Just getting around to rating this place, although Iíve been there more times than I can count. All things considered, probably my favorite bar in the Columbus area. The staff is as friendly as youíll ever encounter, and they can speak to all the beers they carry (which is somewhat extensive). You can tell rapport and knowledge for the craft are very important to the owners. Perfect setting for a sports bar, with plasma screens above the bar and at every booth and a couple of huge projector screens. If your team isnít playing, you can always entertain yourself with a game of pool, darts, shufflepuck, or Golden Tee. Food is above average pub food - apps like wings and fried ravioli, panini-grilled sandwiches and the like. They offer freshly prepared soups from scratch that are out of this world. I donít even bother asking what the soup of the day is when I order because I havenít had a bad one (or even a mediocre one) yet. On to the beer selection: They have a rotating selection of seasonals to keep things interesting, but they have a few awesome staples as well (namely Two Hearted and Dead Guy). They always have one or two Great Lakes beers, which I love to see since theyíre the craft brew powerhouse thatís closest to Columbus. Seasonals and special offerings are varied and outstanding. Most recently I enjoyed Founderís Breakfast Stout on tap (and pretty cheap compared to other places at $8 for 22oz). Solid place as they donít do anything poorly and most of what they do is exceptional.
This is my new favorite bar. Generally, sports bars for me are a necessary evil - I want to watch the game, with friends, in public. The usual choices in this regard are sadly limited and completely void of personality. I have been to Galloís three times now and each time has been an excellent experience. They cover the basics of service, food and beer exceptionally. The service in particular is great. The staff treats you like you a guest, not like an intruder -- which is something thatís hard to find in bars these days. Itís also near impossible to find a bad seat in the house. With this high quality, I will continue to be impressed and will make this my first choice.
Galloís is located on Bethel/Olentangy in the Olentangy shopping plaza next to a K-Mart and check-cashing place, but weíll forgive them. Plenty of parking is nearby.
Inside is pretty close to the ideal bar for me. Cork dartboards, flatscreen TVs at every booth (some with video games), pool, good music and of course a bar in the middle of it all with some good beers. They also bought another space next door to expand the dining area.
As for the beers, on draught are a couple Bellís selections, Columbus Brewing (the Apricot ale re-branded as "Galloís Tap", Tommyknocker, Flying Dog and others. In bottles you can find GLBC, Rogue, Columbus brewing and others. Not a huge selection but enough to keep most beer lovers happy.
The service both at the bar and in the dining area is good. The place is still relatively new but had a full house on a Thursday night which is a good sign.
The food here is pretty damn good. Galloís prides itself on not using microwaves or heating lamps. The food is pricey and is cooked by the person who used to work at Liberty St. Brewing in Akron. The $8 burger/fries I had was excellent.
Easy to find location in shopping area at the corner of Bethel and Olentangy.
Parking lot in front with small patio in the front with side main entrance. Clean sports bar format with bar in the middle and booths and tables all around. Good tap selection and I had a Two Hearted. Freindly staff. Kitchen in the back left but did not get to eat. Nice locals place to go.
This is a small place in a strip mall next to a K-mart. The bar is on the cramped side, and the bottle and food selections are limited. Still, this place has its appeal. The tap-list wasnít huge, but it had a nice diversity to it, offering a wide selection of styles (Lindemanís lambic to New Holland Dragonís Milk to Two Hearted). It seemed like someone who has an appreciation for craft beer styles was choosing the beers on tap. I had a couple of Two Heartedís) which tasted clean and fresh. I am reviewing this place after reviewing Winking Lizard, and Galloís seems more beer-oriented, despite a smaller number of choices. Itís not just about having the largest selection, but having a thoughtful selection that always contains something that interests me on any given day. Food hereÖthe good news is that the wings were excellent Ė some of the best Iíve ever had (even though they only come in 4 flavors Ė again, more choices doesnít always mean better). The bad news is that my sandwich and fries were a little weak, there isnít a lot of choice on the menus, and the food took forever Ė probably 45 minutes. However, our bartender warned us when we ordered that food would take 45 minutes, so I was forewarned. Iíd visit Galloís again; a good place to drink, eat wings, and watch the game, but a little cramped and a little weak as a place for a full meal.
sliffy (86) Columbus, Ohio | August 31, 2006| Updated March 27, 2008
To be fair I was pretty well buzzed by the time I got here. But Iím living near by, and Iíll re rate if I feel the need.
Itís nice inside, good layout, plenty of TVís for what it is.
The service was pretty good, but it was also dead when I was there. Food was quite good. I had some Pierogies and a sandwich. Both I enjoyed.
Beer was a solid ohio selection, any place I can get Two Hearted on tap is a good place in my book. Nothing outstanding by any means, but more than passable.