Where is the best nightlife in Columbus?

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Erin Norris

While many noteworthy bars are scattered around Columbus, the best nightlife is definitely in the Short North neighborhood. On the first Saturday of every month, the neighborhood’s many galleries open their doors to the public for the Short North Arts District Gallery Hop. It’s a chance for residents and visitors to become familiar with local artists, while also enjoying the bars in the city’s most lively neighborhood. This is a great way to experience the center of Columbus nightlife (if you don’t mind a crowd). For a more laid-back experience, try one of the city’s many microbreweries, such as Barley’s Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company or the historic Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus. Younger crowds flock to the Arena District for drink specials, live music and dancing.

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