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Greater Columbus Rooftop Bars, Restaurants to Visit in Ohio

The heat should finally subside this weekend, but the weather is expected to be pleasant.

So now is the perfect time to sit on top of one of Columbus’ rooftop bars and enjoy a drink with friends or family and a great view. These 12 places offer both.

Whether you want to try one of the new spots like Mandrake Rooftop, a scenic view of the Scioto River, or any other, there’s plenty to tempt you outdoors this weekend and beyond.

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Don’t know where to go? We’ve got you covered with a sampling of Columbus rooftop bars and restaurants worth considering.

Mandrake Rooftop is the latest top-tier destination that offers stunning downtown views, stylish cocktails, and a tapas-style menu with carefully selected ingredients.

Mandrake on the roof

808 N. High St., Short North

The newest of the rooftop bars on this list, Mandrake offers downtown views, stylish cocktails, and a tapas-style menu.

Sitting at the Moxy Columbus Short North Hotel, Mandrake is part of Bobby George’s Ethos Hospitality group in Cleveland.

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The bar offers dinner hours from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but is closed Monday and Tuesday. After 10 p.m., Mandrake transforms into a lounge with bottle service and a private lounge with a DJ playing music.

For more information on the menu, which features a host of shared items and sushi, head to www.mandrakerooftop.com.

You can soak up the rays and take in the views at Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen.

Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen

517 Park Street, Downtown

On the eighth floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, guests of the Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen can watch a glistening sunset over the Columbus skyline while enjoying Spanish-inspired dishes and signature cocktails and wines.

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For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.luminskybar. com/reservations/ or call 614-607-5960.

Vaso in Dublin offers a variety of specialty cocktails.

Vaso

6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin

Another venue offering Spanish-inspired dishes, VASO is also home to scenic views, cocktails, wines and craft beers. Located atop AC Dublin, the space overlooks the River Scioto and historic Dublin city center for a great weekend vibe.

The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor bar offering signature drinks such as the Laid Back, made with Bombay East Gin, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime.

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The food menu consists of small tapas offerings such as duck cannolis and miso deviled eggs, and a list of dinner options that bring a warm welcome to the Bridge Park District.

For more information and to reserve a table, visit www.vasodublin.com/ or call 614-698-2525.

Lincoln Social Rooftop is a sleek and modern lounge.

Lincoln Social Roof

711 N. High St., Short North

In the heart of the Short North, the Lincoln Social Rooftop is a year-round oasis with a view that is sure to brighten your night.

Nine floors up, the sleek, modern lounge has a menu full of pizzas, candies, tacos, and other dishes to share. Lincoln also offers a variety of wine, beer and cocktail drinks.

For more information, visit https://lincolnsocialrooftop.com/ or call 614-300-9494.

Columbus of Callahan

520 Park Street, near Goodale Park

Sitting along the line of bars and canteens on Park Street is Callahan’s, which can transform from a part-time sports bar to a nightclub. It’s a more laid-back outdoor environment than the others on this list.

The first floor offers traditional Irish pub decor, while the patio overlooks Park Street and Goodale Park. Although not as extensive a menu as other venues, there are plenty of options for visitors.

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For more information, visit www.callahanscolumbus.com/ or call 614-223-1200.

The RH Rooftop restaurant in Easton has a glittering interior.

RH Columbus Rooftop Restaurant

4120 Worth Ave, Easton

Above the RH Furniture Outlet, a high-end housewares brand, the RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus overlooks the downtown district of Easton. With locations in Charlotte, Dallas and New York, the company is known for its sophisticated menu and sparkling interior.

Guests are greeted with a menu featuring steak, lobster rolls, and a robust selection of craft wines and craft beers. Inside the restaurant, trickling fountains and sparkling chandeliers surround diners under an atrium of glass and steel.

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For more information and to make reservations, visit https://rh.com/columbus/restaurant or call 614-968-8830.

Novak's Tavern & Patio has a casual vibe.

Novak’s Tavern and Terrace

475 N. High St., Arena District

A High Street staple for over 20 years, Novak’s Tavern & Patio offers daily drink specials, live music and craft cocktails.

