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It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them. 

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<![CDATA[A Gentleman's Guide to Bar Etiquette - ]]>

You don’t have to have a penis to drink alcohol, and you don’t have to have a penis to be a dick, either. Polite society functions on ground rules passed down throughout history, and in regards to respecting the bar, etiquette is indifferent toward gender.

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<![CDATA[Oh, the Places You’ll Drink! - Notable locals on their favorite drinking spots in the Queen City]]>

Find out where your favorite local celebrities drink. From Madonna's to MOTR, from Crazy Fox to Northside Tavern, we'll discover where our city's songsmiths, writers and shop owners find their muse.

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<![CDATA[Where Nobody Knows Your Name - Hotel bars offer an interesting break from normal nightspots]]>

There’s nothing wrong with hitting up your standby local drinkery, but it’s not always appealing to run into every old high school jock, boss or college nemesis when you’re just out hoping for a good time. Luckily, there’s a solution outside of drinking home alone. Hotel bars are oft-unappreciated gems with staffs engrossed with hospitality.

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<![CDATA[13 Big City Bars - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[2 Brewpubs - ]]>

Prior to the Prohibition Era, OTR was at the heart of Cincinnati’s rich brewing history. At one point the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company took up three city blocks dedicated solely to producing that fine golden beverage.

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<![CDATA[9 Coffee Bars - ]]>

Too much time in the bar scene can make a person feel overwhelmed — too noisy, expensive and health threatening. Area coffee houses offer a nice break from the craziness, with creative coffee-inspired cocktails to enjoy while reading a book or enjoying a draught beer during some WiFi downtime.

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<![CDATA[8 College Bars - ]]>

College bars are the types of places that run the gamut of the bar experience — loud, happening, fun and, often, drunken and messy (probably still fun). The University of Cincinnati’s Clifton Heights is heavily represented by such establishments, while Xavier’s lone hangout is the go-to spot for the private schoolers.

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<![CDATA[14 Dance Clubs - ]]>

No one really knows which came first — human interest in dancing or drinking. But it’s obvious now that we’re in the 21st century that the two go together quite well.

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<![CDATA[6 Entertainment Destinations - ]]>

These establishments offer more than just your average beer and a burger. You can still enjoy your favorite food and some excellent beverages in addition to a little something extra. Dance, gamble, laugh, play and sing as you venture outside your standard weekend night out.

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<![CDATA[13 Bars for Food + Drink - ]]>

Sometimes the goal of an evening at the bar isn’t to partake in a liquid diet — sometimes the drinks are simply a compliment to a fare one particular bar has become known for.

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<![CDATA[4 German Bars with Food - ]]>

The two things I am most proud of after working in a German bar for a year are being able to carry three liters of beer in each hand and taking a warm sauerkraut juice and Jager shot without letting out a whimper. If you like pickled things, meat and carbs then German cuisine should be a must.

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<![CDATA[9 Irish Bars - ]]>

Guinness, Shepherd’s Pie and hooligans are all staples of the typical Irish bar. The capacity of the aforementioned staples vary depending on which bar you choose; more upscale places like Nicholson’s and Claddagh’s lean toward the “first date” atmosphere.

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<![CDATA[8 Bars for Jazz - ]]>

Jack Kerouac’s “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose,” instructed one to write “as a jazz musician drawing breath between out-blown phrases.” I like to imagine that jazz notes fit perfectly in-between the spaces of each of our inhales and exhales.

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<![CDATA[New Barons of Brewing - Amid a storied brewing history, four locals are restoring the craft beer culture of Cincinnati]]>

Nestled among the houses, busy streets and skyscrapers of Cincinnati lay the ruins of what was once the lifeblood of the city. Above and below ground sit empty breweries, some left abandoned since Prohibition.

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<![CDATA[9 LGBT-Friendly Spots - ]]>

LGBT communities are a second star to the right for many, a place where one can feel safe, supported and free to enjoy whatever types of cocktails they please. This collection of LGBT-friendly bars is just a slice of such drinkeries the Queen City offers.

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<![CDATA[9 Bars for Live Music - ]]>

These bars offer everything for the area music connoisseur from smooth Jazz to bust your eardrums Rock. Find local favorites or broaden your horizons as you discover a new international sensation.

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<![CDATA[14 Neighborhood Bars - ]]>

These area pubs are exactly as described — comfortable and cozy gathering places to have a drink and shoot the breeze with the regulars and neighbors you may have never met. Don’t feel obligated to dress over-the-top or spend half of your weekly — or bi-weekly for many of us — paycheck on an outrageous four-course meal.

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<![CDATA[2 Bars with Dueling Pianos - ]]>

Dueling piano bars add a different dimension compared with most local watering holes. This makes such fine establishments a welcome change for both entertainment thrill-seekers and weekend warriors. There is still booze, food and music, but piano bars take the experience to a new level.

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<![CDATA[12 Sports Bars - ]]>

As long as you’re not rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers any one of these places could be your new favorite place to catch the Bengals, Reds, UC or Xavier. Get off the couch and park in front of the nearest flat screen or projection TV and throw a few back.

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