It’s officially football season in Columbus! Although we had to wait a little longer than usual to see Ohio State Football kick off this year, local businesses across the city are still opening their doors for fans to safely cheer on the Buckeyes.

This season, it's more important than ever for Buckeye fans to be responsible and take an active role in keeping the campus and community safe. We are #TogetherAsBuckeyes, so if you venture out on game day, don’t forget to follow local and state safety protocols by wearing a mask and social distancing when possible. As Columbus businesses reopen amid the pandemic, many have signed the Live Forward Pledge, committing to keeping patrons safe by following federal, state and local health guidelines.  

Enjoy the season’s first Ohio State game day on Oct. 24 by finding a local spot that has signed the pledge or checking out our picks for where to safely watch below. 

Tailgate Bash at Westland Mall Drive-In 

Westland Mall Drive-In

The Drive-In at Westland Mall has kept Columbus entertained with a concert series this month and is extending the fun to include a drive-in tailgate event on Oct. 24. The Tailgate Bash will allow fans to catch the Buckeyes take on Nebraska on the drive-in screen and enjoy a private show featuring Savanah Dexter, Dusty Leigh and DJ Winn. You can purchase tickets and read about the safety measures at the drive-in here

Land-Grant Brewing Company 

Land-Grant Brewing Company Patio

With a massive outdoor beer garden, this local favorite brewery is the perfect spot to take in beautiful fall weather and an Ohio State victory. Land-Grant's patio features a large screen for watching the game, a contactless ordering system and food trucks right outside the beer garden. Make sure you try Land-Grant's newest beer, Open Always, made in partnership with Buckeye Donuts as an ode to Saturdays spent cheering on the scarlet and gray. 

Threes Above High 

Social distanced dining and drinks at Threes Above High

Threes Above High has been waiting patiently for Ohio State Football season, even hosting “Game-less Game Day” experiences by reservation each Saturday this fall. When games return, Threes will look to mirror this for as close of a game day experience as possible, including free Buckeye Donuts in the morning and deals on drinks. Threes has been opening reservations through their Instagram page, so make sure to follow to stay updated. 

Urban Meyer’s Pint House  

Dining and drink at Urban Meyer's Pinthouse

Is there anything more fitting for Buckeye fans than watching the game at Urban Meyer’s Pint House? The restaurant’s 21 TV matrix stretches wall-to-wall, ensuring fans catch every down while enjoying signature drinks like the 7-0 Ale. Make reservations at the Urban Meyer’s Pint House website.  


Stadium in Gahanna arranged for social distanced dining.

Since you can’t be in Ohio Stadium, this restaurant is the next best thing. Located in Gahanna, Stadium is the newest project of Columbus native and celebrity chef Darnell Ferguson. Dubbed a “sports bar for foodies,” Stadium offers culinary takes on classic game day items like wings, popcorn and pizza. With pop-a-shot, pool and plenty of TVs, Stadium is as game-day-ready as you are.  

Union Café   

Patio at Union Cafe in the Short North Arts District

This Short North Arts District favorite will be airing the Oct. 24 game on TVs inside and on the patio. Special game day deals include 50-cent wings and potato skins, $4 drafts and $10 beer buckets. The game day experience is available by reservation only, so make sure to sign up for your spot before kickoff. 

We can’t wait for Columbus to be safely cheering on the Buckeyes once again this season! If you prefer to catch the season opener at home, check out our recommendations for Carryout Options to Pair with Columbus Sports.