Columbus ranks as one of the top 5 cities that boast high projected job growth and easy living – two of the reasons that make it one of the best places for young professionals to live.
But with costs of living far beyond what most Americans can afford—and projected job growth below average for big U.S. cities—it’s hard to make the case that either the Big Apple or City of Angels offers young people the easiest living or the best shot at success.
This list of top cities for millennials focuses on places where job growth is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities. Additionally, Columbus offers loads of fun bars, restaurants, and leisure activities.
Columbus’s sizable millennial population, 25.9% of residents, need never be bored. Between the green and floral Franklin Park Conservator, creative food venues, unusual art, and incredible concentration of sports teams, young people have plenty of choices for energetic entertainment in the city. For instance, see this list of the top 20 things to do in Columbus.
In addition, Columbus is convenient – and surprisingly walkable – which means you don’t necessarily need a car to get around. Add to that our incredible public transportation system, COTA, and all the ways to avoid having your own car – Uber, Car2Go, taxis, and CoGo Bike Share – and you can see why Columbus is so popular among young professionals.
Projected job growth is a healthy 9.3% through 2019, and the low cost of living – only 103 on the COLI index – makes it stand out among big cities. Just one of the reasons you should check out our apartment communities in downtown Columbus.
The craft-brew gods have smiled down once again on us! Now through the end of the year residents of Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats II can enjoy locally brewed beer just steps away from their homes in downtown Columbus.
Keith, what first made you fall in love with brewing beer?
The ability to create something that other people can enjoy has probably always been at the heart of my love of brewing. This job also brings something new at you almost everyday, so it stays interesting. My wife also really digs the fact that I am a brewer…happy wife, happy life.
What is your favorite beer?
That is always a hard question because I really love a lot of different styles of beer. When a brewer really gets a beer right, it makes me happy. But, if I had to pick only one style of beer to keep me happy for rest of my life, it would have to be American IPA.
Are their any wacky beers that you’ve tried to make?
What beer are you most excited about right now?
I just released the Northwest Red which is a beer I have been tweaking for a few years and I am really enjoying that right now, it is big on American hops and big on malt. The KellerPils is also new and tasty, sort of a tradtional Pilsner/IPA hybrid, which I haven’t seen anyone doing. But most recently, I had Mike Ford in from Grandpop’s Hops (Marysville, Ohio) with 20 lbs of his freshly picked Cascade hops. It was not only a lot of fun to brew this beer with him, but the aromas from this brew have really got me excited about how it will turn out. Keep on the look out for the Ohio Fresh Hop IPA being released at the Ohio Craft Beer Festival at the North Market Sept. 11th and 12th.
If someone isn’t into beer but wants to start, what kind of beer should they start with?
I would have to go close to home with this one and say our Marzen or any other good Oktoberfest-style beer. It is the epitome of a balanced beer. It has a nice malty sweetness upfront that is appealing and just enough bitterness to balance and finishes slightly dry making you crave another drink. It also goes great with almost any food dish. I find that most people who enjoy drinking beer in general, like the Marzen.
What is your favorite menu item (at GB) and beer pair?
The Coffee Stout paired with the Triple Chocolate Brownie is pretty hard to beat.
Grandview Digfest is a huge celebration of local craft brewers, craft distilleries, Ohio wines and liquors and the downtown Columbus locals who love them! This year residents at Apartments at the Yard, could look down and enjoy the festivities from their patio balconies. It took place June 13 from 4-10:30pm.
Digfest started in 2011 so this year was their 5th year and it was a huge success story for the Grandview Area Chamber. This year’s event had a record crowd, topping 5,000 people, an over 40% increase in ticket sales and more vendors than ever.
The main attraction of the event is definitely the Ohio craft beer. Strike that. The main reason that most people drive near downtown Columbus, to Grandview Yard to go to Grandview Digfest is because of the Ohio craft beer. In what was one of the strongest showacases of local craft beer anyone has ever seen, a variety of local Ohio breweries were on hand pouring what seemed like hundreds of different beers. Actually, with each brewery pouring an average of four different beers that works out to be nearly one hundred!
