As part of our Best New Restaurants cover story, we didn't want to leave out some of our favorite bars and taprooms that opened from Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2018. Here are nine, ordered from luxe to low-key.
The Citizens Trust | thecitizenstrust.com
Vibe: The palatial bar with soaring ceilings combines a Gatsby-esque atmosphere with a modernist approach to cocktails.
Previous Life: The Citizens Savings & Trust Co.
Antiques on High | antiquesonhigh.com
Vibe: Seventh Son's sour brewery redefines what a taproom can be. The handsome, '70s-inspired space features a large rooftop patio and cocktails from Curio founder Travis Owens.
Previous Life: Antiques store
El Lugar Tapas & Pinchos Bar | ellugar614.com
Vibe: This intimate tapas spot next to Alpine Restaurant channels San Sebastian for an ideal date night. Sangria, anyone?
Previous Life: Juergens German Restaurant & Bakery
BrewDog Franklinton | brewdog.com/usa
Vibe: The Scotland-based brewpub offers one of the city's best rooftop bars in an up-and-coming neighborhood. It's also a short crawl to Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Previous Life: Auto mechanic shop
Sacred Palm Room below Mikey's Late Night Slice | latenightslice.com/highandvine
Vibe: Walk through a basement beer cooler to find this (not-so) secret and psychedelic tiki bar featuring Hurricanes, Mai Tais and more. Pizza's not far away, either.
Previous Life: Part of the Yankee Trader novelty store
House Wine Bexley | housewine.biz
Vibe: Donnie Austin's friendly neighborhood wine shop and bar is perfect for grabbing a glass before a flick at the Drexel Theatre.
Previous Life: Hammond Harkins Galleries
Olentangy River Brewing Co. | olentangyriverbrewingcompany.com
Vibe: Lewis Center's first brewery/taproom sets itself apart with exciting new brews like its Sofia IPA, plus a coffee bar from Roosevelt Coffeehouse.
Previous Life: Warehouse
Somewhere in Particular Brewing | sipbrew.com
Vibe: Housed adjacent to an early 1900s building, this small, eclectic taproom features creations from brewmaster Pat Sullivan (aka “Charlie Navillus”) and solid bar snacks, pizzas and sandwiches.
Previous Life: Land next to the historic Henderson House
Eugene's Canteen | eugenescanteen.com
Vibe: The smartly decorated, military-themed Short North watering hole includes a rotating list of local draft beers and draft cocktails, plus games of pool and restaurant pop-ups.
Previous Life: Da Levee