“The Grandview area is nothing short of the city’s premier incubator for the craft of microbrewing. We’ve started calling it the Grandview Brewery District.”
– Columbus Brew Adventures
If your idea of great shopping involves taproom-hopping, then sling that growler carrier over your shoulder and head to Grandview Heights. The area is home to a growing collective of award-winning microbreweries, taprooms, and even its own working distillery.
No matter what day it is, there’s always something brewing in Grandview. (C’mon, you knew we were going to say it.) Drop in Zauber for Monday night Liter Night or stop by Smokehouse for Firkin Friday!
Meet up with fellow craft beer lovers at one of our friendly taprooms and put some “wee!” in your weeknights with monthly cask tappings, Eurobike Night at Hofbräuhaus, Board Game Night at Smokehouse Brewing, Movie Night at Four String and more! Click on the links in the guide below for details on everything in the Grandview Brewery District from live music, to The Ohio Taproom Running Club, to free Sunday morning Brewga (That’s right. Brewga. It’s craft yoga in the Zauber brewery!)
Beer is a lifestyle. It’s ancient. Like music, it’s a passion that comes from thousands of years of ingrained thirst. Owner-brewer Dan Cochran has found a way to quench that thirst.
The seasoned bass guitarist has parlayed his long-time music career into creating simple and tasty brews in the brewery he hand-built. Four String rocks the craft beer circuit with favorites like Backstage Blonde, Big Star White IPA, Brass Knuckle and Vanilla Porter. Cochran compares his approach to brewing to playing his bass guitar, playing the four strings of water, malt, hops, and yeast in complex order to create soulful brews. Even though Four String cans are available in stores, each barrel is still made the artist’s way and every sip, every growler that walks out the door has to earn Four String’s reputation for Killer Beer.
Get a look at the beer-making process and Dan’s resourceful repurposing of various vats and tanks in the 400-square-foot, rock ‘n’ roll-themed taproom and brew house.
Happy Hour 4-7 | $3 pints
This corner of Grandview Yard channels Oktoberfest all year. One of just five modeled after the legendary 400-year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, it’s a fun and festive place to meet friends and try something new.
Raise your bodacious glass stein to the lively (and live) accordion music in the Bier hall or snag some seats in the welcoming Grandview Heights Bier Garden. In typical Deutsche Biergarten tradition, it’s filled with long tables and benches where you might end up chatting with newfound friends by the end of the night. If you’re not up for all that fellowship and Biervergnügen though, you can grab a booth or a high-top table.
All the Hofbräuhaus Biers are all brewed on-site following the original recipes developed by the Duke of Bavaria in the 1500s, and that’s not all; everything from the rafters to the authentic German doorknobs meets the stringent specifications of the Stäatliches Hofbräuhaus in München. Even the head brewer was brought in from Düsseldorf, where breweries and Biergartens are institutions comparable to churches and city halls. Biermeister Robert Makein oversees the brewing of four year-round varieties and seasonal specialties like Oktoberfest, Maibock, Pilsner and Hefe Weizen Dunkel—biers that are refreshing and easy on the palate. Makein also conducts tours for groups of 10 or more if you call ahead.
Seasonal Keg Tappings are held the first Tuesday of each month and feature a parade of the 17 German state flags, as well as Hofbräuhaus’s nightly festivities: traditional German accordion music. You can usually spot a few ex-pats in dierndls or green Tyrolian hats.
Lunch buffet, happy hour & late-night menu, group sales, and meeting rooms are available.
The Knotty Pine Restaurant has been a Grandview landmark since the 1930s. Owner Jay Kessler reclaimed the nostalgia of this old-school neighborhood hangout and upped the ante by building his own micro-brewery on-site.
Kessler’s favorite house drafts are the easy-pairing Knotty Pine Mirror Lake IPA and Cherry-Smoked Porter, which go well with the scratch-made pub food that you could call American with an Italian influence: pork tenderloin, veal short ribs, stuffed pepper sliders, pizzas, and turkey ragu. Chef Bret Perichak is devoted—he also makes his own burger buns, pasta, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
You’ll find a revolving selection of beers brewed on premises. It might be Hoppy Mandarin Wheat Ale, Double Bitter Resolve IPA, or Third EyePA, brewed in collaboration with The Ohio Taproom. Kessler even crafts a house root beer, Third & W Root Beer Ale, and serves select crafted drafts from fellow Columbus micro brewers.
House beers aren’t the only thing on tap; on weekends, you can belly up to the Bloody Mary Brunch Bar and make your own Mary. Try it with a stack of blueberry pancakes or biscuits and gravy.
