Archive for December, 2018

Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 10, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of December 10, 2018:


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks / Los Angeles King

Tuesday, December 11 & Thursday, December 13 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Liven up your Tuesday or Thursday by catching a Columbus Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night and have a high chance of winning. You don’t want to miss this showdown in the Arena District!  Then, on Thursday the Jacket’s are back at home—cheer them on as they take on the Los Angeles Kings. Currently, the Jackets need every win they can get as they vie for the top of the competitive Metropolitan Division. Grab some friends, sit in on the action and wind down the work week with a win at home.

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The Castros Concert

Friday, December 14 | A&R Music Bar | 6:30 PM

The Castros are bringing their heartfelt folky tunes back to their hometown of Columbus. The duo will showcase their deep emotional pieces at at A & R Music Bar this Friday. The lineup also includes Gabrielle Solange, Anna Ehret and Out of The Pine.


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saturday, December 15 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 2 & 6 PM

This Saturday experience a holly jolly Christmas classic: The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Witness world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets and all the talented characters in between. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime tour at EXPRESS LIVE!


Doobie’s Dark Holiday Free Crismas Concert

Saturday, December 15 | Newport Music Hall | 7 PM

Have you heard of new music artist, Doobie? His crazy, original sound is spreading fast and you have the chance to see him live. The Ohio native will perform a free show at Newport Music Hall as part of his Dark Holiday Tour. The show will also feature Krash Minati and DJ Hylyte.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks

Saturday, December 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

This Saturday night is bound to be an intense match up! The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on the Anaheim Ducks in their third and final home game of the week. Both teams are currently ranked second in their conference, so this will be a good game to watch. Puck drops at 7 PM at Nationwide Arena.

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | The Mackinaw Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Mackinaw at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living room, enormous closets and private balcony. The Arena Crossing community includes a rooftop pool, personal storage units and more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Mackinaw unit today!


Resident VIP Spotlight

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments or Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

This week’s Resident VIP spotlight shines on Boston’s–a restaurant and sports bar located in the heart of the Arena District. Flash your Resident VIP card* and enjoy 15% off Boston’s delicious menu items daily!

* Arena District location only, tax, gratuity and alcohol and Nationwide Arena event nights excluded.

Columbus Culinary Connection: Arena District Eats

Originally published in Columbus Culinary Connection | December 2, 2018

The Arena District is more than just a place to dine when you’re attending a Clippers or Blue Jackets game! Although it’s an incredibly convenient place to visit for a concert or sporting events, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the area lately doing one of my favorite things – devouring delicious food! Throughout the course of this Arena District eating adventure, I’ve discovered a major obsession (the locally-sourced fare from Veranico, and especially their shortbread cookies), a new spot for brunch (hi, cinnamon roll pancake from Sunny Street), and loads of craft beer too. Whether you’re seeking brunch, dinner, or drinks, the Arena District has you covered – just keep on reading.

Brunch and Lunch

If you haven’t hit up Sunny Street Cafe yet for brunch and tried the aforementioned cinnamon roll pancake, you are missing out. This confection has an actual swirl of caramelized crunchy bits in the batter, plus a dulce de leche drizzle. If savory is more your style, there are some unique selections here as well – think stuffed biscuits and gravy or chorizo chili Tex Mex omelettes. The cute patio tucked on the side of the building is a beautiful spot for warm weather people-watching while you sip your coffee. There are also different kinds of flavored creamers on the table (this is important to me, ok?) and Sunny Street features Ohio maple syrup for their sweet dishes.

I wrote about Veranico in more detail here, but I can’t say enough good things about this concept. The salads are enormous, laden with toppings, and make even this anti-greens lady love their offerings. This spot is fast-casual but still gets as many ingredients from local farmers as possible, in addition to sporting craft beer, panini, and some utterly craveable baked goods.

Some other spots to sample: Zoup (feauring 12 daily varieties of warm and hearty soup) or a bison burger at Ted’s Montana Grill.

Dinner and Drinks

I’ve got nada but good things to say about Nada. It’s located right across from the Arena, has pork belly tacos, and a divine cheesecake with berry sorbet on top. This contemporary Mexican joint also makes a mean margarita and has a hip happy hour, meaning it’s an ideal venue for almost any occasion.

