Tavern Tours are offered throughout the year. Tour themes vary but each tour features at least three different taverns. There is time at each tavern for enjoying the atmosphere, drinks & a bite before you head to the next stop. Drinks are not included in the price of the tour, but light snacks, sparkling narration, historic gossip, and architectural knowledge of the taverns and their environs is cheerfully included. Tours are led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and/or Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns.
Volksmarch Tavern Tour
Thursday, May 4 6-9 pm
Members $20/Non-Members $25
Volksmarch (from German “Volksmarsch”, people’s march) is a form of non-competitive fitness walking. We will put the emphasis on “non-competitive” on our next historic tavern tour – a walking tour featuring three establishments and their relevance to Columbus’ German heritage. This tour will be led by expert guides Tom Betti, Chris Mannella and Gabe Wansitler who will share stories in each tavern and along the 2.3 mile route to keep you entertained and informed. If you’re not up for the walk, you are welcome to drive and park near each location.
German Village has a proud history of real working class taverns. The history of German establishments is intertwined with the history of the nearby brewery industry and the 150+ year old singing societies that sought to preserve the love of the German language for immigrants to Columbus.
Our tour begins at 6 p.m. at Valters at the Maennerchor, 976 S. High St.
Just down from the original Maennerchor (Men’s Chorus) building, Valter’s features authentic German food in a 1907 heritage house nicknamed the “Dutch House.” As the oldest German singing society, this establishment pays homage to the traditions of a group founded in mid 19th century by a dozen German immigrants. We will provide substantial appetizers at this first stop, but drinks are on your own at each of the three stops. If you want to order a full dinner, we recommend you arrive early.
From Valter’s we’ll walk off the beer & wurst as we make our way to Germania Singing & Sport Society, 543 S. Front St.
(.7 mile walk.) The oldest of the original German singing societies in the oldest remaining house in the Brewery District, the former home of brewer Nicholas Schlee, Germania celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016. Originally started as a “turnverein” or gymnasium for sports in 1866 (with other amenities of the homeland), Germania also reflected the German love of singing and combined with a singing society in 1898. Since then they have hosted many singing events and participated internationally in many concerts.
From Germania we’ll stroll .5 miles through German Village to an old-fashioned neighborhood bar, Beck Tavern, 284 E. Beck St.
“Low Beck” is proud to be a dive bar … and ironically is surrounded by some of the priciest real estate in our city. Patrons are enamored with the cold beer, friendly bartenders, quirky bathrooms, and no frills approach that belongs to a different era. It’s the perfect backdrop for us to wrap up our tour featuring workers establishments. We will cap off the evening with a sweet and authentic German treat to energize you for the 1 mile walk back to your cars at the tour starting point.
Your ticket purchase supports the work of Columbus Landmarks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving our city’s architectural heritage and promoting the highest standards in the design and construction of new buildings and spaces. We thank you!
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