The University District has a strong music heritage. There are more venues that host live music acts in the University District than any other neighborhood. Lots of musicians also call the District home. There are three neighborhood areas where you catch a performance - Old North Columbus, SoHud, and Central/Ohio State University campus.

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What you will discover: 
Local watering holes, big concert spaces, small concert spaces, under the radar venues, karaoke, open mic

50 minutes 2.4 miles

50 minutes
2.4 miles

15 minutes 2.4 miles

15 minutes
2.4 miles

Public Transport:
COTA Bus - Line 2 E Main/N High
COTA Bus - Line 4 Indianola/Parsons
COTA Bus - Line 18 Kenny/OSU
COTA Bus - Line 81 Hudson/Ohio
OSU Campus Area Bus Service (free) - East Residential (ER), Med Center

Parking: 
On-street parking is available at all destinations, off-street the Ohio Union South Garage, or Gateway Garage.


Stop #1: Old North Columbus Neighborhood

The stretch of High Street just north of The Ohio State University campus in the Old North Columbus neighborhood has plenty of live music options, karaoke, and open mic nights. Check out these venues: Ace of Cups Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint Dick's Den Scarlet & Gray Cafe Spacebar

The stretch of High Street just north of The Ohio State University campus in the Old North Columbus neighborhood has plenty of live music options, karaoke, and open mic nights. Check out these venues:

Ace of Cups
Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint
Dick's Den
Scarlet & Gray Cafe
Spacebar

Stop #2: SoHud Neighborhood

These spots may be off the main drag of High Street, but are in no short supply of quality music. Stop by Pierogi Mountain inside Cafe Bourbon Street for some unique late night eats while catching a show in the area. Cafe Bourbon Street Rambling House Soda Ruby Tuesday Rumba Cafe Summit

These spots may be off the main drag of High Street, but are in no short supply of quality music. Stop by Pierogi Mountain inside Cafe Bourbon Street for some unique late night eats while catching a show in the area.

Cafe Bourbon Street
Rambling House Soda
Ruby Tuesday
Rumba Cafe
Summit

Stop #3: Central University District/OSU Campus

The heart of the University District has the big institutions of music purveyors. Most notable is the venerable Newport Music Hall which is known as "America's Longest Continually Running Rock Club." The biggest institution of them all, The Ohio State University, hosts small classical recitals to large arena acts. Newport Music Hall Hughes Auditorium Schottenstein Center Sullivant Hall, Barnett Theatre Weigel Auditorium Wexner Center/Mershon Auditorium

The heart of the University District has the big institutions of music purveyors. Most notable is the venerable Newport Music Hall which is known as "America's Longest Continually Running Rock Club." The biggest institution of them all, The Ohio State University, hosts small classical recitals to large arena acts.

Newport Music Hall
Hughes Auditorium
Schottenstein Center
Sullivant Hall, Barnett Theatre
Weigel Auditorium
Wexner Center/Mershon Auditorium