Short North Arts District
The Short North Arts District sits along the stretch of High Street between downtown and Ohio State’s campus and is signified by the 17 lighted arches that line the main thoroughfare. At its heart, the Short North is an arts neighborhood, as evidenced by the many murals along the sides of the buildings. Beyond that, it’s a hub of activity offering more than 100 restaurants, galleries and boutiques and booming with new mixed-use and residential development. The Short North is Also very LGBTQ+-friendly and considered to be one of the city’s gayborhoods.
The district itself is confined to one block on either side of High Street, with Victorian Village to the west and Italian Village to the right.
With Neil Avenue serving as its main artery and Goodale Park at its heart, Victorian Village is largely residential area known, as its name suggests, for outstanding Victorian architecture. Most notable is the Sells Mansion, known locally as the Circus House as it was built by one of the brothers who owned the Sells Circus. The nearby Cocoa Mansion also stands out, named such because it is home to the family behind the Anthony-Thomas family company.
Italian Village has been a hot neighborhood in recent years, as the re-development of the old Wonder Bread Factory into lofts helped bring new life to the area, spurring new businesses like Hoof Hearted Brewing, Cosecha Cocina, Royal Rhino Club and more. Its revitalization was really led by new businesses opening in abandoned buildings, such as Fox in the Snow Cafe, opened by a couple who honed their baking and coffee roasting skills in New York City, and Seventh Son Brewing, which recently expanded and added a rooftop bar.
Getting There/Getting Around
Directly north of Downtown Columbus and the large cluster of hotels near the Greater Columbus Convention Center is the fast-paced Short North Arts District. As soon as you see distinctive lighted arches over High Street, you’ll know you’ve entered this creative neighborhood filled with art galleries, local boutiques and hip restaurants and bars. Accessible via CoGo Bike Share, the free CBUS downtown circulator, several local and express bus lines and best explored on foot, the neighborhood stretches a mile and a half along High Street from Nationwide Boulevard to King Avenue.