Roundup: Five spots to rock during Rock on the Range weekend
Rock on the Range rolls into Mapfre Stadium this weekend for three days packed with rock and heavy metal. If you're in town for the festival - or just celebrating in spirit - hit up these five rock-themed spots for music, food and drinks.
Big Room Bar
The Big Room is a natural entry for this list. CD102.5's live music lounge expanded into a full-service restaurant last year. The live music stays, but now you've got plenty of beers on tap, a full bar and, yes, brunch. Catch live shows most nights while you sample musically themed dishes like the Paul Westerburger, the Velvet Underground loaded fries or the Greens of the Stone Age salad.
Skully's is a long-lasting Short North tenant that harkens back to the days of more live music on the block, like 2Co's Cabaret and Stache's/Little Brothers. The music lineup covers everything from national touring acts to local favorites to a smattering of dance/DJ nights, all supplemented by a classic diner menu that features, amongst other things, breakfast served all day.
Four String Brewing Taproom
Prior to opening Four String Brewing, owner Dan Cochran was known for lending his bass skills to Ohio bands like Big Back Forty and Colin Gawel & the Lonely Bones. His brewing ventures continue down the music trail, and his Grandview taproom is a rocking spot to sample rock 'n' roll-themed beers like the Brass Knuckle pale ale, the Switchblade IPA or the Suncaster summer wheat.
Little Rock is a neighborhood favorite with a kicking little patio. Live performances range from karaoke to comedy nights, and local singer-songwriters to DJ dance-offs. And now with Chef Marcus Meacham's Steam Kitchen having set up shop inside the bar, you've got your taste buds covered and then some.
Cafe Bourbon Street/The Summit
With spots like Bernie's closing up shop, it's reassuring when dive bars like Cafe Bourbon Street and The Summit keep kicking. The musical lineup is continually changing, but you know you can rely on solid acts every night. Add in a mountain of pierogis and a full bar, and you're set. Here's hoping the venue keeps kicking for a long time.
Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus atbreakfastwithnick.com. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures.