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The Big Bar List: Westside/Northern Kentucky

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Arnie’s on the Levee
120 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-4340
Drinks we’re known for: Real drinks: No 3/4-ounce shots here.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Flip Night on Wednesdays from 8-close: You can flip to get half off. 25-cent wings until 1 a.m.
Truly unique about us: VIP section with bottle service.

The Avenue
411 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-261-6120

Bar Louie
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-7994
Drinks we’re known for: More than 20 unique martinis including the Tickled Pink, made with X-Rated Fusion, and the Diva martini made with pineapple vodka and PAMA. We also carry 20 different draft beers and a variety of bottles.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Wednesday Burger Nite; great Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5-7 and 10-midnight with $3 drafts, $4 wines, $5 martinis and half-priced appetizers. Various other promotions throughout the year.
Truly unique about us: Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river and Cincinnati skyline. A great place to host parties large or small and is one of the most popular places to book a bachelorette party.

The Beer Sellar
301 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-431-6969
Drinks we’re known for: Our remarkable tap selection — 60 taps that continually change and are meticulously maintained. A shot of “Yum, Yum” is always a crowd pleaser.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We run a river shuttle to all home Reds and Bengals games. Park here and grab a bite and a beer rather than fighting downtown traffic and parking.
Truly unique about us: Simple: We are on a giant boat on the Ohio River. Other places boast of a riverfront view, but we sit on the river. We also have a private upstairs bar that is available for rental year round.

Bobby Mackey’s Music World Inc.
44 Licking Pike, Wilder, 859-431-5588
Drinks we’re known for: Ice Cold $3 longnecks served in a most unique atmosphere. A traditional Country music honky tonk for 31-plus years.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Freebie Fridays — no admission charge before 10 p.m., with movie passes, dinners, rodeo and concert Ticket giveaways. Your ticket stub from any major show at U.S. Bank Arena, the Bank of Kentucky Center, Riverbend and Cincinnati Gardens takes $5 off admission.
Truly unique about us: Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band; hourly ghost tours hosted by N.KY.P.S. & C.R.A.P.S.; turbo bull rides and line dancing with D.J. Wanda Kay. Nightly Special Guest Singers and Nashville stars for 31-plus years.

Brothers Bar and Grill
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-BROS
Drinks we’re known for: A great selection of draft beer, currently featuring 26 different drafts.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We feature a Happy Hour seven days a week from 4-7 p.m. with half priced drinks. Also Wing Ding Wednesdays with 10 cent wings if you have your ID, 25 cents without.
Truly unique about us: We have a breathtaking view of downtown Cincinnati and unique woodwork and décor.

Bulldogs Roadhouse
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-491-8800
Drinks we’re known for: Washington Apple Shots for a $1. Wildcat Bombs. Cheap buckets of domestic beers.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Tuesday is Bluesday with an open Blues Jam. Thursday is Country Music Night kicking off with Bobby Mackey and The Big Mack Band. And Saturday we have Rock bands.
Truly unique about us: We are the Bulldog Mafia.

Chez Nora
530 Main St., Covington, 859-491-8027
Drinks we’re known for: An excellent wine list, featuring half price wine and appetizers every Tuesday.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Fiesta Over Covington on Wednesday evenings with free fix-your-own tacos and $3 margaritas. And, of course, our award winning Sunday Brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Truly unique about us: The Rooftop JazzClub & Terrace Bar offers live music five nights a week and spectacular views of Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.

Claddagh Irish Pub
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-581-8888
Drinks we’re known for: We serve the best Guinness in town because we use the proper two-part pour topped with a shamrock. Bloody Marys are made with house mix.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: On St. Patrick’s Day we open at 9 a.m. and serve a full traditional Irish breakfast, plus live music all day. Tuesday nights feature 16-oz. pints of draft beer for $2.50. Live music on Tuesday and Saturday.
Truly unique about us: Outdoor patio has a great view of the Ohio River and riverfront. Three traditional dining rooms have different themes.

Cock & Bull English Pub
601 Main St., Covington, 859-581-4253
Drinks we’re known for: Serving 37 craft beers on tap from around the world as well as a wide selection of small batch bourbons and single malt scotch.  
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Visit us every weekday evening for “Tap Time,” which features cheap pints and half price appetizers. If you join the 7 AM CLUB on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll receive a free T-shirt and be immortalized on the Wall of Fame.
Truly unique about us: We have two locations: MainStrasse Village and Glendale Village.

