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

The energy rarely dies down at Trabue Tavern. When the seven high-definition televisions aren't drawing attention with their broadcasts of the day's biggest sporting match, the upbeat neighborhood tavern finds other ways to keep patrons entertained and occupied, whether it involves a quick game of pool or live music. Karaoke nights allow guests to croon their favorite hits, although bands also appear from time to time and perform for the crowds. While the bartenders keep busy pouring beers and mixing cocktails, the cooks dedicate themselves to preparing a variety of appetite-sating comfort foods, including hefty sub sandwiches and burgers.

3582 Trabue Rd
Columbus,
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-haba?ero 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

Recently under new management, Garage Bar and Grille now serves up a revamped menu of pub cuisine, such as sauce-slathered wings, topping-heavy pizzas, and a Garage burger: a two-patty cheeseburger topped with onion rings, ham, and barbecue sauce. The pub schedules karaoke every Thursday and hosts live country bands and bikini bull-riding competitions on Coyote Ugly Country Night every Friday. Patrons can compete against each other by playing pool, racking up high scores on arcade games, or seeing who’s able to lift an arcade game straight over their head.

147 Vine St
Columbus,
OH
US