The List: Things to Do After 2 a.m. in Columbus
Do a quick Google search, and it would seem that all the best things to do during the late hours in Columbus all abruptly stop at 2 a.m., with nothing else to do in the entire city. But nearly every bar, restaurant or hangout in town closes at that time, defeating the purpose of said lists.
Thankfully, we’ve found some of the top things to do after 2 a.m. in Columbus, including businesses that are open ‘til 4 a.m. or later. Hey, sometimes the night is going so well that it’d be a shame to go home early.
Until 4 a.m.
Exotic Latin Grill
There are a handful of food trucks willing to stay open later for hungry partiers, one of the most popular being Exotic Latin Grill. Located in the parking lot of the carryout at 355 E. Hudson St. in the University District and run by a couple of women, their street food is served to an adoring college crowd, among other happy customers. Some of what’s drawing the lines of customers: tacos, empanadas, tamales, sandwiches and hot dogs, Mexican or Latin American style. That, and the fact that they’re open every day, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
For more info visit exoticlatingrill.com.
Mikey’s Late Night Slice
When it comes to late hours, hometown favorite Mikey’s Late Night Slice stays true to its name, serving pies until 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Of course there are the classics like pepperoni and cheese, but the best way to experience Mikey’s at 4 a.m. is by enjoying one of its seemingly absurd masterpieces, like The Pizza Dawg — a hot dog, stuffed with pepperoni and cheese with a slice of pizza for the bun, and the Cheezus Crust — a pizza sandwich made with two slices and American cheese in the middle.
For more information visit latenightslice.com.
A few of the spots on this list only open past 2 a.m. on the weekends, like traditional Mexican restaurant Cazuela’s Grill. The campus location, at 2321 N. High St., opens until 3:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, undoubtedly to accommodate intoxicated college students after a night out.
With menu items like enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, and margaritas featuring premium tequilas, plus fresh ingredients, vegetarian options, a spacious patio and a unique setup. The restaurant also anticipates an additional storefront at the Gateway, where hopefully those late hours continue.
For more info, visit cazuelasmexicancantina.com.
Commonly reviewed as “the best hookah in Columbus,” Mango’s Cafe is located at 21 Smith Pl. in a pretty sweet spot nearby to both the Short North and University District. The makings of a great hookah are all here: great music, snacks, attentive staff. There are also some features, like its spacious and heated patio and later hours, that put it just above the rest.
For more information: mangoscbus.com.
Sam’s Billiards and Karaoke
Sam’s Billiards and Karaoke, at 4270 N. High St. in Clintonville, features hourly pool tables and karaoke from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. As opposed to other karaoke spots, Sam’s is run Asian-style, meaning karaoke is performed in small and medium-sized private rooms and booked by groups of up to 12 people. No waiting lists, only a minimal amount of public embarrassment and a huge selection of songs in a variety of languages make this quite the unique karaoke spot to spend your early morning hours.
For more information, visit the Sam’s Karaoke Facebook page.
Almost 80 percent of what’s left to do after 2 a.m. in Columbus directly involves food, somewhat validating the city’s foodie title while simultaneously leaving only a few unique places to frequent. But with a menu that includes all-day breakfast, hand-cut gyros, greek salads and a choice from 35 kinds of donuts to start, Buckeye Donuts is a slight change of scenery. The shop is at 1998 N. High St. on Campus, so stopping by in the early morning hours is sure to be a fun, if not obnoxious time. But the atmosphere and charm of Buckeye Donuts makes any time a good time to grab a hole or two.
Visit buckeyedonuts.net for more info.
Columbus Square Bowling Palace
When it comes to 24-hour establishments, Columbus Square Bowling Palace is an anomaly. For seven days a week, the Bowling Palace runs 64 lanes, an arcade, an island bar and a restaurant, all without batting an eye. There are even bowling specials specifically for the post 3 a.m. night-owl crowd.
Columbus Square Bowling Palace is located at 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. in northeast Columbus. The Palazzo Restaurant and Blue Sky Island Bar are open every day but with slightly reduced hours.
For more information visit bowlthepalace.com.
There are two types of people in this world: The type that orders dinner at 3 a.m., and the type that orders breakfast. Thankfully, both can find satisfaction as Fitzy’s Diner, an unassuming restaurant at 1487 Schrock Rd. and 2550 Bethel Rd. in Northland and Northwest Columbus, respectively.
Adorned with ‘50s decor and serving a homestyle menu almost entirely made of scratch, Fitzy’s Old Fashioned in Northland is the original. The second location opened in late 2017 and maintains the standard, well-portioned comfort food that patrons have come to expect.
Live music, food and entertainment culminate at the Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd. in Columbus’ Hilltop area. The casino doesn’t lack in variety, boasting a mix of tables, slots and high roller rooms, and an array of food options ranging from Asian and burger spots to buffets, steakhouses and more.
Between giveaways and prizes, smoker and non-smoker lounges, and the old-school acts brought to its event center, there manages to be something at the casino for everyone, at least for the 21 and over crowd.
Find more information online at hollywoodcolumbus.com.
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