Club Diversity was purchased in 2001 while it was situated on East Main St. in Columbus. Because they wanted to expand the space and offer clients a freestanding building and outside patio space, its present location, 863 S. High St. was purchased in October, 2002.
The High St structure was built in about 1880 for one of the brew masters of that era in what is known as the Brewery District. It was divided into a five-family building somewhere mid-century……and was converted it to its present use as Club Diversity in 2002-3. The interior includes the structure of the original rooms, giving the feeling of having a party in someone’s living room. The rear patio includes 4 large gazebos which also lend a cozy feel to the outside. Smaller renovations continue, which will hopefully include exterior cosmetics and additional patio seating this summer.
Club Diversity has become known as the best Martini and Piano bar in Columbus! Proud to attract diverse musicians nationwide, performing styles range from indie contemporary to classic jazz…and just about everything in-between. We are host to musicians that have “been here from the beginning” and newbies that are just getting started in the music industry.
Our clients are a diverse and eclectic mix. They range in age from 25 to 80+….lifestyle preferences include all of the GLBT community and friendly straights. We love the fact that absolutely anyone can come through the doors of this club and feel welcomed.
The driving force behind the success of this club is literally everyone who walks through these doors……the performers, the clients, and the family of people who work here. You all know Rick…he lives here! He allows this place to run as smoothly as it does! Jeff is a dedicated weekender and is also the proud owner of Village Pet in German Village with his partner Greg. Craig mans the bar on Tuesday nights and most Sundays, and has extended his humor to weekends and maintaining our facebook page.
The upper level of Club Diversity opened in 2006 to the GLBT Theatre Festival and became home to Club Theatre Co, who completed three seasons here. It is now a host venue for Drawing Room Theatre Group, an awesome group of actors and other theatre professionals. Raconteur Theatre Group will also be a visitor to the space for several of their shows during 2010.
Our vision for the future of this club includes on-going cosmetic changes for the building and grounds. It also includes keeping this venue fresh, exciting and welcoming by effectively blending the old with the new. Thank you to everyone who makes that possible!