You can hardly open Instagram these days without scrolling past a like-worthy post from a rooftop restaurant or bar. The desire for elevated dining experiences has hit Columbus, with more and more rooftop establishments opening up as our growing city continues to develop. It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to these unique places, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite rooftops for this summer in Columbus.
Juniper. It could be argued that Juniper changed the game when it comes to Columbus rooftops, gaining notoriety when it opened in 2017 as part of the renovation of the Smith Brothers building in Italian Village. With top-notch service and one of the best views of the Columbus skyline, Juniper is an impressive space. The completely windowed walls and ceiling can be opened during warmer weather, but still allow for Instagram-worthy views all year round. The space is frequently reserved on weekends in the summer months for weddings and other private events, but is open to the public most weeknights.
Seventh Son Brewing. This Columbus staple has always been well-known for its lively patio experience since it opened it 2013, and they expanded last year to create a spacious second floor and rooftop-style experience. There, you can grab a picnic table and a beer from the second-floor bar, or you can book a private event in the additional space. Seventh Son has a rotating array of food trucks stopping by, so you’ll be sure to have something yummy to snack on, too! Keep an eye out for Old Horatio the cat who helms the brewery as “Assistant Manager!”
Vaso. The suburb of Dublin is well-known for high-end offerings, and the recent developments at Bridge Park have lived up to that standard, including at the restaurant Vaso. Located in the AC Hotel, Vaso is making a name for itself as a stylish and trendy option outside of the downtown corridor. The restaurant has panoramic views with fire pits and lounge seating, as well as unique private dining options like climate-controlled igloos on the patio in the winter months. Vaso’s menu offers Spanish cuisine and specialty cocktails that are sure to have guests raving.
Little Rock. If you’re looking for a hidden gem of a bar, Little Rock is located in Italian Village and has a rooftop bar and patio that shine. Little Rock is a step up from a classic dive bar, leaning into its cool neighborhood vibe to attract people from all walks of life. The bar sits a short walk from the hubbub of High Street in the Short North, allowing for a more relaxed atmosphere without being too far off the beaten track. You’ll find plenty of fun events both on and off Little Rock’s rooftop, from karaoke nights to comedy specials and more.
Antiques on High. Located in German Village, [Antiques on High](https://www.antiquesonhigh.com/ "Antiques on High') is the sister brewery to Seventh Son, focusing on sour beers as well as hand-crafted cocktails. The downstairs has a speakeasy-vibe with lounge seating and a few choice antiques posted as décor, with a large patio off the back for access to the visiting food trucks. What makes Antiques on High so special, though, is the second floor, with removable walls for the summer months that allow patrons to enjoy both an indoor and outdoor experience where they can soak in the city views from just south of downtown.
Lincoln Social. Legendary Columbus restauranteur Cameron Mitchell dove into the rooftop scene with new bar Lincoln Social, located in the heart of the trendy Short North. The cocktail bar features extensive windows that fold open as well as a small rooftop patio complete with fire pit and furry blankets for colder Ohio days. Lincoln Social serves up carefully crafted cocktails and small plates in a luxurious atmosphere, but make sure to get there early if you’re heading out on a busy night, because the space is limited and hits capacity quickly.
Brewdog Franklinton. This pet-friendly brewery was founded in the United Kingdom and recently chose Columbus as its headquarters for U.S. operations. The Franklinton hub, just around the corner from Oakwood community River and Rich, has plenty of space to pal around with your furry friend and an impressive rooftop to boot. The Franklinton location offers a sweeping view of the Columbus skyline from a unique perspective. Inside you’ll find a plethora of board and card games to use with your friends as you sip on the hand-crafted beers that Brewdog offers. When you’re done with your Elvis Juice, you can hop over to 400 West Rich, one of the many art studios that make Franklinton so special.
Where’s your favorite Arch City rooftop? As the city continues to steadily grow, more trendy rooftops continue to pop up to please millennials, long-time residents, and everyone else who calls Columbus home.