Brew-Stirs Clintonville Tavern

Columbus, Ohio

Johnnie's Tavern - Columbus Dive Bar - Exterior

In Short

Brew-Stirs Clintonville Tavern is a rectangle in the best sense of the word, a simple layout underneath one of the epically beautiful dive bar signs of all time that accurately refers to the bar as a friendly gathering place.

Field Rating

6

out of 10

The lack of windows is an obvious plus.

Field Note

Driving the length of High Street in Columbus, the city’s main artery, is like driving through changing seasons, with vastly different neighborhoods fading in and out of view. Luckily, border areas between neighborhoods provide ripe breeding ground for dive bars, with Brew-Stirs providing one such example as part of slowly unfolding portion of High Street that runs through the Columbus suburb of Clintonville.

But the sign does warrant some description, a phenomenal monument to the beauty of what a bar sign can be.

Not every dive bar needs a long and flowing description of its space or its amenities, and Brew-Stirs is probably one such bar with a single-room layout in the shape of a rectangle. But the sign does warrant some description, a phenomenal monument to the beauty of what a bar sign can be, inscribed with the phrase “A Friendly Gathering Place in Clintonville.” The name of the bar has a stir stick for an “I” and the entire sign sits above a green & white striped awning. As far as signage goes, Brew-Stirs is perfect.

Underneath the awning sits a pair of glass block windows and a doorway that looks like it’s carved into place thanks to the stacked stone look of the exterior. Inside, a pool table commands the front area of the space opposite a pair of dart boards. A series of tables run along the north wall, a full-length bar along the south wall. Behind that bar is a surprisingly beautiful, neon-fueled ode to alcohol, pulsing lights illuminating liquor bottles in front of a mirror in just the right way.

Brew-Stirs is everything a dive bar can and should be, an outlet for cheap drinks and repeat visits.

And that’s really the extent of the artful depiction of Brew-Stirs, a bar that excels not because of the amenities under the roof but because of the unassuming nature of the neighborhood vibe within. Brew-Stirs is everything a dive bar can and should be, an outlet for cheap drinks and repeat visits that builds a sense of community for anyone who visits, whether that be for the first time, or the fifth time on a Tuesday.

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The Basics

3028 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202

Classification:
Neighborhood Bar

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