Closed Mondays for brewing, patio seating available.
Beer is good, and Ohio-made craft beer is really good.
The Ohio Taproom growler shop carries only Ohio craft beers. If you know just how many great beers are brewed in the Buckeye State, you’ll appreciate the 50-cent samples that will help in your pint or growler selection. The Taproom recently started serving on premises and added a patio in front of the landmark barber-shop-turned-growler-stop. Homey and inviting, the old armchairs inside are hard to resist as you ponder your options, watch the game, or chat with owner John Evans or the other congenial bartenders. If you’re craving something salty, try some Ohio-made pretzels or jerky. The Ohio Taproom also hand-picks Ohio BBQ sauces, sodas, mead, cider, Kombucha, and a Grandview favorite, fresh-baked Honeykiss pies. When it’s time to go, grab a refillable glass growler or plastic gameday howler. They’ll fill it up fresh and seal it to keep for a surprisingly long time—temptation notwithstanding—thanks to the patented counter-pressure fill system that fills fast and is environmentally friendly.
Take home your growler to enjoy with your family and friends. Rinse. Repeat.
You could say Smokehouse Brewing is the granddaddy of the Grandview Brewery District. From 1998 to early 2015, “the House” (formerly Barley’s Smokehouse and Brewpub) was home to Ohio’s longest-serving (and most beloved) Brewmaster, Angelo Signorino, Jr., who then passed the torch to Head Brewer Sam Hickey.
Local craft brew gurus claim Smokehouse serves beer in more ways than any other spot in town. Count on fresh, great-tasting house and guest craft beer every day, from the brewery to the taps just ten feet away. Add to that mouth-watering starters, unforgettable sandwiches and burgers, and awesome barbecue. The Smokehouse’s dedication to the art of BBQ produces what many consider to be the best wings in Columbus (70 cents at Monday happy hour). Firkin Fridays, excellent pairings, spacious meeting rooms and friendly service make Smokehouse Brewing a favorite Central Ohio hangout.
In the days before Prohibition, Ohio was home to dozens of small, family-run gin and vodka stills. In the years that followed, though, legislators threw up endless roadblocks to opening new stills in the Buckeye State. Watershed Distillery founders Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo have revitalized this forgotten craft. Tucked away in a small warehouse with an inviting tasting room, they produce world-class spirits by hand. The custom-built copper stills were made in Germany according to Greg’s specifications (and assembled at the distillery with pictogram instructions). Watershed creates unique yet accessible premium vodka, gin and bourbon – the first (legally) crafted in Central Ohio since prohibition. These days, you can even top off your tour and tasting by buying the bottle direct from the distillery. Get it while you can (they keep the best stuff in Ohio) because Watershed spirits are in increasing demand in stores and fine restaurants for recipes as well as cocktails. Visit watersheddistillery.com to schedule an after-hours tour and tasting.
Zauber is the German word for magic. Not your cut-the-lady-in-half kind of magic — we’re talking the real kind — the kind involving charms and incantations. Used, in this case, to conjure up “inspirited beers.”
Featuring a rotating selection of local and regional craft beers, the microbrewery and taproom offer a full bar with a fine selection of wine and spirits as well as beers. Check the website for nightly fun like board game Wednesdays and Brewga (yes, that’s Brewery Yoga, for those who like to be present when they imbibe), as well as a full-on traditional Maifest and Oktoberfest outdoor festivals, traditional German dancers included.
There’s usually a favorite local food truck outside Zauber at mealtime, selected to pair with the current brew. Inside, festive string lights and long tables with benches lend an Oktoberfest air to the spacious taproom. Zauber is lively and congenial, but not too loud for conversation.
A note of caution: whether you’re digging into the Nitro Portergeist German Porter, sipping a Vertigo Hefeweizen, or chewing on the Ominous Belgian Imperial Stout, the practitioners of Zauber issue this warning:”With a few swigs behind the hatch, you may notice a change in behavior. The use of “PROST!” is frequent, and forceful… Conversations with strangers are common and comfortable.” PROST!
Grandview Brewery Tour
Operated by Columbus Brew Adventures •
Enjoy a laid-back guided tour of Grandview’s most exciting independently-owned microbreweries and taprooms. This fun and educational afternoon is led by an expert guide at Central Ohio’s first brew tour operator, Columbus Brew Adventures. You’ll learn about little-known intricacies of the brewing process, the Grandview area’s brewing history, and usually some fun backstories told by the brewers themselves. Enjoy comprehensive beer tasting and light appetizers, including what many consider to be the best wings in Columbus. Your DD will get you around in CBA’s air-conditioned van… Equipped with cold storage, of course. Private tours available. Runs year-round.
