by Julia Olmsted
117 days ago
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just know how to bring a little intellectual fun to a night out. From classic
trivia nights to unique arcade games, these places have it all. So pull up a
chair, order a drink and get geeky.
Famous Neons Unplugged – For trivia nerds
eclectic place has one of the best trivia nights in town, along with one of the
best drink selections as well! They offer 10 rotating drafts, 135 craft bottled
beer and in-house vintage beers in addition to domestic favorites. For those
who like to mix it up a little, Neons creates specialty cocktails every day. For now, their cozy and homey
interior will keep you warm through the winter, but be sure to check out their
string-light-lit back patio in the warmer months — you can even bring your pets
along for the ride! Monday nights are trivia nights at Neons and if that’s not
enough excitement for you, they even have giant Jenga to play.208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9361,
Brewery District Tours – For history nerds
anything of a history buff, you’re going to love these tours through the pre-Prohibition-era
breweries of Cincinnati. Not only will you get to explore the historic
buildings, you’ll also get tours of the cellars and underground tunnels that
were at the heart of the Cincinnati brewing scene decades ago. Some of the
places featured on this tour include the Sohn/Cliffyside Brewery (opened in
1846), the Hudepohl Brewery (founded in 1850) and the Christian Moerlein
Brewery, which is among the top 5 largest pre-Prohibition breweries in the
country. Explore the beer-stained history of the Queen city with these
incredible tours.cincinnatibrewerytours.com. $.
Bar+Arcade – For video game nerds
than 50 classic arcade games from Donkey Kong to Pac Man, this throwback bar is
one of the geekiest places in the city. The best part? If you drink, you play
for free! The bar even continues its ’80s and ’90s theme into their “old
school” and “new wave” cocktails. Drinks like the Hulk Hogan (vodka + lemonade
+ original bomb pop popsicle), the Cheech Marin (Espolon Reposado tequila +
lime + agave nectar + orange zest + salt) and the Pam Anderson (Malibu rum +
peach vodka + cranberry juice + pineapple juice + lime juice + grenadine) will
keep you juiced up and ready to beat high scores all night. And if you haven’t
had enough by the time you leave, they even sell nerdy apparel to suit your
every need.1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,
513-381-1616, 16-bitbar.com/cincy. $$.
by Julia Olmsted
129 days ago
Posted In: Alcohol
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to fill your stomach before a night out? Love loading up on artisanal
appetizers, fancy finger foods and awesome hors d’oeuvres? Calling all foodies:
these bars are for you.
food is your cup of tea, the Hofbrauhaus in Newport is the place to be. It’s
hard to go wrong with their bier cheese fries or any of the indulgent schnitzel
options — and don’t forget about their legendary beer selection! This local
favorite was the first Hofbrauhaus in America, modeled after the 400+-year-old
original in Germany. So loosen your belt and join in the tradition.200 E. Third St. Newport, Ky.
859-491-7200.$$. Lots of space.
we head to this eclectic Mediterranean bar and grill. Sit down for some tapas
while you experience one of their famous karaoke or trivia
nights, and make sure to check out the calendar for their next live music act.
This place is perfect for a low-stress, high-caliber night out with close
friends, acquaintances you occasionally grab dinner with or a hot date.7454 Beechmont Ave., Anderson,
513-827-9146.$$. Theme nights.
BrewRiver GastroPub – East End
GastroPub has some of the best “bar food” (if you can even call it that) in the
area — they call chicken liver pate a light snack. The head chef, Michael
Shields, spent six years working under Emeril Lagasse: chef extraordinaire and
the star of 12 different cooking shows. If you love New Orleans delicacies and
an incredible beer and wine suggestion for every
meal, then this
authentic establishment is right up your alley.2062 Riverside Dr., East End,
513-861-2484.$$. Live music.
by Julia Olmsted
132 days ago
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your high-heeled boots, grab some of your best friends and head out on the town
for your best-ever girls' night! These bars have everything from spacious dance
floors to crazy cocktails that’ll definitely spice up your weekend plans.
