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by Julia Olmsted 01.27.2016 93 days ago
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Raising the Bars: Nerd Night

Some bars 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. The Famous Neons Unplugged – For trivia nerds This 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, wellmannsbrands.com/neons. $. Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Tours – For history nerds If you’re 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. $. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade – For video game nerds With more 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 01.15.2016 105 days ago
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Raising the Bars: Foodie Fever

Do prefer 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. Hofbrauhaus – Newport If German 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.$$. Lots of space.  Latitudes – Anderson From Germany we head to this eclectic Mediterranean bar and grill. Sit down for some tapas while you experience one of their famous karaoke or trivia nights, and make sure to check out the calendar for their next live music act. This place is perfect for a low-stress, high-caliber night out with close friends, acquaintances you occasionally grab dinner with or a hot date.7454 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, 513-827-9146.$$. Theme nights.  BrewRiver GastroPub – East End BrewRiver 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 01.12.2016 108 days ago
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Raising the Bars: Girls' Night

Pull on 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. Bar Louie – Newport “Open 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. $$. Specialty drinks. Longworth’s – Mount Adams Longworth’s huge dance floor, live DJ and unique feel should make it one of the first stops on your agenda — and with happy hour every day from 4-8 p.m., it’s easy to get a good start for a great price, meaning your night can last even longer. Then if you feel like continuing the party into Sunday Funday, you’ll be welcomed with $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day long.1109 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, mtadamslongworths.com.$$. Outdoor patio.  Mynt Martini – Downtown 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 01.08.2016 112 days ago
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Raising the Bars: Game Day

The Steelers are coming to town. Let's go to the bar and watch the game!

No matter 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, 513-941-5555. holygrailcincy.com. 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.
 
 

MPMF Visitor’s Guide

0 Comments · Thursday, September 18, 2014
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).  

Bottoms Up?

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.   

Where Nobody Knows Your Name

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.  

A Gentleman's Guide to Bar Etiquette

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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.  

Life Is a Cabaret, Old Chum

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.   

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