You’re in for a culinary adventure. Grandview’s energetic and innovative food scene is a cornucopia of flavors, styles and ethnic specialties. Most of the restaurants are independently owned and many are chef-run, and prepare locally sourced ingredients. At Mazah Mediterranean, founder and chef Maggie Ailabouni gets up before dawn every day to prepare the beef Kafta, tabbouleh, babaghanoush and a host of the Mid-East specialties. Figlio is another local favorite for its house-made pastas, sauces and wood-fired pizzas inspired by the owner’s chance meeting with Wolfgang Puck in the late 80s. A must-do is Grandview landmark Spagio, which specializes in European and Pacific Rim cuisine. Try the savory lamb korma from Aab India, So-Cal flavors at Balboa, or farm-to-table American with a twist at Third and Hollywood.
Z Cucina is a convivial hotspot with great appetizers, Italian favorites and riffs on classic dishes. For white-linen dining in a quiet atmosphere, walk a few doors north to Trattoria Roma for osso buco. You’ll also find Chinese, Mexican cantina food (and Margaritas to go with it), and authentic Cambodian Pho within walking distance. If the weather is nice, don’t miss the opportunity to take in the street scene on one of the many patios that dot Grandview Avenue’s spacious sidewalks.
Drive five minutes for hearty German fare at Hofbräuhaus Columbus, Bar 145’s deliciously-topped gastropub burgers, or the exclusively fresh-caught seafood at Cameron Mitchell’s Columbus Fish Market or Cap City Diner. Sit back, relax, and savor the local flavor.
Learn haute cuisine from a Master Chef
Learn from a Master Chef. If you have the heart (or hands) of a maker, tie on an apron and join pioneering Chef Hubert Seifert in the custom-built kitchen of his normally private dining club, Aubergine. Chef, as he is affectionately known, cooked for Spain’s royal family at its Mallorcan summer palace, Marivent, before opening the acclaimed Spagio in the early 80s. Spagio Wine Lounge and Aubergine’s discrete purple shuttered front followed a decade later). Deftly juggling the three, Chef also hosts small classes with a lighthearted approach to various cooking techniques. Aspiring cooks are encouraged to ask questions, take notes, sip wine… And definitely, taste the results.
Get cooking with the pros
The Commissary is a flexible creative space for culinary pop-ups, meetings, demos, classes, and team-building activities where chefs, foodies and farmers come together to experiment, create, collaborate, and share.
Check their calendar to choose from an ever-changing lineup of innovative makers’ dinners, cooking demonstrations, and classes by celebrated visiting pros. Offerings have included classes like, “Once Chilena: A Traditional Chilena Tea Service and Dinner with Isidora Diaz,” and “Korean Smokehouse BBQ with Chefs John Franke & Max Rice III.”
The Commissary is also a nighttime home for the city’s food truck cavalcade and an incubator for local culinary innovation. Owner-operator Kate Djupe has even set up a growing library that lends not only books but utensils and cooking equipment.
A chill thrill for your taste buds
Thrill your taste buds with the latest frozen flavor craze from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Now a national gourmet sensation, Jeni’s wildly popular ice creams are 100 percent natural, consistently locally-sourced, and still made in Grandview. Her first permanent Scoop Shop is always buzzing with anticipation over the next unconventionally yummy blends or the return of an old favorite like Salty Carmel (named for her friends’ local band). Ask for free samples—Fresh Mango and Coconut Cardamom, Wildberry Lavender, Riesling Pear Sorbet or Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate… Honestly delicious.
Grandview Avenue Food Tour
1460 Grandview Ave. •
Visit and sample the best local restaurants
Embark on a gourmet adventure. Grandview is a mecca for exceptional dining in central Ohio. Discover this outstanding and diverse restaurant scene on a walking and tasting tour of vibrant Grandview Avenue.
The tour explores a mix of Grandview’s renowned landmark restaurants, leading innovators in new food trends, preeminent coffee roasters, critics’ picks and foodie favorites, all within a couple of blocks on the main strip. Meet the chefs and owners and savor dependably sublime cooking from established restaurant stars Spagio and Figlio, as well as fresh twists on classic American plates from Third and Hollywood’s organic and locally-sourced menu. Sample dishes from at least six food and drink stops, and hear some great backstories while you chat with your hosts. Your guide will also fill you in on the history of this treasured neighborhood as you stroll to the next stop. Runs every Saturday year-round.
