Why save the best for last? Pop into dessert boutique Pistacia Vera for delightful concoctions certain to start your night right. Can’t choose? Try a macaron—they’re known for them—and a cashew caramel chew. (And grab a treat for the road, too. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.)
Pistacia Vera, 541 S. Third St., German Village, PistaciaVera.com
Get glam as a group at the Jolie Laide Hair Salon, which boasts a blow-out bar that does it all. Blow by JL will wash and style your hair in 30 minutes for $35. Or, if you want to go all the way, get a blow out, nail polish change and eye makeup application in 45 minutes for $65.
Blow by JL, 757 S. High St., German Village, BlowByJL.com
It’s tiny, yes—and always jammed. But there’s a reason people flock to Curio the way they do. It’s a vintage-inspired speakeasy attached to the also-popular Harvest Pizzeria. The cocktails are delightfully complex. Plus, you can order pizza from next door to munch.
Curio, 491 S. Fourth St. German Village, CurioColumbus.com
There are few better options for outdoor dining in Columbus than the patio at Barcelona. Want to do it right? Order an array of small plates to share. And be sure to check the website for special events: They often offer options from wine tastings to live music.
Barcelona, 263 E. Whittier St., German Village, BarcelonaColumbus.com
Looking for a laugh? The talented troupe of Shadowbox actors wants to give it to you. They all pull double or triple duty before and after shows—marketing the company, waiting tables at the theater café, building sets—because they love this. And they want you to love it, too.
Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., Brewery District, ShadowboxLive.org