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A guide to hosting friends and family in Columbus

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Hosting friends and family can be a difficult jobs.

Pinpointing your loved ones’ interests can be a challenge in and of itself.

Then there’s the actual planning which can be damn-near impossible sometimes.

We know the struggle so we’ve compiled this guide on how to entertain all types of people in Columbus.

Now, get out there and paint the town red…actually, scarlet and grey!

For the Drinker

Curio at Harvest 

By definition, Curio means “a rare, unusual, unique or intriguing object.” Call it what you will but this is where to find a top-notch cocktail in Columbus.

The Service Bar

This is a truly inspired beverage program slung across a beautiful marble bar top. The Service Bar opened in early October and is located at 1230 Courtland Ave– attached to Middle West distillery set just off of the 5th Avenue and High Street intersection.

Seventh Son Brewing

There are tons of incredible beer options in this city but when hosting a friend, it’s important to also think about atmosphere and we think Seventh’s Sons indoor and outdoor environments are home runs.

For the Introvert

Close quarters

Close Quarters is a new private e-sports training facility and social club at480 West Town Street in Franklinton. The space will act as a hybrid between improving video game skills and physically interacting with others in the scene.


So technically, you guys would be out of the house but that doesn’t mean you actually have to interact with those weird, awful things called people. Grab a chess board, a few PBRs and do your thing. At least you can say you got off the couch.

For the Creative

400 West Rich Street

The second Friday of every month, 400 West Rich St holds Franklinton Fridays, a time for artists to open up their studios to curious outsiders and really flex their creative muscles. Come explore all that art, science, and the community has to offer.

AR Workshop


AR Workshop is a DIY craft shop and boutique that offer hands-on classes where customers can use raw materials to create home decor like wood signs, trays, throw pills, Lazy Susans, and much more. It’s like those wine and canvas establishments on steroids.

For the Sporto

Columbus Blue Jackets

March with our men in blue and red at Nationwide Arena. Fist pump to the organ, enjoy local craft cocktails and beers, and be sure to warn your guests about the goal cannon.

For the Lover

The Promenade

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Would you just look at that view. Grab a swing, his/her hand, and pull up a conversation about how happy you two are to be together in one of the greatest cities in the country. **heart eyes**

Franklin Park Conservatory

The plants are fragrant, extraordinary, and beautiful (psst, that’s your pickup line). The ambiance of the Conservatory radiates romance and will give you two a perfect opportunity to literally stop and smell the roses. Perfect for photo ops, as well.

For the Shopper


Columbus’ premier outdoor mall with every store to meet your fancy. Super walkable, plenty of food and libation options, and oh so much shopping potential.

Greater Columbus Antique Mall


Five stories of nothing but stuff. In this massive antique shop, you are guaranteed to find something that will pique your interest—whether it’s a sequence skirt or a vintage Budweiser light.

For the Music Aficionado

Used Kids Records

If this friend of yours has any love for music at all, he or she owns a record player. Hit up Used Kids for new and used vinyl from your classic faves to local newbies.

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza

After shoving as much coal fired pizza as humanly possible down your throats, spin your chairs around towards the intimate stage where a dynamic performance will soon unfold.

Rumba Cafe

Sundays are a can’t miss night of music at Rumba. Hoodoo Soul band commandeers the stage late into the night with heartfelt, groove that will send you straight into the crowd with your hips shaking.

For the Foodie

There aren’t enough hours in the day, days in a week, weeks in a year, or years in a life to show someone every bit of the most awesome food Columbus has to offer. But here are some of our favorites where the photos do all the talkin’:


Momo Ghar

Hoyo’s Kitchen

Adriatico’s Pizza


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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap




Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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Food & Drink

¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!




It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

Mike Thomas



With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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