I happy-houred last week at SideBar, the Dayton import that just opened on Main Street Downtown. SideBar's sister restaurant is known for its classic handcrafted 1920s cocktails, and the new Columbus incarnation is touting those drinks as well.

I happy-houred last week at SideBar, the Dayton import that just opened on Main Street Downtown. SideBar's sister restaurant is known for its classic handcrafted 1920s cocktails, and the new Columbus incarnation is touting those drinks as well. I was duly impressed by the cocktails (my Dark & Stormy was pretty fantastic -- a layered concoction of ginger beer, lime and Cruzan Blackstrap rum).

But I was also enamored with SideBar's bar snacks: pint glasses filled with four strips of crispy fried bacon. Not maple bacon, or spicy bacon, or candied bacon. Just straight-up greasy, salty bacon. It's such a simple concept, I can't believe more places haven't tried it. It's a snap to prepare, but seems much fancier than peanuts. Only wish it came with some napkins.

SideBar

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122 E. Main St., Downtown

614-228-9041