Beer Guide: Mac's Cafe

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A longtime Short North favorite, Mac's Cafe is another ideal spot to spend St. Patrick's Day enjoying a pint and some good times. Nearly all of the district's denizens know Mac's as a comfortable yet lively spot that boasts an excellent beer list and some traditional Scottish dishes.

Mac's atmosphere is the traditional wood-laden, Brit-pub style with a commendable laid-back atmosphere. Filled with plenty of four-top tables, booths and a decent-sized bar, Mac's is the ideal place to meet up with friends. Reservations for the back game room are available for large (10-25 people) groups.

If you stop by Mac's, there are two things you must order - a cellar-temperature Guinness and a Scotch egg. Drinking Guinness the "proper" way and eating the tasty combination of deep-fried, hard-boiled egg and sausage is a heavenly homage to the isles.

Mac's has a draft list that runs the gamut from imports and microbrews to the likes of PBR. Whatever your draft taste, Mac's has you covered. Guinness and Newcastle make for appropriate options, but there are a couple of crafts worth sipping as well.

Bell's Best Brown Ale is an excellent English ale with toffee and caramel flavors and a nutty finish. Or go for an atypical option, the UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery. Wheat beers are usually considered an inappropriate St. Patty's day choice, but the UFO is one of the finest versions and offers a nice change of pace. Just don't get an orange slice with it - that's for crappy Blue Moon only.

Mac's Cafe

693 N. High St., Short North


Drink these:

Guinness (4.2 ABV)

Bell's Best Brown Ale (5.8 ABV)

UFO Hefeweizen (5.1 ABV)