Go nuts on this fun factory tour
Tour one of the oldest continually-running nut-butter factories in the US., Krema Nut Company, and be sure to enjoy a the world’s best PB&J. Or, take home your pick of the mouth-watering selection of chocolates, fudge, and candied nuts made on-site.
Uncover the secret art of truffle-making
Watch Grandview’s resident chocolatier Daniel Cooper, the Willie Wonka of Grandview Avenue, as he lovingly handcrafts, fills, and adorns his sumptuous truffles one by one. Fan favorites include the Wild Blueberry & Gouda Truffle and Salted Caramel. Want to learn to make your own tempered temptations? Daniel loves to host groups in his baking kitchen. Just call ahead for groups of any size.
Coffee is the new craze, and several unique coffee roasters in Grandview are brewing up quality roasts that will stimulate your senses and fuel your mind.
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters is one of Grandview Heights’—and Columbus’—most recognized coffee specialists, and for good reason. This micro coffee roaster prepares beans for its other shops, as well as for several local restaurants and other wholesale customers. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a Saturday morning, you can bask in the aroma as Master Roaster Tom Griesemer fires up the venerable gas-fired drum roaster.
Stauf’s is casual and inviting, with indoor and sidewalk seating that’s ideal for people-watching over coffee, gourmet tea, a house-made smoothie or a light meal with a friend. Order a coffee prepared in the Clover brewer, to taste the best of full-immersion and vacuum brewing. Stauf’s serves locally-sourced baked goods, and sells ground and loose beans, teas, and an assortment of equipment including French presses, pour-over coffeemakers, grinders and T-sacs for loose-leaf tea. This is a good place to find souvenirs and show where you’ve bean; logo merchandise includes 100% cotton tees, mugs, canisters and more.
Luck Bros. Coffee House is a hidden gem in Grandview Heights. Off the main stretch of shops and boutiques, Luck Bros. anchors the First Avenue retail district, which is rounded out the Old Bag of Nails, Marshall’s, and Yarn It & Haberdashery. At the back, you see coffee being roasted, while at the front, Andy Luck makes sure every customer’s needs are met. Try the coffee flights with a shot of espresso, a cappuccino, or a glass of iced brew. This Grandview brew bar offers the V60 pour-over experience that delivers a clean, berry-like flavor and pairs nicely with Patisserie Lallier’s pavé, a dense and delectable gluten-free almond and pistachio cake. In addition to the daily java fix, Luck Bros. sells tea, hot chocolate, and local baked goods, coffee mugs, and brewing supplies. This family-friendly place has a collection of old-school board games and chess boards that get lots of use on the weekends.
Grandview Grind is yet another reason Grandview is Coffee Central. The Grind brews local roasters like Boston Stoker, Thunderkiss and Backroom. From its espresso menu, fuel up with the Cortada— espresso cut with warm milk. Don’t overlook authentic French pastries from the local Patisserie Lallier. Try the sweet and flaky pain au chocolat, almond croissants and impressive gluten-free sablés.
A coffeehouse tucked in a German-inspired microbrewery? Ja! That’s because Das KaffeeHaus isn’t your run-of-the-mill indie coffee joint. As you’d find in any self-respecting European café, the Italian espresso here (not dripped, by they way) is poured to the rhythm of techno, electronica and dub step. Unlike the quiet reserve of its U.S. counterparts, Das KaffeeHaus embodies the trademark high energy of the hip Euro-shops after which it was modeled. The décor is eclectic; mod furnishings mix with the blur of MLS soccer action on several screens. Authentic as well as retro street and building signs auf Deutsch bring to mind the ones posted in small European cities like the owners’ favorite, Aachen. Das KaffeeHaus’ pub vibe fits seamlessly into Zauber Brewing Co.’s aesthetic and character. Critics agree that its proprietary German Haus Blend Kaffee doesn’t disappoint. Inspired by Aachen-based Plum’s Kaffee, this light roast is actually considered quite bold by German standards. One reviewer describes it as “wonderful, unique, and incredibly clean.” Several other local eateries seem to concur and are serving it. Take home a half-pound bag to enjoy. Try any of the delightful house-made pastries, and we think you’ll agree, it’s Wunderbar.
Grandview is the perfect place to meet up with your friends for any occasion, or for no occasion at all. Group-text the girls, park your car on Grandview Avenue, and hop out. Spend the day popping into the many delightful shops, trendy upscale boutiques, and myriad purveyors of the beautiful and the original. Don’t miss the pure skin-care offerings at the all-natural Earth Elements or the to-die-for home fashion and straight-from-New-York styles at Objects for the Home, Thread, and Vernacular. The Grandview area also boasts more than a dozen quirky resale, consignment and antique stores. You’ll find everything from sealing wax and vintage vinyl to stunning reclaimed-wood furniture. See our shopping guide for all the details.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find richer, more flavorful coffees than the roasted-daily gourmet blends that constitute Grandview’s coffee subculture. Follow the aroma wafting from well-known the respected Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Grandview Grind, Luck Bros. and Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart.
