About Us:

Starting out as a bar and grill on Ohio State’s campus in 1994, we progressed to a cafe at Morse and High Street. Now, we are a local staple in our current location in the Short North Arts District. We are proud to be celebrating our 20th year anniversary in the Short North this November, 2021.

Winner of numerous awards including; Best DJ Night for our signature event “Ladies 80s”, Best Mid-Sized Venue, Best Place to Rock and Roll, and Best Place for Hip Hop. We have proven to have something for everyone and in 2015, Skully’s-Music Diner was honored by International Travel Blog Travelog.us for being named “The Best Diner in America.”

We’re very proud of our awards and are extremely grateful to our wonderful customers who have kept Skully’s rockin’ for over 25 years. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!

Parking Information

Skully’s does not have designated customer parking. There is a city lot with meters to the north of our location; there is also street parking (metered & free) in the surrounding area

Bag Policy

No Large Bags or Backpacks Permitted. Small Purses will be searched and permitted at the discretion of the venue.


“Skully’s is Columbus. It just is. You really don’t need any extra incentive to head down for a drink, a dance or a show.”  

–  614 Magazine

Skully’s does a great job at being fun without being pretentious

– Dave Culbertson

Perhaps Columbus’ premiere rock ‘n roll venue, Skully’s is king when it’s an electric, throwback atmosphere you’re after. This bar has hosted acts from blues rock purest the Black Keys to indie hearthrobs Tokyo Police Club. Check out their on-line calendar for a who’s-who list of young rock, hip-hop and techno acts visiting the area. It’s also the weekly home of Ladies 80’s, a hot mess of a dance party that’s seriously addictive. If you haven’t made it to Ladies 80’s yet, you’re missing out on one of the best reasons to live in Columbus.