Insomnia coffee shop & Skyline Chili @ High & 13th. Insomnia was open all night I believe, and had a patio out front that was always packed with scary/interesting people.


As I heard it, both Skyline and Insomnia were pushed out of this building by Campus Partners, who let on that it would be torn down and become some kind of office space or apartments. Instead, the building remained as-is and became a trendy Asian bar/restaurant.


Skyline moved a few blocks down the street, but was never successful and soon closed, leaving OSU's Cincinnatians without a place to get their hometown fix. Insomnia never resurfaced.

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  • Dania Hurley 9y

    There is still an Insomnia downtown. You are so right about the scary/interesting people, but I remember joking with a friend of mine in the late '90s that a place named "Insomnia" should be open later than 10 pm -- total exaggeration, but I don't remember it being open very late despite its name, at least back then.

    Running a Skyline (or a coffee shop!) out of business should be a crime.
  • Sarah Beth PRO 9y

    Oh, thanks for the info! I was always too intimidated to actually go inside Insomnia back when it was open. So did they reopen downtown, or is it a different place that happens to have the same name?
  • Dania Hurley 9y

    I can see why you'd be intimidated ... I was always loathe to go back in for napkins or another drink; we always got what we needed and sat outside, as inconspicuously as possible.

    I think the one downtown is owned by the same person; I thought they were trying to make it a chain at one point, but I could be very wrong.
  • memorycardfull 8y

    I used to work at Insomnia. I was there when they turned the electricity off. Still so strange to think of people being afraid of the place. Although it was a wretched hive of scum and villainy, I've seen worse.
  • Sarah Beth PRO 8y

    Well, I was just a wary little freshman at the time :) Too bad the place closed before I ever had the nerve to try it out.
  • Hot Pepper Dave PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cafes, Coffee Houses, Burger Joints, Food Carts., and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • osurubydoo 5y

    This was the first place I ever ate Skyline Chili when I first came to Columbus back in 1996. I asked for a regular bowl of chili and the waitress looked at me like I had three heads.
  • cyclerecycle1 2y

    I hung out ther in the '80's and it was the collest place on campus!! People were welcome to write/draw on the bathroom walls. There was always off the grid music playing and it was a place to just hang and shoot the shyt!! Yes, it did stay open all night back then and only closed for 3 hours on sun. for cleaning.
  • Sarah Beth PRO 2y

    cyclerecycle1 that's awesome! Nowadays I'd try it out but back then, I wasn't so adventurous! Sounds like a real gem, shame that it closed.
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