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You’re on my turf now, nerds! Let me show you around. Got specific requests? Hit me up on Twitter, @tonygoins

Pre-Mid Ohio Con Party: That’s at Packrat Comics out in Hilliard, going on until 11:30 p.m. tonight. They’re also running a shuttle service from THE HYATT AND HAMPTON INN main entrance every 30 minutes, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Packrat Comics 

3872 Lattimer Street
Hilliard, OH 43026

Google Maps http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&num=10&ie=UTF8&q=pack+rat+comics&fb=1&gl=us&hq=pack+rat+comics&hnear=0x883889c1b990de71:0xe43266f8cfb1b533,Columbus,+OH&view=map&cid=6410232749100972516&iwloc=A&ved=0CDUQpQY&sa=X&ei=QMWhTsSJI4iCNKKmqMQI

Where you Are

You’re in the Short North district, which is one of the cooler areas around here. High Street is the big north-south drag, and it runs in front of the Convention Center.

Bars: I have nothing against the hotel bar, but if you want to venture out, here are some recommendations:

Across the street is Barley’s, which is chill and they serve their own microbrewed beer. Also across the street is Knead — I’ve never been there at night, but during the day they have housemade twinkies. Believe it. MoJoe lounge (just north of the center) is pretty cool, too.

South of the convention center there’s not much, but if you want to walk four blocks you’ll find Elevator and Barrio, which are a little fancy but still chill.

If you want to venture north of the convention center, I’d recommend Press Grill and Short North Tavern. But really, if you can walk a mile, I’d recommend

* Surly Girl Saloon: 1126 N. High – if Suicide Girls were a bar. 

*Barrel 44: 1120 N. High – Whiskey. Lots of whiskey.

* North Star Cafe: 951 N. High St – Lots of fresh, lots of vegetarian, extremely super chocolately cookies and housemade ginger ale. www.thenorthstarcafe.com/

*Tip Top Kitchen: 73 E. Gay St – Fresh local food, and Ohio-themed cocktails. Have an Alex P. Keaton for me.

Getting Around: Don’t be afraid of the bicycle cabs, they’re here for you.

And the No. 1 bus runs up and down High Street until midnight, and the No. 21 “Night Owl” runs until 2:30 a.m. That’s $1.75 one-way, $4 for a day pass. Either of those will take you to anything I just mentioned.

White Castle: It’s at 965 North High St. Now that I’ve mentioned it, you can’t not do it.

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Nightclubs: I haven’t done a lot of dancing since we got the baby, but here’s what I know:

Ravari Room is having its Heaven vs. Hell pre-Halloween party Saturday night. I’m personally going to try to make that one. That’s 2661 N. High St.

Outland on Liberty was the longtime goth club here, but it has some competition these days. That’s south of you in the Brewery District (ask your cab driver)

Shrunken Head has Communion (gothwave-industrial-darkalt-synthpop) on Fridays. 

Long Street used to be the big dance club, and it seems to be coming back.

Gay dance clubs nearby are Wall Street (a mile or two south) and Axis (about 6 blocks north, back behind the smoothie shop). I used to love me some Wall Street back in the day (2004).

Park Street area: Just west of the Convention Center is all the Park Street bars. I can’t vouch for them, and they seem a little douchey. Don’t come crying to me if some jock throws you into a locker and takes your lunch money.

Found this helpful? Stop by and say hi to me, Molly and Craig at table 1325, and Andy over at table 801.


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