The Best Happy Hour in Town and The Best Music Show on TV

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

DeepWood Restaurant might well have the best happy hour in town...but it seems like not a lot of people take advantage of it or even know about it. For starters, a good selection of their primo beer selection--which is unparalleled in Columbus--as well as lots of their food-friendly vinos are sold at can't-go-lower retail prices. Secondly, the HH hours generously run from 3-7 (M-F). And C, the HH-only snacks veer far from the predictable.

From top to bottom: Raw tuna w/ "supremed" grapefruit segments, hearts of palm spring rolls & an exceedingly bright cranberry confit;

A huge pear, pancetta & goat cheese sandwich;

Cassoulet with great seared garlic sausage, a treasure trove of duck meat and a pile of otherwise underseasoned white beans;

An insanely rich, smoky and irresistible cauliflower, bacon & onion casserole.

Read more about DW's fantastic HH deals in the next Alive

After this econo-priced treat, I went home and watched the best music show on the tube: "Later...with Jools Holland (originally broadcast on the BBC, it airs on Ovation weeknights at 7pm)." What's great about it is that there are five acts taking turns playing live on a distinctive, circular stage. And not only are there no crappy and boring interviews or bogus "canned" performances but the wildly eclectic line-ups run the gamut from: the viciously exciting screech and howl of Grinderman (Nick Cave's great in-your-face project); the forever-entertaining ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey; T-Rex/New Order influenced (but wearing laughably ridiculous outfits) Goldfrapp; self-conscious oddballs like Rufus Wainwright and (Akron's own & Peter Gabriel-championed) Joseph Arthur; retro cool sophisticates like Burt Bacharach and Dr. John (old Jools usually lends these kind of acts his virtuosic jazzy/bluesy/boogie-woogie piano chops) ; one-time "next big thing" bands like Franz Fredinand & Arctic Monkeys; proto-punk poetess Patti Smith (who'll be on Fresh Air tomorrow at noon on WOSU i.e 820 am on your radio dial) ; and everything in-between, both inside and outside the box, circle, trapezoid, etc.... LOVE IT!