Winking Lizard Tavern (Hutchinson Avenue) | Columbus, Ohio
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Winking Lizard Tavern (Hutchinson Avenue)
Exceptional based on 18 ratings
Type: Restaurant

100 Hutchinson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio United States 43235 [ print map ]
614 785 9755

winkinglizard.com

Hours: Mon-Thur: 11AM-1AM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-2AM, Sun: 12-10P


Mayor: JaBier (2) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 100+


Winking Lizard Tavern (Hutchinson Avenue)

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Beer Available At Winking Lizard Tavern (Hutchinson Avenue) (arranged by most recent)
Ommegang Fleur De Houblon 96, Great Lakes The Stein Bach 44, Ommegang Rare Vos 95, Westmalle Dubbel 99, St Feuillien Saison 96, Left Hand Good Juju Ginger 30, Piraat Triple Hop 80, Avery IPA 96, Three Floyds Alpha King 100, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Wild Ale 98, Avery Lilikoi Kepolo (Mahu) 97, Founders Centennial IPA 99, Brooklyn Oktoberfest 51, Tripel Karmeliet 99, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 90, Great Lakes Oktoberfest 84, Bells Octoberfest Beer 54, Southern Tier Pumking 98, Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA 96
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18 reviews for Winking Lizard Tavern (Hutchinson Avenue)
 Ambiance  68%
 Service  63%
 Selection  81%
 Food  72%
 Value  76%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  80%
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80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Guyute_Pig  (45) Columbus, Ohio | December 1, 2010| Updated February 22, 2011
Visiting from out of state and wanted good beer and good grub. Comfortable ambiance, cross between typical wing chain and Bennigans. Semi circle shaped place with row of 10 flat screens behind the bar. Game started at 330 and H.Hour started at 3...22 oz drafts were $4.60...good start. Around 18 taps, worst was Labatts. A few standard taps of breweries that they rotate: DFH, Bells, Founders, Stone, etc. Pretty solid bottle selection though nothing super exotic but didnít go there as draft prices were so good. Buffalo chicken wrap was nice and so were the wings, veggies willingly substituted for the fries pleased the wife. Service, unfortunately, was pretty bad. Took forever to get served initially and watiress, then waiter we had were both bad. First 3 beers we ordered were no longer on tap...updated beer lists would be nice but that big of a deal. Do have a paddle sampler (4 samples, $6). Free popcorn. Happy hour prices rocked, ok tap selection in Columbus area and it appears they rotate fairly quickly. Somebody shared they had founders CBS 2 days after I left... doh.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
wilnatp  (24) Minnesota | May 17, 2012
The bartenders know the beer on tap and their selection rotates frequently. The are 30+ beers on tap and over 100 bottles. Flight of 4 taps for $6.
46
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
MbpBugeye  (22) Columbus, Ohio | January 16, 2011
I have been to this location a few times before but its been a while so we stopped in for lunch today. The place is large, but seems like the space is not used effectively. There doesnt seem to be a lot of seating, but Ive never had a problem getting a table or anything. When you sit down the beer list is already at your table, printed on the place mat. This is a feature I really like. They list lots of good information about the beer. Name and brewery, style, ABV, size of the bottle and price. Sometimes the styles might not be right on what they should be but they are pretty close anyhow. They have 100 or so bottles so it always takes me a long time to figure out what I want. The thing is I have never been shocked by anything listed. It all seems to be stuff that is not even remotely difficult to find in the area. They have a "Glass of the Month" which is a different beer on tap every month, when you order that beer you get the particular glassware to take home. This monthís was a Klosch from Germany, the glass was a nice labeled, stange. The taps are decent but have room for improvement. Here is where you will find more interesting stuff. It appears that they bring in beers that are only on tap and others that are not commonly seen on tap. Brooklyn Blast, Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat and a few others. The reason I say there is room for improvement is because I see a few too many handles taken up by macro stuff. Signs that say "Labatt Blueís #1 Ohio account" say it all... The food is good but I havent yet had anything to write home about. Its basically greasy pub grub. They do hold good events that have very interesting beers, brewers and people coming in. These are what you should keep an eye out for.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Packard  (31) Kirkland, Washington | November 8, 2009
We males like to have lists to conquer, so having the World Tour of Beers opportunity every year to conquer 100 beers is too much of a challenge to pass up. Working in Ohio frequently, this small chain has become my most-visited beer bar nationwide (working on my 7th Tour). The Tour is sufficiently automated now that you can get your credits at any of their fourteen Ohio locations and view your status online. Their main list of beers gets changed yearly, plus they have three different monthly specials for Belgian, Hoppy, and Seasonal beers, plus a monthly beer glass. The food is very bar-food oriented, and itís unpretentious but good. The wings are larger than usual with no breading, and theyíll cook them crispy on request. Orginal house salad with blue cheese dressing and shredded corned beef, pairs nicely with the wings. As witness to the wings quality, the Crosswoods location put the BW3 store next door out of business. The owners spend a lot of time searching for interesting beers around the world that they can offer for 12 months. Thatís not particularly easy to do, especially for beers from some of the smaller brewers. Each year, the percentage of totally new beers on the tour increases, with over half of them this year new from last year. For me, itís a really good education process, and their Tour handbook gives good descriptions of the beers. They have special events throughout the year, and one unique experience was a beer dinner hosted by Garrett Oliver. One of my favorite offerings from this yearís tour is the collaborative Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse, continuing the Brooklyn influence. When I get near the end of each year without having conquered the list, I host clients with the offer of free beer as long as itís from my unfinished list. And the icing on the cake is the visit with the lovely Lucy on the way out the door.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher  (134) Columbus, Ohio | August 31, 2009
