Columbus’ Brewery District is the beneficiary of recent development efforts to breathe life into the historic area. The Brewery District is now one of Columbus’ hippest urban areas, a highly desirable destination for educated and sophisticated young professionals who want to be close to the center of the action in Columbus.
The Brewery District is located south of downtown Columbus, near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 71. It is part of the 43215 ZIP code, and is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, Pearl Street on the east, and the Scioto River on the west. The neighborhood takes up roughly two-thirds of a square mile.
Residents of the Brewery District are more likely to be single and affluent. The vast majority of houses in the area were built before 1930, and many homes are converted warehouses that were turned into condominiums and lofts. Vintage townhouses are also a common housing feature in the Brewery District.
The history of the Brewery District stretches back to German immigrant Louis Holster, who opened the first brewery in the area in 1836. The breweries were closed by Prohibition in the early 20th century, when the area was largely used for industrial and warehouse space. However, a concerted effort by the city has revitalized the area, bringing a wide range of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Residents followed, moving into the many condos and apartments in order to get closer to the action.
Along with nightlife and entertainment, the Brewery District also offers its residents easy access to recreational activities. Along with the border-defining Scioto River, the western half of the neighborhood is dominated by the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. This 71-acre complex is a home for many species of birds, including rare shore birds and birds of prey. Along with traditional park features like sports courts and jogging trails, the Scioto Audubon Metro Park also has one of the largest climbing walls in the United States, with more than 6,500 square feet of total climbing space.