Some of the Columbus local favorites were Sideswipe Brewing who was pour their summer seasonal Pixelated Sun, a delightfully hoppy rendition of a warm-weather wheat beer, and Four String Brewing who was showing off their Solo Series #7 Saison. Speaking of saison-style craft beer, there is no doubt that saison is the new style du jour in the craft beer world. Some other great additions were Hofbrauhaus Columbus, who still cling to the German Purity Laws and can only make their beers with 5 ingredients or less! Another crowd favorite was Zauber Brewing Company who also own a storefront in Grandview right on 5th Ave. They have a delightfully lite and tasty Hefeweizen called Vertigo that has a playful banana flavor partnered perfectly with the hoppy richness you’d expect.
Despite the rainy weather this event was a massive success. By far, the most popular (and not surprisingly) cask was the Columbus Brewing Company Bodhi imperial IPA infused with pineapple and habanero peppers. The line wound its way through the throngs of thirsty people eagerly awaiting their turn at the tap. If you attended, you were lucky enough to get my hands on a cup and it was mind-blowingly delicious. Slightly sweet with a spicy, warming kick in the finish.
Make sure you put this event on your calendar for next summer!
Yelp and The Arena District are proud to partner with Boulevard Brewing to celebrate downtown Columbus’s favorite neighborhood to eat, drink, play, and stay – The Arena District. Come explore the neighborhood that is right in the heart-of-it all with this self-guided tour that has over a dozen stops filled with food, beer, cocktails, games, and entertainment — all for FREE with your RSVP.
Block Party Stops Include:
- Stop here first to Check In and get your wristband and Block Party Map!
- Visit Experience Columbus, who will have refreshing treats and will allow you to win prizes playing putt putt golf!
- Listen to live music with TJ Miller.
- Enjoy Boulevard Brewing’s Tank 7 as well as a selection of appetizers.
- Play in Kingmakers’ pop-up board game parlour!
- Enjoy Boulevard Brewing’s Unfiltered Wheat.
- Nosh on Buca’s tasty snacks.
- Take a brewery tour to see how the magic happens!
- Sample GB’s tasty brews.
- Soak it all up with some delicious snacks.
- Play games with R Bar! (details coming)
- Enjoy Boulevard Brewing’s GL Radler.
- Nosh on tasty snacks.
- Play sports trivia to win awesome gift card prizes!
- Enjoy Boulevard Brewing’s Heavy Lifting.
- Eat delicious snacks.
- Near the arch, find a pop-up runway from Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF).
- Take your official event photos with FMMF.
- Play with FMMF for a chance to win tickets to the festival later this summer!
- Jam to the tunes of DJ Donnie Mossman.
- Visit car2go. (Details coming!)
- Announcing soon!
- Watch previews for Magic Mike XXL!
- Enjoy Boulevard Brewing’s Pop Up Session IPA
- Eat tasty snacks.
- Watch salsa dancers or take a lesson!
- Enjoy Nadaritas
- Get your noms on with all the tasty Nada snacks.
- This is the official after-party!
- No entrance fee if you show your wristband!
The Fast and Dirty Details
Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6:00-9:00PM; after-party 9:00-until
Check in at Battelle Plaza, 375 N Front Street
Use #YelpBlockParty to find out all the buzz about the event!
The event is open to anyone with a Yelp account. If you have a friend who wants to get in on the festivities, have them sign up for their own account here:yelp.com/signup and RSVP on their own.
** IF YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND (yes, you!), YOU MUST RSVP HERE.
** ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE 21+! No exceptions.
** RSVP with your REAL name. Darth V is definitely a fun screen name… but unlikely to gain you entry to the event. We will be checking IDs against our guest list for all at the door.
** ALL ATTENDEES MUST RECEIVE CONFIRMATION FROM YELP COLUMBUS AND BE
ON THE GUEST LIST.
