by Julia Olmsted
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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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