Serving “pub grub” items, brewing offerings include Ohio-made beers, IPAs, wheats, and stouts. The menu also includes an assortment of house wines, champagnes and cocktails such as Lemon Shake Up, Casamigas Mint Lemonade, Makers 46 Old Fashioned and others.

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For more information and private reservations, contact www.novakstavern.com/ or call 614-224-8821.

The skyline of Columbus seen from the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Goodale Railway Station

77 E. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

Goodale Station is located on the top floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Short North. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a private dining room with stunning views of the city skyline.

Notable food items include lamb risotto and trout.

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The bar offers a mix of classic and new options. Favorites include the Fancy Nancy, made with Tito chamomile vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, yuzu and St. Germain.

For more information and reservations, visit https://goodalestation.com/ or call 614-227-9400.

Relax and enjoy the surroundings at Antiques on High.

Antiquities at height

714 S. High Street, Brewery District

Antiques on High may be Seventh Son Brewing’s sister brewery, but the space is undoubtedly self-contained. The rooftop bar, located just inside Columbus’ brewery district, focuses on producing sours, wild ales, lagers, and IPAs, while offering several craft cocktails and wines on the drinks menu.

Although there is no kitchen at the bar, food trucks serve as dining options. Foxfire Tacos is there on Tuesdays, Street Thyme on Wednesdays, Aloha Ahina on Thursdays, Two Fat Indians on Fridays and California Burrito on Saturdays.

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For more information and reservations, visit www.antiquesonhigh.com.

Frozen margarita, anyone?  You can try one at the Terrace Bar.

Bar on the terrace

1079 N. High St., Short North area

Part of the Luxe 23 trio, with Urban Chophouse and Whiskey Lounge on the first floor, the Terrace Bar sits atop the space in the Short North. The terrace sports its own bar and kitchen, private and rental cabanas and a large pool at its center.

The menu features lighter fare such as shrimp skewers, fries, and dips, along with a melting pot of other offerings such as beef sliders, poke bowls, and Caesar salad.

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Guests can soak up the summer sun with a refreshing mix of frozen margaritas, sparkling wines, and cocktails, which together forge the metropolitan and tropical flair of the space. The West Coast Paloma is made with Volcan Blanco tequila, lime, mint, cane sugar and grapefruit soda; and Spa Day features Ford’s Gin, lime, cucumber, bitters, mint, and sparkling water.

For more information and reservations, visit https://terraceshortnorth.com/ or call 614-929.5430.

You can find a variety of specialty drafts at BrewDog.

BrewDog Franklinton

463 W. Town St., Franklinton

This Franklinton neighborhood gem has grown from a former auto mechanic shop to a two-story, 48-tap bar and rooftop terrace. BrewDog Franklinton, like its other Columbus-area locations, offers specialty drafts, bottles and canned beverages directly from the brand’s DogTap at Canal Winchester.

The bar menu includes carnitas; beef brisket, black bean and fried chicken tacos; and the Fast Joe, made with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, red onion, and Elvis Juice bacon jam. Vegetarian options are also available on Mondays.

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For more information, visit www.brewdog.com/usa/bars/usa/brewdog-franklinton.

ROOFTOP @ BUDD offers a relaxing place that offers a variety of drinks.

ROOF @ BUDD

1086 N. 4th Street, Downtown

[email protected] is a great place to soak up the summer sun while sipping a glass of wine or craft cocktails.

Located inside the downtown Budd Dairy Food Hall, the view isn’t quite as compelling as the other bars or restaurants mentioned here, but the bar’s charm comes from its relaxed, laid-back surroundings.

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Guests are greeted with a host of dining options from the venue’s “Chef Partners” who occupy the ground floor. These restaurants offer traditional Italian fare, New York-style pizza, savory fried chicken, fiery seafood platters, rich ice cream flavors, and other tasty selections.

Guests can try the various wines, sangrias, hard seltzers or finely crafted cocktails available on the Culinary Center’s beverage menu.

For more information, visit https://budddairyfoodhall.com/bars-at-budd-dairy-food-hall/.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement