Hot Spots Around OSU’S Campus

by Ryan Carter on August 9, 2017

Trism in Columbus, Ohio

There’s more to campus life than the bars scattered along High Street. Here is a list of some of the hot spots to visit around campus that every student should enjoy.

Food & Drink


A new event space, bar and eatery, unlike many that go into the University District. TRISM changes throughout the day based on who gathers there. In the morning, you can stop by and grab breakfast like smoothies & gluten-free donuts. During lunch, their food is a blend of styles and ingredients from all over. The space transforms at night hosting a range of potential events like dance parties, improvisational art shows, music events and more.

Berry Blendz

Whether you’re quenching your nutrition needs or looking for a healthy alternative to the quick lunch, it helps to be fruitful. Berry Blendz real fruit smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices are your source for health-conscious nourishment that is full of nature’s own energy.


Fusian is an independently owned casual sushi restaurant serving fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients with a focus on environmental responsibility to be a place where discerning diners can customize sushi rolls in a fun, interactive, and energetic environment.

Pizza Rev

A national movement that’s all about empowering you to “Craft Your Own!” It’s a deliciously simple and satisfying concept: You call all the shots – you pick out your dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings and our “pizza crafters” work with you to make your own pizza right before your eyes!

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

The menu is simple: burgers, hotdogs and fries, all cooked fresh and fast. Choose a ground beef burger, grilled to perfection and choose from 15 delicious toppings! No order is complete without a side of Idaho potato fries cooked in 100% peanut oil

Rooks Tavern

Smoke infuses nearly every dish at this University District barbecue spot, from dry-rubbed meats to Caesar salad and even whipped cream – all cooked on an Argentine-style grill over an open flame, and paired with craft beers and bourbon cocktails. The sleek dining room features exposed brick, Texan decor, booths, a long wood bar and a patio out front with picnic tables. You can even use the Home Team parking lot after 5:00pm when the parking is full.  


Buckeye Donuts have been serving fresh donuts for over 40 years. Now a University District institution, you can get a donut or their famous gyro and fries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!


As their motto says..."Breakfast Cures All," Hang Over Easy's hearty menu can help you pull through those difficult mornings. Breakfast of course is served all day.

Live Music


Besides having the best décor and coolest looking stage of any local venues, Spacebar also boasts an incredible monthly lineup of touring acts and the best local bands in town. Every local musician should want to play here and every music fan should enjoy a show here.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby’s has a little bit of something for everyone, opening their stage up to rock, metal, jam bands, DJ’s and almost anything that will fit on the stage. They also host an open mic night for any aspiring musicians out there.

Rambling House Soda

This old-time, American-themed joint is unique to the campus scene, specializing in singer-songwriters and vintage instrumentation. Stop in and be transported back in time with turn of the century style homemade sodas to complete the flashback experience.  

Skully’s Music Diner

While mostly known for its dance parties and hip hop, and EDM shows, Skully’s also occasionally plays host to the occasional rock show as well. Home to one of the best sounds systems in the city and the mirrored walls will definitely make for interesting night out.

Newport Music Hall

The venue with the best proximity to campus, Newport is the longest continually operating venue of its size in the nation. Everyone on their way up the industry ladder plays at the Newport meaning you should put it on your bucket list to attend at least one show before you graduate.

Arts & Culture

Gateway Film Center

Lively, modern space for a variety of movies with a unique lineup of the world's best blockbusters, indies, docs and locally-grown films, presented together in one modern, thriving film center also hosting film-related events, plus an undersea-themed bar.

Short North Arts District

From iconic permanent murals to colorful Short North Arches and the wildly popular annual Short North Temporary Mural Series, the streets in the Short North Arts District are filled with enlightening and often unexpected works of art.

Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

COSI provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. COSI motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences.