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On any given night in Columbus, one can travel downtown or to an adjacent ‘burb and find what is, not only a delicious cocktail, but one that is perfectly coiffed and ready for its close-up.

From deep turquoise to vibrant red and everything in between, the fanciful alcoholic creations show that the drinking game in Central Ohio is strong—its beauty game even stronger.

This month, as the capital city revs up for football (fingers crossed) and parents celebrate back-to-school (fingers crossed) and singles find a winter pairing for cuffing season (fingers crossed..sensing a theme?), here at 614, we’re giving you a good reason to glam up and go find a perfectly Instammagrable drink in a bar or restaurant near you that may just win dinner out for you and a friend during Restaurant Week Sept. 14-19.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Head out and grab a glamor shot of one of the six drinks listed here, or find another fabulous cocktail from around town that’s begging for its 15 minutes of fame. We’ve all got a little food/drink photographer inside of us, so get creative with your photo—glam it up and make it fun! We’ll be judging on both photo quality and beauty/novelty of the drink.
  • If you’re the ‘gramming type, post your best drink photo on Instagram with the hashtag #614instadrink. If you’re not on social media, send your best shot to editor@614mediagroup with the subject line 614 Insta Drink. Deadline to submit is Aug. 17, 2020.
  • Sit back and relax. We’ll share some of our favorite photo submissions on our Instagram @614magazine, so follow along to see some gorgeous drinks and start your “Columbus Cocktails to Try” list.
  • 614 staffers will judge the entries and select a winner Sept. 1, who will be featured in the September issue of (614) Magazine AND receive dinner for two at the participating Restaurant Week restaurant of their choice.

So, drink up Columbus, and show us the most Instagrammable drinks in the city!

Featured drinks

Skyscraper Milkshake: Forty-Deuce

If sweet things are what you dream of, this skyscraper milkshake is made from vanilla bean ice cream with strawberry marmalade, rainbow sprinkles, and topped with a slice of homemade confetti cake.

Stranger in my House: Hen Quarter

This riff on a margarita features blood orange barrel-aged tequila and lime. 

Grapefruit Fizz: Marcellas 

Finlandia grapefruit vodka, fresh italian basil, and hand squeezed lemon form the base of this zesty cocktail. 

Fuck It We’ll Do It Live: Bottle Shop

This Wild Turkey cocktail with a zest of lemon and a touch of allspice, among other ingredients, comes to the table in this fiery favorite from Bottle Shop. Also available as a to-go cocktail.

Oooh Bae! : Bonafacio

Something like a Filipino margarita, this tangy drink contrasts the gentle vanilla notes of ube, with the tart flavors of lime. 

Concord Margarita: Atlas the Tavern 

Served to-go in a little glass bottle, the name says it all, a margarita with additional fruity notes of concord grape.


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