A Beginner’s Guide To Short North Debauchery

Your guide to a night out on the town in Columbus’ Short North Arts District.

Our town has a lot going for it you guys. What, with our nearly schizophrenic weather patterns and our roadways that seem to defy all reason with their constant state of construction. It’s enough to get even the grouchiest of Michigan loving Columbus natives to swell with Buckeye pride (trust me, we know who all of you are, we’ve been keeping a registry for years). But no doubt, the glistening crown jewel of Central Ohio is it’s Short North Arts District. It’s got all the things Columbusites love to do, namely, pretending to be fancy while loading away irresponsible amounts of booze. Oh, and food. God, do we love food. There’s nothing wrong with a neatly carved charcuterie board, or you know, a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with meatballs and fried mozzarella wedges. All of these things and more can be found in the Short North. So for all of you food, booze, and fancy art newbs out there, here’s a handy guide of stuff to do and places to go next time you’re looking for a night out.

Food Stuffs

Bare Burger

via Yelp
What: A burger joint with a healthy sustainable twist.
Where: 463 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Bare Burger

Basi Italia

via Yelp
What: Slightly in the cut but with a great patio and quality Italian Food.
Where: 811 Highland St. Columbus, OH 43215
Basi Italia

Basil

via Facebook
What: East Asian inspired cuisine with a laid-back atmosphere.
Where: 1124 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Basil

The Pearl

via The Pearl Website
What: This gastropub combines traditional tavern food with innovative culinary techniques.
Where: 641 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
The Pearl

The Guild House

via Yelp
What: An “artisan eatery” with locally sourced food and ingredients.
Where: 624 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
The Guild House

Pies and Pints

via Yelp
What: Unique, handmade pizzas and craft beer. What’s not to love?
Where: 1026 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Pies and Pints

Oodles Noodle and Dumpling Bar

via Yelp
What: Authentic Asian food in a casual setting.
Where: 765 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Oodles Noodle and Dumpling Bar

Michael’s Goody Boy Diner

via Facebook
What: American and Greek with an oldskool vibe.
Where:1144 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Michael’s Goody Boy Diner

Melt

via Yelp
What: The classic grilled cheese sandwich, taken to the extreme.
Where:840 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Melt

Hyde Park

via Yelp
What: A premium steakhouse with expert chefs and expert service.
Where: 569 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Hyde Park

 

Places To Booze

King Makers

via Yelp
What: A unique combination of a board game parlour and craft beer pub.
Where: 17 Buttles Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
King Makers

Bodega

via Bodega Facebook
What: Great happy hour deals in a welcoming, neighborhood location.
Where: 1044 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Bodega

Union Cafe

via Union Cafe Facebook
What: Union has been a focal point for the local gay community since 1996. It offers friendly service and a great patio.
Where: 895 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Union Cafe

Skully’s

via Facebook
What: Showcases local and national music acts. Come check out their famous Ladies 80s parties for a great night of dancing.
Where:  1151 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Skully’s

Short North Tavern

via Facebook
What: A neighborhood bar where everyone is welcome to pull up a stool and grab a pint.
Where: 674 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Short North Tavern

Arch City Tavern

via Arch City Tavern Facebook
What: A hip and trendy watering hole named after Columbus’ historic nickname.
Where: 862 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Arch City Tavern

Char Bar

via Yelp
What: A quaint but comfortable divey sort of joint.
Where: 439 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Char Bar

Denmark

via Facebook
What: An upscale cocktail bar offering innovative concoctions with friendly service.
Where:  463 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Denmark

Brothers Drake

via Yelp
What: This meadery produces honey wine from locally sourced from wildflower honey.
Where: 26 E. 5th Ave. Columbus, OH 43201
Brothers Drake

Local Bar

via Yelp
What: A chic but comfortable bar with a diverse crowd of regulars.
Where: 913 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Local Bar

Shopping

Big Fun

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What: This adult toy store is a treasure trove of collectibles and nostalgia.
Where:  672 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Big Fun

Sole Classics

via Yelp
Where: A premier boutique for sneakers and street wear.
When:  46 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Sole Classics

Tigertree

via Yelp
What: This clothing shop carries select brands with a very knowledgeable and informed staff waiting to answer any questions.
Where: 787 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Tigertree

Happy Go Lucky Her

via Yelp
What: Offers a variety of different styles that’ll fit anyone’s budget.
Where:  964 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Happy Go Lucky Her

Out of the Closet Thrift Store

via Yelp
What: Not only do they have affordable thrift clothing but 96% of every dollar goes into HIV/AIDS treatment programs.
Where: 1230 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Out of the Closet

Mary Catherine’s Antiques

via Yelp
What: Mary Catherines has two different showrooms, both displaying furniture and antiques.
Where: 1128 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201
Mary Catherine’s Antiques

Clover On High

via Facebook
What: Clover flaunts a simple style with a vibrant aesthetic.
Where:  636 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Clover On High

Lady Bird

via Yelp
What: Specializes in established designers as well as up and coming artists.
Where: 716 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Lady Bird

Stuff To Do

Gallery HopOne Saturday a month all of Columbus comes down to the Short North Area to experience Gallery Hop. With plenty of street performances, art galleries, and food & drink for everyone.

Meadery ToursTake a tour of the Brothers Drake Meadery and learn all of the ins and outs of the mead making process.

The Candle LabCreate your own fragrant candles to take home. Choose from a selection of over 120 different scents.

Craft Brew WeekMay 12th through 20th marks Craft Brew week. Come see all the tastings and tours the Short North has to offer.

For More Short North Info

Shortnorth.org

Experiencecolumbus.org

Short North Arts District Facebook