Nightlife in Whitehall

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The 35-foot electric-guitar art piece suspended on the dining-room ceiling at FM Food and Music All-American Bar & Grill reflects the restaurant's musical theme. Live bands, dueling piano acts, and karaoke fill the restaurant with music several nights a week while diners dig into burgers and entrees of bacon-wrapped meatloaf named after chart-topping tunes.

154 N Hamilton Rd.
Gahanna,
Ohio
US

Gatsby’s offers its patrons plenty of entertainment, from the cheers that erupt from boisterous sand-volleyball games on two courts to the resonating vocals of live bands. Guests can watch live performances from their seats as servers cart around trays filled with ranch-chicken pizzas and jumbo wings deep-fried in housemade Jim Beam barbecue sauce. Other finger-friendly foods include a half-pound Gatsby’s burger piled with sautéed mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, and bacon, as well as a deep-fried and breaded pork tenderloin stuffed inside a Kaiser roll. Outside, a fleet of picnic tables provides ample seating, and a nearby sand court proffers games of volleyball to tiebreak sandcastle build-offs. Gatsby's offers two outdoor patios, and hosts a Bike Night on Saturdays.

151 N Hamilton Rd
Gahanna,
OH
US

One of a family of comedy clubs serving as key laugh generators in more than 25 cities, Columbus Funny Bone sits in the shopping and entertainment hub of Easton Town Center. Since 1987, luminaries such as Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, and Dave Chappelle have taken the stage in front of audiences enjoying drinks and the bounty of a large food menu stocked with sandwiches as thick a first-grader's favorite book of knock-knock jokes, funnel-cake fries, and wings doused in a signature blueberry-habañero sauce.

145 Easton Town Ctr
Columbus,
OH
US

Meeting someone special sometimes means wading through a seemingly endless series of unsuitable suitors. Thankfully, that's not the way it happens at Classymatches. Instead, their matchmakers arrange speed-dating events tailored around your age group and interests, helping you avoid incompatibility in the process. Plus, even if someone isn't a match, the mini-dates zoom by so quickly that you're never left trapped in awkward conversation. At the end of the night, you and fellow daters fill out scorecards with your favorite dates, and hosts e-mail you contact info for love connections the next day.

504 Park Street
Columbus,
OH
US

As dusk turns to darkness, Sway transforms from an upscale tapas restaurant to a raucous nightclub. In the hours before the switch, tapas are the main attraction. Chefs meticulously season and garnish each small plate. To make lobster flatbread, they layer chunks of meat and shiitake mushrooms atop super-thin crusts. They prepare scallops one by one, flavoring each morsel with sesame seeds, cilantro rémoulade, or ancho mole. Signature drinks, including the key-lime-pie martini, fuel the switch to club-mode. On most weekend evenings, neon lights crisscross young crowds, spotlighting live DJs and all the dust that's floating in the air.

445 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Izzee's BareFoot Bar is stationed along the sand at The VolleyPark next to Sequoia Pro Bowl. The island-themed eatery refuels athletes fresh from a game of volleyball as well as spectators catching some sun. Underneath thatched tiki roofs and bright-yellow umbrellas, patrons can abide by the laid-back eatery's philosophy of "No shirt, no shoes, no problem" while noshing on bar food. The menu features quick snacks such as nachos and chicken tenders as well as bigger meals including pizzas and half-pound Angus burgers. Izzee's BareFoot Bar at The VolleyPark is open Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday nights customers can partake in open volleyball at no additional charge from 5 p.m. to midnight.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd.
Columbus,
OH
US