People dining in two colorful igloos at Vaso in Dublin (photo courtesy of Vaso)

Plan a Night on the Town in Dublin, Ohio

This Columbus suburb has a new nightlife and entertainment district that is connected to the city’s historic district by a one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge. 

Located 20 minutes north of the heart of Columbus, the city of Dublin offers a mix of new and old, historic and trendy. Start the evening by parking in Dublin’s historic district and exploring the neighborhood. Browse shops like Boho 72 Boutique and Winans Chocolates + Coffees before grabbing a drink at the Dublin Village Tavern, a local favorite housed in a restored historic building that is estimated to have been built in 1889.

Afterward, head over to grab a bite and enjoy entertainment in Bridge Park, Dublin’s newer nightlife district, by crossing The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge. Stretching 760 feet, it is the longest single-tower, s-shaped suspension bridge in the world and offers views of the Scioto River. Bridge Park is designed for walkability and its offerings cater to a range of ages. Hit the rooftop lounge at Vaso for tapas-style fare, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and great views of the surrounding neighborhood. (Rentable, LED-lit igloos that can hold parties of up to eight are available for cold-weather visits.)

Aerial view of the Dublin Link bridge (photo by Cory Klein Photography)

“Vaso was definitely the pioneer in creating and bringing these bigger-city vibes to Dublin,” says Josh Buck, manager at Vaso. “[It] brought out a different crowd and also a different generation.”

After Vaso, head down the street to Pins Mechanical Co. to add some retro fun to your night out. This spot with a vintage-arcade feel serves up old-school games like pinball, foosball, pingpong, bocce and duckpin bowling. If you want more nostalgia, head a block down the street to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, packed with more than 40 console games, from Galaga to Ms. Pac-Man to Mortal Kombat. For more information about these and other destinations in Dublin, go to