A summer beet down

A new addition to the summer drink menu at Betty's Fine Food & Spirits, 680 N. High St., is the Beet-tini, $7. It's made with Finlandia vodka infused with fresh beets and lime juice, as well as simple syrup. It's shaken and served in a martini glass. According to owner Liz Lessner, it's "like summer punched you in the face."

Drinking green

As the green lifestyle has been steadily gaining traction the last several years, so too have Green Columbus's Green Drinks events. "We used to do it in the back room of Surly Girl, but we outgrew it," says Tad Dritz of the nonprofit. Barley's, Studio 35 and Dragonfly Neo-V Cuisine have all hosted the mixers-from 6 to 8 pm, typically on the third Thursday of every month-designed to bring together likeminded green-goers.

Aside from being a great networking opportunity for sustainable livers, the events delve into major issues. One month the topic might be green architecture and another month energy efficiency. Speakers-and sometimes even entertainers, such as comedian Sean Sommerville-are featured guests. For more information on the Green Drinks events, visit greencbus.org.


Martini Park, the self-described "Playground for Grown-Ups" that opened at Easton in late 2008, shut down June 1. Bar spokeswoman Lisa Long Adler released the following statement: "Due to economic conditions, Martini Park has closed. We would like to thank all of our loyal staff, guests, Easton Town Center and the city of Columbus for a great two years of business."

A new home for the Hooligans

Jon Winland believes in starting them off early.

He and his fiancée, Katie Cox, took their son, Deegan, to his first Crew game when he was only 3 months old, sitting in the fanatic-filled Nordecke section, with its horns, face paint and smoke bombs. "He seemed pretty lifeless," Winland says. "He kind of enjoys it a little more now."

Only three months have passed. We suppose that's progress.

Winland and Cox plan to tie the knot in October. The reception will be at (where else?) Columbus Crew Stadium.

Meanwhile, in late May, Winland, the general manager of Lucky's in the south campus area, opened Hooligans at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Summit Street. The pub caters exclusively to members of the Crew-worshipping Hudson Street Hooligans group. Anyone can come in and become a member, Winland says. "There are no stipulations," however a $10 per year membership fee is charged.

Happy hour is from 5 to 9 pm Monday through Friday and features $2 imported pints and $2 wells. Winland says patrons won't find the usual suspects on tap. "There's no Bud Light, Miller Light or Coors," he says. "We have high-end craft beer and a good bottled beer import selection." A few brews from the Elevator brewery fall into the mix as well.

Winland says he and co-owner Grant Thurmond will sell Hooligan merchandise and have giveaways, but more than anything the joint is for fans who are looking for a place "to enjoy before and after the game."

-Ben Zenitsky