5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Columbus.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try


862 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Head to this gay bar with Rat Pack flair for a consistently top-notch gin martini.

Flatiron Bar & Lounge

129 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

A swanky, unpretentious crowd that enjoys good music, top-shelf liquor and expert bartending is drawn to the finest Manhattan in town.

Round Bar

650 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

A gimlet, sidecar or Tom Collins can enhance the mood of the retro-friendly crowd at this vintage cocktail lounge.

Martini Modern Italian

445 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The well-heeled crowd selects from 16 varieties of the martini, from traditional to the sweet vanilla-flavored Yellow Cake.

Worthington Inn

649 High St, Worthington, OH 43085

After a luxurious meal, kick back with a Soul Kiss, a sweeter take on the Manhattan.