In addition to being a great restaurant, Hoffbrau House has an incredible Beer Garden.
On a warm spring/summer evening, you can sit outside enjoying your WeizenBier with a great view of downtown Cincinnati across the river.
Carlo & Johnny
This place is primarily a fine restaurant, I can only tell you about the the bar area.
I liked it here. Someone described it as a middle aged meat market, and I see a little bit of that, but it's subtle.
The band there on the night we went played some great live dance music. We were able to do some Hustle dancing before the floor got crowded.
Dress Code: Dress nicer here. In fact, if you're eating dinner, men are required to wear a jacket.
Beluga is where all the 'beautiful' people go to look good and look at each other......
It's an overly trendy place, that's for sure, but there is an air of serenity back in the restaurant. It's OK to visit during the social hours occasionally, but try to expand your horizons in other bars with 'real' people.....
Dress Code: Dress to impress.
Located near the top of Mt Adams, offering beautiful views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River, The Celestial is a great way to follow dinner with some dancing.
It's a laid-back and upscale bar. Nice furnishings... did I mention the view??
The dancefloor is adequate for a few couples, but nothing special. Go to the Celestial for the atmosphere, it's hard to beat it.
Dress Code: No specific requirements, but please wear something better than jeans....
Bogart's: THE Rock Venue in Cincy
Everytime I hear the name Bogart's I think of Janeane Garofalo saying "Don't bogart the can, MAN!" in the movie Reality Bites (also starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke & Ben Stiller).
I've seen They Might Be Giants (one of my fave bands EVER - you might recognize them as the band that does the theme song to Malcolm in the Middle or the from the Looney Tunes cartoon videos they did for "Istanbul, not Constantinople" and "Particle Man" - they are a fave band of Speilberg's, too), Erykah Badu (like Badu I'm-a tell you the truth!) & Built to Spill (I'd won tickets from WOXY radion station just in time for my birthday! - cool band, reminiscent of REM).
Bogart's is a great venue - there was a time that members of REM would pop in just to do a show, Billy Corrigan's band Smashing Pumpkins used to do the same. It's an intimate setting for a concert, festival seating & serves beer (you can sit at table on the platform area at the back of the hall and eat or drink if you like). I prefer being crushed up against the front of the crowd!
Dress Code: Whatever - just show up looking cool!
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- Beer Tasting
Sudsy Malone's: Buds & Suds
A unique concept in Cincinnati - a laundromat & bar playing live music! Do your laundry as you listen to the next up-and-coming cool band and drink a beer while you're doing it!
One night I saw a ska/reggae band here called MU-330 right after I'd seen They Might Be Giants across the street at Bogart's. It was awesome - I was in music heaven!!
Dress Code: Ultra-casual (I mean, people ARE washing their clothes!)
- Beer Tasting
Kaldi's Coffeehouse: Fab Jazz on the Weekends!
Ahhh, this is my FAVORITE coffee shop in Cincinnati for so many reasons:
*the coffee/espresso/lattes are divine & the have a fine selection of house coffees which includes alcohol in many of them (so it's sorta like a bar, too)
*they have great jazz Friday/Saturday nights
*they stay open RAWTHER late on the weekends (2am or so, late for Cincy)
*part of the Main Street bars area so when you tire of the bar scene hop in here or if you need a caffeine jolt before dancing the night away then here is your best bet, too
*it's just cool & eclectic with these floor-to-ceiling bookshelves crammed full of beat-down, battered used books - you may trade, buy or just browse
*decor - I did mention this place was cool - has a wonderfully high molded ceiling, copper bar, whistling espresso machine
*there is a smoking SIDE and a non-smoking side of the restaurant accessible only by a small doorway but the smoking side is where the jazz is played - naturellement!
Great vegetarian offerings here, lots o' caffeine-infused drinks and tea.
My favorite dish here is the red beans & rice platter piled so high you won't nearly finish it - served up with jalapenos, black olives, cheese, tomatoes - the whole freakin' shebang and all served up with their faboo house bread.
Dress Code: Anything goes, man!
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Cincinnati River Front (Seasonal): WEBN/Toyota Fireworks
Labor Day weekend means two things in Cincinnati.
No work for most of us on Monday, and Riverfest on Sunday.
The annual Riverfest Toyota-WEBN fireworks fills the Cincinnati skyline Sunday night.
Hundreds of thousands of people line up early along the banks of the Ohio River to get a good view of the fireworks and to enjoy the Riverfest activities.