Cosmo’s Grille Pub
604 Main St., Covington, 859-261-1330

Crazy Fox Saloon
901 Washington St., Newport, 859-261-2143
Drinks we’re known for: Three different varieties of Absinthe, served in the traditional way.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We have free pool seven days a week from 3-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday all day long! Also have happy hour from midnight on for service industry employees!
Truly unique about us: The sign on our front door says it all: “Persons from all walks of life enter this establishment, AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY! Expressions of HATRED OR BIGOTRY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!”

Dickmann’s Sports Cafe
479 Orphanage Road, Fort Wright, 859-331-8076

Funny Bone Comedy Club
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-957-2000
Drinks we’re known for: The Funny Bone Long Island and the Rubber Chicken.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Touring stand-up comedian showcases on the weekend, open mic night on Wednesday
Truly unique about us: Bar area to drink and hang out before each show.

Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
18 E. Fifth St., Newport, 859-491-8900
Drinks we’re known for: Christy’s Martinis are mixed to perfection every time.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Happy Hour specials and Thursday night dueling piano players starting at 6 p.m. $2 wells, wine and domestic bottled beer along with half-priced appetizers.
Truly unique about us: The only dueling piano bar in the city, we attract pianists from all over the country. The Gangsters Historical Walking Tour and the Ghost Tours leave from here.

Hofbrauhaus
200 E.

Third St., Newport, 859-491-7200

Jefferson Hall Saloon
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-491-6200

Kaza’s Bar
6-8 W. Pike St., Covington, 615-484-8913
Drinks we’re known for: We are known for our fresh fruit martinis and our nightly drink specials. We also have a Kaza’s house drink list.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Every Friday Q102 comes with Holly Morgan and the party starts from there.
Truly unique about us: We are bringing Hollywood home by throwing hot parties with great drinks, a hot staff and a hell of a time.

Keefer’s Irish Pub
902 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-261-5333
Drinks we’re known for: Rootbeer floats, the ones with alcohol, great craft and import beers on draft, and 50 different bottle beers. We have the second coldest Jagermeister in the Tristate, which is still really cold.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Saint Patrick’s Day we open a 6 a.m. with breakfast, lunch and cheap pints. We have live team Trivia, karaoke and dart leagues. Happy hour Monday-Saturday. $4 Import Pint Night every Wednesday.
Truly unique about us: While you are here you can watch your favorite sporting event on one of our 18 digital screens, enjoy a game of pool, throw some darts, dance the night away to our thumpin’ sound system, hit the links on Golden Tee Live or hit the lanes on Silver Strike Bowling.

Keystone Bar and Grill
313 Greenup St., Covington, 859-261-6777
Drinks we’re known for: We are a well known spot to find really great craft and microbrews from around the world and locally. We also have a nice selection of small batch bourbons and for brunch we have a Bloody Mary and mimosa menu. Try the Angry Bloody…spicy, very spicy.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Our most famous nighttime special is Five for $5.  Five domestic for $5.  Includes $2 well.  We also have other great features: Monday $1.50 High Life (after 9 p.m.), Tuesday $2 Stoli (all flavors)(after 9 p.m.), Wednesday late night happy hour (after 11 p.m.).  
Truly unique about us: We are truly a great neighborhood pub. We are famous for our custom homemade mac & cheese.  Choose from 10 specialty macs.

The Mad Hatter
620 Scott St., Covington, 859-291-2233

MainStrasse Village Pub
619 Main St., Covington, 859-431-5552
Drinks we’re known for: We are known for having the coldest Jagermeister in the Tristate and then some.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 3-8 p.m. and all day Sunday. Free pool 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day Thursday. Live music every Monday with the Turkeys.
Truly unique about us: Our selection of over 160 different import and microbrews is what sets us apart from many other bars. Patio seating along Main Street and some of the friendliest bartenders around.

Mansion Hill Tavern
502 Washington St., Newport, 859-581-0100

Mokka/Sunset Bar & Grill
500 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-581-3700
Drinks we’re known for: Dragon Juice, also known as “The Scotty Special.” It has coconut rum, strawberry rum and a variety of fruit juices, topped off with grenadine.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: $5 “U CALL IT” Thursdays from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. with selected breakfast, lunch and dinner items for only $5. Dine in only.
Truly unique about us: We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and then turn into a bar at night featuring local artists with music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and karaoke on Thursdays. We are also unique because we have a private party room that accommodates up to 100 people for cocktails and appetizers and 65 for a sit down buffet.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
112 E. Fourth St., Covington, 859-491-6659
Drinks we’re known for: Voted “Best pint of Guinness in the Tristate” by Guinness.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: There’s something every night of the week. Monday’s have Bluegrass, Tuesdays feature live Irish music, Wednesdays feature Pub Quiz, Thursdays feature Five for $5 with live music & DJ Simo on the third floor, Fridays feature $1 draft beers and $5 Car Bombs with live music and a DJ on the third floor, Saturday features live music and Sunday features karaoke with $2 buckets and $3 bombs.
Truly unique about us: Cincinnati’s premier soccer bar — we open early to show all the games. Make Molly’s Covington your World Cup headquarters.

