New Year's Eve is a big day for Columbus sports. The Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks at 1 p.m. and the Ohio State Buckeyes play the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff Semis in the Peach Bowl at 8 p.m. ET. Since New Year's Eve is already a busy night at bars and restaurants, here's our list of places you can cheer on the Buckeyes while ringing in 2023.
The Buckeyes are in the CFP for the fifth time since it started in 2014. In the team's last appearance in 2021, they beat Clemson in the semifinals before falling to Alabama in the championship. This will be Ohio State's first appearance in the Peach Bowl which is college football's ninth-oldest bowl. The Scarlet & Gray have appeared in all but one of the ten oldest bowl games - never playing in the Sun Bowl.
The Arena District DORA will be active from 10 a.m. to Midnight on New Year's Eve should you want to enjoy a beverage as you pop around to multiple spots on our list.
191 W. Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus
Right in the heart of Nationwide Boulevard, and close to all three arenas, Boston's is playing the game with sound and offering $1 off all 32oz draft beers during the game.
401 N. Front Street, Columbus
They'll be operating their normal hours of 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. The Ohio State game (and CBJ game) will have sound on. Also check out their holiday cocktail specials and a dinner special of prime rib with a loaded baked potato and green beans for $35. Meat and potatoes - a classic football meal!
343 N. Front Street, Columbus
Whistle & Keg will be open 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Starting at 1 p.m. (Jackets puck drop), they're offering $4 on all 12oz and 16oz bottles of beer, White Claw cans, Tito's cocktails and Fireball shots. They're also offering sound on the TVs for both CFP semifinals, free snacks and their standard open food policy.
415 N. Front Street, Columbus
You already know one of the top hockey bars in the country is a great place to watch CBJ, but it's worth checking out for the CFP as well. The game will be on all big screens with sound and they're accepting table reservations for 7 p.m. by phone at 614-221-4950. Specials include $7 Labatt Blue and Blue Light tallboys, $6 Slap Shots and a free champagne toast at midnight.
570 N. High Street, Columbus
One of the city's newest sports bars is going all out for the big night. Tickets are required for entry and come with food and a premium open bar. Game sound will be on, with music during commercials and halftime. Get all the details here.
630 N. High Street, Columbus
The Short North staple has special plans for the night and you'll need a ticket to get in. Head here to get all the details from general admission to open bar and reserved tables.
780 N. High Street, Columbus
Doors open at 11 a.m. for brunch and specialty cocktails and champagne specials start at 4 p.m. Coors Light and Miller Lite drafts are $5 each or grab a bucket of bottles for $20. Plus $25 Whiteclaw buckets and select shots for $5. Game sound will b eon and there are confetti cannons ready to pop off when the Buckeyes score.
2195 N. High Street, Columbus
They open at 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Known for $3 well drinks and drafts, we will share any NYE-specific details when we get them.
278 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus
A classic spot on campus to watch the Buckeyes. Game sound is always on here and will be for NYE. They're offering 16oz Stella Artois cans for $4 plus pizza and wings for the game. Stick around till midnight for a Champagne toast when the Buckeyes win.
20 Frambes Avenue, Columbus
We are waiting on details and will update this blog when we have them.
Always a good spot to watch the game. The food and drinks are already paid for and you don't have to worry about Uber surge rates.