** This is a private event so people will NOT be admitted if they are not on the list.
Fans of the eight college basketball teams with opening-round matchups of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships on Friday, March 20th can cheer on their schools in the friendly confines of a host bar or restaurant right here in the Arena District located in downtown Columbus!
Four watering holes within walking distance of the action at Nationwide Arena are hosting March Madness viewing parties and will have amazing photo opportunities and a special welcome created by a local chalk artist.
HOST BARS/RESTAURANTS WILL INCLUDE:
- Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar will host West Virgina and Albany alumni and fans
- R Bar will host Buffalo and Providence alumni and fans
- Three-Legged Mare will host Maryland alumni and fans and the winner of the Boise St./Dayton Play-in Game’s alumni and fans
- Gordon Biersch will host Valparaiso and Oklahoma alumni and fans
TIMES AND TV CHANNELS FOR THE 2ND ROUND GAMES IN COLUMBUS AT NATIONWIDE ARENA ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- West Virginia University vs. University at Buffalo, 2:10 p.m. on TNT
- University of Maryland vs. Valparaiso University, 4:40 p.m. on TNT
- University of Oklahoma vs. University at Albany, 7:27 p.m. on truTV
- Providence College vs. Boise State University/University of Dayton, 9:57 p.m. on truTV
If the better-seeded teams win, they’ll stay at the same bars for Sunday’s matchups in Columbus, Wimbish said. All four of these restaurants have excellent food and drink options and are just four of the downtown Columbus restaurants you have to try. For a complete guide that shows all of the food and drink options within walking distance of Nationwide Arena checkout our Menu Guide!
Location, location, location. This is the number one and two rules of any real estate, but it has become especially important among the population that seek to live in an apartment.
“I definitely think that the focus is location first for tenants,” said Brian Ellis, president of Nationwide Realty Investors, the developer of the Arena District and Grandview Yard, which combine residences, offices, entertainment facilities and restaurants into single neighborhoods. Nationwide Realty Investors own and manage Apartments at the Yard, Arena Crossing Apartments, Flats on Vine, Flats II and have plans for more apartments within these neighborhoods in the future.
Location is one of the first things a potential apartment dweller looks for when shopping apartments. With the wealth of prime locations in downtown Columbus, apartment dwellers would have lots of options and a myriad of local amenities to enjoy.
Whether someone is looking for access to the amazing nightlife that Columbus offers both on Park Street and in the Arena District, most of these apartments are within walking distance to over 22 different bars and restaurants. Save money on transportation as well by choosing an apartment that sits close enough for many people to walk or ride to work.
Not only is the nightlife something to look forward to, but the Arena District is home to a number of incredible sporting events that happen all year long. Enjoy being right next to Nationwide Arena to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey games. Check out the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park. Even the NCAA makes a few stops in downtown Columbus during March Madness each year.
Or even catch a couple of the incredible concerts that are lined up for this year that are just a walk away from one of these apartment communities! The Nationwide Arena, the LC Pavilion, A&R Music Bar, The Basement, and Big Bang Bar, you have so many music venues to choose from. You could see a show every night of the week.
“We see the neighborhood and the surrounding activities as the primary amenity,” Ellis added. “ That’s always been part of a long-range plan — to create a neighborhood that provides synergy with all the buildings, both residential and nonresidential. That’s working well, and, frankly, other developers have more recently discovered that. It’s become more and more prevalent.”
Spend a romantic evening just a few miles east of downtown Columbus at the Franklin Park Conservatory. This Valentine’s Day you and your date can delight yourselves by tasting exquisite wines and liqueurs paired with handcrafted chocolates by Michael’s Artisan Chocolates.
Living in downtown Columbus allows you to take advantage of the wonderful things to do at our many attractions. Take a romantic stroll through a display of exotic orchid blooms and forget the February chill as you visit six tasting stations throughout the Conservatory’s inviting plant collections. Enjoy live music by the Ryan Craycroft Trio and dance performances and lessons by Inspiration to Movement.
Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu in the Garden Cafe. There will also be additional wine and chocolate tastings, and bottles of wine and liqueur are available for purchase. Additional tastings available for $4 each or 3 for $10.
