The blues have a new home in Downtown Columbus. After hearing from many patrons of her various downtown hotspots who were looking for a place to listen to the blues, Yvonne Sarber knew there was a hole in the Downtown Columbus music scene. Now, the downtown restaurateur has re-imagined her bourbon and burgers favorite, Olivers, as a “live, national blues spot.” The blues’ urban edge fits perfectly at Olivers, which is tucked away in Lynn Alley.
“The downtown market has been asking me about this for year,” said Sarber. “Now that the alley construction is finished, Olivers is the perfect fit.”
The new blues repertoire kicks off this Friday with Sean Carney & the Join Rockers from 7 – 10:30 p.m. The event will also serve as a Houston Flood Relief Benefit for John del Toro, a national blues artists who lost nearly everything during Hurricane Harvey. Stop by for delicious food, bourbon, beer, blues and the chance to help.
In addition to this special event, Sarber has bands lined up through the September. Mark your calendars for the Doug Hart Band (September 22); Red Oakley (September 23); Drivin’ Home with Shaun Booker (September 29), and Sea’n Carney & Rick Collura (September 30). Also, head over each Sunday afternoon for a blues jam (and don't forget the burgers) from 4 – 8 p.m.
You’ll dig the sound, and you’ll dig the taste. Earlier this summer, Olivers launched a new menu full of shareable plates (though we do not frown on the decision to eat it all yourself) like Front Porch Shrimp & Cheesy Grits, Crispy Fried Burrata Cheese and Duck Confit Poutine. If you don’t fill up with small plates, move on to larger ones, including salads, specialty burgers (the Olivers Olive Burger is a must-try) and the fun-to-build Create Your Own Sandwich. Wash it all down with your choice of 60 bourbons, 12 beers on tap and/or craft cocktails.