Columbus is the fastest growing city in the Midwest and we've always got something to explore. Here’s your guide to the best new places to visit in Ohio’s capital city!
The view from inside Columbus' newest rooftop experience, Mandrake.
DINING IN COLUMBUS
Saucy Brew Works
What do you get when you pair a brewpub with a coffeehouse? Deliciousness. Visit their new location in Harrison West and enjoy a full menu of brews, pizzas and Saucy Coffee. Saucy Brew Works is also a stop on the Columbus Coffee Trail – learn more here.
From the team who brought you Wolf’s Ridge Brewing comes Understory, a brewing concept just steps off the Olentangy Trail. New this year is the outdoor patio space where guests can sip and snack underneath a canopy of trees. Learn more here.
The Dry Mill
Columbus’ first sober bar has just landed, and this concept is ready and willing to serve your new favorite zero-proof cocktails. Guests can enjoy mocktails, NA beers and great food all while enjoying the social aspects of a typical bar. Learn more here.
The newest nightlife hotspot has entered the chat. Mandrake Rooftop sits high atop the Moxy Hotel in the Short North Arts District and offers 270-degree views of the Columbus skyline. Guests can imbibe on creative cocktails and an extensive wine list while enjoying conscious plates like grass-fed steak and the “world’s healthiest sushi”. Learn more here.
There’s a new market in town and we think it's well worth a stop. East Market just opened just South of Franklin Park Conservatory with 11 open vendors and three more in the works. Don’t miss their outdoor, second-story patio! Learn more here.
Ginger Rabbit Jazz Lounge
The jazz scene just got a whole lot cooler with the addition of Ginger Rabbit, an underground cocktail lounge. Catch live music every night!
Parable Coffee (New location)
One of your favorite local coffee shops just got a new address! Parable Coffee opened its brand-new location off High Street in Downtown Columbus. Parable is employee-owned and the city's first gratuity-free cafe. Learn more here.
Bar Cicchetti (inside the historic Westin Hotel)
From celebrity chef Fabio Viviani comes Bar Cicchetti, a full-service restaurant and craft bar serving up small plates as well as full entrees with an Italian influence. Learn more here.
Aerial view of the Franklinton Slingshot courtesy of Lundberg Industrial Arts, Inc.
ART IN COLUMBUS
From Artist Andrew Lundberg comes the new Franklinton Slingshot, a 20-foot slingshot sculpture that is said to reflect the renaissance and momentum of the Franklinton area and Columbus as a whole. Learn more here.
South Side Monument
From the Parsons Avenue Merchants Association and the Neighborhood Design Center comes the South Side Monument. This new sculpture serves as the gateway to the South Side of Columbus and will evolve over time.
Raphael – The Power of Renaissance Imagery: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact
Exhibition at Columbus Museum of Art
Six tapestries from Germany are on display at the Columbus Museum of Art now through October 30. These tapestries, designed by Raphael, the renowned Renaissance artist, stretch from floor to ceiling – you have to see them for yourself! Columbus is the only place in the U.S. to see these stunning creations, so don't miss your chance. Learn more here.
Views from the waterfall at the new Quarry Trails Metro Park
ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO IN COLUMBUS
Arena District DORA
The Arena District's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) runs along Nationwide Blvd. (including Arena Crossing) from Front St. to the Scioto River. It's activated three hours before the start of every Blue Jackets, Clippers and Crew home game until midnight, as well as for select special events. Grab a drink in a to-go cup from participating restaurants and bars and stroll our sports street with your beverage before the game starts! Learn more.
Columbus Live Music Trail
Whether you’re a die-hard music lover or you’re just dipping your toe, we’ve mapped out all the venues in Columbus where you can experience the sounds of our city. From a night with a favorite band to hearing new sounds with your friends, visit these participating music venues and be sure to check in digitally at each. Learn more.
Quarry Trails Metro Park
Columbus Metro Parks has just opened their new park for the adventurers at heart: Quarry Trails Metro Park! From bike trails to waterfalls, experience this thrilling addition to the outdoor fun of the city. Learn more here.
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