Columbus, OH
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College Freshman

Nightlife: I have not been involved int the night life yet.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Ohio State has a good, prevalent party scene but it is what you make of it. South campus is definitely more lively with quicker access to High Street. The best parties are at the frats and off campus houses. I think the party scene has a positive impact on the student experience, allowing students to be able to enjoy all aspects of college life.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always something different to do

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't drink at all, so I have no idea how to answer this.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm still under 21 so I haven't experienced much. There are a couple U21 dance clubs but they are too crowded and creepy. I have a lot of fun at greek parties or house parties around campus, since a lot of people move to off campus housing that is literally on campus but not run by university.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 70th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1343rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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The demolition of the South Campus bars by Campus Partners, a University-affiliated non-profit civic association in 2002 has really hindered the "Animal House" appeal of the area. This should change when their urban revitalization project is completed, however. The only bars and small clubs which are left around the campus can be found on the North Side. Many students frequent local bars such as Four Kegs and Red Zone. Because of the diminished scene, those who frequent these clubs and bars are a little more united. Larry's, a bar that recently celebrated it 70th anniversary, enjoys a devoted following, as well.

The main attraction, as far as clubs and bars are concerned, resides in downtown Columbus. The Brewery District, along with various other clubs, has transformed downtown into a perennial hotspot. This area is mostly 21 and up, however, which makes it off-limits for a lot of students at OSU. If you're underage or can't make it downtown, your best bet is a house party off campus for drinks and dancing. The club scene is definitely not big on weekends. Follow the loud noise and packs of freshmen traveling together, and you're likely to run across at least one or two big parties.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Brewery District
  • Downtown Columbus
Student Favorites
  • Lodge Bar (on Thursdays and weekends)
  • O Patio
  • Out-R-Inn (on Mondays)
  • Sugar Bar
  • Too's (on Tuesdays)
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Baseball
  • Beer Pong
  • F*ck the Dealer
  • Flip Cup
  • Kings
  • Landmines
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
U Weekly, the school newspaper, usually advertises about the nightlife specials.
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
Individual organizations have get-togethers at different times during the year. If you’re interested, check out one of the meetings.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Only blocks from Ohio Stadium and Value City Arena, sports fans flock here, especially to root the Buckeyes on. This bar has two outdoor patios, four dart boards, six pool tables, a few basketball games, and $1 drafts on Sundays.

20 E. Frambes Ave.

(614) 294-9259


This bar is farther north, but the karaoke, dancing, and great deals attract people.

2619 N. High St.

(614) 263-9650

The O Patio & Pub

By far the most popular bar on campus, it can be packed almost any night of the week. Greek central.

12 E. 15th Ave.

(614) 298-8000


One of the 3 popular Gateway bars. It gets ridiculously packed on Wednesdays.

1576 N. High St.

(614) 294-2200

Nyoh's Buckeye Bar & Grill

A little far from campus, but a fun country bar with square dancing. Popular on Thursdays.

2871 Olentangy River Rd.

(614) 261-1970

Sloppy Donkey

Newly renamed (formerly Larry's). Very chill place with pool tables and darts.

2400 N. High St.

(614) 297-5000

Ugly Tuna Saloona

One of the most popular bars in Gateway. Trendy and creative.

1546 N. High St.

(614) 297-8862

Varsity Club

Wondering where you will be pre- and post-gaming on Ohio State game nights? Uh, that'll be the Varsity Club. Forget who you're rooting for? No worries, because the place is packed with OSU memorabilia.

278 W. Lane Ave.

(614) 299-6269


Too's on Tuesdays is the day to go!

1880 N. High St.

(614) 299-2962

Sugar Bar

An upscale luxury bar with a dance floor.

525 Park St.


Thirsty I

Sports bar. Great for themed gatherings and sports games.

300 W. Lane Ave.

(614) 424-6718

Mad Mex

Mexican restaurant in Gateway with a bar. Great for drinking and dinner.

1542 N. High St.

(614) 586-4007


A good bar, but not as popular as others.

520 Park St.

(614) 223-1200

Dionysus (Apollo's)

Small outdoor bar opened by Greek fastfood joint Apollo's.

2608 N. High St.

(614) 294-4006

Blue Danube

One of the only places to get some grub after midnight, Blue Danube is a popular hang out for OSU students, and it would be a rare night to go here without knowing a handful of people. What we love most about the "Dube" is that it's cheap, and it gives us what we want: beer and finger foods. Hipsters and jocks alike will agree that this is the place to be-music preferences aside.

2439 N. High St.

(614) 261-9308

Bar Louie

Nice bar and club with an older crowd.

504 N. Park St.

(614) 220-0900

The Bier Stube

A hidden treasure with great deals.

1479 N. High St.

(614) 299-5467

The Distillery/Bernie's Bagels

Indie rock started here-no, not exactly, but Beck did play here back in the day. Students come here in the daytime for coffee and bagels, and come back at night for live local bands, as well as nationally touring bands seven days a week.

1896 N. High St.

(614) 291-3448

The Lodge Bar Columbus

An upscale, ski lodge-themed, and extremely popular bar.

165 Vine St.

(614) 221-2824

Lucky's Stout House

An Irish pub, similar to Out-R-Inn. Outdoor tables.

1475 N. High St.

(614) 299-5825

The Little Bar

Football players' bar.

2195 N. High St.

(614) 291-8887


Nice bar with a pool room.

487 Park St.

(614) 228-1988

Library Bar

A less popular, but very chill, hangout spot.

2169 N. High St.

(614) 299-3245

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

My suggestion for those that are not 21: Turn 21! The bar scene is popular, and the only alternatives are to go to house parties or to try and get into a fraternity party. On certain days of the week, bars will have 18-and-up nights for those that are not of age. Many freshman and sophomores who are not of age like to attend house parties.

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 34 responses

  • 26% Chittenden
  • 20% High Street Bars
  • 13% Greek Row
  • 12% Depends on the day
  • 10% Downtown
  • 7% South Campus
  • 7% East Campus
  • 2% Short North
  • 2% Neil Ave

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 173 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 12% Use a designated driver.
  • 8% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 16% Public transportation.
  • 7% Taxis.
  • 55% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 167 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 62% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 45 responses

  • 69% OSU-Michigan game
  • 20% The mirror lake jump
  • 4% Greek Week
  • 4% Halloween
  • 2% ChittShow, a block party on Chittenden Ave
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