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In preparing information to present on my blog about

Super Bowl XLVIII, I found a lot of exciting articles

about Columbus nightlife. I was originally going to just

list some sports bars that feature large screen televisions

where it would be fun to be out with a ‘gang’ of friends.

This evolved more into local night life choices including

areas around central Ohio. I included some nice choices to

be found, also, in Delaware, Ohio.

If you are going out in C-Town, otherwise known as Columbus,

you may start in the Arena Grand District. You would find quite

a variety of places, some are restaurants and others may have

appetizers or snacks, but are mainly bars. Frequent Blue Jackets

fans already know of the choices down around the hockey team’s

location. Others may have walked from the Clippers baseball,

our local Triple A farm team for other major league teams, at

Huntington Park.

The Arena District is built on a 22 acre downtown piece of

property formerly where the Ohio Penitentiary was built. The

single most worst prison fire in U.S. history occurred on this

plot of land. This was the one-time home of Mobster Bugs Moran,

also. The Prison sold in 1995 and flattened to be used for

this sporting arena area, along with multiple other businesses.

In the term of time, this is one of our most recent ‘wonders’

that makes if fun to take tourists to.

The “R Bar” is an example of a sports bar with flat screens

and “The Lodge Bar” is one that has a nice dance floor and

social atmosphere. There are hotels to stay overnight and

taxis to take the ones who imbide too much alcohol back to

their lofts or apartments locally, or for a much higher

cost, somewhere farther away. I used to like to go out for

a lively time with a date or girlfriend to a place called

Frog, Bear and Wild Boar. I am so glad that I looked this

one up to find out it closed and reopened as simply the

Frog Bear Bar. It has a nice sized bar, along with great

decorations. I have eaten snacks there, while waiting for

a game or after a game. Also, if you go to the L-C, the

Lifestyles Pavilion, where there is a concert, it is great

to be able to keep your car parked in its original location

and head over for an after-entertainment drink! I had an Irish

coffee on St. Patrick’s Day a couple years ago, here.

Since they also took out the City Center, one of my favorite

shopping places during the nineties, there is the Columbus

Commons, where a gorgeous hand-carved Carrousel is featured.

I heard several bands playing over the past few years on this

grounds. Within walking distance of the Columbus Commons is

the Scioto Mile, the Scioto River and the River Walk. There

are Waterfire events that bring many people into Columbus

in the summer time. The restaurants remain, reservations can

still be made in colder weather times, too.

The Short North renovation occurred over time, but the real

“choice” restaurants of Rigsby’s Cuisine which became Rigsby’s

Kitchen, Tasi Café, Hype Park, Sully Girl Saloon and others

have made this area topnotch. I am sure that there are ones

you will want to look them up, that are equally tasty as these

finds I have actually gone into! Kent Rigsby, who was a famous

restauranteur in New York City, came here with his wife, to

what he calls, “Little Brooklyn.”

To the South, no longer within walking distance to the

Downtown, is the traditional, charming and filled with

character area called German Village. The famed Lindey’s

Restaurant has been there for over 30 years, as Schmidt’s

has been around since 1886. The beautiful and artsy place

where politicians and other ‘movers and shakers’ come to

eat is, Barcelona. You may get your sandwiches prepared at

Katzinger’s Deli, to go and sit at Schiller Park in the

summer. Thurman’s restaurant with the famous huge hamburgers

is located down in that center of culture, too. By the way,

Delaware, Ohio is getting a “Son of Thurman’s!!” We are so

excited by the honor of their choosing our small, college

town, to fill the place where Nova’s Restaurant vacated,

on Sandusky Street.

Since partying includes beverages, I wished to include a

few local treasures of such alcoholic drinks. Watershed

Distillery uses local suppliers to brew and bottle their

‘hooch.’ They supply over 400 central Ohio restaurants,

along with liquor stores and buyers in Ohio.

In the Arena Grand area, Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo have

founded this company, Watershed Distillery, where you can

go in, buy a bottle of vodka, some of the money ending up

here, locally. Good to know you are filling the local

Farmer’s pockets in Ohio. The box-maker is from Mt. Vernon,

Ohio.

In the Short North district, Middle West Spirits, also

featuring vodkas made in Ohio. They have a soft red winter

wheat grown locally, used as its base ingredient.

Camelot Winery is located on High Street, in the Short

North. It is a pleasant, atmospheric place to indulge

in a glass of wine. They open their doors in the fall to

let the First Saturday of the Month, Gallery Hop people

come in and sit in their wicker basket chairs, or belly

up to the beautiful wooden bar. They have some fair prices

here, too. Otherwise, on a hot, summer’s evening, you may

choose to get out of the heat, and enter the air-conditioned

winery. I have wandered in, for all four seasons of the

year, finding it to be one that attracts over 40 clientele.

Here is a quick summary of fun places to see in Delaware,

with a fact or two about each. BW3’s has been recently in

the past five years renovated and you would travel west

out of the downtown area of Delaware to find it near Houk Rd.

While out in that western quadrant, you may try the sizzler

steaks at the Brown Jug Restaurant. Just a note, if you have

traveled here before, years ago, downtown we had a fantastic

simple and delicious restaurant called the Little Brown Jug,

that lasted for many years. This closed and the newer place,

in a plaza off of Houk Road is not run by the same owners.

Barley Hopster’s and Staufs’ are located in other areas,

both serve a variety of well drinks, along with ales and

brews. They each have a different atmosphere, I would suggest

stopping into these downtown bars and deciding for yourself,

where you want to plant yourself to watch a game or talk to

neighbors and friends. For OSU fans, there is no bigger set

of large screens, almost like movie screen sizes than the

ones found at the Final Score. I make this a destination on

certain nights during the week, when my budget is doing well,

to buy their ribs and another night, their wings. Check out

their website for a large variety of foods, prepared on site

for the sporting crowd and others who like to know where your

food originated!

I have not written about any restaurants that don’t feature

television screens, thus this is more of a sporting and also,

fun-loving description that will give you some of our local

nightlife with some “flavor!”

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