Shimmers Tavern
1939 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, 859-426-0490
Drinks we’re known for: We have the best Bloody Marys around.  We use flavored Absolut and our own special ingredients.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We have happy hour drink specials every day and game drink specials for sporting events; we are a proud supporter of UK.  Other specials include things like $1 domestic drafts starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, ladies night drink specials on Thursdays, and karaoke Tuesday-Thursday each week. We have a great Bengals contest every week during football season.
Truly unique about us: We just had the Tristate Paranormal of Northern Kentucky check out our place. They found some really interesting things here. We always have something going on at our Tavern or Ballroom like Northern Wrestling Federation, concerts and more.

Southgate House
24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201
Drinks we’re known for: The Tommygun, also known as a “Pickle Back.” It has quickly become a favorite among regulars and is by far our most popular specialty shot. We stock a wide selection of seasonal microbrews, local, regional and imported beer, in addition to at least 50 types of liquor, including specialty bourbons.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Live music at least six nights a week featuring touring and local artists in our Ballroom, Parlour and in Juney’s Lounge. Our lounge also hosts open mic every Monday, karaoke every Tuesday, an Artist In Residence every Wednesday, and Country/Folk acts on “Hillbilly Thursday.”
Truly unique about us: We have been recognized several times over as one of the nation’s best concert venues. Our building is a historical mansion, perhaps best known as the birthplace of John Thompson, inventor of the “Tommy gun.” Since its initial construction in 1812, it has hosted numerous visits by future and presiding U.S. Presidents. The building is also rumored to be haunted. Live music fans can experience three simultaneous concerts most nights of the week.

Strasse Haus
630 Main St., Covington, 859-261-1199.
Drinks we’re known for: Shots! Shots! Shots! Home of the first Bengal Bomb. During the summer months we also serve Hug Chugs (the things you couldn’t get enough of as a kid) mixed with a variety of flavored vodkas (also a Strasse Haus original). We also carry the Boot filled with a great selection of local, imported and domestic draft beers.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Live music seven nights a week. Great happy hour prices 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Thursday nights we have $4 domestic pitchers from 10 p.m. to close.
Truly unique about us: Never a cover. Our large outdoor patio (heated in the winter) hosts some of the best local musicians seven nights a week.

Tickets Sports Cafe
100 W. Sixth St., Covington, 859-431-1839
Drinks we’re known for: Our House Margarita is a special blend of ingredients for a smooth and delightful cocktail. And our Fruit Bombs with flavored schnapps and vodkas with an energy drink are known as “F-Bombs.”
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Various specials throughout the week from 7-close include $3.50 “U Call Its,” $2 domestic longnecks and $3.50 F-Bombs. All you can eat fish fry on Fridays.
Truly unique about us: Originally a fire house built in the 1800s, the historic building a various memorabilia combine for a unique experience.

The Waterfront
14 Pete Rose Pier, Covington, 859-581-1414
Drinks we’re known for: We have a diverse wine list and a  signature martini list. We also have a wide selection of high end bourbons and single malt scotch’s that will accompany any cigar.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Live bands Tuesday thru Saturday at the Piano Bar.
Truly unique about us: Full service sushi and seafood bar, our own cigar humidor where you can smoke your cigar at the piano bar, we also have a beautiful view of the city. All of the bartenders have been here for over ten years. Patty has been here for 24 years and our GM has been here for 21 years.

Willie’s Sports Cafe
401 Crescent Ave., Covington, 859-581-1500
Drinks we’re known for: Willie’s is known for the mystery shot. Each week the bartenders make up a new shot and the ingredients remain a secret.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Best place to watch sports. We’ve always got different drink specials during your favorite game. Opening day is a huge event, starting early with kegs’n’eggs, drink specials, games and giveaways. Wednesday and Sunday is karaoke with drink specials.
Truly unique about us: Great city views and lots of big screen televisions to catch the game.

