Roundup: Seven rooftop patios to enjoy this summer
The opening of BrewDog's newest pub in Franklinton followed quickly on the heels of its Short North spot. While the bars are fairly similar, the Franklinton stop has the added bonus of a rooftop patio. The new watering hole has us thinking about other elevated patios across the city. Some just let you imbibe from a birds-eye view, most feature a new angle on Downtown Columbus and at least one lets you perch high amid Dublin's newest development.
463 W. Town St., Franklinton
BrewDog put down roots in Franklinton right across the street from Land-Grant Brewing, and close by to 400 West Rich and Columbus Idea Foundry. The brewpub features 48 taps of beer spread across two bars, including a mix of beers brewed stateside and in Scotland, plus a selection of guest drafts. The small menu features burgers, salads, bar snacks and desserts. The rooftop patio, where the second bar sits, looks over the tops of other Franklinton structures, with the Downtown skyline behind it.
580 N. Fourth St., Italian Village
The much-anticipated renovation of the Smith Brothers Hardware building roof resulted in Juniper Rooftop, a bar and restaurant with so-far-unparalleled views of Downtown. Juniper is open to the public Tuesday through Friday evenings, and reserved for special events other nights. The cocktail menu is about 10 strong, with a heavy focus on gin.
Little Rock Bar
944 N. Fourth St., Italian Village
Little Rock's rooftop patio is a much-loved gathering space, an elevated spot to enjoy cocktails, camaraderie, beers and bites from the pop-ups that operate out of the kitchen.
Vaso Rooftop Lounge
6540 Riverside Dr., Dublin
Perched atop the new AC Dublin Marriott hotel, Vaso looks out over the Scioto River, Historic Dublin and the burgeoning Bridge Park development. The lounge features two full-service bars with wine, beer and cocktails to pair with a Spanish-style tapas menu.
Platform Beer Co.
408 N. Sixth St., Downtown
Last summer, Platform opened a small rooftop patio over the front section of its taproom. It seats about a dozen with a small collection of tables and chairs, and the Downtown skyline is a nice backdrop to sipping a selection of sours, stouts, IPAs and more.
Seventh Son Brewing
1101 N. Fourth St., Italian Village
With its newly completed expansion, Seventh Son has added an all-weather rooftop bar; the glass ceiling offers a naturally lit space perfect for imbibing, while windows let you look down into the new production facility.
The Crest Gastropub
2855 Indianola Ave., Clintonville
The Crest's Clintonville location sports a small rooftop patio, strung with lights and featuring a collection of tables, so you can enjoy cocktails, brews and the gastropub menu al fresco. The patio is open Thursdays through Sundays, and is rentable for private events.