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Columbus Alive

Two Bagger

The locally grown Old Bag of Nails chain began in Olde Worthington, and that original store is still the one I prefer to visit. It's a narrow space seemingly built to accommodate its lengthy pressed-copper bar plus a few tables that are logical extensions of said bar. When convivially cramped, this Old Bag exudes the mood of a true neighborhood haunt. Its happy hour specials are a two-fer, with the usual afternoon times night-capped by specially designated deals honored only from 9 to close (10 to close on Fridays and Saturdays).

Better get a Bucket

The Bag's anti-high-falutin' drink deal for happy hour part 2 is five domestic beers jammed into a bucket of ice and sold for a mere $6 -- quaint, ain't it?

Cheap & Easy

If you're left holding the Bag's HHII menu, you'll gladly uncover some characteristically no-nonsense steals, like fine $5 sandwiches -- a sloppy but accomplished Philly steak is better than those from many local specialists -- and all the Bag's well-executed pubby apps for half-price (try the fried pickles, mini pretzels and top-notch wings and nachos).

Old Bag of Nails Pub

663 High St., Worthington