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5 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a wide variety of options for students- downtown, campus bars, house parties, frat parties, etc.

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5 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties are very prevalent on the weekend and of course you can find people that go out every night of the week.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: All I have to say is Go Bucks.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Walk down south campus and you'll definitely find some pretty crazy parties. It is awesome on game days.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's really fun, able to meet new people


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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

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 157 responses

  • 56% OSU-Michigan game
  • 20% The mirror lake jump
  • 8% Michigan Week
  • 4% ChittShow, a block party on Chittenden Ave
  • 3% Halloween
  • 3% Tailgating & Pre-gaming
  • 3% Greek Week
  • 2% I would say welcome week is big

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 282 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 278 responses

  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 61% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 15% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 8% Parties? What parties?
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