Louie – Newport
early, closes late” is the credo of this café/lounge based out of Chicago. Bar
Louie’s vibe is eclectic and welcoming and features a wide range of handcrafted
signature martinis like the new Star Wars-themed cocktails — these definitely are the drinks you’re looking for. And
if you want something to soak up all those whimsically themed martinis, the Verde
Chicken Flatbread is to die for.1 Levee Way #3118, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com/bar-louie.Open late. $$. Specialty drinks.
– Mount Adams
huge dance floor, live DJ and unique feel should make it one of the first stops
on your agenda — and with happy hour every day from 4-8 p.m., it’s
easy to get a good start for a great price, meaning your night can last even
longer. Then if you feel like continuing the party into Sunday Funday, you’ll
be welcomed with $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day long.1109 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, mtadamslongworths.com.$$. Outdoor patio.
Want to add
a touch of class to your big night out? Check out the super sleek Mynt Martini
lounge for their live music, tasty hors d’oeuvres and fancy cocktails. The
first thing you’ll notice when you walk in is the neon-lit bar and tables,
which clearly sets the scene for how awesome the rest of your night will be.28 Fountain Square Plaza, Downtown, myntcincinnati.com.$$$. Live music.
by Julia Olmsted
136 days ago
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The Steelers are coming to town. Let's go to the bar and watch the game!
which game you’re watching or which colors you don (better be orange and black), the Cincinnati bar scene has a
little something for every kind of fan. From packed sports bars to quiet
neighborhood grills, there’s always a place to enjoy a couple of the things the
Queen City is known for — good teams and great beer. This Saturday will be no exception when the stupid Pittsburgh Steelers come to town for an AFC first-round playoff game. Brass TapThe Brass Tap in Clifton has 20 HDTVs, which play any and all Bengals games — with the sound on! The bar also serves up more than 300 beers — 80 on draft and 250 in bottles with 30-plus locals. Saturdays and Sundays, any pizza (served on pretzel dough crust) and pint combo is $10, and on game days, enjoy $3 off any large format beer selections. You can check out the expansive wine, food and both draft and bottle beer menus online. Fun place to get loud and shout at the TV with college kids. 251 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-242-2337, brasstapbeer.com.Brothers Bar & GrilleFor those looking to find a unique and eclectic sports bar on a budget, Brothers Bar & Grill is right up your alley. The bar itself is located right on Newport on the Levee's square, meaning a stunning view of the river is just outside on their back patio. The menu features made-from-scratch appetizers like Wisconsin World Famous Cheese Curds, bleu cheese and bacon tavern chips, and jumbo pretzel sticks, and also has plenty of full sized meals. Their daily drink specials ($2 double wells, anyone?) will keep your pockets lined and your belly warm while you cheer on your favorite team. 1 Levee Way #2126, Newport, Ky., 859-291-2767, brothersbar.com.
Gas Light Café
Pleasant Ridge’s friendly neighborhood tavern expects a big
crowd for the playoff game. Its legit bar-food menu includes one of the best
burgers in town, plus other creative sandwiches and sides. 6104 Montgomery Road,
Pleasant Ridge, 513-631-6977.
