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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.

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Summer events in Pearl Alley bring visitors and add activity to the Gay Street District

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.

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. 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

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.

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.

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Dye Mad Yarns

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Palace Theatre

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SORSO (Due Amici)

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The Athletic Club of Columbus

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Aracri Pizzeria

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Diamond Exchange

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Mitchell’s Steakhouse

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Haveli Bistro

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Sweet Blossom Floral

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Due to a heat advisory, Fountainside Fun on 6/17 and 6/20 and Dorrian Days on 6/18 are cancelled. You can still enjoy the Scioto Mile Fountain, which will be operating at normal hours from 11 am - 7 pm throughout the week.