The fall date night guide in Clintonville

Find dinner, drinks, and an activity, all a short rideshare away.

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Understory’s lounge is open Wednesday-Saturday at 5 p.m. | Photo via @understory_cbus

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Fall in Columbus is just so great, we had to do two date night guides this season — because, hey, two is better than one.

By now, we’re sure you know the drill — we’ll pick a neighborhood and give you + your date one place each for dinner, drinks, and an activity. This time, you can swap out your dress shoes for tennis shoes because we’re getting active in Clintonville.

Activity 🏓

Pickle & Chill, 880 W. Henderson Rd.
After months of anticipation, this indoor facility with six courts is now open. If you’ve never played, pickleball is like life-sized ping-pong played on a smaller tennis court, and it’s gained popularity thanks to its relatively easy learning curve. Reservations can be made online with equipment on site, and classes are also available.

Pickle and chill

The atmosphere at Pickle & Chill is bright with vibrant graffiti art on the walls. | Rendering via @pickleandchill614

Dinner 🥪

Smith’s Deli & Restaurant, 3737 N. High St.
After working up an appetite, we recommend keeping things light + local with a fresh deli sandwich from this 60+ year old Columbus staple. Sandwich options range from a Reuben on sourdough to SuperSmith sub with Capicola, salami, and pepperoni. Sides are classic deli-style with options like potato salad and deviled eggs. Looking for something else? Try the homemade pizza with your choice of red or white sauce.

Drinks 🥂

Understory, 2571 Neil Ave.
This former open air school building has a new life + it’s serving up drinks you don’t want to be absent for. These drinks were craftily curated by the minds at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing + includes high balls made with Japanese whiskey, or the award-winning Daybreak coffee vanilla cream ale. The building has three floors with the bottom floor being a lounge with large industrial windows, lush greenery, and modular furniture.

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