6 Places That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Not In Columbus Anymore

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on January 11, 2024

We’re not in Columbus anymore, Toto. Oh wait. Yes we are.

We all love Columbus, but sometimes the same routine can get old. Sometimes a little change of scenery feels like the right move. But sometimes, plane tickets are really expensive (actually, all the time).

That’s why we compiled a list of awesome spots around Columbus that feel like you’re in another city without having to travel outside of Central Ohio.

1. Embrace the Tiki lounge at Sacred Palm Speakeasy

When you think Columbus, Ohio, Tiki bars are the last things that come to mind. Yet in the depths beneath Columbus pizza staple Mikey’s Late Night Slice, a vibrant tiki-themed speakeasy serving craft cocktails thrives. The speakeasy’s entrance is hidden inside of a beer cooler in the basement of the building near the restrooms. So, if you’ve ever found yourself devouring a slice of pizza on the way to the bathroom and wondered why the beer cooler is so vibrantly purple, now you’re in the know.

More info here (but don’t tell anyone about it. Shhhhh).

Photo Courtesy of The Sacred Palm’s Instagram Page

2. Enter the 4th dimension at Otherworld

Talk about places that don’t feel like Columbus, Otherworld feels exactly as its name suggests. There is nothing about this incredible art installation that says “I am of this dimension,” and we are absolutely here for it. Bioluminescent dreamscapes of hidden shapes, figures, and light encapsulate you, which is starting to sound similar to what Aaron Rodgers described to have experienced during his “spiritual cleanse.” All jokes aside, this is just something you have to experience for yourself.

More info here.

Photo Courtesy of Otherworld’s Facebook Page

3. Travel back in time at the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum

This private collection of vintage automobiles sits inside a rather inconspicuous building with just a small sign that indicates “Open by Appointment.” Steve Wagner’s collection takes you back in time with beautifully maintained vehicles from the 50s and 60s as well as limited items and collectibles such as license plates, road signs, and flags. Just give Steve a call and he’ll set up a free tour for you and anyone who is looking to time travel for a few hours.

Interested? Find more info here.

Photo Courtesy of Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum’s Facebook Page

4. Teleport to Nashville at Bristol Republic

Want to experience Nashville without the insane crowds, long drive, and southern accents (ok, we actually kinda miss the accents)? Bristol Republic is a Nashville-inspired bar serving up homemade BBQ, refreshing beer, over 150 different whiskeys, and live music! You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of a Dolly Parton song as you sing along to country classics while sipping on some beer and bourbon. Honestly, there’s no better way to blow off steam than to head over to Bristol Republic after working 9 to 5. (See what we did there?)

More info found here.

Photo Courtesy of Bristol Republic’s Facebook Page

5. Experience Las Vegas and New York City club culture at Forty Deuce

This New York Pizzeria & Bar is home to not only some of the most authentic NY-style pizza in the midwest, but also houses a hidden staircase that leads to a Las Vegas burlesque speakeasy. The speakeasy is home to live DJ shows, live jazz trios, and yes, burlesque dancers as the night goes on. It’s truly an eclectic mix of traditional New York cuisine and Las Vegas nightclubs, and you’d never expect you were still in Columbus.

More info here.

Photo Courtesy of Forty Deuce Burlesque and Speakeasy

6. Relive the lifestyle of the Victorian Era at The Kelton House

In a city with so many historical landmarks, there may not be one more storied and beautiful than the Kelton House. With family artifacts dating back to 1760 and beautiful interior design, you’ll quickly fall in love with the Kelton family’s house. The mansion also played a major role during the Civil War, serving as an underground railroad site for slaves looking for freedom up north. Kelton family patriarch Fernando Cortez Kelton was even a pallbearer for Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession at the Ohio Statehouse. Guided tours and Tea Parties are available for booking at the link below!

More info here.

Photo Courtesy of The Kelton House Museum & Garden’s Facebook Page

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