Home to the largest university in the country, this neighborhood combines student-ready amenities with plenty of city chic.

Home to the largest university in the country, this neighborhood combines student-ready amenities with plenty of city chic.

See art:

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St., Campus

614-292-0330

wexarts.org

Since opening in 1989, the Wexner Center has become a world-renowned curator of dance, music, visual art and film. Both annual programs and one-time shows bring cutting-edge culture to Columbus - the kinds of things you just can't see anywhere else. This summer, be sure to explore the work of Mark Bradford, an abstract painter from Los Angeles showing through Aug. 15, and the Market at 15th & High, a local produce sale 4-7 p.m. Thursdays.

Drink up:

The Bier Stube

1479 N. High St., Campus

614-299-5467

Just blocks from the shiny South Campus Gateway (another neighborhood treasure), you'll find a slightly less glamorous place to tip back a few pints. In short, The Bier Stube is dark, cramped, kind of dirty and completely wonderful. You'll find cheap pitchers, a bit of greasy pub grub and a decent, well-heeled jukebox. What it lacks in flash it more than makes up for with a worn-in charm hewn over many decades.

Eat up:

Alana's Food & Wine

2333 N. High St., North Campus

614-294-6783

alanas.com

Chef Alana Shock has worked at some of the nation's fanciest restaurants, so local diners consider themselves lucky that she set up shop in a North Campus house. Inside this cozy, intimate setting, she serves gourmet dishes combining French sensibility, distinct international tastes and fresh ingredients from local farms. Dishes change regularly to match changing seasons and Shock's mood, but you can always count on some of the best risotto in town.