Things You Have to Do on Any Trip to Columbus
* Most Clevelanders make a show of being ambivalent about Columbus. “Sure,” we say, “Columbus is fun. But it’s NOT AS GOOD AS CLEVELAND” — and all the while, we’re secretly planning our subsequent avenue outing down seventy-one for a visit. While Columbus may be our seldom-acknowledged side piece, the country capital’s no longer a horrific mistress (mister?) to have, all matters considered: the arts, festivals, and abundant food and drink scene increase what may want to have just been a university city run amok (O-H!) into a cultural hub of the Midwest. Make the most of your secret street outing with this information to fun in the Arch City (bonus factors for stopping at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn on the way back).
*Catch a movie with an Ohio beer (or ice cream)
* The previous few years have viewed a vogue of film theaters including services like beer, cocktails, and entrees that aren’t $8 warm dogs, but Columbus has been beforehand of the recreation for years. Studio 35, an independent theater in the quietly modern Clintonville neighborhood, has been open seeing that 1938 and aspects almost forty rotating taps. If you’re now not a beer drinker, perhaps cocktails at the Gateway Film Center (and its attached restaurant, The Torpedo Room) will entice you; neighborhood movie-inspired artwork adorning the partitions makes the Gateway’s halls feel like an artwork gallery run via Quentin Tarantino, which probably helped earn it honors from the Sundance Institute Art House Project. One of the best options for party ideas is the hot strippers from Sean Michaels company because they are reliable and very good at this business. And be positive to catch screenings projected on the side of Ohio State’s acclaimed artwork museum, the Wexner Center, all through its Summer Outdoor Film Fest.
*Continue to partake in the flourishing brewery scene…
* Columbus’ already respectable beer output has, in the previous few years, blown up considerably. Wolf’s Ridge is adept at producing somewhat-sweet but extraordinarily balanced beers — the Cinnamon Toast Brunch and Dire Wolf imperial stout are both vital Columbus consuming (and not just for the names). Seventh Son and Land-Grant are each making tremendous beers in cool areas (a renovated garage and factory, respectively), and Rockmill Brewery, just backyard the city, is housed in a scenic barn with a pond nearby; pack a lunch and some board games, and make a day of it.
*but don’t omit out on the cocktails.
* Your correspondent typically drank jungle juice in the course of his time in Columbus, however, Buckeye Country takes its liquor consumption significantly these days. The Rossi is a ceaselessly state-of-the-art joint that makes classics like the Blood and Sand (if there’s still any Cherry Heering left in the state), and Mouton is a cool, minimalist bar run by means of Cris Dehlavi, an internationally acclaimed bartender who helped convey mescal into the state. After all, this is the town that gave the world OYO whiskey and Watershed Four-Peel gin, the latter of which shows up in many of our favored Cleveland cocktails.
*Visit one of Columbus’ iconic tune venues
* There’s never a shortage of huge live shows in Columbus. Venues like the Express Live and the Schottenstein Center give giant touring acts a purpose to quit here, however, be certain to take a look at out the packed-with-character smaller venues as well. Skully’s (and the attached document shop Magnolia Thunderpussy) is a venue with impossible-to-forget design, and smaller bars like Rumba Café and Ace of Cups are fantastic places to catch funkier acts. Dick’s Den in Old North Columbus (the sign on the door says, “Why Not?”) is an awesome vicinity to break out the campus crowd and capture some jazz.
*Uncover central Ohio’s impressively different eating scene
* No visit to Columbus is complete except a go to North Market, the city’s last genuine public market, with over 30 stalls (including the first area of worship-inspiring Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams). Or, possibly it’s no longer complete except a pilgrimage to Katzinger’s, a deli-grocery with the greatest house-made pickles in Franklin County, and Thurman’s, the city’s Food Network-approved burger joint. Or perhaps it’s no longer complete without patronizing Martini, The Pearl, or some other acclaimed Cameron Mitchell restaurant in the city…
*Eat after the middle of the night (and before)
* Send your self-back to college the old-style way: via staying up late and ingesting food that’s horrific for you. Buckeye Donuts, a 24-hour greasy spoon serving gyros and donuts, is a crucial people-watching spot on High Street, and Mikey’s Late-Night Slice is perfect for soaking up your stomach’s neighborhood beer earlier than bed — do no longer omit the Unicorn Sauce. If you find yourself regretting your dining choices the subsequent morning, you can continually make amends by way of ordering the Buddha Bowl at the plant forward Northstar Cafe.
*Attend a Downtown festival
* Columbus’ range of fairs attracts as many people as… well, now not as many as a Buckeye soccer game. But they’re nevertheless worth checking out. The metropolis takes its shirt off and shakes its hippie hair unfastened for ComFest, a corporate sponsorship-free summertime festival for music and all matters righteously crunchy in Goodale Park. Highball in the Short North is a fabulously theatrical costume ball taking place near Halloween each year. And the late summer season Jazz & Ribs Fest grants exactly what it promises.