A Beginner’s Guide To Gettin’ Down In The Olde Towne East

A comprehensive guide of places to check out in Columbus’ Near East Side neighborhood.

Now that I’ve been a resident of Olde Towne East now for about three months, I’m very much an expert on the ins-and-outs of the neighborhood. From its rich history to its surprisingly gainfully employed beatniks, Olde Towne East offers much in the way of culture and nightlife.

I know it can be daunting moving to a new neighborhood or even just visiting for the first time, but fear not my angel-headed hipsters, for I have the ideal guide to Columbus’ coolest community. All you have to do is follow my lead, and remember the two ‘e’s at the end of ‘old’ and ‘town’ (It’s so very frustrating, I know).

Where to chow

Olde Towne Tavern

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Great traditional pub fare with a new school twist, definitely worth checking out for a bite on their patio (if being outside is your thing and all)
Where: 889 Oak St

Way Down Yonder

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Possibly Olde Towne East’s best-kept secret, this Black owned group share restaurant space offers Creole cuisine, a fish-and-chicken fry, as well as baked cake goods.
Where:  1117 Oak Street

Yellow Brick Pizza

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These aren’t your traditional pies, these pizzas have creative edge and tons of flavor. They also have an extensive craft beer list.
Where: 892 Oak St

Upper Cup Coffee

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This charming little coffee shop offers delicious caffeinated beverages as well as some pretty awesome deli sandwiches. Come for the coffee, stay for all the great art on the walls.
Where:  79 Parsons Avenue

39 Below Frozen Yogurt

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An awesome and delicious way to beat the heat when the summer swelter has you down.
Where: 85 Parsons Ave

The Angry Baker

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A cafe and bakery serving vegetarian breakfast and lunch options
Where:  891 Oak St

Where To Party

Olde Towne Tavern

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In addition to great food, this pub also serves as the community’s watering hole, drawing in a varied and diverse crowd.
Where:  889 Oak St

A.W.O.L. Bar

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A.W.O.L. has been servicing and supporting the local LGBTQ community for the last 18 years. A great place for karaoke and craft beers.
Where: 49 Parsons Ave

Camelot Cellars

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A fun neighborhood winery with make-it-yourself charcuterie plates.
Where:  901 Oak St

Where to shop

Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine

Your one stop show for wine and obscure craft beers. Beer sure to see what they have on tap to fill your growler.
Where: 61 Parsons Ave

Abnormal Allies

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Abnormal Allies specializes in one of a kind, limited run, clothing products made by local designers.
Where:  78 Parsons Ave

Headies Hideout

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This glass pipe and vape store features work by local glass blowers and artists.
Where:  114 Parsons Ave

Events and stuff to do

Olde Towne East Summer Tour Of Historic Homes

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A showcase of some of the oldest and most beautiful houses that the historic Olde Towne district has to offer.
When: Sunday, July 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Olde Towne East

Music In The Garden

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Picnic in the gardens while you enjoy free live jazz, blues, pop, and soul.
When: Sunday, June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:  775 Oak St