While many Columbus neighborhoods boast certain defining characteristics, a definitive description of Clintonville remains difficult to determine. Perhaps it is just this sort of free spirit that makes it such a welcoming place. Young families are drawn to the area, often lured by the high quality schools. Proximity to The Ohio State University campus attracts graduate students, professors, and university employees. Yet a strong intergenerational current also runs through the community, as multiple family generations have stayed rooted in the neighborhood.
Clintonville enjoys a rich appreciation for its history, promoted by the Clintonville Historical Society and boasting gems like Mozart’s Restaurant and Bakery in the historical building that once housed the Beechwold Tavern, or the recently renovated Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, which stands as Columbus’s oldest independent movie theater. This appreciation for history also reveals itself in the numerous vintage and antique stores that pepper the commercial district.
The area is also a popular center for “green” city living, home to several eco-conscious businesses and vegan/vegetarian eatieries like Pattycake Bakery, Whole World Natural Restaurant, and Portia’s Cafe. The neighborhood also features beautiful ravines, tree-lined streets, and the renowned, scenic Park of Roses, home to the Clintonville Arts and Music Festival in September.
But Clintonville is no stranger to indulgences and features a full range of fine eateries, bars, and coffee shops. The growing interest in local restaurants prompted the Taste of Clintonville to quickly become a beloved annual event for foodies, while wine lovers can enjoy a glass at The Wine Bistro and, in true Clintonville D.I.Y. spirit, head over to The Winemaker’s Shop to learn to make their own vintage. Craft beer enthusiasts can also fill up growlers at a half dozen stops in the neighborhood including the appropriately named, Growl!
Whether the goal is to put down roots, reconnect with the past, or just explore an easygoing neighborhood, Clintonville is a place where many visit and even more are proud to call home.