Columbus for Friends
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
In the middle of Ohio's sleepy, rural country side, along the banks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, lies the contrasting vibrance of downtown Columbus. A destination perfect for American history buffs, sports enthusiasts, and foodies, just waiting to be discovered.
2491 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202, USA
When you’re having a bad day there’s nothing like laughing to help shake it off. Thank goodness for the Wild Goose Creative’s Improv and Stand-up Comedy night. Two improv groups performed sketches like Jeopardy and Challenge - asking for audience...
819 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
Once a speakeasy and brothel, The Old Mohawk is now a Columbus staple that has enlivened German Village since 1933. Here, you’ll find quesadillas, bratwurst, meatloaf, and turtle soup on the eclectic menu. On your first visit, though, order the...
480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Topiary Park is located in the Discovery District, making it a quick city escape. The main draw of the seven-acre park is the sculptural and topiary interpretation of George Seurat's late–19th-century painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle...
1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Ohio Statehouse took 22 years to build, and for good reason. Built in the Greek Revival style, and complemented by sweeping staircases modeled after the Paris Opera House, the building is an architect's dream. But it's not just the structure...
501 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
In the heart of Columbus' Arena District, Park Street Tavern's simple atmosphere is fresh and welcome among its flashy neighbors. It's the only bar in the neighborhood that features live music almost every night of the week, and on Wednesdays they...
475 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
While Sy's corned beef recipe is still a secret, Katzinger's Deli is known for its fresh baked bread, outstanding pickles, Amish chickens, and generous portions. A meal here won’t leave you wanting more but you'll come back to try another...
183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
Made famous to outsiders by the show “Man vs. Food," this local burger spot is well worth the wait and definitely a must-try. Inside it's covered, floor to celling, in anything and everything 'decorative'—some may say overwhelming, while others...
400 W Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Dinin’ Hall is an innovative new eating concept that began as a design idea trying to solve practical issues of eating at food trucks and carts. It features a rotating roster of food trucks and carts and provides a cool dining area of industrial...
783 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
These might be some of the coolest, retro t-shirts around, but even better than the design is the feel. These are quite possibility the softest tops you will ever touch. Many pay “homage” to the local sports teams in the area by picking up a tee...
1044 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
Bodega is a Short North staple that is a happy hour go-to and weekend brunch hot spot. With its 50 craft brews on draft and over 100 Belgian specialty import beers, it ranks highly among Columbus' beer enthusiasts. They also offer a selection of...
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