Cheers to the new year
If you are looking for a post-dinner toast or a simple hour out without the kids, a delicious cocktail (or two) enjoyed with friends can top off your New Year’s Eve celebration. Columbus has experienced an increase in cocktail-only establishments, so check out one, or more, on this special evening. Here are a few places to start, as well as a recipe for your punch bowl at home.
1205 N. High St.
This bar is a hidden gem in the Short North near Fifth and High. For a classic drink done well, order an Old- Fashioned, made with whiskey or bourbon (your choice), bitters and sugar. A lot of bars use simple sugar in this recipe as a shortcut, but not here. Ask for Mike if he is working. He uses real sugar cubes and stirs the drink by hand until the cubes dissolve naturally, which takes a few minutes. (He also hand-shaves the ice cube so it fits perfectly in the glass.)
The Citizens Trust
11 W. Gay St.
This newish upscale cocktail lounge is located upstairs from Veritas on Gay Street. The bar’s staff maintains an active posting schedule on Instagram, featuring beautifully crafted cocktails suitable for a night out on the town. The lounge will be offering retail pricing on Dom Perignon for both glass and bottle pours. Additionally that evening, it will offer a specially curated cocktail menu, ranging from Angel’s Envy Bourbon Old Fashioneds to Bombay Sapphire French 75s. Shrub-based mocktails will also be available.
The Light of Seven Matchsticks
5601 N. High St.
Located near the heart of Worthington, you will find this quaint speakeasy below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza. This pub has classic concoctions as well as seasonal creations. It’s a perfect venue for those who live in the suburbs and prefer not to venture downtown. If you have to wait for a table, you can still order a drink in a rather unique way: write down your order on a piece of paper and insert it into one of the many vintage books in the waiting area. There is a special slot in a wall between the foyer and bar where guests place the book so they can have drinks made while they wait.
And if you do not drink, that does not mean you cannot enjoy a mocktail. Any respectable cocktail bar will be able to create an alcohol-free concoction for you, simply by asking a few simple questions about your taste preferences.
To read the rest of our New Year’s Eve package, pick up a copy of Columbus Monthly’s December issue at these locations.
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