Spectators have to allow plenty of time to get down to the river, because nearby streets are closed for the hugely popular event and many had to hike a distance from where they park their cars or bus stops.
But the traffic hassle doesn't seem to stop people from coming back year after year.
"Well, it's a Cincinnati tradition and I just enjoy fireworks," said a Spectator, of Amelia Ohio. "I was born on July 3 and it's always been a part of my life -- just to go see fireworks!"
"The city puts on such a wonderful show for everybody," said a small child named Nash Alexander, of Manila, "and everybody gets so excited every year, cause it's like the end of the summer."
"It is our big blow out," said Arlene Henson.
Dress Code: Casual Dress Is Fine
Cincinnati River Bend: Ohio River Bend Concerts
"1997 Cyndi Lauper Concert"
The concert atmosphere was wonderful. You could tell there were a lot of Cyndi fans in the lawn because as she came out, the people all around were crowding the railings to get a closer look. She started off with a really slow version of She Bop. It had a lot of soul. During her next number, the Ballad of Cleo and Joe, she made her way into the audience. Although her distance from the stage made ensemble work difficult, the effect she had on the crowd was amazing. She walked fairly close to where I was standing in the lawn and I could get a close up view of her hair (purple with pink streaks) and her outfit (a black slip dress). I Drove All Night rocked. Time After Time was really touching played acoustically on the dulcimer. She made several comments about preserving her modesty and the like. You Don't Know was also performed well. Sisters of Avalon followed-- this is my least favorite song on her new album-- and Jan Pulsford seemed to be drowning her out a little. Hey Now made a great closer, and I was really sad that the set was so short. I left shortly after Cyndi finished as Tina, legend though she is, just couldn't compare.
Some Cyndi items were available: Sister's of Avalon T-shirt, "red lips" T-shirt (if someone could explain the meaning behind this I would appreciate it) and a watch.
Overall, the concert was fabulous. I hope she tours again soon, preferably by herself. Sadly, her pregnancy will probably make this unlikely.
Dress Code: Come as you are, Shirt and Shoes required.
- Family Travel
Jacobs' on the Avenue: If you like Drag Queens, you'll love Jacobs'
If you are lucky enough to be in Cincinnati on a Friday night, make your way to Jacob's. Every Friday night from 10-2:30, DJs Gerald and Brian play the best 80's music around.
Every other is Friday is the Chicks with Dicks show - a drag show featuring Empira State, Sissy Cumdrops, and a host of others.
There is always a diverse crowd, from older gay men to young hipsters. This is the best place in Cincinnati to go for a good time.
- Gay and Lesbian
The Aronoff Center For the Performing Arts: The Aronoff Center For the Performing Arts
Where can you go for Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, and Theatre all under one roof? The Aronoff Center!
Kdoc loves the ballet! There is nothing like really skinny cute women hopping around rhythmically in tight outfits!
But more than that, the Aronoff is where I saw Penn and Teller, and Cirque De Soliel.
Dress Code: Depends on the event. You can bet for most that a jacket and tie (long not bow) will be required. Check with the box office for more info.
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- Arts and Culture
Cabaret: Evening of Laughs and Music
You've got to go over the bridge to Kentucky for this but it's worth it! The show is like New York and Chicago Second City. It's a comedy show with a large band. All the actors and musicians were incredible! They actually wait on you and then perform! Get a shirt that says 'I lost my Virginity'. They call out those in the audience that have never been to a show before.
Dress Code: Casual
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub: Guinness and More
Nicholson's has an amazing selection of Scottish and English beers on draft - in addition to pouring one of the best Guinness pints I've had in the US.
It's set up like a LARGE, clean, upscale pub. They also serve food and sell cigars.
- Beer Tasting
Main Street area in Over the...
Main Street area in Over the Rhine (northern part of downtown Cincinnati).
There are a variety of nightspots to visit depending on your tastes. Several micro breweries - talk & drink, several dance clubs, a cigar club, and several small bookstore/coffee shop/jazz club establishments.
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Dress Code: Almost anything goes from suits to shorts and Tees. The majority wear comfortable or shapely dress casual attire. The smaller clubs and micro breweries can be even more casual.
Jillian's in Covington, KY is...
Jillian's in Covington, KY is the best place to party.
There is so much to do. The entire first floor has games. Not just video games, but ping pong, bowling, billiards, and more. The Tower has four dance floors, with different types of music in each. The top floor has a live band, and there's a karaoke bar to stretch your vocal cords.
Dress Code: open
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