Roundup: Five nearby bar destinations for when ComFest gets rained out

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and rain at ComFest" - Benjamin Franklin

The forecast for this weekend calls for nothing but clear skies, but the experienced know that, when it comes to ComFest, no forecast is safe.

When unexpected showers arrive, your best bet it to take shelter somewhere where you can also keep the party moving until you return to Goodale Park. The bars lining Park Street and the Cap are the nearest offerings, but we've got some better option that are a little more of a walk - and ones where you'll still feel at home if you look like a drowned rat.

Oh, and even if rain isn't a part of this weekend, these can make for quick breaks from the sun and heat. Or you can keep this list for when it rains next year.

Little Rock Bar

944 N. Fourth St., Italian Village


Little Rock earns a place on this list for saving last year's ComFest with an impromptu booking of some great bands (The Girls!, Bummers, Comrade Question and more) after rain cut short Friday night's set. They've got a great patio, a great beer selection and great food offerings from Steam Kitchen.

Oddfellows Liquor Bar

1038 N. High St., Short North


The growth of the Short North has sadly led to a reduction in the number of dive bars - aside from a few holdouts (we wish you jazz, Mike's Grill). But Oddfellows brings that feel back. The great adjacent patio would be out of play during inclement weather, but there's a good-sized bar inside that serves up boozy slushies, PBR and more. Those window seats facing High Street would be perfect for storm watching, too.


384 W. Third Ave., Harrison West


Zeno's is a quintessential neighborhood bar in Harrison West (a neighborhood that's underserved in that category). It leans sports bar, but without all the baggage that can carry, and it offers plenty of booths and tables for kicking back. It offers a no-frills beer selection, too. And a pint of Guinness and a Jameson are a perfect pair when it's rainy.

Local Bar

913 N. High St., Short North


It's been operating for about five years now, and it's far too popular to call a "hidden gem," but by the nature of the Short North's foot traffic patterns, you actually might miss it. Located in a parking lot off of High Street near Paradise Garage, this bar's unassuming facade gives way to a retro-themed interior that's more fun than gimmicky, a welcoming atmosphere and a craft beer selection worth seeking out.

Mac's Cafe

693 N. High St., Short North


Yep, we're sending you to another Short North neighborhood favorite. Mac's is roomy enough to handle the overflow should ComFest get rained out and has a friendly staff and a solid selection of taps. (You could pour your beer into your ComFest mug if you want to pretend.) There's also all kinds of great bar grub, and you aren't likely to find a wonderful Scotch Egg at ComFest.