$15 per person, includes three wine/liqueur and chocolate pairings. Ages 21+ only. BUY TICKETS
You’ve all heard about the huge hockey game and skills competition coming to town, even if you aren’t into hockey or sports in general. It is literally all over town, we mean that. Just look anywhere around Columbus and you’ll see huge advertisements and banners welcoming hockey fans from all over the world.
While this is a massive event drawing audiences from all over the country and Canada, there is still a lot of appeal for the Columbus locals. Even if don’t have a ticket to one of the big events (skills competition or All-Star Game) you can still find plenty of ways to get into the spirit and celebrate this sporting event right here in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
If you are looking for ways to ring in the New Year, you have a myriad of options to choose from. This New Year’s Eve, downtown Columbus Ohio’s event calendar is packed full of fun options for you to celebrate the start of 2015!
THE CITY IS YOURS TONIGHT
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency’s famous party!
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 8pm–2am
NYE 2015: The City is Yours Tonight Hosted by Hyatt Regency Columbus Join us for our annual NYE party, over 33 years in the making. In addition to all you can eat and drink, enjoy 70,000 square feet of music from the following entertainers: The Personnel, Schucking Bubba Deluxe, DJ Ant and more!
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Renaissance Hotel
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 8;30pm–2;30am
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 in downtown Columbus at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets include Full Open Bar, a variety of Hors d’oeuvres, and music by Ohio’s top DJs playing Top 40, Hip Hop, and Mash-ups! Dress to impress at this fancy holiday gala!
COST: Standard party tickets start at $109, VIP tickets (includes “Premium” liquor at Open Bar) start at $149. Group packages are available. To find out more or to purchase tickets Click Here.
NYE WINTER WONDERLAND
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Casino!
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 7pm–2am
Ring in the New Year at the coolest party in town! Enjoy live music from the Perfect 10 Band in the o.h. Lounge! Receive complimentary party favors and take photos with our “Snow Angel” show girls! Then celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop at midnight!
COST: Free Admission. Pay to play
FIRST NIGHT COLUMBUS
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at COSI
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 5pm–11pm
A spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Columbus with fireworks, live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages! On December 31st, First Night Columbus actively engages the downtown community with entertainment, transforming the city into a stage where each individual is free to choose what to see and do. For a full list of activities Click Here.
COST: $9 Pre-Sale Online, $10 at the door
NYE BLUE JACKETS VS. MINNESOTA WILD FAMILY PACKAGE
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 4:30pm–12am
Ring in the New Year with cannon fire at Nationwide Arena for the Blue Jackets final home game of the year. The Jackets take on the Minnesota Wild at 7 pm. Start the evening out with a FREE pre-game skate in the OhioHealth Ice Haus from 4:30-6:30 pm before you head over the the game, with the special New Year’s Eve Dispatch Family Value Pack.
COST: Get a ticket, food and more starting at $30 per person for New Year’s Eve with the Columbus Blue Jackets!
Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!!!
Every night in Columbus, a different band hooks up its amps and pours its hearts out to bar audiences. Some might be playing for the first time, and others have been playing for years and are still considered underground. Some have said that the music scene in downtown Columbus has remained static for the past 20 years, with little hype and attention. But that is just one opinion.
If you know where to look there are lots of live music events going on all over the city. A new independent film, “Indie” by Pete Vogel was just released, and takes a look at some of the up and coming bands located right in the heart of it all – Columbus, Ohio. The documentary chronicles the Columbus music scene that has slowly come into the spotlight as more and more bands and musicians begin to emerge from the city. Matt Monta & The Hot Coal Band, The Shaw Brothers, Joey Hebdo, Donna Mogavero Band, Phillip Fox Band, Salty Caramels, Throat Culture, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons and Oswald & The Herringbones are among some of the musicians featured in the documentary.
The film was independently produced and shows an inside look at the Columbus music scene in 2010, early 2011.
If you want your own copy of the DVD, contact me at [email protected] and I will get you a copy for $15 apiece.