If you’re in that elusive demographic that thinks drinking in the middle of a grocery store filled with suburbanites sounds like a good time, you’ll love the new gastropub inside Whole Foods Dublin, The Local.
As a resident of Upper Arlington who regularly witnesses hundreds of people sipping vino in the toilet paper aisle at Market District, I am uncomfortably aware of that demographic’s existence. I encountered it again last night at the grand opening of The Local.
I really don’t get it, but hey, I’m glad other people are happy.
Hundreds of people showed up to Whole Foods last night to brave long lines for a pint and a bite. My friends and I were lucky enough to snag a small table between roasted coffee beans, hand-made soaps and nutrition supplements. The many wonders of drinking in a grocery store.
The Local’s twelve draft selections are primarily occupied by Ohio tap handles (Columbus Brewing, Elevator Brewing, Buckeye Brewing, Thirsty Dog, Mt. Carmel, Rivertown) along with midwest regional favorites like Bell’s and Founders. The Local also has Brothers Drake Meads on tap, plus four wines, including one rotating local wine.
The small food menu includes simple favorites like grilled cheese with tomato soup or a soft pretzel. The truffle french fries packed a great flavor and the chips with cheese and fresh tomato proved to be an unexpectedly light and delicious snack.
The Local is open daily from 11am-9pm, offering happy hour from 4pm-6pm with $2 craft beers, $3 wine pours and $3 snacks.