In Columbus there is never a shortage of fantastic places to stop by for happy hour. The Table on Fifth Avenue and Bakersfield on High Street are two spots that you must check out if you have not already. My friend and co-owner Jen Marlatt has created an upscale comfortable atmosphere at The Table. Opened just over a year ago, The Table offers its customers a customized dining experience. Whether you’re in the mood to celebrate an anniversary or taking a stroll through the Short North and looking for a place to grab a drink and small plates, The Table has you covered. I personally enjoy sitting on the outdoor breezeway and enjoying a cocktail with friends. Patrons of the Table say that this space is transcendent and allows them to feel as if they were in another place for a few hours. Happy hour at The Table goes Sunday through Thursday 5pm-9pm and Friday and Saturday 5pm-7pm. Stop by for a spell and check out The Table, and tell Jen I sent you.
Next on my stop was Bakersfield on High Street in the Short North. If drinking beer from a boot mug, John Wayne, Tequila, Whiskey, and great tacos makes you want to kick up your spurs, you need to check out Bakersfield. I have heard people say that there is no need to have a happy hour at Bakersfield because every hour here is happy hour. Bakersfield has a great way of offering guests inexpensive vittles packed full of flavor and some of the best drinks in town while offering a kitschy yet clean atmosphere. Items that are a must try, and just happen to be my favorites, are the margaritas, chips and guac, pretty much any taco, and the chips and queso with all of the extras. Due to the inviting space and crowd pleasing food, Bakersfield brings in a friendly crowd all week long. So make sure to come early and stay late and enjoy Columbus’ wild-west at Bakersfield.
PHOTOS | SEAN FINK