Downtown Concierge

Holiday Toasts: Make Merry Downtown

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Holiday Toast at Buckeye Bourbon HouseThe holidays bring with them lots of joy and lots of stress. So, happy hour planning takes on greater importance. You might want to gather friends and family together to toast the season. Or, you might want to find a way to entertain your houseguests. Or, you might need to take care of you with an evening to de-stress. Whatever you need; downtown offers the libation you seek.

Toasts to the Season

Invite your favorite friends and family out for some holiday fun and raise a glass to love. Buckeye Bourbon Bar offers the gamut from rare bourbons and whiskeys to craft cocktails, beer and wine. Plus, you can explore different flavors with tasting size pours, which lets you raise your glass more frequently. Cheers. Or, head from a cold day’s shopping straight to the tropics at Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Here you can raise a tiki glass that looks like an Easter Island statue head and nosh on coconut shrimp or island nachos. Plus, enjoy $3 off tiki classics on Tuesdays during happy hour. How about a My Blue Hawaii or a Zombie? And, Pub Mahone offers the classic pub atmosphere; you and your gaggle will feel like you’re celebrating on the Emerald Isle. This Friday, December 14, Guiness will be on hand with their glass engraving machine. When you buy a pint of Guinness, you get to personalize and keep the glass. Presents for all! Finally, don’t forget Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, where you simply must pair your libation with the oft-coveted sweet potato fries. Just trust us.

Entertain the Masses

When you have friends and family in town for a holiday visit and simply must get everyone out of the house, pairing drinks with entertainment makes sense galore. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade and Pins Mechanical have tons o’fun on tap. At 16-Bit head down memory lane with arcade classics and show off your Asteroids and Ms. Pac Man prowess. And, keep your fingers limber with lubrication from classic cocktails, beer and more. Or, head for Pins Mechanical and get your duck pin bowling on with a side of punch and food truck treats. Their tagline--when life gives you balls, play with them--seems apropos, especially when you are charged with keeping the holiday party going. Or, consider a family brunch outside of your kitchen at Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen (be sure to pair a boozy shake with your Eggs Benedict) or The Walrus where a Candied Bacon Melt begs to be tried. And when you’re ready for some football, be it college bowl season or the NFL playoff hunt, eat, drink and watch TV at Alley Bar and Olivers.

Chill Out

Then, when you need to sneak out on your own to relax and de-stress, options abound. Grab the greatest of hot dogs and a PBR at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace or the tastiest tacos and ‘ritas around (plus music on vinyl) at El Camino Inn. Or, beeline for the best local brews at Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus or Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. Aaaahhh. Then, stroll through the holiday light glory on Scioto Mile and pop into Milestone 229 for a quick bite and a toast. You can’t go wrong with the view.

Sober Up

And, if all the toasting and merry-making leaves your dragging, consider a re-energizing cup o’ joe. Cafe Brioso, Hemingway’s Coffee Nook and Roosevelt Coffee House each brew up pretty great stuff.