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Patio Szn: Top 5 outside hangs hiding in NW Columbus

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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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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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Milestone 229 overcomes 2020 challenges, to reopen soon

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Every industry has taken a hit this year. It’s cliche to generalize it. With that being said, some businesses have taken more damage than others.

Milestone 229, located on the river’s Scioto Mile, was forced to closed in March along with all the other restaurants across Ohio, as the restaurant industry took a hit despite the uptick in carryout orders.

Just as things seemed to be coming back to normal, as restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen, the protests demanding change during the Black Lives Matter movement brought an unexpected rioting component that had devastating effects for Milestone 229.

The downtown, upscale eatery with the playful fountain for kids and adults alike, took an extra hit when rioting, looting, and vandalism broke down the windows of the restaurant on Thursday, May 29. Milestone 229 was supposed to reopen the upcoming Monday.

Photo by Julian Foglietti.

Griggs has tried his best to stay positive through it all, finding some valuable and much-needed help along the way.

“A good friend of the restaurant, Cathy King, executive vice president of Wasserstrom, started a GoFundMe page for Milestone 229. We are using that money to help relaunch the restaurant.  We also had many friends and family come down the morning after the riots to help clean up the broken glass.”

Doug Griggs, co-owner of Milestone 229


Now, recovering once again, Milestone 229 is set to open back up on Wednesday, July 8. The fine-dining establishment will offer patio and dining room seating, as well as a new curbside pickup. Co-owner Doug Griggs said in an email that the restaurant was able to keep the majority of its patio seating and over half of its dining room seating. 

Milestone 229 has a new venue revamped for the summer as well. You can view it here.

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And the winner of the (614) National Ice Cream Month poll is…

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Columbus has been a culinary hotspot for pretty much the entire 21st century. But what if we told you that you, Columbus, were just as obsessed with fine dining as you are with devouring ice cream?

Jeni’s. Whit’s. Greater’s. The list goes on. But out of the everlasting, Willy Wonka-esque fountain of ice cream stores that exist in Columbus, which one is the favorite of (614) readers?

In reverse order, here are the top seven ice cream choices in Columbus!

7. Cream & Sugar – 2185 Sullivant Ave.

6. Velvet Ice Cream – Your favorite grocer

5. United Dairy Farmers – EVERYWHERE

4. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – 2728 E. Main St.; 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin; 160 W. Main St., New Albany

3. Whit’s Frozen Custard – Find Ohio locations here

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream – Find Columbus locations here

And after 12 rounds, the winner of the (614) ice cream championship belt is…

1. Graeter’s Ice Cream – Find Ohio locations here.

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And it just so happens that Graeter’s is celebrating its 150th birthday this month! Celebrate in style with them by buying this specialty birthday cake ice cream. In addition to selling the ice cream online and at a Graeter’s near you, you’ll also be able to pick some up at Kroger, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Market, Dorothy Lane Market, or Jungle Jim’s.

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