theisti (889) Kansas | November 19, 2012| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for dinner on a Thursday evening. I arrived about 6, and the place was absolutely jammed. Took about 30 minutes to get a seat at the bar. Fun crowd, everyone was trying different beers and generally having a good time. The tap and bottle selection here are pretty great. I had the local Four Strings Brass Knuckle, Ballast Point Sculpin and a draft Gueze Tilquin. Service was solid, despite the crowd at the bar. The only real downside to the place was the food. The pizza I had was awful. Overly thick crust that was hurt your jaw to eat dry. It tasted like the crust had been cooked twice. Toppings were OK, could have been average if properly cooked. All head back to this place, but probably just for beers next time.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Dogbrick (858) Columbus, Ohio | January 8, 2008| Updated December 30, 2012
(Visited 06/2006): Bodega is a newer pub in the Short north near the High/3rd street intersection. Parking is pretty easy to find in either a nearby pay lot or on the street (there is even some free street parking right across the street).
The interior is open and has a cool 50s living room look. Brick on some walls and staggered wood panelling on others, with tables and benches along the walls in powder blue and rough wood. Interesting art on the walls too. The bar is in the back with a clear view of the beers in the cooler. They also have a patio for the warmer months.
The beer selection is pretty good. There are about 6 draughts with Bell’s being one of the standouts. As for bottles, there is a hearty selection from Stone, Bell’s, GLBC, Rogue, Lagunitas and more. Plenty to keep a beer lover’s interest.
Service here is good, although my visit was on a Monday at lunch so there were relatively few customers.
Bodega has a focus on panini, with lots of different choices in toppings and style of bread. Both the grilled cheese on italian and the grilled chicken on focaccia were great.
Overall this is another fine addition to the Short North area. It is practically across the street from another newer bar with great beers and food - Surly Girl Saloon. I would like to see this trend continue.
Visited on a Saturday lunchtime in March 2010. A fairly worthwhile, if brief, stop. Happened to be passing and saw a parking space right outside. Two interesting beers I’d not had on tap (including a Columbus Brewing beer that was not on at the brewub and was far superior to what they did have there). Had the two beers. Left. Quite quiet so difficult to get a handle on the atmosphere but easy to see that it could be a hipster joint at more popular drinking timres. A bit too much of a cafe bar feel for my liking. Would drop in again if in town (and in the neighbourhood) because they’ll probably have stuff I wouldn’t get elsewhere.
Tmoney99 (638) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 11, 2009| Updated November 18, 2011
Easy to find location on North High with street parking that was easy mid-afternoon. Clean remodeled building with the bar center and right with tables in front and along left wall. Freindly staff with good knowledge of beers. Good selection of taps and glass front cooler with view of bottle selection. I had a new local brew but had already had lunch. Very good locals location and worht a visit when in town.
Headed here with some buddies to hit up the Columbus beer scene. Good location in the Short North, a couple tables outside provide some nice people watching. The inside was nice but it’s a weird beer bar place, its way to trendy for me, nice just not what I want for my beer bar...The quality of the beers was really nice, good selection of midwest beers, lots of Michigan, nice to get some Troegs as well. The service was good, both servers offered good suggestions.
A Columbus must for a beer bar.
Bodega is a hip place in the Short North area of Columbus. It isn’t big, with a patio in front, a smaller (but absolutely stocked) bar, and maybe 20-ish tables. The tap list is big and impressive, with a ton of locals and other great craft labels. There are even more bottles, and the sours/lambics stood out to me the most. The prices aren’t cheap for those but there are plenty of good ones to tempt you. Half-price drafts during happy hour; otherwise, a bit pricey overall. The food is pretty good, modern American stuff. Bodega is well-staffed, although our waitress forgot about us once or twice. Probably the best craft selection I saw in Columbus.
This place is pretty bad. Tap selection (about 10 taps) are mainly occupied by American Classics such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and such. There is a bottle fridge in the back of the bar where you can pick a bottle from a standard Ohio selection of Great Lakes and friends. Young drunken crowd. This place sucks ass.
When I visited: Late January 2013.
What I had: Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA and Victory Prima Pils on tap, white wine and cocktail for my girl.
What I liked: Ridiculous draught and bottle lists, bartender was spot on with her recommendations and happy to provide samples, managed to find seats right away despite it being super busy, cozy bar with chalkboard in plain view, good college crowd, really fun vibe on a Saturday night, love the Mikey’s Slice joint right next door.
What I disliked: Certainly attracts some hipster types but we didn’t feel out of place here.
Would I go back? For sure.
Overall Rating: 88