There’s always something exciting when you live just steps from downtown Columbus Ohio, where the Short North and the Arena District offer up the best of sports, entertainment, and fine dining. For those who love all the excitement and still want a luxury and spacious living experience, River Oaks, offers the best of both worlds.
River Oaks is tucked away just enough to offer a relaxing home environment for children and pets, and is just a short drive to downtown Columbus, where you’ll find top-notch employers, world-class restaurants, and hot spots of music and entertainment. Here’s a rundown of everything the Short North and the Arena District have to offer, just steps from your luxury apartments in Columbus.
Nationwide Arena: Home of Hockey and of World-Class Music Concerts
The Arena District’s beginnings started with the installation of Nationwide Arena in 2000, site of the original historic Ohio State Penitentiary. Today, Nationwide Arena is home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, members of the National Hockey League. From early October to early April, hockey fans can flock to Nationwide Arena to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets and enjoy the delicious game food at concession stands.
Nationwide Arena is designed in a way that makes every seat a good seat and the sound system is high-quality. The venue is clean, highly organized, and makes it easy to find your seat. You’ll feel safe and happy in and around the arena.
The Nationwide Arena often features big-time international music acts. They’ve been lucky enough to host Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Kiss, Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, Chicago, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Nationwide Arena also hosts events such as rodeos, professional wrestling, basketball championships – and community holiday celebrations.
North Market: Central Ohio’s Public Market since 1876
North Market has anything and everything and the residents of our River Oaks love it. Their lineup includes 35 local vendors along the likes of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, craft beer and wine compliments of The Barrel and Bottle, Hot Chicken Takeover, Katzinger’s Little Deli, Destination Donuts, Flavors of India, Penny’s Meats, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Hubert’s Polish Kitchen, Sarefino’s Pizza, Lan Viet Market, and many more local gems. Grab some high-quality kitchen goods and spices at North Market Spices and North Market Cookware, or grab some fresh fish from The Fish Guys.
North Market is also home to the oldest and largest farmer’s market in central Ohio, which operates every Saturday and Sunday through the growing season (June through October). The Farmer’s Market is an event you can’t miss, featuring local farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs across Central Ohio.
The summer growing season isn’t the only time that North Market brings quality food and goods to central Ohio residents. In the winter months, Seibel Tree Farm provides healthy, fresh-cut Christmas trees. Every Halloween, North Market provides a “family funday” for safe trick-or-treating, face painting, live music, games, live farm animals, and kid’s craft activities, which is always a hit with the locals.
The Short North: Hip, Artsy, and Rich with Culture
The Short North affectionately calls itself “The Art and Soul of Columbus” – and for good reason. It’s the home of the most art galleries in the Columbus area, boasting a wealth of “traditional oil paintings, modern glass mosaics, and cutting-edge contemporary art,” according to shortnorth.org. Art lovers can enjoy all the art the Short North has to offer with the Short North Arts District Art Trail, where art enthusiasts can explore the art galleries, public art installations, music and performing arts, murals, and exhibition spaces up and down High Street.
Gallery Hop is a longstanding tradition in the Short North that has been happening on the first Saturday of every month for over 30 years. Thousands of art lovers come out to take a walking tour of all the art galleries in person, where they enjoy musical street vendors and artisans selling their one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wares.
The legacy of the Short North is local. Walk down High Street to explore all the local shopping options, from fashion to furniture, antiques to home and garden, games, music records, and gifts for your furry friends. The Short North offers everything you need, no matter who you’re shopping for. The best part? You can feel good about supporting local businesses.
World-Class Dining Experiences, from Fine to Fun
Both the Arena District and the Short North are brimming with restaurants, breweries, bars, cafes, brunch joints, and sweet treats. Whether you’re looking for something healthy, for ethnic fare, or for a good burger or pizza joint, you’ll find anything you crave in the Arena District and the Short North.
The Arena District offers some of the best Downtown Columbus restaurants and bars. Create your own stir fry at BD’s Mongolian Grill, check out Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, Buca Di Beppo, or Max & Erma’s, a perfect place for sports enthusiasts and chocolate chip cookie lovers! Take things up a notch by checking out Rodizio Grill, an authentic Brazilian Steak House, or Veranico, a locally-owned, chef-driven boutique salad restaurant that sources locally.
If you’re looking for a dining experience in the Short North, you have a wide selection of options, including gourmet tacos at Bakersfield, prime steaks and seafood at Black Point, a hip atmosphere at Bodega Food & Beer, or fine Italian fare at Marcella’s. The dining options in the Short North are endless, so check out their website to narrow down tonight’s options.
No matter what your tastes, you’ll make your taste buds happy by hitting up the wonderful restaurants in the Arena District and Short North. Perfect for a brunch out with friends, a family lunch, or a dinner date, the dining options in downtown Columbus will not let you down.
The Best of Breweries and Bars
After dinner, you’ll want to grab a drink with friends! Check out A&R Music Bar if you’re into live music, or down for a pre-show beer before the Clippers game. Or check out The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, where you’ll experience live comedy and music. For a more casual time, Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant serves up nationally-acclaimed German lagers and American dishes. If you’re more into the patio scene, The Half Pint Columbus features a large outdoor patio and a huge craft beer selection that won’t let you down. Don’t forget to take home a growler to your new luxury apartment in Columbus.
River Oaks Apartments is Close to it All
Residents of River Oaks enjoy easy living near Upper Arlington and are just a short drive away from all the culture, sports, and dining of downtown Columbus. To enjoy the good life with your kids and pets at our luxury apartments in Columbus, schedule a tour with us today by visiting our website! Here you will also find a guide to our floor plans and prices, a list of world-class amenities, real testimonials, and more information about our friendly neighborhood, just steps away from the best of Columbus.