The Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Columbus’s Short North
The Short North Has Everything You Need - Great Food, Drinks, Music, Art, and More
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The Short North Arts District is a culture-rich neighborhood centered on N. High Street in Columbus. It is known as the “Art and Soul of Columbus”. Because of its wide variety of amazing art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home décor, and unique gifts. The activities available are endless. The short north is filled with art galleries, local boutiques and hip restaurants and bars.
Check out this list full of all the best places to spend your nights in the Short North. The area’s nightlife has tons of unique things that will make for an amazing night out. Go dancing with your friends, get a drink a niche bar, view contemporary art at a warehouse, or choose something else to do in this great neighborhood!
Experience Short North's Arts District
Where: All over the famous Short North Arts District Art Trail. Download the map here.
When: It takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
The monthly Gallery Hop is a must for art lovers of any kind. In 2019 they celebrated their 35-year anniversary making it a Columbus tradition. It is an evening full of new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District. Visitors celebrate art by viewing dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces. The night puts a spotlight on the best of established and emerging Ohio-based artists. This event is one-of-a-kind.
“The Best Arts Event in the State” – Ohio Magazine
Skully’s Music Diner
DJs, Dancing, and Diner Food
Where: 1151 N. High St Columbus, OH 43201
Mon-Fri, 11am - 2:30am
Sat, 12pm - 2:30am
Sun, 1pm - 2:30am
Skully’s Music-Diner has been a fixture in Columbus nightlife for over twenty-five years. This diner features live music, theme nights, DJs, and dancing all with the best American eats. They have a dish for everyone, whether it’s the famous Skully Burger, healthy salads, or all-day breakfast menu. They take pride in creating a unique dining, dancing, and concert experience for customers. Skully’s is the winner of numerous awards including Best DJ Night for signature event “Ladies 80s,” Best Mid-Sized Venue, Best Place to Rock and Roll, and Best Place for Hip Hop.
“The Best Diner in America.” - International Travel Blog Travelog.us
Kingmaker’s Boardgame Parlor
Beer, Light Bites, and Boardgames for Everyone
Where: 17 Buttles Ave Columbus, OH 43215
Tues-Thurs, 5pm - 11pm
Sat, 1pm - 1am
Sun, 1pm - 8pm
This is one of the most unique venues on the list. You can’t find a place like this in many other places. Kingmakers is a board game parlor featuring over 500 titles for play in their Board Game Library with trained Board Game Sommeliers to guide you through the game. They are self-described as “a social experience designed to introduce that world to people who may not yet know it exists, and keep fueling the interest of those who are familiar with the thrill of board games.” And of course, they have a menu of fine beers, wines, sodas, and snacks.
“The staff was so incredibly welcoming and helpful.” - Chan’nel H.
The Breezeway Summer Music Series at The Table
Toe-Tapping Seasonal Music Series in Short North
Where: 21 E Fifth Ave Columbus, Oh 43201
When: Friday nights in summer, 6pm - 9pm
This seasonal event takes place at the Table, a farm to table restaurant inspired by world flavors. The restaurant offers fresh, vibrant food for brunch, lunch & dinner with crafted in-house charcuterie & baked goods. This amazing night of music features a weekly rotation of Parker Louis, Dj George Brazil, and Dj Trueskills playing R&B, funk, soul, and jazz.
Tour Short North + Maybe Even Make Some New Friends
Where: 17 6th Ave Columbus, Ohio 43201
When: Wagons can be taken out as early as 10:30 am and as late as 10pm March to mid-November.
Pedal Wagon’s pedal-powered bike bar is a one-of-a-kind experience! The cruise starts and ends in the Short North District — you can pedal through High St., Summit St, and 4th St., making stops at 2-3 Short North staples. You’ll need at least eight passengers for this tour. You can either let the Captain guide the tour or let them know which places you’d like to see. This is a super fun way to see all your favorite short north destinations in one two-hour ride.