York Street Café
738 York St. Newport, 859-261-9675
Drinks we’re known for: Our Washington Apple, cosmos, a mixture of martinis, and our York St. coffee and espresso drinks. Our customers love our Italian Sodas as well.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: On Tuesday and Wednesday night we have A Bottle For A Buck Night. With the purchase of two entrees you and get a bottle of wine for a dollar. The first and third Saturday of each month we host The SwingTime Big Band. Friday and Saturday nights our second floor night club has live entertainment.
Truly unique about us: The night club is original to the building from the 1880s when it was home to The F.O.E. of Newport. It holds an antique bowling machine and some retro video games as well. We also have an eclectic dining room for dinner, with antique toys and collectibles to enjoy before the night club events. During the spring, summer and fall months we have some of the city’s best outdoor dining on our garden patio. We recently added The Mercantile Store next door to the Café.

WESTSIDE

Champions Bar and Grille
5039 Crookshank Road, Westwood, 513-922-6800
Drinks we’re known for: Full bar with a wide selection of draught and bottled beer, wine and liquor. Our special “Champions Frozen Margarita” is the best in Cincinnati. We also have Guinness on tap.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: $2 domestic beers everyday all day.
Truly unique about us: With more than 40 HD TVs and a full menu of food, we’re the best place you watch your favorite team or sporting event. Also free WiFi access.

Cheviot Sports Tavern
3613 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-661-9464
Jim and Jack’s on the River
3456 River Road, Riverside, 513-251-7977
Drinks we’re known for: Our mixologists serve up some of the best frozen drinks in town.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We are an official St. Patty’s Day bar.  We will be offering a free authentic Irish buffet along with green beer at special prices. We also plan a Reds outing in the summer.  
Truly unique about us: Friendly service, friendly regulars and an extra large dance floor for hosting great bands and games leagues.

Maloney’s Pub
408 Greenwell Ave., Delhi, 513-922-3156
Drinks we’re known for: Daily beer specials on a wide variety of domestic and import beers. 50-cent wings during all UC and Xavier basketball games.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: St. Patrick’s Day we open at 8 a.m.; breakfast and party until 2:30 a.m. with corned beef sandwiches with potato cakes, green beer and NCAA basketball; Wednesday night trivia; great Lenten specials and an awesome fish sandwich.
Truly unique about us: A true old-fashioned pub atmosphere with great food and friendly people.

Maury’s Tiny Cove
3908 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-662-2683
Drinks we’re known for: Great Martinis and Manhattans and a renowned “pour.” Maury’s Bar (Upstairs at the Tiny Cove) is staffed by bartenders who get creative with shots and different mixes.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with complimentary appetizers and $3 drink specials. Weekly trivia on Wednesdays with prizes awarded to the winning team. Karaoke on Thursdays; daily drink specials Monday-Friday.
Truly unique about us: A full menu available in the bar and deck during the summer, with a great pub menu for late night. Old-school retro with deep reds, paneled walls and a cozy atmosphere.

Patrick’s Sports Bar & Grill
5060 Crookshank Road, Western Hills, 513-451-1763
Drinks we’re known for: 16-oz. plastic cups of beer are $2 Sunday and Wednesday.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; karaoke Tuesday and Thursday; happy hour daily until 8 p.m.
Truly unique about us: Our patio seats 100; the building once was a Provident Bank.

Rohrer’s Tavern
418 Three Rivers Parkway, North Bend, 513-941-4266
Drinks we’re known for: Eight beers on tap and weekly specials on domestic drafts.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: Lenten specials, including our famoud hand-breaded cod and family recipe tartar sauce. Kids eat free on Sundays and Tuesdays with each adult entrée. Happy Hour Monday through Saturday offers 75-cent domestic drafts and $10 buckets.
Truly unique about us: We’ve been a West Side staple since 1948 and our cod sandwich and dinners are known as the greatest pub fish.

Take Five Bar and Grill
6957 Harrison Ave., Taylor’s Creek, 513-353-0308
Drinks we’re known for: Take 5 Twister is loaded with five different liquors and fruit juices. Guaranteed to twist your frown upside down.
Promotional nights or events we’re known for: We celebrate St. “Practice” Day the weekend before St. Pat’s to get the party started early with Irish themes and green beer.
Truly unique about us: Family-oriented, featuring a game room for the kiddies; party room is available for private gatherings and fundraisers.

 
 
 
 

 

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