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Weekend Guide to the RiverSouth District

Weekend Guide to the RiverSouth District

Your weekend guide to the RiverSouth District in Downtown Columbus

Located along the scenic Scioto River in southwest Downtown Columbus, the RiverSouth District is a vibrant neighborhood filled with established and emerging restaurants and bars, historic art & entertainment venues, and annual festivals and cultural events.  Offering a vast array of possibilities, this area is ideal for a visit from the casual sightseer to the most well-traveled urban enthusiast. Both are likely to find the RiverSouth District’s distinct vibe to be a welcomed departure from the expected.

1.  Hola, Happy Hour - 6 P.M.

Tacos and tequila might be one of the finest combinations in Mex-American fare, and Columbus' own Condado Tacos offers both at its popular happy hour. Grab a seat in the bar area surrounded by the hand-painted artwork and eclectic decor that make this hot spot a must-see.  Choose from one of thousands of possible taco variations for $1-off or sample any of their 50 types of tequila in a 1/2-priced margarita (available Monday-Friday from 4-7 P.M.)

2. Game On - 7:30 P.M.

Seasoned gamers and arcade novices alike can find a little slice of heaven at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, located on the district’s bustling S. 4th Street. With classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and Street Fighter, the 1980’s and ‘90’s have never seemed so recent. Skills not what they once were? Ease those sorrows with an old school cocktail like the David Hasselhoff (Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Aperol and Orange Peel) or Macho Man (Honey Bourbon, Coke and Slim Jim).

4.  Coffee Shop Talk - 8:30 A.M.

A robust cup of coffee can reinvigorate even the most anti-morning people, and Hemingway's Coffee Nook serves up some of the best in the city. Unsure what to order? Ask owner Theresa Federer for a recommendation or try the Brew of the Day. Take that coffee to-go and head west towards the Scioto River. 

5. Walk the Scioto Mile - 9:00 A.M.

Thanks to a $36 million investment, the historic Scioto Mile underwent a major redevelopment that added 33 acres of new parkland and 1.5 miles of multi-use trails to the riverfront area of downtown Columbus. Take a walk, go for a run or ride a bike along the paved pathways, and marvel at the view of the city skyline and winding river. It's second to none. 

6. Taste & Tour - 2:45 P.M.

Columbus' own Land-Grant Brewing Co. is next on the list. Founded by two Ohio State grads, Land-Grant opened the doors of its taproom and brewing facility in October 2014. Favorites like the Stiff-Arm I.P.A. and 1862 Ale are worthy of a visit on their own. Get there before 3 P.M. on Saturdays for a tour of the building and brewing facility, once an elevator factory from the 1920's. 

7. Small Plates, Big Flavor- 8:00 P.M. 

For Mediterranean flare and South American-inspired small plates, look no further than Sidebar Columbus. Take a seat on the seasonal patio or at the curved bar and prepare for a truly imaginative dining experience. From ceviche and mussels to stuffed eggplant and empanadas, this menu covers it all. Save room for the Lucuma Cheesecake – it’s worth it.

8. Pound at Seven Studios - 10:45 A.M.

Seven Studios founder Julie Wilkes has quite the backstory. A heart disease survivor, fitnesss expert and motivational speaker, she created a studio to help spread her message of inspiration, courage, and perseverance. The classes are pretty good, too. Arrive early to grab a spot in Pound, a cardio workout where participants rock drumsticks to the beat of high-energy music. Luckily, no formal music training is required. 

9. Brunch - 1:00 P.M.

All that activity works up an appetite, and what better cure for hunger than Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy or Doughnut French Toast. Hadley's Bar + Kitchen on S. 4th Street offers both and then some, plus accompanying brunch cocktails like Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Go for broke and try the Monte Cristo. Served on battered and fried brioche, this hearty sandwich is stuffed with smoked ham, turkey and swiss cheese. Just don't ask for the calorie count.

To learn more about the RiverSouth District, click here.