Eat + Drink

AC Hotel Steps Columbus’ Hotel Bar Scene Up to World-Class

In major cities around the world, lavish hotel lobby bars are often top destinations. Maybe you’ve ordered a broody, author-esque cocktail in the library like lobby of NYC’s Marlton, sipped a Sazerac at the Carousel bar in Nola’s Hotel Monteleone, or dreamt of times long past at Amsterdam’s Pulitzer bar on the Keizersgracht… One thing you’ve probably never done is headed out to a Columbus hotel bar for an evening drink. Because you live here, right?

Recently, boutique hotels like The Joseph have added world-class dining to their ground floors, but you’re still heading to a Cameron Mitchell establishment to enjoy what The Guild House has to offer. And the new announcement of a Moxy hotel coming to the former Haiku location has many excited. But the opening of the AC Hotel in Dublin’s new Bridge Park has us convinced that locals will head to this destination even without a room booked.

The new Bridge Park development in Dublin will soon be home to Columbus’ most cosmopolitan hotel.

For those who aren’t familiar, Bridge Park is Dublin’s ambitious development project at the new roundabout on Riverside and 161. The $300 million project lead by Crawford Hoying is bringing familiar destinations like The Avenue, Cap City & PINS to Dublin and attracting brands like AC Hotels to Columbus for the first time.

The AC Hotel is the first of this brand in Columbus and joins the ranks of their other properties in Seattle, Denver, Miami and cities around the world. The Spanish-inspired hotel provides the kind of craft cocktails and experiences that will attract not just travelers to Columbus but local residents as well.


The lobby bar, flooded with late-afternoon light, accented with smooth tile, suede, and leather, dotted with succulents and fiddle leaf figs, evokes a strong Mediterranean feel. This effect is driven home by expert service and a tapas inspired menu.


The rooftop lounge, VASO, offers panoramic views of historic downtown Dublin and the Scioto river. While rooftop lounges in Chicago or New York are famous for the cityscapes they provide, VASO offers lush treetops as far as the eye can see. Guests can enjoy these views from a number of cabanas while drinking the hotel’s signature cocktails. Altogether, the AC offers an experience entirely new to the city.

If you haven’t been to Bridge Park yet, you’ll likely be drawn there soon for an event at The Exchange, Cameron Mitchell’s new event space, or a happy hour at the new PINS location… But the AC Hotel bar is what will keep you coming back.

And it opens today.

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