Spring social scene: Escape hibernation with bar crawl and more

Go ahead, delete that phone number.

Spring started this week, giving us a chance to "spring clean" our social lives. If you need an excuse to ditch the friend who's weighing you down, here it is.

What's more, spring boasts an emphasis on renewal -- yes, even at the bars.

Couldn't reinvent yourself on New Year's Eve? Here's your chance to try again.

The recent chain of warm weather is good news for the nightlife scene. It was refreshing to see partiers come out of hibernation and fill local bars for St. Patrick's Day last weekend.

Let's hope the social scene stays crowded. Need nightlife plans for this weekend? Here are just a few highlights. Get more suggestions on the music list that accompanies this column.

Bar crawl downtown

Here it is, folks: another chance to pay just one cover to explore many of the downtown Columbus hot spots. Friday, a $10 cover lets you bounce back and forth between many Broadway bars. Participating venues include a variety of entertainment offerings.

Entertainment at The Loft

Get ready to relapse. The Last Relapse performs Saturday at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. Musicians from the Atlanta act describe their sound as "lyric-driven ambient/rock with heavenly vocal and guitar effects and busy complementary bass lines held together by clever complicated drum beats."

Got that?

Saturday's cover charge at The Loft is $10 for the comedy show from 8-9:30 p.m. (reservations recommended), $5 for 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Music starts at 9:45 p.m. Call 706-596-8141 for reservations.

The Loft is not part of Friday's bar crawl. The venue hosts Friday entertainment from Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness. Cover is $5.

Dance at Mix Ultra Lounge

Need some booty-shaking therapy Friday night? Mix Ultra Lounge, 1107 Broadway, hosts special guest DJ Loyal-T from Tampa/Destin, Fla. Expect to hear top 40, hip-hop, house and electro music.

This event is not included in Friday's bar crawl. Doors open at 8 p.m., no cover before 9 p.m. The event is free before 11 p.m. with VIP confirmation. Otherwise, cover is $5 for women, $10 for men. Call 706-221-2112 for VIP tables.

Rolling Stones tribute

Here's a cool option if you want to expand your party options beyond downtown Columbus. Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute act, plays at Spicoli's (5762 Milgen Road) on Saturday night. A $10 cover starts at 9 p.m.