Nestled between Bexley and Downtown, this urban enclave has been home to some of the hippest arts, entertainment and dining innovators of the past decade.

Nestled between Bexley and Downtown, this urban enclave has been home to some of the hippest arts, entertainment and dining innovators of the past decade.

See music:

Carabar

115 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East

614-223-1010

myspace.com/carabar

Considering Carabar's stacked concert schedule - still publicized mostly by word of mouth - there's no better place in Columbus for fans of metal, punk, rap and indie rock. And if the music's not your style, the affordable happy hour and delicious bar food (ask about the Meatball Splash) will make you a regular anyway. The best part? Admission is always free.

Eat up:

Black Creek Bistro

51 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East

614-246-9662

blackcreekbistro.com

The owners of this fancy but casual eatery started it as an outlet for produce from their farm. They don't own a winery, but they pay just as much attention to the beverage menu, keeping a fresh list of food and drink options on hand at all times. Stay up to speed through their oft-updated Twitter account.

Have fun:

Hot Times Festival

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12

Parsons Avenue and East Main Street

hottimesfestival.com

Each September, Olde Towne hosts Hot Times, a three-day community arts and music festival at the intersection of East Main Street and Parsons Avenue. With a vastly diverse slate of entertainers, Hot Times is sort of a mini-ComFest, so it's fitting that last year Hot Times doubled as an appreciation party for ComFest volunteers.