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Rambling House creating massive riverfront bar and music venue with in-house canoe and kayak services

Rambling House creating massive riverfront bar and music venue with in-house canoe and kayak services

Jack McLaughlin

Since day one, Rambling House Soda owner and founder John Lynch has wanted to create a riverfront music venue and bar, and now he’s bringing this dream to the South Side of Columbus.

Lynch is creating a canoe and kayak rental service combined with a live music venue and bar on 20 acres of property on the Scioto River. The new space, which is called Rambling House South, will be located at 3075 S. High St.

“We found this property a few years ago and started working with an architect and the city on an idea for the project,” John Lynch said. “We wanted to do something based on outdoor recreation, something like a bigger version of the Rambling House on the South Side.”


Rambling House was created by Lynch in 2014 as a craft soda production facility, before expanding into the Rambling House Music space, a bar and music venue located at 310 E. Hudson St. He eventually sold the Hudson Street concept to a new owner (although they still share social media accounts), while they focused on growing Rambling House Soda in a different location.

When Rambling House South opens, Rambling House Music will be renamed Rambling House North.

The Rambling House South property will contain three buildings, a 2,000 square foot space for the canoe and kayak livery, a 5,000 square foot music venue and bar (which may also incorporate an established restaurant), and a 3,500 square foot soda production facility. 

All three spaces will be new builds, and Lynch expects to break ground this summer. The canoe and kayak livery will likely be the first building to open, which could happen as soon as the summer of 2023. The venue will open next, with the soda facility following.

He believes the new project will provide the South Side of Columbus with an infusion of energy and excitement as well.

“I’m from Columbus, and this is directly across from the drive-in theater. I’ve been going there since the 80s, since I was a kid,” he said. “I love the area and see huge potential for the South Side of Columbus.”

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