It’s time for Columbus Pride, y’all, and we’re here to help you make the most of this beautiful weekend. With more than 500,000 parade and festival attendees, 12 vibrant LGBTQ bars, and loads of local businesses showing their undying support — is there any wonder why we’re nicknamed the “gay mecca of the Midwest?”
Use this guide to find the best local spots to shop, eat, drink, and be merry (and gay). Wave those rainbow flags, Columbus — happy Pride!
How to pregame: Support a local business
Dozens of local businesses are showing their pride — from vegan funfetti donuts, to swanky new tees, to rainbow-colored cocktails. We’ve rounded up some of our faves in a Yelp bookmark collection that you can send straight to your smartphone!
How to kickoff the festival on Friday
Use the Yelp app to find a stellar dinner spot for you and your crew because you’re going to need some major fuel for the night! If you still need help choosing a spot, here’s our Top 100 Places To Eat In Columbus.
After you’re nourished, head to Axis at 6 pm to see the infallible Betty Who. Then dance the night away at Beefquake at 400 West Rich in Franklinton. Pro tip: Get tickets ahead of time for both of those events.
How to have the best Saturday ever
Want to know why Union Cafe just made Buzzfeed’s list of The 50 Best Gay Bars In The US? Go to their epic Pride brunch and see for yourself. Don’t stay too long, though, because you’ll want to secure your spot for the parade that starts at 10:30 am! Our pick for prime viewing is Denmark.
Once the parade is over, make your way Downtown to enjoy the Pride festival on the Scioto River. And if you’re hungry, there are two new spots nearby that Yelpers are going gaga for: Eliá Athenian Grill and Tiger+Lily.