The Short North has something to suit almost any taste or personality.
But Denmark on High, the latest spot in the destination neighborhood, is for "grown folks," managing partner Daniel Morris said.
"This is not where you go to get hit on and do Jaeger bombs. And there's nothing wrong with that. There is just not a place for that here," he said.
"We want people to be comfortable, put their guard down and let us take care of them."
The modern, Euro-style bar opens Friday, March 14, on the second floor of the Yankee Trader building, 463 N. High St.
More than a year in the planning phase and six months under construction, the 1,400-square-foot space uses large picture windows to take advantage of the view of the Greater Columbus Convention Center across the street and busy High Street below. A slick, marble bar is the centerpiece of the space, which has contemporary furniture, vivid orange and red walls, futuristic decorative lamps, a high ceiling and wooden floors.
Morris said the culture and architecture of Denmark influenced the name of the restaurant.
Because of its position as a premier cocktail lounge, much attention has been given to Denmark's beverage program. Industry veteran Garry White, formerly of the Blue Danube, Buca Di Beppo and Burgundy Room, said he created 12 signature drinks for Denmark, such as the Flip Side, containing gin, orange syrup, rosemary-infused vodka, lime juice and an egg white, mixed to a frothy conclusion.
In addition, there are 21 vintage cocktails at the bar. All use premium ingredients, White said.
Morris said he assembled the beer list, which has three draft selections from central Ohio microbrewers -- Rockmill Brewery, Seventh Son Brewing Co. and Homestead Beer Co. There are another 17 by the bottle and nine by the can, both domestic brands and imports.
As for wines, Alex P. Smith, formerly of Alana's and Burgundy Room, put together a thoughtfully chosen, extensive wine list that will offer 12 to 18 selections by the glass, Morris said. There's an $11 corkage fee for all bottles purchased and consumed on premises.
Because of its limited space, Denmark has a small kitchen area. That means White, who's also the chef, has assembled a small-plates menu that utilizes ingredients from a variety of local kitchens, including Holy Smoke BBQ, Explorers Club, Smoking Loon and Omega Artisan Baking.
Among the offerings are focaccia topped with golden beets, Lucky Penny chevre, micro greens and a balsamic reduction, and duck flatbread with homemade Bavarian mustard smoked duck pastrami, swiss and rosemary. Nothing is priced more than $16.
Meanwhile, the owners also are opening the Secret Cellar, a 1,300-square-foot wine cellar and tasting room in the basement of the five-story building, located between Vine and Spruce streets. Secret Cellar will have prepared artisan foods, such as deli meats, local cheese, snacks, vinegar and such, Morris said.
The North Room, a separate 50-seat private event space, takes over an adjacent space.
Specific hours were being worked out as of late last week but both Denmark and Secret Cellar will be open daily. For more information, call 614-914-6700.
In other food-related news from the Yankee Trader building, Bareburger is slated to open March 31 on the first floor. The New York City-based burger chain is known for its natural and organic ingredients. The Columbus store is the first in Ohio and first outside of the New York area, said local franchisee George Mathew, who owns the store with Benjamin Christopher and Chuck Xu.
Bareburger will occupy 4,000 square feet, 3,000 on the first floor and 1,000 in the basement, which will be used for kitchen prep. It will have seating for 115.