To call Grandview a Columbus suburb is a bit misleading given the area’s proximity to downtown, but the neighborhood is very much its own ecosystem, anchored by Grandview Avenue and a string of restaurants, shops and the area’s best local coffee (Stauf’s).
The variation throughout the area is extreme, from million dollar homes to rows upon rows of affordable townhomes. That diversity lends itself well to a handful of dive bar gems largely outside of the main commercial corridor. It could be argued that Grandview is home to the city’s best dive bar (Johnnie’s
, below), best karaoke bar (Mickey’s
, below) and best deep dish pizza (Meister’s
, also below).
While some of our stops on this recommended itinerary are a handful of blocks apart, Grandview is an easy neighborhood to access, drive through, park or grab an Uber, very much a comfortable, residential vibe on foot or in vehicle. And when a neighborhood features a dive as good as Johnnie’s, that becomes a natural place to start.