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Axis Nightclub
Axis nightclub, Columbus, Ohio.jpg
Address775 North High Street
LocationColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
TypeGay bar

Axis Nightclub is a gay bar and nightclub in The Short North, Columbus, Ohio.


The multi-level dance club[1] has hosted drag acts and competitions ("So You Think You Can Drag?"),[2][3][4] including Miss Gay Heart of America[5] and performances by RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Alaska Thunderfuck, Asia O'Hara,[6] BenDeLaCreme, Bianca Del Rio, Sasha Velour, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, and Yuhua Hamasaki,[7][8] among others.[9] Local drag queen Nina West hosts the show "Heels of Horror" annually,[10][11] as well as drag competitions.[12]

Rajesh Lahoti is an owner of the bar.[13][14][15]

Axis has been described at Columbus' most popular gay bar. In 2001, the bar's general manager estimated that 20 to 25 percent of clientele were Ohio State University students.[16] In 2014, Axis' fifth annual "Night of 100 Drag Queens" reportedly broke the record for the largest drag show, with 55 participants, who performed to "It's Raining Men".[17] Also in 2014, Axis hosted the inaugural Shooting Star Awards, and won the award for Best Nightclub.[18] The nightclub hosted Miss Gay USofA at Large in 2016.[19]


Shawnie Kelley, author of Insiders' Guide to Columbus, Ohio (2003), said the bar "is becoming a staple of Columbus nightlife for gay and straight, men and women alike".[20]


  1. "Cleveland's gay bars evolve in age of greater tolerance". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. Wagner, Mike. "Gay-rights advocate Nina West has long used drag-queen act to raise money for charities". Dispatch.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. "Photos: Weekends events for Columbus and central Ohio, September 21–23". Dispatchc.om. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. Thompson, Erica. "Community feature: Local to compete in Miss Gay America pageant". Columbusalive.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. "Annual Miss Gay Heart of America Pageant Hits Axis This Weekend". Columbusunderground.com. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  6. "White Party with Asia O'Hara of RPDR 10". Columbusunderground.com. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  7. Staff, 1870 (2018-06-04). "BAR BATTLE: Axis VS Union Café". 1870 Mag. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  8. "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Contestant to Perform at Axis". Columbusunderground.com. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  9. "Three cheers for Columbus". IN Magazine. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  10. "Review: Heels of Horror combines pop culture, Halloween". Thelatern.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  11. "Mega Weekend Fall 2016 – Vol. 5". Columbusunderground.com. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  12. Harriman, Katie. "King trumps queens in Axis drag search". The Lantern. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  13. "The Fallen Kings of the Short North". Columbus Monthly. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  14. "C Magazine / columbusmag.com". columbusmag.com. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  15. Lahoti, Rajesh. "A statement from Union/Axis founder Rajesh Lahoti". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  16. Gehrig, Mike. "Columbus dance clubs attract world's top DJs". The Lantern. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  17. Allen, Timothy (2014-07-30). "Columbus Nightclub Breaks Record For World's Largest Drag Show". www.queerty.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  18. Allen, Timothy (2014-07-29). "Award Winners and Exclusive Photos from the First Ever Shooting Star Awards". www.queerty.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  19. Burk, Scott (2016-11-01). "Miss Gay USofA at Large 2016 Recap". USofA Pageants LLC. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  20. Kelley, Shawnie (July 1, 2008). Insiders' Guide to Columbus, Ohio. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 104. Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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Coordinates: 39°58′41.0″N 83°0′16.1″W / 39.978056°N 83.004472°W / 39.978056; -83.004472

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