Also known as the South Main Arts District, it’s home to galleries, boutiques, casual and upscale restaurants, and the city’s largest farmers market. A new crop of condos have been popping up all over the south end in areas that were previously home to abandoned warehouses.
Who lives here: Wealthy millennials, former suburbanites
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,100/mo
Bar and restaurant scene: Much of the nightlife and dining attractions can be found along South Main Street, which is home to the elegant Italian restaurant Spindini, the laid-back South Main Sushi, Japanese fusion burger joint Oshi, and The Arcade, a greasy spoon that claims to be the city’s oldest continually operating restaurant. As for watering holes, there’s Max’s Sports Bar for the game, Onix for a glass of fine wine, or Earnestine & Hazel’s for greasy burgers, domestic beers, and a jukebox that’s rumored to be haunted (it comes on by itself). Just a few blocks from South Main is Loflin Yard, a rustic outdoor bar with a waterfall, a smokehouse, and barrel-aged cocktails.
Added bonus: The last Friday of every month is South Main Trolley Night, where galleries and shops host art receptions (often with lots of free snacks and wine) and public parties.