the TVs. While things can get a little rowdier on a Friday or Saturday, Coaches is a great place to kick it outside with your favorite drink.

Halftime Tavern | 1532 Bethel Rd

If you’re checking out Coaches, you might as well make a mini-bar crawl of it. Head to the opposite end of the same strip and you’ll find Halftime Tavern. With a first-rate bartending crew, a recently updated interior, and some of the best pub-style pizza around, this is a go-to joint for young and old alike in the NW part of town.

Halftime’s patio seats plenty between multiple tables and a bar. There’s cornhole, but tossing those sacks can get a little dodgy on the patio’s narrow confines. Nevertheless, Halftime’s patio proves plenty entertaining on weekend summer nights, with a small stage setup and live music a regular occurrence.

U.A. Pub | 2096 Henderson Rd

Like nearby Donericks, U.A. Pubs sports a modest patio that is fine for ducking out for a smoke or downing a beer in the uninspiring scenery of Henderson Rd. The real story here is the pub’s generous happy hour, which will keep you swimming in domestic beer for a huge chunk of the afternoon and evening (details online are sparse, but if memory serves, $1.50 PBR’s were in play during a recent visit).

Did we miss your favorite NW patio? Leave a comment below!

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Columbus’ newest rooftop bar is now open

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UPDATE: Goodale Station officially opened on Thursday, Oct. 17. on the 12th floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd.

The sprawling new concept features indoor and outdoor seating for up to 200 guests, and is open daily for dinner and drinks at 4:00 pm.

"Our menus are driven by the local bounty of Ohio and the Midwest to produce creative New American Cuisine,” Goodale Station Executive Chef Tripp Maudlin said in a statement. “Working with local farmers and artisans allows for the inspiration and creativity in the kitchen.”

Signature items for Goodale Station include Oysters, Pork Belly, Scallops and Ohio Wagyu New York Strip. The cocktail menu features classic and unique offerings such as "The Loose Cannon" (Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Plantation pineapple rum, banana and Elemakule Tiki Bitters) and "The Fancy Nancy" (Watershed chamomile vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, yuzu and St. Germain) and includes “Multiples” that serve 3-6 drinks per decanter.

Can't wait to experience everything this new rooftop destination has to offer? Check out this gallery to see what wonders await at Goodale Station!

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Short North's newest place to eat, stay, and play will open tomorrow. The 13-story, $50 million, 167-room Canopy by Hilton will hold its grand opening on July 30 at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd, featuring two dining options and a rooftop lounge.

Central Market House restaurant on the ground floor will act as the hotel's main food provider with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu will feature a flexitarian (semi-vegetarian) menu of local and healthy options.

A dedicated elevator will take guests to Goodale Station, which offers stunning views of Downtown Columbus, the Short North, and Goodale Park. Goodale Station will feature a Southern-inspired menu for dinner and small plates along with craft cocktails open each day at 4:00 PM.

The Central Market House is named after Central Market which served as the central economic center of Columbus from 1850 until 1966, while Goodale Station pays tribute to Dr. Lincoln Goodale, one of Columbus’ founding fathers.

Other features of the Canopy hotel include:

  • Three deluxe and flexible meeting spaces offering a total of 1,850 square feet of space
  • Transfer Lounge with lockers and private showers for guests who arrive early
  • The Retreat, for guests seeking a quiet space
  • Complimentary Canopy Bikes which guests can use to explore the Short North
  • Rooftop state of the art fitness center

The Columbus location is one of only six other Canopy hotel in the United States.

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Watch: (614) takes on Mikey’s “World’s Hottest Pizza” challenge

Regina Fox

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Are you someone who sees food as more of a challenge than a necessity to live? Do you like pushing your tastebuds to the breaking point? Do you support the #PizzaIsLife movement?

Then Mikey's Late Night Slice's Fiery Death w/ Hate Sausage is for you.

Dubbed "The World's Hottest Pizza" these sizzlin' slices are made with Carolina Reaper Peppers, Trinidad Scorpion Peppers, Bhut Jolokia Ghost Peppers, Pepper Pizza Sauce, and Red Hot Hate Sausage.

The pizza originated as a dare between regular customers and the owners of the shop, and has become a hotly anticipated special offering ever since.

We dared some (614) staffers to try the zesty 'za—some crashed and burned while others made it out cool as a cucumber. Live vicariously through them in the video below:

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The blazin' creation will be available exclusively at Mikey’s Late Night Slice at 268 S. 4 St. Thursday October 17 through Sunday, October 20.

So, you can handle one slice of Fiery Death? In the words of the great Shania Twain, that don't impress me much, despite the required waiver you must sign before consumption.

The Fiery Punishment Contest challenges only those with the toughest intestinal fortitude to devour not one, not two, but THREE slices of Fiery Death with Hate Sausage and a raw Carolina Reaper Pepper and remain seated for five minutes afterwards without additional food or drink.

The Fiery Punishment Contest will be held Thursday, October 17 at Mikey’s Late Night Slice flagship location at 268 S. 4 St. Eight contestants will face off at 8pm to race to the death, er...finish.

Not up to the challenge? Never fear—spectating the spicy spectacle with a slice of plain ol' cheese pizza with ranch dipping sauce in hand is completely free of charge. If you can't beat 'em, watch and laugh at 'em.

To learn more about Fiery Death, visit latenightslice.com.

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5 places to celebrate National Pasta Day

Mike Thomas

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If it's your turn to make dinner again, we have good news: today is National Pasta Day. While it would be all too easy to dump some sauce on your grocery brand noodles of choice and call it a day, why not class it up a bit? It is a holiday after all. Here are our tips to make the most of National Pasta Day.

Just a future billionaire getting her pasta on

Carfagna's Market | 1405 E Dublin Granville Rd

The Carfagna family has been serving up quality Italian fare to the city's noodle-loving faithful since 1937. A one stop shop for top-notch pasta, sauces, wine and more, Carfagna's has everything you need to craft a pasta dinner your nonna would be proud of.

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Vincenzo's Italian Cuisine | 6393 Sawmill Road

Combining quality and convenience, Vincenzo's sells all of your scratch-made Italian favorites by the pound. From pasta salad to chicken parm, the convenience of Vincenzo's deli-style approach makes prepping for National Pasta day a breeze. Don't forget the cannoli!

Pastaria North Market | 59 West Spruce St

With all of your go-to pasta dishes available in one spot, there's no better way to enjoy the historic North Market than Pastaria. With amazing wine, bread, and cheese available from other market venders, National Pasta day might just turn into national nap day.

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Moretti's | 5849 Sawmill Rd

Located in an unassuming strip mall on Sawmill Road, Moretti's house-made pasta is some of the best in the city. The same goes for their salads, entrees, and pretty much everything else they do. Don't sleep on this hidden gem—once you've tried it, you will be back.

Fazoli's | Multiple locations

Short of doing it yourself, Fazoli's is the shortest distance between points A and B—"A" being pasta, and "B" being your face. Besides, you know those breadsticks are calling your name. Pasta from a drive-thru? What more could you want?

Spooked ya!

What's your favorite way to celebrate National Pasta Day? Let us know in the comments.

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