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Gay Street District

The pulse of Columbus.

Columbus' Cultural Crossroads

Between the Columbus Museum of Art (to the east) and City Hall (to the west), you’ll discover a dense mélange of lively, street-level independently owned bars, galleries, restaurants, retail shops, and cafes known as the Gay Street District.

Having experienced a renaissance and population boom during the past few decades, tree-lined Gay Street, with its turn-of-the-century architecture and full event calendar showcasing Columbus’ culture, is one of the most popular boulevards in the city. Significant investment planned for the District will continue to position it as a leading arts and culture destination that will define the Downtown core.

Things to Do in the Gay Street District

Whether you live, work or play on Gay Street, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy your time in the District, home to local, one-of-a-kind destinations and restaurants putting creativity at our city’s center and showcasing what our local talent – artists, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs – bring to this city

Aracri Pizza

Grab a local bite or brew

Visit Columbus’ oldest restaurant at the historic Ringside Cafe. Grab an Asian-inspired bowl at Tiger & Lily. Indulge in Argentenian comfort food at Barroluco. Discover and grab a slice of ‘za at family-owned-since-1992 Aracri Pizzeria. Grab something to go or work-from-anywhere at Brioso Coffee right at the intersection of Gay & High.

Explore shops and galleries

A burgeoning arts district, Gay Street is already home to a number of galleries including No Place Gallery, Skylab Gallery, and the Sarah Gormley Gallery. Unique retail offerings include Columbus-born Zeroz wallets, Dye Mad Yarns, Heidi’s Flowers & Wine, and Parlor Suites tattoo parlor.

Get a little fancy

Looking for some divine modern Italian? Make your reservation at the renowned Speck Italian Eatery. Want to do a wine tasting? Get personalized service at Accent Wine. A fine-dining menu focused on local ingredients? Veritas is your place. Upscale happy hour? Head to Due Amici. How about a nightcap? Sip on a crafted cocktail in an old bank vault at Citizens Trust.

Discover Pearl Alley

A pedestrian-friendly walkway, Pearl Alley is home to restaurants, public art, and the Pearl Market during summers. It’s the perfect place to take a summer stroll and take in the art at Ringside Cafe and Alley Burger.

There's more where that came from.

The Capital Line is a new project putting pedestrians and bikers first,
with construction starting in the heart of the Gay Street District.

Explore the Gay Street District

Experience

Arts & Culture

Palace Theatre

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Dining

Ringside Café

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Haveli Bistro

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Barroluco – Argentine Comfort Food

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Elia Athenian Grill

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Shopping

B. Loved Bridal Boutique

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Clarkson Eyecare

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Dye Mad Yarns

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Brioso Coffee

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Veritas

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SORSO (Due Amici)

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Alley Burger

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