by Danny Cross
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Opening Day downtown happenings
It’s almost here, Cincinnatians — Opening Day 2012 takes place Thursday. The beginning of
the Reds’ season is one of several cultural celebrations that the
Queen City does bigger than most other places (is it really possible
that another city gets down like our triumvirate of Opening Day-Taste
of Cincinnati-Oktoberfest?). As such, downtown Cincinnati will be
poppin’ off, as bars, restaurants and attractions attempt to engage
some of the locals who might only visit the business district for
such celebrations. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by the game against the Miami Marlins at 4:05.
following is a list of more than 40 downtown businesses offering food
and drink specials for Opening Day, according to Downtown Cincinnati
Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and
promoting downtown businesses.
right on the parade route at the corner of Race and 7th streets, the
newly relocated Jazz club/restaurant will have its kitchen open all
day, with happy hour specials including $2
Red drafts. Four big TVs and live music after the game. 700 Race St.,
One of the new restaurants in The Banks, the Holy Grail will host
several live radio broadcasts before and after the game, along with
its typical food and drink offerings. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way,
Opens at 10 a.m. and offering $5 bottled beer. 307
Sycamore St., 513-621-7009.
Venture into Over-the-Rhine and taste the Gateway’s resurgence, or
just a happy hour draft starting a 4 p.m. 1237 Vine St.,
This space-themed upscale lounge will open early and host DJs from
Q102 and will have the game on its numerous TVs.
435 Elm St., 513-381-2573.
One of downtown’s best live music bars will offer happy hour deals
from 4-9 p.m. 301 W. Fifth St., 513-721-7625.
Located on Fountain Square, Mynt will offer its new lunch menu
starting a 9 a.m., along with plenty of TVs and live music.
Dueling Piano Bar:
Plenty of TVs, plus $2.50 well drinks and $3 domestic beers. $5
cover. 441 Vine St., 513-621-2800.
Open at 1 p.m. with half-price drinks from 4-8 p.m., along with TVs
and a DJ spinning at 10 p.m. 641 Walnut St., 513-381-4408.
Another of downtown’s hot night spots, Scene will be opening early
to offer the game on TV. 637 Walnut St., 513-381-4327.
This corner bar will offer food and beer specials, starting at 8:30
a.m. 350 W. Fourth St., 513-621-3567.
The first 150 patrons will get a free Opening Day CD mix, and the bar
will give away tickets to Opening Day before the game. $5 for a shot
and beer, $3 Reds shots and more specials. 537
Pete Rose Way, 513-721-9227.
AND BAKERY SPECIALS:
cupcakes and other
flavors. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 41 W. 5th St., 513-335-0898.
Ten percent off lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and open for dinner from
5-10 p.m. 441 Vine St., 513-421-7111.
This quaint sandwich shop offers a variety of coffee, cappucinos and
lattes along with breakfast sandwiches and muffins, just around the
corner from the parade’s route on Race Street. 17 Garfield Place,
Cincy’s will be celebrating its grand opening, with ticket giveways
to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and a Cincinnati Reds game. 9
a.m.-midnight. 41 W. Sixth St., 513-621-6200.
at the Hyatt Regency: “Make
your own Bloody Mary” bar plus a breakfast buffet. 151 W.
Fifth St., 513-579-1234.
$1 off Ballpark hot dog. 633 Main St., 513-381-2907.
Opening Day tailgate with live music. $10 includes parking, cover and
one free Grecos Signature Cincinnati Pork Green Chili
Taco. Hamburgers, hotdogs and full lunch menu will be available
throughout the day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 700 W. Pete Rose Way,
Opening Day special “Buy a gyro, get a second gyro for $1.” 125
E. Court St., 513-422-4976.
Featuring "Go Reds" crepe with raspberries and vanilla
cream for $3.99. 39 E. Court St., or 151 W. Fourth St.
