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Considered one of “The 6 Best Big Cities” and “Best of the Midwest,” Columbus, Ohio is known for being home to The Ohio State University. Also home to the Short North district, residents and visitors of Columbus have lots of shopping, food, and beverage options to enjoy. Below are a few fun wine destinations that you should check out when you’re out and about in Columbus, OH!
Tapas, wine, and cocktails - what more do you need? Known for its ambiance and extensive wine list, Fireproof touts happy hour specials with a variety of food options - vegetarian, seafood, and even large format options if you want a whole fried chicken with your wine.
Part retail establishment and part bar, Wine on High is a great stop for a quick bite while you’re sampling wines. Or, if you need just the right bottle to complement your menu at home, Wine on High will set you up! Sample wine by the glass or flight, but if wine isn’t for you, they also offer cocktails and a few draft beer options.
Another location that is part retail and part bar, House Wine makes learning about wine super simple! Join the staff at House Wine for happy hour specials and occasional $5 Bloody Mary and champagne cocktail specials. It's the perfect place for wine snobs and newbies alike. Plan time for parking since they are in a hot downtown location.
In a renovated fire station with an outdoor patio, enjoy a variety of wines from around the world. Enjoy a variety of small plates and sandwiches alongside their ever-changing menu of libations. Kick back on a Monday or Tuesday evening with a flight of house wines and bruschetta for only $25. If your friends aren’t into wine, that’s totally fine. Their beer list is full of local & craft options for all kinds of beer drinkers.
No matter what type of wine you’re looking for, you’ll find a variety of options at Meza Wine Shop. Stocking 800+ bottles, there’s something for all palates. Fun fact: the staff tastes every bottle they sell in the shop. With that knowledge, they are able to help you find just the bottle you want. A variety of cheese & charcuterie options are available for snacking alongside your wines - by the bottle, flight, or glass. A great place to kick back with your girlfriends or significant other at the end of the day!
With three Columbus-area locations, The Wine Bistro is a perfect spot to stop in for samples, enjoy a meal or attend a private event. Take a seat in the dining area, bar top, on the patio, in the private dining room, or even in the small side lounge with comfy furniture. Or just come in and purchase a bottle from one of the giant bookcase-style shelves.
This small wine bar in Columbus has a great history. Vino Vino was started by a couple who traveled to Florida on a law school spring break and fell in love over wine, so they say. That same couple personally selects all of the wine that comes through the restaurant, so it’s clearly close to their heart. It’s quaint. It’s romantic. It’s perfect for a fancy night out, happy hour, or as a nightcap after dinner elsewhere.
In operation since 1977, this is Central Ohio’s first and oldest winery! Located in a neighborhood and not among the rolling fields of a vineyard, Wyandotte Winery is a perfect spot to try a new wine or celebrate a big event. Aside from the wine, try some of their renowned wine cakes - made with wine in the batter AND the glazes on top. Join them for Hump Day Happy Hours, winery cellar tours, and for live music on a Fabulous Friday!
Besides drinking and buying wine here, take the opportunity to make your own wine! Schedule an appointment with their winemakers to create your own bottle with your team from work or for a special occasion. If making the wine isn’t your style, stop by for a wine flight or one of their nightly dinner specials - chicken parmesan, spaghetti, and flatbread pizza are the headliners of their food specials. Also, check out this urban boutique winery’s event calendar, there’s always something happening here, from tours, to psychics, to painting, to pumpkin decorating. Come check it out!
This fine wine shop just happens to have a wine bar in the middle - how convenient! Highlighting 6 new wines each week, this is a great place to try something new by the glass or by flight. If you want to learn about wine from a knowledgeable staff in a low key environment, this is definitely worth a stop!
Once you’ve had your fill of sports and shopping in Columbus, wind down with a glass or bottle from one of these locations! Don’t miss out on some of these midwest gems while you’re in the heartland of the USA.
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