Columbus nightlife is alive and well in the downtown area.. A unique and exciting experience awaits those who want to enjoy Columbus and all it has to offer. Here are a few of the best places to get your groove on while in the capital city.


With the addition of the Arena Distrct in 1997, visitors have been able to enjoy a variety of entertainment and dining in a lively, upbeat atmosphere.

Big Bang Bar

The Big Bang Bar is relatively new to the arena district. This dueling piano bar has talented musicians playing popular songs. They get audience participation and have everyone sing along. This is best place to go if your looking for something a little different.

Park Street Cantina

This is one of the hottest clubs in the CO. Great music and a live atmosphere makes this place one of the best places to get your party on. Features an outdoor patio, tequilla bar, sports bar and dance club. They serve up great bar food and host 30 different Pitcher options! A definate "Must Stop" spot while in the Arena District/Short North area. No baggy clothes, ballcaps, etc.

Park Street Saloon

Located inside the Park Street Entertainment Complex, Park Street Saloon is a never-before-seen PARTY BAR experience, featuring the hottest Top 40 Video DJs! Park St Saloon is the PERFECT place to celebrate any and all occasions. Why wait at the bar? Park Street Saloon introduces the "Table Tender," a self-service draft beer system where patrons can actually pour their own beer. The Saloon is one of the few venues in the nation offering this feature, and it's very easy to use. Simply give the server your credit card and the system will be activated, allowing you to freely pour your own beer.

Park Street Patio

Sitting on the corner of Front and Goodale, you'll find one of the coolest places in Columbus to see live perfomances, hang out with friends at the bar and enjoy good bar grub. Another great part of the Park Streek Entertainment Complex, the Patio is a great place to enjoy good music, good food and good times. 

The Social Room

The Social is a fresh, mature alternative to the typical night out in Columbus. The Social is a stylish place to meet and bring new friends, out-of-town guests and clients.  The Social is a non-pretentious atmosphere consisting of 4 separate environments that include an elegant bar room, a small dance area, a comfortable upstairs lounge and a spectacular roof top patio. The Social is open Thursday thru Saturday from 9pm to 2am. The Social is in between Park Street Saloon and Park Street Patio and is connected to both.

(It's) Brothers

This place packs them in on the weekends with a majority of the people in their 20s and early 30s. They don't have a live DJ, but it's apparent that a DJ has put together the mix tape that plays all of the latest dance tunes. The dance floor gets very crowded and everyone has a great time. They have pool tables, dart boards and a foosball table. There is a nice sized patio out front with an outdoor bar area and a fire-pit. There are quite a few televisions showing various sporting events. Must be over 21 to enter, with no cover charge. No baggy clothes, excessive chains, or any other form of clothing that is considered "inappropriate".

Bar Louie

This bar features great food with an exciting atmosphere. This place has two levels, an outdoor patio, and a nice bar with a number of TVs with sporting events. Probably one of the best places to enjoy a good meal and a few beers.

343 Front Street Tavern

This bar features some of the best live bands in the Midwest including Fat Dog, The Websters and 17th Floor. The bar sits next to Nationwide Arena and features a nightly happy hour, which makes it the ideal place to stop before and after a Blue Jackets hockey game. They often have great DJs mixing it up on the patio and sometimes they host a yearly Plaza party that is an absolute blast. Inside they have two pool tables and a few pinball machines along with televisions tuned into various sporting events. Their menu has surprisingly good appetizers and sandwiches. 



The Short North offers something for those seeking outstanding dining, contemporay art and a few places to unwind on the dance floor. Although it has been known for the alternative gay-lesbian lifestyles, the Short North has now become one of best hotspots in Columbus for both visitors and locals alike. The Short North has extended both east and north past its natural boundaries, to include the Near East side as well as the area between Fifth and Seventh Avenues.

Short North Tavern

This is one of the funnest bars to hang out in the Short North and is considered a neighborhood tradition. They feature some of the coolest bands in the area on Fridays and Saturdays. A real locals bar, there is a nice mix of different kind of people that make up a really great atmosphere. Cover charge when bands are playing.


Traditionally attracting a larger gay and lesbian population, Axis features local and touring DJs and an ample dance floor.

Bristol Bar

A Martini bar with a upscale theme in a downscale neighborhood, Bristol offers nightly drink specials and a dance floor area.

High Five

Whether it's Jazz or Rap or Rock or Punk or Ska, High Five Bar has become known for it's wide array of interesting and eccentric musical artists. High Five also features an extensive drink and dining menu.

Little Brothers

Originally known as "Stache's" Little Brothers has been a long-time staple in the Columbus music scene, Little Brothers has featured acts such as Pearl Jam, Los Lobos, The Wallflowers, Jaco Pastorius, Nickelback, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tiny Tim, and John Lee Hooker, just to name a few of the stars that have graced their stage.

Skully's Music Diner

This is the only place in Columbus where you can sip on a martini, staring at a big orange marlin while surrounded by girls dressed up like there were in the prom scene of an 80's movie. Skully's is a great bar that serves excellent food and drinks. They feature various themes throughout the week such as Indie Rock, Ladies 80's and 70's Funk. There is a nice sized dance floor where people let themselves go and a refreshing patio to cool off from all of the heat. No cover before 9pm.



Located just south of downtown, German Village offers several different venues with a wide variety of atmospheres. This downtown neighborhood is one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. German Village is 233 acres of "living" history where the old meets the new and the result is a vibrant and charming community.

Tommy Keegans

Enjoy the ambiance of an authentic european Pub & Grille that features eclectic food, beers, and wines from all over the world. It's a great little gathering spot for locals with a very pleasant and entertaining bar staff. They consider themselves the only bar in Ohio where soccer is home. They often have live bands for entertainment. There is a small room that has a pool table and they may have one or to arcade games. The atmosphere is fun and lively. No cover.



Stretching from Grandview to Upper Arlington and Dublin, Northwest Columbus features several upscale dance clubs and live music venues.


By the directions, you already know one of the claims to fame for Andyman's, and that's how hard it is to find, even if you've been there a handful of times. Luckily, it's worth the trip. Andyman is also known by its owner, a local DJ on a local rock station, and Andyman is often at the bar, and features these bands on his Sunday night radio show on 99.7 FM, WBZX - The Blitz. Andyman's features local music, playing three to four bands every Thursday - Saturday. Cover is usually $5.00 and the drinks are in the $2.00 range. For more details, contact their site on the web.

Thirsty Ear

Blues, Blues/Rock, and Jazz from the likes of Willie Pooch, Blues Driver, G.E. Smith (of Saturday Night Live and Hall & Oates fame), Willie Phoenix, and Terry Davidson and the Gears have been featured as Thirsty Ear headliners. These varied music influences all come together at the Thirsty Ear, with live performances nighly.



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