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13 Best Rooftop Bars in Columbus

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Elevate your nightlife experience in Columbus as we guide you to the city’s most stunning rooftop bars. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening under the stars, a lively gathering with friends, or a serene place to unwind, Columbus has a rooftop bar to suit your every mood. From panoramic views of the city skyline to craft cocktails and delectable bites, these rooftop destinations offer a perfect blend of ambiance, entertainment, and refreshments. Embark on an adventure to uncover Columbus’s top elevated bars, where you’ll enjoy your favorite drinks with stunning views, crafting unforgettable moments above the glittering cityscape.


Antiques on High

714 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206
614-725-2070
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Antiques on High is a highly-rated brewery, appropriately located in the Brewery District of Columbus. They focus on sour and wild beers, but you can get hazy IPAs, classic-tasting pale ales, and other refreshing draft beers. AoH is a causal environment, so it’s no surprise that the food consists of food truck meals. There’s nothing wrong with that, in my opinion, because there’s a different food truck each day, and all of the food truck options are delicious! I love going on Saturdays to get a California Burrito from the burrito truck or getting tacos on – you guessed it – Tuesdays. If you’re not feeling food trucks, that’s okay too. Antiques allow you to bring in your food from neighboring restaurants that might seem more appealing to you. Just be sure to order drinks from them, of course!


BrewDog Short North

1175 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
614-908-3053
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BrewDog is a chain bar with a casual, no-nonsense vibe that all of its beer-loving guests enjoy, as it fits the inviting Short North vibe. They specialize in Scottish craft beers, but with 24 taps, they have plenty of room to feature guest breweries. They also serve craft cocktails and wine, so your non-beer-loving friends will have something equally tasty to sip on. I love eating delicious and fresh meats, cheeses, and bread when drinking craft beer, so I appreciate BrewDog’s partnership with Moody Trudy’s, as they serve the best sandwiches and smorgasbords. Pair a sandwich with the “Forbidden Brut,” and you’re good to go!


Lincoln Social Rooftop

711 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-300-9494
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If you want to drink and dine in a classier environment than the two rooftops mentioned above, check out Lincoln Social Rooftop on High Street. The best time to visit is between 4-6 pm on Tuesday-Friday or 1-4 pm on Sundays because that’s when they have Happy Hour deals for both food and drink. Getting half off all food and spirits doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me! And their Diavola pizza is actually to do for. Plus, if you have a gluten intolerance, you can request to make it gluten-free!

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Novak’s Tavern & Patio

475 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-8821
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Novak’s is a welcoming and modest rooftop tavern serving beer and pub grub right on High Street near the Convention Center. The brick wall is charming, the bartenders are friendly, and it’s an overall easygoing atmosphere for post-college-aged visitors. Their house cocktails are simple enough to order confidently but with a little twist to make them unique. Try the Basil Hayden Rye Manhattan, or stick with your favorite beer. Either way, make sure to go on a weekday before 8 to get $1 off!


Seventh Son Brewing Co.

1101 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
614-421-2337
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Seventh Son is an extremely popular brewery on 4th Street, across the street from the almost equally as famous Budd Dairy Food Hall. This brewery has a rustic style and a hipster vibe. Also, people who love IPAs love Seventh because that’s the specialty there, along with a variety of ales. In addition to the classics, they’ve also made a craft hard seltzer called Kitty Paw, and it’s delicious given that it’s made with real fruit. And remember Antiques on High, mentioned above? That’s the sister company of Seventh Son, and they have food trucks at both as well. So if you appreciate one bar, make sure to check out the other!


Little Rock Bar

944 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
614-824-5602
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Little Rock is a local bar located in the Arena District, and it has one of the best rooftop patios in Columbus. It’s small and unassuming until you get in and hear the music blasting. In general, however, it has a chill atmosphere. This rooftop bar is the perfect place to go with a group of friends, as there’s plenty of space and tables on the rooftop. The drinks are strong and reasonably priced, and they also have food trucks. The tacos are my personal favorite, but you really can’t go wrong with any pop-up meals they serve.


Vaso

6540 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
614-698-2525
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VASO is a bit further out from the High Street/Short North scene, which is pleasant for some older crowds who want to distance themselves from the OSU campus vibe. VASO provides an excellent resort, with a noticeably more sophisticated atmosphere and panoramic views of the city. This is an excellent choice for a special gathering, birthday celebration, or any time you wish to have a relaxing evening with loved ones. Get the hanger steak if you want to be fancy or the grilled cheese if you want to be safe – you can’t go wrong either way!

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Callahan’s Columbus

520 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-223-1200
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Callahan’s holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of many, as almost everyone has an amazing time there! It’s a fun place to go not only for a drink and a rooftop view but also to dance the night away with your closest friends – and perhaps a few friendly strangers as well. Located on Park St, in a bustling area downtown, this bar is known to be entertaining at night but also serves excellent food during the day. I love personalizing my pizza to my desires or slamming down their tasty pulled pork sandwich.


Goodale Station

77 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
614-227-9400
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Goodale Station is a refined and chic yet accepting rooftop location in the downtown area, right by Goodale Park. This is an ideal restaurant for a work happy hour or work lunch meeting, especially if your office is nearby. You can go classy with a Duck Confit or classic with a Goodale Burger – up to you. But instead of choosing beer here, I would opt for something off of their nice wine selection or a refreshing cocktail.


Lumin Columbus

517 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-607-5960
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Lumin is a gorgeously designed sky bar and kitchen on Park Street, also near Goodale Park – like Goodale Station above – and right by Nationwide Arena. It’s the perfect place to get drinks on a date night before heading to dinner. The views are incredible, the cocktails are tasty, and the atmosphere is elegant. However, the food at Lumin leaves a bit to be desired. Don’t go expecting the greatest meal of your life, and perhaps stick with the appetizers, like the chicken shawarma flatbread.


Patio de Phipps

261 S 5th St, Columbus, OH 43215

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Patio de Phipps is a small, cozy, casual rooftop bar between the Uptown and Brewery districts. If you’re lucky enough to get in, it’ll make you feel like you’re right at home or hanging out at your friend’s place! It looks like a private house from the outside, and that’s because it sort of is. You can only go into Patio de Phipps if someone in the neighborhood invites you. That’s how it maintains its unique charm and personal atmosphere.


RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus

4120 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
614-968-8830
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Located in the Easton Town Center mall, RH is one of the best rooftop bars in Columbus for brunch and spectacular interior design. It’s also the perfect restaurant in Columbus for celebrating a birthday. This is because the decor is photo-worthy – decked out with chandeliers, indoor trees, and gorgeous furniture – and the atmosphere is lively. Lobster rolls, salmon steak, truffle fries, and high-quality wine are all go-to orders at RH.

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Terrace Bar

1079 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
614-929-5430
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Terrace Bar is a cute little bar with limited seating in the Short North. It has a nice, welcoming ambiance, and the staff is amicable. Additionally, they tend to play great music at this bar, perfect for a friendly hangout after work or on the weekends. I like El Diablo, Spa Day, and the Watermelon Mule for cocktails. You can’t go wrong with the beef sliders or the shrimp skewers for food.

Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Columbusnavigator.com and Olivechristine.com. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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