The Columbus music scene is booming; literally. No matter what type of music you prefer, you can find local bands and artists performing live in venues across the city. Many of these performers are already gaining national recognition thanks to Columbus’ smart, open and supportive environment. Groups like Twenty One Pilots and Rascal Flatts originated right here in Ohio’s capital city. Local entertainers and musical transplants are thriving in Columbus; come hear what the hype is about at one of these classic venues.
(.9 miles from the convention center)
If you’re looking for an electric night of dancing, live music and DJs, head over to Skully’s Music-Diner on North High Street. This mid-sized venue has been a fixture in the Columbus nightlife scene for over 25 years. It’s impressive lineup of rock, hip hop, rap, EDM, reggae, disco and alternative music is guaranteed to get you out of your seat and on the dance floor. Skully’s lively and energetic atmosphere is perfect for a fun night out. Don’t believe us? Skully’s has won numerous local awards, including “2019 Best Dance Club,” “Best Place to Rock and Roll,” “Best Mid-Size Music Venue” and “Best DJ Night.”
(2.5 miles from the convention center)
Woodland’s was named the “2018 Best Bar for Live Music” by Columbus Alive Magazine and is often referred to as the best drinking patio in town. This music pub has everything you need for a good night, including two stages, a spacious patio, an impressive draft beer selection and a pool table. Woodland’s has become a staple local concert venue in the city, making it the perfect place to catch Columbus’ up-and-coming artists. You’ll hear anything from indie and country, to rock and bluegrass performing live every night of the week. Plus, their simple, yet delicious menu offers an eclectic mix of everyone’s favorite pub food at some of the best prices in town.
(4.9 miles from the convention center)
Hang out with the locals at Columbus’ longstanding jazz venue, Dick’s Den. Since the 1960s, Dick’s Den has offered the best jazz entertainment in the city at least 6 nights a week. The cozy, dive bar is covered in character including wood paneled walls, stamped metal ceilings, bench-style seating and an old jukebox spinning all the classics. Every Tuesday night, banjo cords and fiddle sounds fill the pub for Bluegrass Jam. The friendly bartenders and casual vibe welcome a diverse crowd. Dick’s Den has the personality of a historic small jazz club in a big city, with a truly Columbus twist.
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
(9.2 miles from the convention center)
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza offers the perfect combination of delicious food and killer tunes. You’ll hear local, regional and national musicians performing a variety of styles, including American jazz, blues, folk, rock and classical. The stage is equipped with high-quality sound and lighting for an exceptional music experience– and that’s not the only entertainment. You’ll see chefs behind the kitchen hand-tossing dough and wildly shaking ingredients before placing each pie in the custom-built, coal fired oven. Look a little closer for the entrance to The Light of Seven Matchsticks, a secret speakeasy where it’s rumored you can find a quieter setting for dangerously delicious cocktails. Insider’s tip: pull the library card to find the secret menu. Whether you choose to sit at the bar, dine at a table, head outside to the patio or venture to the secret hideaway, you’ll enjoy the casual yet classy atmosphere at Natalie’s.
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