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13 Big City Bars

By Brian Dill · February 29th, 2012 · Swizzle

Some of the more happening spots around town — some have outrageously creative drink menus, others have some of the freshest and most mouth-watering food around and others still encourage you to dance your ass off. Find the place that has a combination that fits you best and and enjoy it — big city style.

1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-579-0444
Influenced by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., Cincinnati’s version features many new artists that coincide with the Bakersfield Sound movement of the 1950s. The menu offers some high quality Mexican grub with a wide range of whisky and tequila.

580 W. Sixth St., 513-381-5001
A classy joint with signature martinis and a menu that’s just as creative. With three bars and more than 30 martinis even those picky drinkers should find something to like. 

The Drinkery 
1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9357
Downtown neighborhood bar whose locals enjoy the finer things in life, like local beers on draught. Once you’ve tried one or six of said draft beers then have some pizza, it is the cure all for the late night munchies.

1134 Main St., Downtown, 513-381-1524
Take a step back in time with handcrafted cocktails from the 1700s to the 1950s.

You won’t find any TVs or blaring music, just the best drinks around.

Jimmy G’s
435 Elm St., Downtown, 513-621-8555
This upscale restaurant and bar offers delectable steaks, seafood and salad in a retr-ique setting. After an amazing meal catch the elevator up to Lunar nightclub. 

The Lackman
1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-0741
This place has big city charm and down home respect for the beermaking craft. Fourteen beers on tap, more than 30 bottled beers and leather bar stools mean you never have to leave.

Lavomatic Cafe
1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-1999
An eclectic urban restaurant and bar in the heart of the Gateway Quarter. A tremendous wine selection and a variety of options make this menu suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Local 127 (on Vine)
413 Vine St., Downtown, 513-721-1345
The place to see and be seen, with a creatively inspired cocktail in hand. Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; dinner is 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

28 Fountain Square Place, Downtown, 513-621-6968
Fountain Square’s classy space for drinking and dining or just chilling. Aside from the awesome martinis the 3-8 p.m. happy hour has some stellar food specials including tacos for 50 cents.

600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
Two floors of classy, urban dining and drinking using the freshest ingredients. Large portions and a variety of ingredients make the tacos a must in this fresh and open atmosphere. Nada is especially nice for an elegant, summer meal.

Neon’s Unplugged 
208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9361
New York City meets Over-the-Rhine, with a long, narrow bar room and a large outdoor patio that welcomes the local pooches. If the weather is nice have a burger or hotdog from the grill. 

Righteous Room
641 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4408
A slickly packaged Downtown DJ and drinks lounge with local art, a sweet jukebox and open-air lounge out back.

1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-2020
Hip Gateway Quarter drinking and dining. A great selection of beers — draught and bottled — and the best-damned hotdogs around make this a must.



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