April 1 is Reds Opening Day and while the city may not be hosting its traditional big-ass parade, local businesses are still ready to celebrate.
Arnold's Bar & Grill downtown is offering "the best beer list that we could assemble, live music, hundreds of autographed prizes, Avril-Bleh Hot Dogs and, of course, Jim Tarbell," says owner Chris Breeden in an email.
Breeden says Arnold's will open for lunch at noon with "old time baseball music" until 3 p.m. from local Todd Hepburn. Jim Tarbell will also be popping by the bar — dressed as Peanut Jim Shelton — to play the mouth harp.
Arnold's will be tapping baseball-inspired or rare beers at noon: Rhinegeist's Sabertooth, Listermann's Barrel-Aged Operation Flintlock, 16 Lots' Raspberry Major League Red Pilsner, MadTree's Rounding Third Red, Fretboard's Centerfield, Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust and Barbarian Haze, Dogfish Head's Mango Smoovie and Toppling Goliath's King Sue. And one out of every four beer cups will be marked on the bottom. If you get a special cup, you'll win an autographed baseball card or other memorabilia like an official Reds bobblehead, Maker's Mark red-wax-dipped baseball, a 1980s baseball card pack and more.
Reservations are recommended and the bar will be practicing social distancing and "taking it seriously," says Breeden. There's a two-hour time limit guests have to adhere to during special events at Arnold's to give everyone a chance to get in.
The Findlay Market Parade Committee once again made the decision to postpone the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day Parade this year (it was canceled last year due to COVID). Per a letter from Parade Chairman Neil Luken, the 2021 festivities will be postponed until "the Cincinnati Reds are permitted to fill the stadium to full capacity and there are no restrictions on group events."
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said fans are allowed back in the stands at outdoor sporting events, but only at 30% stadium capacity.
Arnold's Bar & Grill is located at 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. More info: facebook.com/arnoldsbar.