Bar profile: Lounge 62
Located between downtown Gahanna and New Albany, Lounge 62 takes its name from a location off State Rte. 62 - but you'll remember its number for a different reason.
This great bar and restaurant keeps 62 beers on tap, rotating in new selections every few weeks while maintaining a base of customer favorites.
The ambitious number of suds spouts doesn't just mean more room for grocery-store lagers. Lounge 62 stocks some of the world's rarest, most delicious beers, with a focus on microbrews and stellar imports.
You'll find seasonal selections like Lagunitas Brown Shugga and Bell's Oberon, as well as stout crafts like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The list even includes exotic local fare such as Elevator Mocha Plum Stout.
Beer-lovers will salivate as they slowly ogle the beautiful line of taps just beyond a wooden bar accented with strands of rhinestones and high-def TVs. No draft is priced over $6.25, and most are under $5.
Once you have your pint glass in hand, you can remain at the bar to talk with regulars watching sports or saunter into swankier quarters. One of Lounge 62's charms is that it feels like an upscale cocktail bar smashed into a really good sports bar - a pairing that's just right in my book.
There's a row of low-lying tables and cushy high-backed booths, as well as a series of comfortable tables and stools. A new patio is slated to open this weekend, just in time for some summer sipping.
Elsewhere, owners meet their goal of being "an upscale place without the upscale price" by offering a very long weekday happy hour and a menu to fit most budgets. You'll have plenty of pairing options with a full line of small-plate noshes, gourmet pizzas, overstuffed paninis and bar bites with a twist.
Is there a draft in here?
Lounge 62's main claim to fame is having 62 beers on tap. Their list is nearly unmatched in Central Ohio, with some of the most unique drafts you can get your greedy little hands on. Here's the most current list:
Lagunitas Brown Shugga
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Ithaca Apricot Wheat
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper
Thirsty Dog Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel
Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale
Columbus 90 Shilling Ale
Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Noble Pils
Dundee Original Honey Brown
Bass Pale Ale
Great Lakes Burning River
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale
Belhaven Scottish Ale
Murphy's Irish Stout
Elevator Mocha Plum Stout
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale
Founders Red's Rye PA
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Bell's Amber Ale
Bell's Pale Ale
Abita Purple Haze
Magic Hat #9
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Killian's Irish Red
Troeg's Troegenator Double Bock
Blue Moon Belgian White
Avery India Pale Ale
Avery White Rascal Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
Stone Smoked Porter
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
953 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna
Bar hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. daily
Kitchen hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Happy hour: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday: $1.25 domestic bottles, $1.50 domestic drafts, $1.75 well drinks, $3 cherry and grape bombs, half-off appetizers
In short: A beer-lover's paradise