Top 5 Sports Bars in Columbus

Did you know Columbus has almost three times as many people as Cleveland, and more than Cincinnati and Cleveland combined?

That’s even when you don’t count students from The Ohio State University, which rests like a happy football-game-winning chestnut in this college town. The Buckeye: neither a buck nor an eye, just a leathery tan nut with three seeds inside.

We’ll do two better than that. Here are the 5 best sports bars in Buckeye land. You’ll love all of them unless you’re from Michigan.

What Are The Best Sports Bars In Columbus, Ohio?

1. Varsity Club Restaurant & Bar

Can’t get much closer to the college sports action, unless you’re in the huddle at The Horseshoe. Varsity is where the college kids are, and anyone who wants great pizza while actually hearing the rumbling applause from nearby Ohio Stadium.

Wings, cheese sticks, tater tots, burgers, and much more are on the menu. According to Allison, who is entering her third year as a server, Varsity has 18 TVs and can show up to 12 events. Catch out-of-town games when OSU isn’t the central attraction.

SERVER RECOMMENDATION:

“The pizza brings people in, because the sauce and toppings are the best you’ll find anywhere.” — Allison P.

  • 21 and over for all home football games
  • Google Reviews: 4.2 out of 5.0
  • Website

2. Yogi’s Bar And Grill (Dublin)

Where everybody knows your name. (You didn’t think you’d get sports bar reviews without a Cheers reference, did you?)

And if you don’t care so much about being recognized, plant yourself in a corner chair or at the bar, watch the Guardians or Browns game, and nosh on the Pot Roast Sandwich. Is there anything that sounds more heartwarming than “pot roast sandwich?” Maybe, “Hug from Grama” or “Catch with your son,” but it’s close. Depending on how many whiskers your Grama has.

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATION:

“Not as many seats as some of the trendy sports bars, but this feels like a secret bar that only the cool fans know about.” — Lyle C.

  • 3 locations in the Columbus area
  • Google Reviews: 4.1 out of 5.0
  • More from Yelp

3. Gallo’s Taproom

What are Cockfight Wings? We’re not exactly sure, other than we know they’re one of the more popular items on a bar food menu that feeds the patrons at one of the most hopping (or clucking?) sports bars in Columbus.

Located on Olentangy River Road, Gallo’s attracts locals, regulars, foodies, tourists, as well as college students. Doesn’t matter if you’ve had three beers or three dozen barrels in your day, this is a place you’ll feel comfortable in.

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATION:

“This is always the last stop on my bar crawl on Thursday nights during the school year. I look forward to the wings all week.” — Derrek Littlefield

  • Google Reviews: 4.5 out of 5.0
  • Website

4. Tailgater’s Sports Bar & Grill

Also in downtown Columbus, it’s convenient for students or professionals getting out of work.

Famous for its “Chubby Charlie,” a chicken cordon bleu sandwich the size of a lineman’s hands and as satisfying as dotting the “I” in Script Ohio.

The owner (named Charlie), shared that his aim is to make a place that’s so damn friendly people can’t help but want to come back again and again. “We’re the friendly neighborhood bar with friendly people and stomach-friendly food,” Charlie said.

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATION:

“Best afterwork spot, and game nights it’s really packed and fun.” — Evan, via Tailgater’s Facebook page

  • Karaoke and Trivia
  • Google Reviews: 4.4 out of 5.0
  • Yelp Page

5. Urban Meyer’s Pint House (Dublin)

Located on Longshore Street in Dublin, less than 20 miles from Columbus. This is the Buckeye fan’s dream a vanity restaurant/pub serving the legend of former OSU football coach Urban Meyer.

The gravy-covered fries are as big as Urban’s ego, and you can choose from more than three dozen beers on tap. No word on whether you have to kick your own seat out from the bar, or whether Meyer does it for you.

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATION:

“Stopped in for an afternoon beer and nachos. Ample seating was available, quick service, great beer selection too! The nachos were amazing!” — Donald Nye, via Google Reviews

  • Google Reviews: 4.2 out of 5.0
  • Website
      About the Author

      Dan Holmes

      Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.