Chicken Etouffee and Spinach Mushroom Etouffee is the $5 big
bowl special. 425 Walnut St., 513-429-4549.
breakfast and regular menu before, during and after the game. 191 E.
Freedom Way, 513-834-6110.
Blue Pizza: Open at 11 a.m. with an
all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $7.50 that includes fresh
salad, homemade soup, soft drink or water, and all the pizza you
want. Buffet open until 2 p.m. Open for business all day and night.
35 E. Seventh St., 513-381-7777. McCormick
Opening at 11 a.m. and featuring two happy hours from 4-6:30 p.m. and
9:30-11 p.m. featuring a range of appetizers from $1.95 to $4.95. 21
E. Fifth St., 513-721-9339.
Lager House: Hosting
the Fuller Ford Opening Day Party from 11a.m.-4 p.m. with free music
by the Naked Karate Girls. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, 513-421-2337.
Open at noon with a great view of the Opening Day parade from windows
overlooking Fifth Street and Fountain Square. Offering full menu in
the dining room and bar bites in Bar 12*21. 441 Vine St.,
Full patio set-up and ready for pre- and post-game goers. 600 Walnut
Bud and Bud Light bottles and "Red Leg Bombs" for $4. 625
Walnut St., 513-564-9111.
Palomino: “The Big Red Flatbread” returns with four cheese spread,
sliced hot Italian sausage links, roasted yellow peppers, dollops of
bold smokey Ketchup and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, for $6. 505 Vine
Opening Day Ballpark Buffet with hotdogs, brats, metts, popcorn and
peanuts from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for $14.95. $2 domestic bottles and
$4 imports. $4 call liquor and $6 premium. Also, parade seating will
be available. 812 Race St., 513-721-8901.
Lunch service available until 5 p.m., with the bar remaining open
late-night. Big TVs. 423 Plum St., 513-651-4341.
Open at 9 a.m. and serving Donut Cheeseburgers on the patio. Located
on Fountain Square. 513-621-1588.
OTR hotspot is open from 11:30
a.m.-2:00 p.m. for lunch. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
serving Reds-related gourmet hot dogs. Full bar available. 1212 Vine
Open 6 a.m.-5 p.m. serving baseball decorated cookies at both
downtown locations and passing out pretzel sticks at the Local 12
booth during the Reds Rally on Fountain Square. On Fountain Square
and 41 E. Court St., 513-241-7500.
Free Busken cookie with purchase while supplies last. The buffet is
$6 and includes all you can eat pizza, salad and drink, or a baby
beast personal pizza pepperoni or plain cheese for $4.69. 330 Walnut
Free Busken cookie with purchase while supplies last, along with a
sandwich, chips and drink special. 344 Walnut St., 513-721-1128.
This new popsicle shop will celebrate its grand opening this week.
Open noon- 6 p.m. on Opening Day with 50 cents off all red popsicles.
1437 Main St., 513-446-7505.
of Belgium: Open
from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch (Taste of Belgium) and
5-10 p.m. for dinner (Belgium Bistro). Outdoor seating with delicious
Belgium waffles available. Offering Reds cookies and chocolate dipped
mini-waffles on a stick. Happy hour from 5-7 p.m. 1133 Vine St.,
Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill: Serving lunch and dinner all day
in an American-themed space. 145
E. Second St., 513-721-8629.
11 a.m. 634 Vine St., 513-345-3056.
appetizer with the purchase of two main courses. Offering a full bar
and a late night menu. 580 Walnut St., 513-723-0220.
Street Grill: Open
11 a.m.-midnight. Enjoy a 3 Olives party downstairs and a Budweiser
party upstairs. All drink specials will be effective all day and will
include wine, beer and liquor specials, plus $2 pints of red beer.
631 Walnut St., 513-241-0707.
Open before and after the parade. 1000 Elm St., 513-421-0110.
"Reds home run combo" featuring red garlic tomato soup and
quarter pound all beef Nathans dog for $7.79. 425 Sycamore St.,