A&R Music Bar showcases the poster art and photography of some of the country’s most well known artists including wall to wall memorabilia from PromoWest concerts over the last 30 years. The bar is full service and features a huge outdoor patio, (5) 50” LCD flat screen TV’s and proudly serves Mikey's Late Night Slice*. A&R Music Bar's large outdoor patio offers an exclusive space to lounge before and after shows at EXPRESS LIVE!. A&R Music Bar is also be used for live radio station broadcasts, band interviews, special appearances and meet & greets.
Located at 391 Neil Avenue in the entertainment neighborhood of the Arena District, A&R Music Bar is located above The Basement rock club and next to EXPRESS LIVE!. The name A&R has 2 distinct meanings held closely and in high regard to PromoWest and the company’s long standing history. The first being Artist and Repertoire. This is the division responsible for talent scouting and artistic development. For over 30 years, PromoWest Productions has been developing bands by bringing new and exciting acts as well as the industry’s biggest names to Columbus, Ohio. Several notable bands such as Fall Out Boy, The Killers and O.A.R started out playing our smaller venues and eventually ended up selling out our largest facility, EXPRESS LIVE! Outdoors.
The second part of the name is simple and straightforward, Art and Rock. This is who we are and what the A&R Music Bar represents. A&R Music Bar allows you the chance to relive some of the most memorable shows in Columbus, Ohio’s history, as well as catch a glimpse of the great things to come at each of our venues.
Concert Highlights include: Chris Robinson, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Butch Walker, Andrew W.K., Shovels and Rope, Biffy Clyro, The 1975, Charli XCX, The Melvins, Sky Ferreira, Nick Hexum of 311, Action Bronson, Eric Hutchinson, Three Days Grace, Imagine Dragons, Bombay Bicycle Club, ZZ Ward,G-Eazy, Parachute, Soul Asylum, White Denim, Shakey Graves, The Hold Steady, Heartless Bastards, Baroness, The Sword, Red Wanting Blue, Ghostface Killah, Barenaked Ladies, James Blunt, Aesop Rock, Willy Moon, Kate Nash, Dillinger Escape Plan, Lord Huron, Wild Cub, The Ataris, Toubab Krewe, A Great Big World, Hackensaw Boys, Olde Cellar Band, Joseph Israel, Big Nasty, Lane, Boombox, Lindsey Stirling, Trampled by Turtles, Tea Leaf Green just to name a few!
*Mikey's Late Night Slice is only open during concerts at EXPRESS LIVE! Outdoors and A&R Music Bar.
Coming to a show? Get some answers:
"What can't I bring to a show with me?"
For the safety of both concert patrons and our staff, we do not allow the following items:
• Oversized bags or backpacks of any kind (see above for approved bags and sizes)
• Outside food, drink, bottles or cans
• Coolers, lawn chairs (or seats with any metal in them), umbrellas
• Recording devices, go-pros, selfie sticks, drones, phone stabalizers
• Fireworks, candles, laser pointers, incendiary devices
• Inline skates, skateboards, bicycles, razer scooters, helmets
• Pets (exceptions for service dogs, etc...)
• Any form of weapon, including knives, tasers, mace or pepper spray
• Anything with spikes/studs on them (shoes, bracelets, rings, clothing)
• Strollers, car seats
• iPads and other tablets (with camera capabilities)
• Musical instruments and promotional materials (flyers, CDs, stickers)
• Inflatiables, signs, banners
• Illegal drugs and drug paraphanelia
"Are your concerts open to all ages?"
Yes. Unless otherwise indicated, our events are open to all ages.
"What time is the show?"
The time listed on your ticket is the time that the doors will open for the show. Live music will usually start about an hour after the doors open, but that's always subject to change. Also, we don't usually know the set times, that's up to the bands to decide.
"Where can I purchase tickets?"
ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at our venues. EXPRESS LIVE! and Stage AE Box Offices are open at Noon on show days, and the Newport Music Hall Box Office is open at 10:00am on show days.
"Do I have to pay service charges at your box office?"
Tickets for most of our events have a service charge of $3.00 per ticket.
"Where do I pick up my Will Call tickets?"
Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Box Office at the door time for Newport shows, and beginning approximately two hours prior to the door time for EXPRESS LIVE! and Stage AE shows.
"My ticket says 'General Admission' -- what's that mean?"
Almost all of our shows are general admission standing room only, which means that there is no seating available other than a few bar stools. On occasions when events are seated, the ticket agent will be able to help you select the best available reserved seating location at your time of purchase. If you require ADA accessible seating for a general admission show, a member of our Guest Serives staff can help accommodate your needs when you arrive.
"I bought tickets for a show and now one of the bands are not playing. Can I get a refund?"
Unfortunately no, unless the headliner is no longer playing. Support bands often change through the tour.
"Can I leave the show and come back?"
Almost all of our events have a "no re-entry" policy, which means once you enter, you cannot leave and re-enter. There are food and beverages available on-site, as well as an ATM. You are able to take drinks outside of the venue in the designated area only.
"When is Mikey's Late Night Slice open at A&R?"
Mikey's Late Night Slice location at the A&R Music Bar is only open for concerts at EXPRESS LIVE! Outdoors and/or A&R Music Bar.
"Does my child need a ticket to get in?"
Yes. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket unless otherwise posted.
"What is the capacity?"
The capacity is 400.
"Can I bring a camera, video camera, or recording device?"
The camera policy is set by the artist. Generally, the rule is that no professional cameras or recording devices of any kind are allowed. Many artists will allow you to bring a disposable or small digital camera. If you have a question about the camera policy for a specific show, please contact us.
"Can we smoke at the show?"
Indoor shows are non-smoking.
"What happens if I've lost my ticket?"
You will need to try and get a replacement from where you made your purchase.
"Can I get a refund if I can't make it to the show"
Sorry, as indicated on your ticket, there are no refunds or exchanges. If a show is canceled or postponed, then you may seek a refund at your point of purchase.
Where To Stay
Coming in from out of town? Check out our friends over at the Sheraton, Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, for the best deal. Located right down town, you'll be close to the show and all of the night life Columbus has to offer!
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Season tickets are not available for A&R Music Bar. Please see EXPRESS LIVE! and Newport Music Hall pages for ticket package details.
Advertising & Sponsorship
PromoWest Productions offers advertising and sponsorship programs that are customized to provide each sponsor a unique platform to connect to our vastly diverse audience. Through special promotions, brand activations, customized programs, “grass roots” and traditional advertising, sponsors are provided direct access to an active and trend-setting demographic. Packages may include:
- Indoor and Outdoor Signage
- Show Sponsorship / Media Placement
- Online Advertising & Promotions
- Social Media Programs
- On-site booth display & promotions / Sampling & Couponing
- VIP Ticket Packages & Special Offers
- Customized Brand Activation Programs
- Naming Rights / Branded Locations / Product Placement
- Video Kiosks and Billboards
- Digital Advertisements
- Commercials on PromoWest Live TV show airing weekly on NBC4 after SNL
For more information on advertising at EXPRESS LIVE!, Newport Music Hall, A&R Music Bar and The Basement, contact Jacie Owen at 614.461.5483 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a member of the Decibel Club, PromoWest Productions' premier concert club.
As a member of the Decibel Club you will receive:
- 4 tickets to the concert(s) of your choice to any qualifying show at EXPRESS LIVE!, Newport, The Basement or A&R Music Bar
- Early entrance to evry show at every Columbus venue (valid for member plus 1 guest with Decibel Club membership card)
- one (1) Decibel Club membership card**
- Weekly PromoWest newsletter keeping you up-to-date with the latest concert info
- Exclusive access to:
- two-for-one ticket offers
- Presale opportunities
- FREE concert tickets*
- Box seats, contests, soundcheck parties and meet & greet opportunities
*For a complete list of terms and conditions, click here.
**Decibel Club membership cards can be picked up by member at either the EXPRESS LIVE! or Newport Music Hall box office.
PromoWest gift cards are a great present for the music lover in your life! Gift cards can be redeemed for tickets (in person at the box office) or drinks at any Columbus PromoWest venue and they never expire.
Purchase today online or at the box office.