I donít think Iíll be returning to Winking Lizard. My experience there wasnít terrible, but there just wasnít anything there that will drive repeat business from me. It wasnít a great beer experience, and it wasnít enough of a good restaurant experience to cause me to drag the fam and non-beer lovers back there either. Ambience reminded me of a Joeís Crab Shack or a Dixie GrillÖbright, modern, glitzy. There are a lot of TVís, so this would be a fine place to watch the big game, but I usually do that at home. We sat at the bar. The wait-staff seemed a little disorganizedÖit seemed like there were 10 people behind the bar (on a Tuesday afternoon), and there seemed to be some confusion over who was waiting on us. There were maybe 10 beers on tap, but no real standouts. The draft list was sort of thoughtlessly populated Ė not a lot of diversity among the choices. The bottle list was long, but again there wasnít anything I had to have. My tendency is to drink whatís on tap, drinking bottles only if there is something REALLY interesting on the bottle list. The food was pretty lousy. I had wings, a patty melt, and shells and cheese. I thought the wings would be terrific in a place like this, but honestly all the food was marginal. To sum-up Ė OK ambience, a large but not really appealing beer selection, confused service, and marginal food. Why would I return?
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier  (87) Capital City, Ohio | October 25, 2008
Cool sports bar well known for its beer selection. Good mixed crowd, and there always seems to be some sort of after-wedding party going on when Iím there. Must be due to all the hotels across the street. Food is good and a good value. Their pizzas are surprisingly delectable, and their wing sauces are pretty good too. Service is hit or miss. It could be really good or it could be really bad depending on who you get. Beer selection is obviously good for a place that has 100+ bottles. However, their bottle selection hasnít changed at all in quite a while. It used to change more frequently and unfortunately, a lot of the better beers they had are no longer on the menu. Their tap selection is pretty good. Strong emphasis on Great Lakes (Lizard is based out Cleveland, ya know) with Dortmunder on tap as well as a seasonal. They always offer a monthly IPA or bitter on their hoppy hoppy handle. The monthly keep the glass special is always a big hit and a way to build up your glassware collection. Still one of the better places in C-Town to grab a beer and a bite, so long as you catch the servers on a good night.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout  (96) Pickerington, Ohio | August 28, 2008
Man let me tell you about this place.I have been on a beer tour of Columbus hosted by the one and only sexxxy Beer Virgin! She has taken me all over and i really loved this place.It has everything u need.Plenty of tvs, great food and a huge beer selection.Our server this evening was great.She took great care of us and even let us know she was leaving and that a new server, who was just as good was taking over.I had the buffalo chicken sandwich and garlic wings, fantastic!The beer selection was great. I got to try 4 new beers plus the Sam Adams rep was there doing a national taste test to see which brew people will vote on so they can brew it.They had a Coffe stout and a Blackberry Wit.I loved the Coffee Stout and that what I voted for.This was a great place to hang out and will want to visit here next time im in town.Thank you Dawn for taking me to such a great place!!
58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | May 16, 2008
Large pub with too much of a franchise atmosphere. Atmosphere is between family friendly and sports-bar. Something like 15 big tv screens. About 20 taps, 1/3 were half interesting (entry level beers from Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada and such) and the other 2/3 was truly pathetic with classics such as Miller Lite, Labatt Blue, Newcastle and such. The bottle selection however is pretty cool. About 100 bottles Americans and import with a few not-so-common ones on the import side. I got myself a Traquair 900 reasonably priced at $.7.75. Standard American beers such as 60 minutes and Dirty Bastard were in the $3.50 to $4.00 range. Also had Signature Ale in small 12oz bottles which I had never seen before.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone  (21) I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio | April 21, 2008
I go to the Winking Lizard when I want a better-than-average beer that most bars donít carry and I want to people watch. This bar has a lot to offer beer geeks: a World of Beers Tour (with incentives), a very extensive bottled beer list, and a Glass of the Month with beer inclusive for about 5-7 bucks. 50% of the time you will get someone who is well-versed in beer. My fave picks here are the wings, and the White Bread Pizza. This location has the better food and specials of the two Columbus WL locations, in my opinion.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bassbuckeye  (4) Ohio | January 19, 2008
They had Chimaywhite on tap, old leg humper and the Hoe... They used the proper glasses for serving and the food was not bad. Very good selection I will return for sure.

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