Dogbrick (637) Columbus, Ohio | March 16, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
High on atmosphere, low on beer selection. Brazenhead is one of those pricey Irish bars that tries to capture the Irish spirit by actually importing fixtures from Ireland. Rumor has it the cost was $1M to re-create a real Irish pub. Parking is pretty iffy at any busy time. There is limited street parking, and a small lot in the rear, both of which are usually full. They have valet as well. Just be sure not to park at the library across the street or you will get towed.
Dublin being a rather affluent suburb of Columbus, you are going to pay a little more for your food and drinks here. It is also packed at any peak mealtime. If you have a chance, make sure to ask for a "snug", which is a little semi-secluded room where you can have a little privacy to enjoy your beer and/or cigar.
As for the beer, there are about 7 on draught and they run the typical "American Irish Pub" gamut: Guinness, Bass, Harp, Killian's etc. They have a rotating guest tap which is a minor saving grace.
It has been too long since I have had the food to make an honest review of it, but I have heard wonderful things about their corn beef sandwhich and rueben, and people rave about their garlic chips. The desserts get rave reviews too.
This place is worth a stop for the atmosphere more than for the beers, but if you find yourself in the area it might be worth checking out.