56 N. High St.
Dublin, OH 43017
Brazenhead is a dive if you’ve ever seen one. With locations in Dublin and Grandview, it’s found a place as a dive bar especially popular with young people in this city. Sure, pub food is a bit heavier than current tastes allow, but the spot has diversified above that, to a much more modern menu of bugs, sandwiches, salads and lighter food. But the Guinness still flows here! And above all else, it remains a place where you can get your fill of brews in a social setting. Don’t discount it as a place that just does fish and chips – though it most certainly does do that – because it has so much more to offer.
The food is strongly geared toward English pub fare, including Scotch eggs and the like. Some things to try:
- Turkey wrap: Good if you like a lighter option, especially given the heavier food on the menu. The sliced turkey isn’t a forgettable cold cut, and a little bit of sauce gives it a nice, pleasant flavor too, so you’re not left feeling flavorless.
- Tater tots: They’re a $2 up-charge, but by all means give them a go! Crunchy and crispy and tasty all over.
- Fish sandwich: A pretty straightforward piece of breaded and fried cod served on a bun and with tartar sauce. Huge and extra crunchy, and very filling. They’re served alongside pub chips with a garlic butter which is good.
- Wings: These are fried to-order and served with your choice of a sauce or a dry-rub. It’s a real plus that they’re crispy and oily once they come to your table. The rubs in particular are recommended, because they’ll just dunk these seasonings on and it’s great.
The bar has a comfortable, close-in feel that kind of reminds you of an Irish pub, but still is just open enough that you don’t feel claustrophobic. And there’s a patio too, which is very welcoming.
The bar is kind of a hybrid of those wonderful Irish pub experiences and the more contemporary American cuisine. The food comes fast, the prices come cheap, and the beers flow, a reminder that while it has a distinct theme, this is still a comfortable community watering hole. It’s a great one to see too. Absolutely worth a visit.
- Some of the dishes are cheaper on certain nights. Look out for deals on wings, burgers and sandwiches if you come for happy hour some weeknights.
- The garlic sauce is a small up-charge but it’s absolutely worth it.
- A good menu of imported beers here, but there’s a steady group of local brews, too.