Roundup: Arena-adjacent eats

Nicholas Dekker
Half Pint

Columbus plays host to first and second round games of the men's NCAA tournament. Games take place at Nationwide Arena Friday through Sunday, March 22-24. Here are some nearby dining options for those attending a game or two.

The Half Pint

The Half Pint pairs 60 taps of craft beer with all your pub favorites: firecracker shrimp, pastrami sliders and a giant roster of burgers. The restaurant is located just a half block from the arena. If you discover a new favorite beer, you can also fill a growler to-go.

Veranico Kitchen + Provisions

Veranico offers fast-casual lunches and dinners using seasonal and often local ingredients, mainly in the form of sandwiches, bowls and soups. Guests can choose from set items like grilled chicken salad Paninis, bowls with grilled sirloin or even grain bowls made with quinoa and black rice. There's also the option to build your own from a giant list of ingredients.

Barley's Brewing

Barley's has firmly secured its place as one of the OG breweries in Columbus. The brewpub is an easy win for lunch or dinner between games at Nationwide. Dig into sauerkraut balls, grilled wings, giant burgers and Reubens, pierogis or fish and chips. Pair these with house beers like the Scottish Ale, Blood Thirst Wheat and Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout.


A New York City import, Bareburger features tavern classics like fries, burgers and onion rings with creative twists. Think panko-crusted chicken tenders, fries topped with queso fundido and guacamole, or burgers created from all manner of proteins, including beef, bison, black beans, quinoa, turkey and beyond.


Finish a day of watching games with a visit to Denmark on High, the second floor cocktail bar above Bareburger. Choose from a well-crafted menu of classic cocktails and house creations, or let the knowledgeable bartenders build something custom just for you.

Mikey's Late Night Slice

It's hard to beat Columbus' favorite late night snack. Mikey's newest store, located at High and Vine streets, uses the eatery's signature kooky decor as a backdrop for enjoying giant slices of pizza, snacks like cheesy bread sticks and pepperoni chips, plus a beer or two. Bonus: Make your way through the walk-in cooler to visit the subterranean Sacred Palm cocktail bar after dinner.


Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Nada features modern takes on classic Mexican cuisine. Expect poblano mac and cheese, crispy pork belly tacos, braised chicken enchiladas, plus plenty of tequila to go around.