Nightlife in Columbus
Live for memorable experiences
When you need a night out, Columbus has you covered with many place and experiences to choose from! Date nights, going out with friends, or even enjoying a solo outing—there’s something for everyone right here.
Concerts and Live Music
Columbus' music scene is wowing national audiences with acts like Twenty One Pilots, Lydia Loveless and Saintseneca. You can find local musicians playing live any night of the week at venues like The Basement, A&R Music Bar, The Bluestone, Summit Music Hall and Big Room Bar. National acts take the stage at Newport Music Hall, KEMBA Live!, the Schottenstein Center and Nationwide Arena.
Breweries & Distilleries
Columbus boasts more than 30 microbreweries, and a nice assortment of them can be found near downtown. Wolf's Ridge, Seventh Son, Elevator, Barley's and Land-Grant all have great tap rooms full of unique brews. The Columbus Distillery Trail is one way to explore the bounty of distilleries in Columbus, such as Watershed Distillery and Middle West Spirits. For a special treat, try craft cocktails at Lumin Sky Bar, Denmark or Goodale Station in the Short North.
Arts & Entertainment
In Columbus, there are four large theaters and three smaller spaces bringing you everything from ballet and opera to avant-garde plays. The Wexner Center for the Arts puts on frequent artist talks, performances and cinema screenings, and the Brewery District's Shadowbox Live! is America's largest resident theater company. During the summer, the Columbus Symphony brings outdoor concerts to downtown's Columbus Commons for its popular Picnic with the Pops series.