Bars and bartenders have taken a financial beating during the pandemic, but some cocktail bars have pivoted quite nicely to the strange world of carryout. Case in point: Law Bird. The intimate cocktail bar pre-COVID is now a grab-and-go shop for natural wines, international snacks and some of the best cocktails around. The Bottle Shop, which is lucky to have an adjacent market already, offers a curated and funky selection of wine bottles as well as creative to-go cocktails. After a long hiatus, the high-end cocktail bar The Citizen’s Trust carefully reopened in August in Downtown’s Citizens Building. Who knows when some of our favorite cocktail haunts will return—here’s looking at you, Watershed Kitchen & Bar and Denmark, which as of this writing were temporarily closed. Until then, pass the adult Capri Sun pouch.
For the classic combination of lox and cream cheese on a bagel, head to Columbus’ oldest bagel shop: Block’s Bagels, which now boasts three locations, including a new one in the North Market. Don’t want to leave your house? Sammy’s Bagels is a sneaky-good delivery-only operation specializing in New York-style bagels, cream cheeses and other baked goods. For bagels with a cheffy twist (and lox in the name), The Lox Bagel Shop makes excellent, wood-fired bagels daily and house-cures its own salmon. If you’re looking for something other than a bagel, Alchemy Café serves a lovely lox on toast.