Do it with style
Make a day of it and spoil yourselves. Get a great, surprisingly affordable blowout style in at the beautiful Blowout Bar. With a fun, friendly vibe and great movies always playing, you’ll get an expert finished look by trained stylists, some with New York Fashion Week and Tony Awards creds. Full-service salons with cutting-edge master stylists abound here too. Akada, Nurtur (an Aveda salon), Avola Lanza and many more specialize in gorgeous. Get the royal treatment at Massage Envy or a rejuvenating facial from European Skin Care. It’s not just about style, it’s about the experience. Relish it. Find all the best salons, spas, studios and gyms in our guide.
…And polish it off
Just two doors down, indulge in mani-pedis in what may be the world’s most heavenly massage chairs. Relax and enjoy. All the treatments at Elli Nail Spa employ 100% all natural soaks, scrubs and lotions. Bring your bestie or your whole class reunion—Elli loves to host parties and special events.
Drop in on the neighbors
Thrill your taste buds with the latest frozen flavor craze from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in her first permanent Scoop Shop. Or chill out tasting a flight of wines and a small plate at Vino Vino. Browse the racks at the ultra-trendy Thread and Vernacular, or find original decor at Objects for the Home.
Delight in a bite
Grandview is home to several of Columbus’ best-rated restaurants. Stake out a sidewalk table at Spagio, Figlio, or Shoku and people-watch while you catch up with friends and savor an unforgettable dining experience. You’ll find a listing of all our acclaimed eateries in the dining guide.
Every truffle is hand-made on site by Chocolatier Daniel Cooper. The ones dusted with real gold look almost too good to eat, but trust us, you’ll want to eat them–as soon as possible. In-shop consumption is never frowned upon here.
Specialty of the Haus
Raise a bodacious glass stein to the lively (and live) accordion music at Hofbräuhaus Columbus in Grandview Yard, and your spirits are sure to follow. Chicken-dancing on the benches is considered good form in this traditional German Bier Hall—the only one in Columbus and one of just five in the world modeled after the legendary 400-year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich. If all that Biervergnugen isn’t your cup, see our guide for the top bars, breweries and taprooms in the Grandview area.
Columbus is one of the top sports destinations in the Midwest. From the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Crew MLS Soccer Team to the National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team, Columbus is the place for sports fans.
Fans can build an entire weekend visit or longer to Grandview Heights and its surrounding communities themed around a variety of sports-related activities. Take in a Clippers baseball game at the top-rated ballpark in the nation, Huntington Park, less than a mile away in the Arena District. Swing by Ohio Stadium and The Ohio State University campus, just one exit up SR 315. Grab a meal at Eddie George’s Grille 27, a stylish spot named after the Ohio State football star offering a diverse menu & plenty of TVs to watch the game. Golf a round at the nearby Raymond Memorial or OSU’s Scarlet and Gray courses. Then cap it off at one of the Grandview area sports bars or breweries in our directory with a guided tour and samples.
Since its opening in 2000, Nationwide Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets as well as a wide variety of world-class entertainment events.
Huntington Park is home to the Columbus Clippers baseball team; the defending 2011 Triple-A National Champions and Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Columbus Crew SC is a professional soccer club which competes in Major League Soccer. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
Ohio Stadium, also known as The Horseshoe or The Shoe, is an American football stadium on the campus of Ohio State University, home of the Buckeyes!
The Ohio Machine is Columbus’ own professional lacrosse team, which competes in Major League Lacrosse.
Eddie George’s Grille is coming soon to Grandview Yard
Raymond Memorial Golf Course
3860 Trabue Rd. • Columbus, OH 43228
Located in northwest Columbus, this Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf course is a rare find – built over 50 years ago. Mr. Jones thought outside the box in designing this delightful facility which includes twin par 3 holes. Each par 3 hole is actually two parallel holes complete with tees, fairways and greens.
Scarlet and Grey Golf Courses
3605 Tremont Rd. • Columbus, OH 43221
Through the great foresight of L.W. St. John, (OSU Athletic Director, 1912-1947) Ohio State University can claim two golf courses considered by many to be masterpieces in classical golf course architecture. The Scarlet course is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. The Scarlet was completed in 1938 and the Gray was finished later in 1940.