Holy Grail Tavern & Grill
One of the city’s biggest and most authentic sports bars,
the Holy Grail at The Banks hosts weekly Bengals radio shows and will
undoubtedly be packed for the big game against the Steelers. Huge menu, tons of
draft beers and enough TVs to see exactly which player tries to poke another in
the eyes. Holy Grail West offers more of the same in Delhi. The Banks, 161 Joe Nuxhall Way,
Downtown, 513-621-2222; Holy Grail West, 1278 Ebenezer Road, Delhi,
Kitty’s Sports GrillPositioned directly across the street from Paul Brown Stadium and buzzing with a big bar-vibe, Kitty’s is the place to be for Bengals fans. This gem is relatively new to the Cincinnati scene, but it’s already making waves with super friendly staff members, fantastic drink specials like $12 bottomless bloody marys and mimosas on the weekends, and so many TVs you won’t even know where to look. There’s even a 120-inch projection screen above the bar — talk about a front row seat. 218 W. Third St., Downtown, 513-421-8900, kittyssportsgrill.net. Knockback Nat’s
This all-American, nationally recognized (check out their Travel Channel shout-out), locally beloved dive bar mixes
together all the necessary ingredients for the perfect game day. Their dartboard-and-jukebox
vibe pairs wonderfully with the inexpensive and delicious array of grub — from their
famous smoked wings (just 75 cents when you buy a beer!), to loaded vegetarian
nachos. You’ll feel like a regular on your first visit, so it’s easy to get
comfy and enjoy the game, no matter the score. They also have free popcorn. 10 W. Seventh St., Downtown,
513-621-1000.Lachey'sAnything more hometown than a hometown sports bar run by a couple of hometown dudes? Lachey's does game day up right with drink specials for every Bengals home and away match — $5 mimosas, $5 Bengals bombs when the Bengals score and $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts if the Bengals win. They have a plethora of giant TVs above the bar, a running sports ticker and a tasty tailgate-friendly bar menu featuring three different flavors of tater tots, buffalo wings and stuffed meatballs. 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-275-0740, lacheys.com.Martino's on VineSome people like the Pittsburgh Steelers and if those people don't want to be boo-ed out of a bar, they can head to Martino's on Vine. You can watch the Steelers lose on any one of their 31 TVs while you enjoy a two-foot hoagie, a variety of interpretations on a Philly cheesesteak or Pittsburgh-style wings. 2618 Vine St., Corryville, 513-221-8487, martinosonvine.com.
O’Malley’s in the Alley
The quintessential Cincinnati sports bar, O’Malley’s offers
weekly lunch specials, happy hour deals and other specials for Reds and Bengals
games. The Irish pub is one of the city’s oldest bars, O’Malley’s is a crucial
stop to and from riverfront sports contests and should be poppin’ on playoff
night. 25 Ogden Place (off Vine Street), Downtown, 513-381-3114. omalleysinthealley.com.
RhinehausOTR's original sports bar Rhinehaus is not only a Bengals bar, they're also an official Packers bar (and they also show all Premier League Match games; sportz!). With 14 total TVs, including a giant projector and a screen in the mens bathroom, it's a cool and cozy place to imbibe a brew from one of 16 rotating taps or down a few "rhino" shots. These haus shots include concoctions like the Orange Rhino (Malibu orange float, vanilla vodka, orange juice and cranberry) and Kentucky Rhino (whiskey and creme de menthe). You can also get food to go or delivered from nearby OTR eateries aka buy yourself a Turtle Shell from Gomez. 119 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinehausbar.com.Tina'sBengal Nation's who-dey hangout. This third-generation family-owned and -operated watering hole is only a block from Paul Brown Stadium, so naturally they bleed orange. They have 13 wall-mounted flatscreen TVs, 8 rotating beers on tap, shuffle board, darts and plenty of room to relax and watch the game. Their full menu features everything from sandwiches and salads to chicken wings, chili and a cheese plate. They even do tailgating pick-up orders for home games; call ahead. 350 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-621-3567, tinasbar.com.
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Hello. Welcome to Cincinnati. Chances are you’re here for the 14th-annual MidPoint Music Festival. If you aren’t, you should be, because about 30,000 extra humans have descended on the city for a weekend of live music spread across bars, theaters and parks in downtown and Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati’s super-hip revived-historic ’hood).
Council moves to create new entertainment districts and bring more bars and restaurants downtown
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Downtown Cincinnati could soon get 21 more
liquor licenses under a new proposal pending state approval.
Hotel bars offer an interesting break from normal nightspots
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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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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
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here's a challenge: Check out CityBeat's Swizzle Guide this week (a rundown of more than 200 great local spots) and think about how many of your life's moments are associated with a bar. Me? My wedding reception was in a bar, spilling out onto the decks on a beautiful September afternoon. And I just got back from New Orleans and spent some quality time at Pat O'Brien's, a place I associate with wonderful Mardi Gras trips throughout the years.