“Our whole wagon became friends by the end of the night and we jammed out to our song requests!” - Josee J., Yelp
Dance the Night Away in Short North
Where: 775 N. High St Columbus, OH 43215
Fri-Sun, 10pm - 2:30am
This fun nightclub is a large GLBT dance club with a modern patio, cabaret featuring all-male revues, the best in drag entertainment, and two levels of viewing space over a modern dance floor. Axis features resident DJs and internationally known entertainment, including DJ Rob Engel and amazing entertainers such as former Entertainer of the Year Nina West and Virginia West.
“I love me some drag queens & this is THE place to get my fix, both on a local (love me some Nina West!) & international level.” - Jennifer S. , Yelp
Short North Stage
Old Theater Favorites, Progressive Plays, and Everything in Between
Where: 1187 N. High St Columbus, OH 43201
Mon-Fri, 11am - 4pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 8pm, during shows
Short North Stage is a professional theater company dedicated to bringing first-class live performance to the area. The theatre hosts and produces performances weekly, ranging from Broadway classics and edgy off-Broadway musicals to progressive one-act plays, cabarets, dance, and everything in between. The stage features three different venues including the historic Garden Theater, the intimate Green Room, and Ethel’s Bar.
Soul at the Joseph
Serving Coffee by Day and Cocktails by Night
Where: 620 N. High St Columbus, OH 43215
When: Sun-Sat, 6am - 11pm
Soul at The Joseph is a vibrant coffee bar by morning and a creative craft cocktail and wine bar by night. Located in the District boutique hotel, you can have a meal at the 12-seat bar or at one of the communal tables. Enjoy your food and drink while taking a look at one of the top 200 art collections in the world.
Lincoln Social Rooftop
See the Columbus Skline while Sipping Mixologist-Approved Cocktails
Where: 711 N. High St, Ste 907 Columbus, OH 43215
Tues-Thur, 4pm - 12am
Fri, 4pm - 1am
Sat, 1pm - 1am
Sun, 1pm - 10pm
Lincoln Social is an urban rooftop lounge located atop the Lincoln building which makes it the perfect spot to see the beautiful Columbus skyline. This rooftop oasis is the ideal spot for guests to sip, savor, and surround themselves within the cityscape. Take in all of the stellar sights with a cocktail in hand, crafted by an expert mixologist and enjoy a fabulous bite to eat from their award-winning culinary team.
Live Music and Late Night Bites
Where: 1205 N. High St Columbus, OH 43201
Tues-Weds, 6pm - 12am
Thurs, 6pm - 1am
Fri & Sat, 5pm - 2am
Closed Sun & Mon
This isn’t your average bar by any means. You can drop in on a Thursday for live jazz, a Saturday night for an all-vinyl retro hip hop night, or a Tuesday for Burlesque. The name is inspired by ancient eqyption mythology where the masses of wealth accrued in the material world were buried with you…instead of trying to spend everything before you died, you brought it along. If your heart was heavy with sin, you were denied access to the afterlife. You were passed on to a beast with the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion, and the backside of a hippopotamus…the three biggest man-eaters the Egyptians knew. This took place in the Hall of Double Ma’at, or Hall of Two Truths. The var prides themselves on being “classy yet unpretentious”. Enjoy a late-night menu of shareables and chef inspired pairings at this venue.
Midnight Hookah Lounge
THE Hookah Spot for Short North's Night Owls
Where: 1167 Mt. Pleasant Ave Columbus, OH 43201
Sun-Weds, 4pm - 3am
Thurs, 4pm - 4am
Fri - Sat, 4pm - 5am
This venue is pretty simple to describe. It is a casual neighborhood hookah lounge where you can relax with a group of friends. You can also enjoy a large range of Mediterranean cuisine and tons of authentic hookah flavors. It has been named Columbus’s best after-party spot due to its super late weekend hours.
The Short North is full of these one-of-a-kind venues for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Where's your favorite place to pass an evening in this exciting Columbus neighborhood? We'd love to hear more about your favorite local venues in the comments!