Columbus Journals

Short North-Columbus' Art, Music & Theatre Bohemia

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A travel journal to Columbus by daveoh

Columbus - Short North Photo, Columbus, Ohio More Photos
Quote: The Short North is a historic and eclectic heart of two restored urban neighborhoods (Victorian Village and Italian Village). It has colorful art galleries as well as a diverse live music and theatre scene. The sidewalk boutique store fronts (and the people who frequent them) are truly candy for the eyes. There are bountiful places to tickle tastebuds ranging from hip casual diners to gourmet cafes. Likewise, night life hops among clubs and pubs featuring a variety of decorative themes and genres of music. Both penny-pinchers and big-spenders can explore various Short North niches and ultimately feel comfortable regardless of their means.

Short North-Columbus' Art, Music & Theatre Bohemia

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Overview

Columbus - Short North Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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Visit a wide range of art galleries and boutiques from the upscale to the bohemian. High Street is chocked full of stores, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. It is near downtown, the Arena District, German Village, OSU, Brewery District, and Convention Center. Its a hip and very unique place to go. The stroll down High Street is a welcome reprieve from the monotony of the mall. The Short North draws all kinds of happily diverse people ... from well-preened, cologne-smothered types to moderately tattooed human works of art. Quick Tips: The Short North is known for the monthly Gallery Hop (1st Saturday of every month 6-10pm). The summertime ComFest outdoor music festival and street fair. The D...Read More

50 Lincoln Inn B & B Short North Art Dist

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Hotel | "50 Lincoln Inn B & B Short North Art Dist"

50 Lincoln Inn B & B Short North Art Dist Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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This artistic Bed and Breakfast fits perfectly in the heart of its Short North Art District location (on the north edge of downtown Columbus). The contemporary dining area is filled with local original artwork. Each room has an art theme of some famous artist (ie - Picasso, Monet, Rockwell, Van Gogh, Ansel Adams. etc.). There are eight rooms with private baths and fireplaces, including three suites. The breakfast is nearly gourmet with fresh fruits, homemade breads, muffins, a main entree, juices, flavored coffees and teas. There are bookshelves around the house for reading in your room, a parlor or outside in a quaint garden with bird feeders. Its a short walk to Short North art galleries, playhouses...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2002

50 Lincoln Inn B & B Short North Art Dist
50 East Lincoln Street
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 299-5050

Mac's Cafe

Restaurant | "Mac's Cafe - Scottish olde-style public house"

Mac's Cafe Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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I've been here several times and sampled various sandwiches and entrees. Everything has always been excellent. Don't be surprised if a bag pipe player shows up to entertain or if a customer starts playing the piano. This is one of the original restaurants of the Short North and it is still going strong as it watched numerous upstarts come and go around it. Great selection of imported beer and a nice bar area. Great place to mingle with a lot of different kinds of folks (from trendy to conservative). Website: (click here).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2002

Mac's Cafe
693 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 221-6227

Coffee Table - great window-sidewalk seats Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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This is the original coffee house of the Short North and is right at the crossroads of its heart (High St & Buttles). Artsy modern interior that is all window space facing both High and Buttles. Thus, if you can't get one of the limited outdoor tables, you can still keep an eye on all the activity passing by. The coffee beans are roasted locally by Stauf's which is well recognized (and loved) coffee roaster. Thus, the coffee is always magnificant. Try out the deserts ... they're quite tasty as well. Website: (click here)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2002

Coffee Table - great window-sidewalk seats
731 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 297-1177

Short North Arts Monthly Gallery Hop

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Attraction

Short North Arts Monthly Gallery Hop Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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Gallery Hop night (1st Saturday of every month 6-10pm) is a street fair that overflows the sidewalks with crowds of art patrons, appreciators of the arts, the plain curious, and the far-out. It is also a place to revel in the popular pasttime of people-watching at its best. Elegance rubs shoulders with the bizarre. The drab and the commonplace mingle with the whacky, the whimsical and the absurd. It''s worth every bit of the free admission just to scrutinize the passing hair styles - male and female - many of which are mind-boggling in their daffiness, perhaps deserving topknot honors anywhere. There are folks who believe tattoos and pierced body parts will bring them happiness. Frequently amon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2002

Short North Arts Monthly Gallery Hop
North High St - downtown to 5th Ave
Columbus, Ohio

Short North July 4th zany Doo Dah Parade

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Attraction

Short North July 4th zany Doo Dah Parade Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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Here you'll find hundreds of wacked out people running around and acting out all their wildest fun-loving antics. The so-called Emperor of the Short North leads the way, followed by a very noisy parade filled with musical entries that belt out tunes on every makeshift instrument imaginable. The parade is always on July 4th, the rain date is always July 3rd. So when it rains on the 3rd and the parade goes on the 4th as scheduled. Pay attention here don't let what I just said confuse you. The floats and parade marchers are adorned in outlandish decorations and attire. There is always a "Less-Than-Grand Marshall" chosen by the Doo Dah Parade "DisOrganizers." Website: (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2002

Short North July 4th zany Doo Dah Parade
Goodale Park - near High St & Buttles
Columbus, Ohio

Short North June Groovy ComFest Art & Music Jam

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Attraction | "Short North June Groovy ComFest Art & Music Jam"

Short North June Groovy ComFest Art & Music Jam Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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ComFest is arguably the best three-day festival in Columbus. Hundreds of Columbus' best musicians and artists take the spotlight along with several who are nationally recognized. This cost-free celebration has been a rite of summer for over thirty years. My friends and I always have a blast at this multicultural "sunshine and love" sort of mescaline and dandelion salad blowout of outdoor music, art, food and beer (Also, hints of illegal substances). The sheer variety of four-legged animals alone is mind-boggling. This streetfair is the Short North Art District’s social and cultural event of the season. It consumes Victorian Village neighborhood’s Goodale Park which is the oldes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Short North June Groovy ComFest Art & Music Jam
120 W Park St
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 294-9822

Cabaret dinner theatre-Sat Night Live

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Attraction | "2Co's Cabaret dinner theatre-Sat Night Live"

Cabaret dinner theatre-Sat Night Live Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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If your up for something different while you eat dinner; the light theatre, comedy and live music of 2Co's Cabaret is a good time (click here). The actors, singers and comedians stage is set in an intimate warehouse for two-hour shows similar to TV's Saturday Night Live. Shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with an occassional Wednesday night opening performance (click here). There is an ample menu with appetizers, gourmet pizza, salad, antipasto and desserts as well as a full bar, beer and wine (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2002

Cabaret dinner theatre-Sat Night Live
790 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio

Short North Playhouse - Red Herring Ensemble Photo, Columbus, Ohio
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The huge sideways laying Mona Lisa head painted on the south outside wall of the Short North Playhouse is a sight in itself and a must-see on a Short North Gallery Hop night (first Saturday of each month). In a similar vein as this off-beat smiling mural, the Red Herring Ensemble specializes in producing profound and provocative performances that stimulate dialogue and debate. Productions range from world premieres by local playwrights, to contemporary classics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, with a dash of the best offbeat and quirky new musicals thrown in for good measure. (click here). Productions at the Short North Playhouse have been nominated as am...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2002

Short North Playhouse - Red Herring Ensemble
736 N Pearl St
Columbus, Ohio