Columbus >Bars & Clubs > Club 185
185 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.952583 -82.993524
Neighborhoods: German Village, South Columbus
A total waste. – That anyone could think that this bar has the best bartenders is unthinkable. Sure, they're cute. But they're also vapid and insubstantial. Oh, and they're horrible bartenders too. I shouldn't have to tell a bartender that a martini is made with gin or that there are bitters in a manhattan. My drink shouldn't be spilled all over while it's being served to me (unless it's exremely full). These bartenders just sat behind the bar giggling like 14 year-old girls and mixing creative and ghastly colored shots.
If you just want to drink to get plastered and then stare at some decent eye-candy, then this is your place. If you want to go to a bar that has a modicum of class (as Club 185 did when it was still a jazz bar) and a properly made cocktail -- go somewhere else. It's truly a shadow of what it once was. Given the kind of venue it's trying to be, I seriously suggest you check out: D*ck's Den (for music), The Monk, Old Bag of Nails in Worthington. You can do far better than this place.
Once a friendly neighborhood joint, this bar has been remodeled into a friendly neighborhood joint for affluent young professional types. – In Short
Exposed brick walls, a long, dark bar, a tin ceiling, lots of mirrors and memorabilia of times past (a large photo of a baseball team, the original 1954 liquor license) attract a beautiful 20- and 30-something crowd. A grouping of couches and chairs near the huge front windows provides a cozy spot for groups of friends. People gather by the serviceable jukebox in back and peruse the selections. The bar serves mostly domestic brews, plus imports, including Guinness, Newcastle and several German beers.
better than ever – I've been going to the club since I was a kid and my mom and dad would take me after work volleyball and softball games. They've lost the old pinball machines in the renovation, but the staff there is still down to earth and the bar food is still cheap and delicious-- my favorites are the burgers and fries and the fried bologna sandwich, though they've also added some newer menu items. Neighborhood bar that's cool enough to take my 20-something New York friends from college when they're in town.
Best forever – I was around way back when this bar was a softbal team hangout. my father would take me here after his games. The french fries and chicken fingers were a must. I continued to go to the bar as an adult and loved it. Even though it has changed ALOT, it is still a nice place to be and the food is awesome. It's nice that some of the old things are still there. But good that some things were remodeled like the ladies bathroom!!!
Comfy AND Cool – Club 185 is comfortable but trendy enough to be cool. The atmosphere is very friendly, as is the staff. The food is great - don't miss the black bean dip, and as a Texan addicted to margaritas, this is the best one I've found in Columbus!
nice – Can get crowed on Fri and Sat nights. The only bar in Columbus that makes you feel like you are at a trendy neighborhood Chicago bar. Great jukebox, even has a bold David Allen Coe song.
The Joys of Drink – After my first visit to Club 185 I was hooked. While it does get very noisy and crowded most nights, their isn't a better bar in the city to stop in for a bite (the specials are always good, the soups are out of this world tasty, and they stock a surprisingly diverse number of liquors and bottled beers). While they only have five draft beers available, among them is Guiness, Stella Artrois, and a rotating specialty beer from the Elevator Drafthaus (best microbrew in the city). The staff are wonderful and even when its packed, its fun.
neighborhood social life! – affluent and trendy with a neighborhood feel...good service and even good cheap food. one of the better juke boxes in the area!
Proud to be a regular – My husband and I refer to Club 185 as "Cheers" because it truly has a welcoming atmosphere...and because we know all of the servers and bartenders by name. My only complaint is that the bar is difficult to keep warm in the winter time due to the very high ceilings...so don't forget your jacket.
Great burgers – The burgers are awesome. They are complimented with cold beer and a great atmosphere. The service is great. The servers are friendly and want to know your name. Very personal. Double Bacon Cheese is the best. Beer and food is cheap.
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