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Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

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Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

We have a large group ( mixed ages) coming from Ontario, Canada to watch a hometown boy play in the NHL game at Nationwide. We would love restaurant ideas for before the game on Friday, March 22. Would also love bar ideas for the 23-25 year olds in group for after the game. Any ideas for breakfast on Saturday would also be great. Thanks.

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1. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Try Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse its tasty and fun for a large group.

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2. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Schmidt's Sausage Haus in German Village is a Columbus favorite.

http://www.hollyeats.com/Schmidts.htm

More upscale with an excellent brunch is Lindey's in German Village. It's a Columbus landmark.

The original Max & Erma's in German Village is a very attractive casual restaurant.

First Watch is a breakfast chain in Columbus.

Northstar Cafe on North High St. in Short North is a locavore restaurant with excellent breakfasts.

www.thenorthstarcafe.com/menus/shortnorth.pdf

Dewey's Pizza is considered by many as Ohio's best pizza chain and there is one in Grandview Heights, very near downtown.

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3. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Walking distance to the arena:

Buca de Bepo is an Italian restaurant offering family style meals. Buca is a chain with a whimsical decor. The food is good and the meal is fun.

Gordon Biersch is a mini-brewery with good food.

Ted's Montana Grill is an upscale burger restaurant and bar.

About a block away is Marcella's, a more upscale Italian restaurant that with very good food.

Will defer to a younger person for the popular salloon advice.

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4. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

The Canadian pizza chain Boston's has a location across from the arena ticket office that is popular before games. The menu is somewhat different from the menu in Canada.

There's a BD's Mongolian BBQ across from the arena that is fun for people of different ages.

If you want something quick and cheap, there's a Chipotle on Front St.

The North Market is close to the arena and has a variety of different food vendors, but most places close up by five, so you would need to get there pretty early before the game.

The bars along Park St just north of the AD are really popular with the early 20s crowd. I'm not part of that scene, so I don't know which one is the best or most popular. Just follow the crowds.

They should stop at the R Bar by the arena for a beer after the game. It's a true hockey bar and there will be lots of CBJ fans there. We're generally a pretty hospitable bunch to visiting fans (Red Wings fans excepted, of course)

For breakfast the next day, try Knead Urban Diner. It's on High St across from the Convention Center, very close to the Arena. They specialize in local ingredients, so it's something a little different from a chain place.

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German Village is 5-10 minutes from the Arena District and is one of the big attractions in Columbus. It's one of the largest historical restoration residential districts in the U.S. Parking is an issue there. You must look on side streets near restaurants. Lindey's, however, has free valet parking.

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6. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

The arena has many restaurants nearby, mostly casual ones.The arena district is right next to the Short North, a trendy arts and restaurant area http://shortnorth.org/. Just wandering through that area would be fun for the 20-somethings after the game. Also, do stop into the Rbar, a hockey bar just north of the arena. It's probably THE hockey bar close by.

For breakfast, try the North Market, a collection of restaurants and food vendors near by. It's also a good place for lunch. Also Knead on High, which has the "best sandwich" of the MotherClucker. I'm a huge fan of Tasi just a couple of blocks north.

As for bars, if your group is mid-twenties or lower, try Brothers, just a block north of the arena. If they average later than 25, it will be too young a crowd for them. They will enjoy the eye candy and it's a busy place. Take cash to the bar for quickest service. But honestly, there are so many great places nearby. The Short North is a fun place for a bar crawl.

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7. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Thank you so much for all the suggestions. Will try the Rbar for sure. Is the ShortNorth district within walking distance of the Arena District? It looks like a fun area. Thanks again everyone.

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8. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

I was also wondering if Grandview Heights is within walking distance from the Arena District as well? Just haven't had time to look at a map yet. Thanks again. Looking forward to coming today. Columbus looks like a great area to wander around.

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9. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Realizing that both the Arena District and the Short North aren't points, but cover areas and the exact spot within each one impacts the distance (it's in the neighborhood of a few hundred yards just to get from one side of the Arena to the other), you're talking around a mile to get from the Arena proper to the start of the northern (far) end of the Short North. Obviously if you start in the northern areas of the Arena District the distance is less. It's as little as about .5 miles from the Arena self to the nearest part of the Short North; I'd say 2 miles or so would be about the farthest possible distance. (2 miles will take you pretty much to OSU.)

Bottom Line: I say Arena to Short North is absolutely walkable.

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10. Re: Restaurant and bar suggestions in Arena District

Agree, Arena to Short North definitely walkable.

I live in Grandview and it's easily bikeable to get to the AD/Short North, but it would be a real hike on foot. Also, the most direct route would be via Goodale/Vine, and that's not really pedestrian friendly. To get to a ped friendly route, you'd have to go all the way up to Third. I would not recommend trying to walk.

The #5 bus stops on High St, and that goes over to the Grandview area via W Fifth Ave.