Novaks_SCRNST"Looks like a house." "Looks like the back of a townhouse." "Yeah... definitely not a bar." Some of the thoughts that may float through your head when you see the tucked away gem that is Novak's. This bar rests right in front of the North Market in the Arena District with entrances on High Street and Spruce Street. Pool tables, a lengthy bar and a rooftop patio all combine to make Novak's a pretty enjoyable experience. To go along with it's homey appeal there are dumpsters right below the patio... not a good combo with the Summer heat so be warned. That could be what we encountered in our review, watch the video to find out!



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Anita's Take

Novak's is another bar that's close to the Park St. bars, but has a different crowd.  On the night we went, it was not crowded at all even though the inside was small.  They have a lot of good specials and cans of PBR for $1!  The patio was very nice, although it smelled of piss.  The music in there is really, really loud!  So expect to be yelling during a conversation.  No dance floor.  Just a long bar, and a room of 2 pool tables.  Oh, and you have to take a flight of stairs first to get up there.  As for parking, we parked at a meter in the Short North (they're free after 10pm!) and just walked which took maybe 10-15mins.  So maybe a cool place to meet friends for some cheap drinks, and then head over to the clubs for some dancing!

Courtney's Take

$1 PBR's.... Holla! We were at Novak's on a slow night or maybe just a slow hour but I have been here once before and it was pretty packed. I like this bar the most because of the patio. The view of the Arena District is pretty awesome, plus it's spacious. This bar has a pretty laid back feel, I mean it looks like you're walking into someones townhouse when you start going up the stairs, but hey house party's are cool! Definitely nice to be able to run around and play pool without worrying about someone spilling your drink or stepping on your toes. Different crowd then Park Street but I won't go as far to say it's free of jerks or douchebags... they exist in every social group and subculture. Sorry, I'm not sorry it's true. For parking we did the meters that shut off at 10pm in the Short North, can't beat free parking but if you can't find a spot the garage on Vine St. is $5. Kind of pricey but it's well lit and there's security so I like that. With $1 PBR's at Novak's you won't have to spend much more money once you're out! Give this place a try! I like it!

PS: I know I'm a little drunk in this video... this is after Char Bar. Hey just keeping it real. And WATCH OUT... we go to Cantina after this bar!


Want to try Novak's for yourself?

479 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2007
(614) 224-8821

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