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Elevated Drinking

An updated guide to drinking high in the sky.

Drinking alcohol is fun. Drinking alcohol on the roof of a building? Even better. Rooftop bars are an ever growing hip new trend in Columbus that have a reminiscent feel of block on game days, pounding a random mixed drink on an elevated surface while an electronic remix of Despacito blares in the background, except far more sophisticated and adult like. Here are a few bars that provide a rooftop for you to enjoy a drink high in the sky.

Seventh Son Brewing Co.

There’s never a bad day at Seventh Son. Is it hot and sunny? The rooftop patio is a perfect spot to chill for the day. Need to escape the rain and catch a buzz? Allow Seventh Son to take care of the precipitation with their retractable glass rooftop. You really won’t ever have a good enough excuse for not coming here.

Brewdog Franklinton

Brewdog has renovated an old factory for their new tap room in Franklinton. This trendy bar is spacious and very outdoorsy with its rooftop patio lined with picnic tables, a firepit with couches, and cute string lights that glow when day drinking turns into a late night. Be warned, though, they don’t have TVs so you’ll be forced to talk to the people you came with.

Platform Beer Co.

Platform knows we love rooftop patios so much that they added two of them. Kick back a beer or seven on the main level, or elevate your game to the top-floor rooftop. Either way, the city will serve as your backdrop and send plenty of Snapchats to your friends who still waste their time drinking on ground level.



On the roof of the Smith Brothers Hardware building, this bar boasts an up close and personal view of the Columbus skyline. But there is a catch. Pretty much everyone is after this view—especially old people getting married (gross!)—so make sure the space isn’t reserved for the night before heading over.

Novak’s Tavern & Patio

Keep your frills, thrills, and life-sized Jenga games to yourself. There’s no need for any of that at Novak’s Tavern & Patio. Instead, this simple and straight up bar offers the one thing we are really looking for when we are going out: booze. Having more space thanks to some renovations a few years back only makes drinking on this rooftop that much better.

The Big Bar & Grill

If you are 18-years-old and wondering where the hell you can hang for a night, Big Bar is here to help. Big Bar is the only bar on Ohio State’s campus still running 18+ nights so while you can’t legally drink here, you can still get down to some EDM while you get up to the rooftop patio.

Sydney Riddle


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