For burgers and brews, Half Pint is the perfect pre-game spot, or just to catch up with friends. The Pint Room’s sister spot boasts dozens of beers on tap from all over, and I can’t get enough of the just-crazy-enough PBBJ burger: peanut butter, bacon, and strawberries piled high on a patty.

Gordon Biersch is another crowd-friendly option for suds and spuds. The restaurant has beer flights with a fun twist: you pick 5 mini beers to taste, and your server surprises you by picking out the sixth one. My husband and I both raved about the cheese curd appetizer too – these fried nuggets are dished up with a sprinkle of candied bacon and side of creamy bacon dip for dunking. Definitely ask for extra of this stuff, because you won’t want to share. Other munchies you must order: the bottomless Legendary Garlic Fries, sky-high bread pudding, and the Marzen beer-glazed wings.

More dinner destinations: Buca di Beppo for some seriously huge portions of Italian food, or Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza for pie in every style imaginable.

Additional fun spots for drinks: With a group, Big Bang Piano Dueling Piano Bar always makes for a memorable musical evening, or try the Three Legged Mare for bourbon, whiskey, and Irish pub grub.

Culinary Clue: Looking for a place to park? Many of the Arena District area restaurants offer $3 validated parking for the first two hours when you dine with them. Get maps and details here: https://arenadistrict.com/parking/. Make sure you take the time to stroll around the area as well; there are some gorgeously landscaped nooks and parks hidden in throughout!

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Disclosure: The Arena District invited me to visit some of the restaurants on this list and receive complimentary meals. All opinions contained within are my own.

The Ultimate 2018 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide

During the holiday season, there are few places merrier and brighter than Columbus, Ohio. With so many cool spots to frequent and events to experience in the city, there are a ton of great gift options available for those that call it home.

To help you choose the perfect gift to give friends and family a fun filled authentic Columbus experience, we put together the ultimate guide, filled with ideas for the 2018 holiday season.

Columbus Blue Jackets Holiday Pack

March with us this holiday season and give the perfect gift for the Columbus Blue Jackets fan in your life. Right now, Nationwide Arena is offering an exclusive Holiday Pack that includes two tickets to two games of your choice, plus one limited edition t-shirt from Homage.


Tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nationwide Arena

For the music lover in your life, gift them the experience of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play at Nationwide Arena on the day after Christmas! The multi-sensory holiday concert–in its 20th consecutive year of touring–presents guests with world-class music paired with an unforgettable story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. This could be a holiday gift you’ll keep on giving each and every year.

 Arena District Athletic Club Membership

Know someone in Columbus that’ll have a 2019 New Year’s Resolution to focus on their health and fitness? Get them a gift card or membership to the Arena District Athletic Club! This state-of-the-art fitness center in downtown Columbus has everything your friend or family member needs to reach their personal goals. For a limited time, the Arena District Athletic Club is offering a New Year’s special–waiving the $79 initiation fee when you get a 12-month membership.


Relaxation & Revitalization from Massage Envy

There’s no better holiday gift than a certificate for a professional massage, and Massage Envy in Columbus’ Grandview Yard certainly knows how to give them! From massages and facials to stretch and skin care treatments, Massage Envy will relinquish stress and help your friends and family feel revitalized. Visit their store to pick up a gift card, or simply purchase one online.


Crowlers & Growlers from Hofbrauhaus Columbus

If you have a beer-loving friend or family member, they’ll love the holiday gift of a crowler or growler (or both) from Hofbrauhaus Columbus. Right now, the brewery and restaurant is offering $4 off a 4-pack of crowlers, and throwing in a free holiday tote with the purchase!

You can also gift membership into Hofbrauhaus’ 1589 GROWLER CLUB–which includes a 64-oz. growler and a monthly refill of their favorite Hofbrauhaus beer. Additionally, for every $50 gift card purchase, you’ll receive a fee $10 bonus card to spread that holiday cheer!

Chocolates and Coffees from Winans

One of our more refined holiday gift ideas, Winans–a family company established in the late 1800’s–offers premium chocolates, freshly roasted coffees, delicious wines and tasty teas. The retailer runs a factory and roastery in Ohio, which means just about every product they sell is locally hand-crafted and produced. Residents of Grandview Yard will be in for a treat when Winans opens their newest Columbus location in the neighborhood!


