Brothers Drake Meadery and Bar

26 E. 5th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio United States 43201
Mon-Wed 5p–12a; Thurs-Fri 5p–2a;Sat 1p–2a; Sun 1p- 11p; Tours/tastings Sat & Sun 3 pm

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
chibuck  (557) Chicago, Illinois | December 31, 2016
Fun spot to hang out, very artsy feel. Live music, artwork no tv. Service is quick and knowledgable. Meads are average. I’d hang out there but wouldn’t tick a ton.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (818) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | October 2, 2016
Another warehouse/garage type of space with very friendly staff. They offer reasonably priced samplers which, as with a lot of mead, the bolder, more adventurous meads were the biggest hits. Fairly close to 7th son and North high. I’d definitely stop back by if I’m in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork  (481) , New Jersey | July 17, 2016
Trendy but welcoming. A few big hits and a lot of average meads.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Ferris  (1314) Burnaby, British Columbia | July 13, 2016
A very hippy vibe with a open area with a stage and a small bar. Service was nice and knowledgeable and willing to talk politics and the woe’s of the modern world in a heartbeat. Flight was available and pricey, even for mead. Mead was OK, nothing really exciting, but interesting if you have never had any before. They do have guest taps and bottles of beer. A nice stop considering the area, but not worth a specific trip in my book.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Yatesed  (2) Blacklick, Ohio | May 11, 2014
Took the tour and learned a lot about them and their commitment to supporting the local businesses and community. The owner was friendly and informative. Samples were happily given before deciding what to purchase. Great place!!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
b3shine  (324) Indiana | April 26, 2014
A must-stop if you’re in Columbus, especially in the warm-weather months. The atmosphere is awesome; very open, both indoors and outdoors. Service is great, and they have a nice selection of meads along with some guest beers, both on tap and in bottles/cans. Get the Apple Pie mead if you come here! I’ll be back.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
thoramel  (5) Ohio | February 11, 2014
Very fun place. Definitely worth a stop if you’re bar hopping in Columbus. It’s bigger than it looks on the inside and the service is quick and friendly. They even have a good happy hour. The beer selections are all local to Ohio and the mead is made on site. My only complaint would be the beer selection is too small. Otherwise I would have added more points to my rating. Be bold and try a Hot Shot.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
radarsock  (66) Massachusetts | December 9, 2013
Inspected online before venturing out on a dreary Columbus afternoon in a white Ford automobile with my good friend Andy. I visited him last year, and this is from that particular excursion. With no incentive to try Cosi out in the week I was present, we decided to barhop downtown. He wasn’t much of a beer drinker, so we came to a negotiated agreement we both could enjoy: an artisanal meadery. Luckily, Columbus not only had one, but they were open when I searched the words up on my laptop. For some reason, I thought Brothers Drake belonged to a Cincy address, but this only confirms that Columbus is just one wicked ass place to live. First off, and this is kind of on a side note here, but why do all meaderies, or all the ones I’ve seen, rather, occupy this outer appearance that forcibly screams, "storage unit mixed with modern industrial building"? It wasn’t ugly, but it wasn’t the prettiest thing to look at. Like so many before it, without their sign, I definitely would’ve pulled a JStax and driven by in an increased state of confusion and annoyance. BUT, this review won’t end soggily. I like this place -- it’s cool, cozy, and the employees were a lot of fun to talk to. The bartender was hip. They had a myriad of interesting meads on the counter behind the bar and on the walls which sat on top of shelves, and allowed samples of nearly all of the offerings free of charge. It was dead when we arrived, but this was assumedly because it was in the middle of the day and most people had stuff to do. The bartender said they’re busy (with a capitol "C") during the weekends and evenings. Although I enjoy a bumping crowd as much as the next guy, I’m glad we came on a dead-day and consumed mead without a bunch of hipsters screaming in the background, which wouldn’t totally ruin it for me, but it also wouldn’t improve the experience, either. I initially just wanted to go to try their Apple Pie, but after sitting and talking to some really nice folks and drinking their wonderful product, I can unquestionably declare there’s more than just one reason to visit this site.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
aobecksy  (22) Middle of no where, Ohio | May 29, 2013
5th AVENUE...not 5th STREET....call ahead and the food truck will stay open late, Tokyo GoGo truck...awesome. I wished this place was in my neighborhood ...village....town. Great group of real people who happen to hip, not pretenders. Live Music nearly every day. Beautiful glassware, varied seating, perfect place for a day long event---check events calender on the webpage.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (467) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | April 17, 2013
Stopped in early on a Saturday afternoon. Aside from the place being difficult to find and driving by it probably 4 times, I have no complaints. There’s a parking lot just a short walk away. It looks like a warehouse from the outside, but on the inside it’s fairly modern. They had 6 mead taps and 4 beer taps. I ordered their sampler and was treated to 5 pours of their meads, all of which I enjoyed tremendously. The Apple Pie Mead was excellent. Very good service with each bartender that served me being quite knowledgeable about their meads and were genuinely interested in talking to me about them. Friendly environment. If I lived closer, I would visit this place all the time, especially now that I know how to get there!

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