Greater Columbus rooftop bars, restaurants to visit in Ohio

The heat is finally expected to subside this weekend, but the weather is supposed to be pleasant.

That makes it a perfect time to sit atop one of Columbus’ rooftop bars and enjoy a drink with friends or family and a good view. These 12 places offer both.

Whether you want to try one of the new places such as Mandrake Rooftop, a scenic view of the Scioto River or any others, there are plenty to entice you outdoors this weekend and beyond.

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Not sure where to go? We have you covered with a sampling of Columbus rooftop bars and restaurants worthy of consideration.

Mandrake Rooftop is the latest upper-level destination that offers an expansive view of Downtown, stylish cocktails and tapas-style menu with carefully curated ingredients.

Mandrake Rooftop

808 N. High St., Short North

The newest of the rooftop bars on this list, Mandrake offers a view of Downtown, stylish cocktails and a tapas-style menu.

Sitting at the Moxy Columbus Short North hotel, Mandrake is part of Bobby George’s Ethos Hospitality Group of Cleveland.

A closer look:Mandrake Rooftop brings Downtown views, tapas, cocktails to Short North

The bar has dinner hours from 4 to 10 pm Wednesdays through Sundays, but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. After 10 pm, Mandrake turns into a lounge with bottle service and private-lounge seating with a DJ playing music.

For more information about the menu, which is features a host of shared items and sushi, can be found at

You can soak up some rays and enjoy the view at Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen.

Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen

517 Park St., Downtown

On the eighth floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, guests of Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen can gaze at a glimmering sunset over the Columbus skyline while enjoying Spanish-inspired dishes and signature cocktails and wines.

Dining: Lumin SkyBar looks to brighten Downtown guests’ experience with contemporary cuisine

For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.luminskybar. com/reservations/ or call 614-607-5960.

Glass in Dublin offers a variety of specialty cocktails.


6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin

Another place with Spanish-inspired dishes, VASO is also home to panoramic views, cocktails, wines and craft beers. Stationed at the top of the AC Dublin, the space overlooks the Scioto River and Historic Downtown Dublin area for a great weekend atmosphere.

The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor bar offering signature drinks such as the Laid Back, made with Bombay East Gin, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime.

Dining:VASO in Dublin named a top rooftop restaurant in America by Tasting Table

The food menu consists of small tapas offerings such as duck cannolis and miso deviled eggs, and a list of dinner options that bring a warm welcome to the Bridge Park District.

For more information and to reserve a table, go to or call 614-698-2525.

Lincoln Social Rooftop is a sleek, modern lounge.

Lincoln Social Rooftop

711 N. High St., Short North

In the heart of the Short North, the Lincoln Social Rooftop is a year-round oasis with a view that’s sure to elevate your night.

Nine stories up, the modern-and-sleek lounge offers a menu filled with pizzas, sweets, tacos and other shareable items. Lincoln also features a variety of drinks from wine, beer and cocktails.

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