Tickets to WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena

Know a wrestling fan in Columbus? Gift them tickets to see the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena on December 27. They’ll be able to witness superstars like Rhonda Rousey, Seth Rollins and more duke it out for the title of champion.


Entry Into the 5th Line 5K Race at Nationwide Arena

Know any runners in Columbus? Register them for the 5th Line 5K on February 9th–a polar race starting and ending on the ice at Nationwide Arena. To add to the holiday gift, all participants receive a voucher good for two tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets game, a long-sleeve race shirt, a finisher’s medal and access to the post-race party.


More ways to get into the Holiday spirit with friends & family


Harmony Project at Nationwide Arena

Want to spoil your Columbus friend or family member early this holiday season? Get tickets to The Harmony Project’s Concert for US 2018 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, December 6! The concert, which begins at 7:30 PM, will bring together people from all types of backgrounds and age ranges for a night of artistic passion and social purpose. This unique and compelling event is a great gift for the cultured and cause-driven people in your life.


Experiencing SantaCon 2018 Columbus

Start December in Columbus off right by gathering some friends and donning Santa, elf and reindeer costumes for SantaCon 2018 on December 7 from 7PM to midnight! This festive event–which is completely free to attend–will take you to several bars throughout the Arena District, where you’ll enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes, a costume contest and more.

Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 3, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of December 3, 2018:


WNCI Jingle Jam

Tuesday, December 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Columbus’ Hit Music station, 97.9 WNCI, is hosting their holiday concert at EXPRESS LIVE! The show features boyband, Why Don’t We, and other hit singers such as Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, Round2Crew and Ava Max. The more acts the merrier, check out these talented artists all in one show presented by WNCI on December 4th.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames

Tuesday, December 4 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

In the mood for a cool Tuesday night? Head to Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets take on The Calgary Flames. March With Us as we root on the Jackets at home in their bid to claim the top standing in their division.


Harmony Project – The Concert for US

Thursday, December 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts and education by joining together to engage in equal harmony. This concert is presented by Kind Columbus in effects to foster creative collaborations to better our community. The show will feature Joshuah Brian Campbell, Momentum Excellence and the Columbus Children’s Choir. Support the Concert for US on December 6th at Nationwide Arena.



Friday, December 7 | Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down the days until Christmas, it’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer hopping around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus 2018! The free event includes four drink stops (Half Pint, Gordon Biersch, The Big Bang and Three-Legged Mare) featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more.


CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side A

Friday, December 7 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Alternative station, CD102.5 is hosting their holiday concert on Friday, December 7th. The show will be headlined by The Struts and features other acts including Albert Hammond Jr, Just Loud and RADATTACK. Get your jingle bell “rock” on at EXPRESS LIVE!


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, December 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get on your Blue Jackets gear and cheer the team on this Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals in a game you won’t want to miss. Puck drops at 7 PM.


Post CBJ Show featuring Willie Phoenix

Saturday, December 8 | A&R Music Bar | 8 PM

Willie Phoenix’s career has spanned decades and his passion never stops. Phoenix plays sounds ranging from haunting blues, straight forward rock, garage band noise to psychedelic fusion. He has a special place in his heart for blues and also Columbus! Check him out at A&R Music Bar on December 8th.


CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side B

Sunday, December 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

CD102.5 is presenting another night of music at EXPRESS LIVE! to celebrate the holiday season. This show will feature Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Shannen Moser and Souther.


Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Mendocino Floor Plan

Flats on Vine Apartments are located minutes away from the top entertainment and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Mendocino floor plan features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living/kitchen area, large closets and private balcony. Flats on Vine Apartments are pet friendly, include a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, in-unit washer/dryer, valet dry cleaning and more!

Schedule a tour of Flat on Vine’s Mendocino unit today!


Arena District Giveaway of the Week

CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A and B tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | December 7 & 9

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see CD102.5’s Holiday Show Side A AND Side B at EXPRESS LIVE! Enter now for the chance to win and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too. Two winners will be chosen later this week.


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