Best Of 2015

2015 Arts & Nightlife Reader Picks: Cincinnati's best arts and nightlife as selected by CityBeat readers.

2015 Arts & Nightlife Reader Picks

Cincinnati's best arts and nightlife as selected by CityBeat readers.

Overall Bar/Nightclub 

  1. Japp’s Since 1879 
  2. Arnold’s Bar & Grill 
  3. Habit’s Café 
  4. The Comet 
  5. Rhinegeist 
  6. Neons Unplugged 
  7. MOTR Pub 
  8. Mynt 
  9. Rake’s End 
  10. The Blind Lemon 

New Bar/Nightclub 
(Since 3/2014) 
  1. Myrtle’s Punch House
  2. Lachey’s 
  3. Woodward Theater 
  4. HalfCut 
  5. Liberty’s Bar & Bottle 
  6. The Littlefield 
  7. The Growler House 
  8. Hang Over Easy 
  9. Gypsy’s Covington 
  10. Krueger’s Tavern 
Art Museum 
  1. Cincinnati Art Museum 
  2. Contemporary Arts Center 
  3. American Sign Museum 
Art Gallery 
  1. 21c Museum Hotel 
  2. Pendleton Art Center 
  3. Art Academy of Cincinnati 
Bar/Nightclub 
(Downtown/OTR) 
  1. Japp’s Since 1879 
  2. Rhinegeist 
  3. Bakersfield OTR 
Bar/Nightclub 
(Northern Kentucky) 
  1. Hofbräuhaus 
  2. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar 
  3. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
Bar/Nightclub (East Side) 
  1. MadTree Brewing 
  2. Fifty West Brewing 
  3. Dutch’s 
Bar/Nightclub (West Side) 
  1. Incline Public House 
  2. Crow’s Nest 
  3. Pirate’s Den 
Bar/Nightclub (Central) 
  1. Northside Tavern 
  2. The Comet 
  3. Murphy’s Pub 
Bar/Nightclub 
(Northern ‘Burbs) 
  1. Back Porch Saloon 
  2. Fox and Hound 
  3. Jag’s 
Bar/Nightclub Staff 
  1. Arnold’s Bar and Grill 
  2. Japp’s Since 1879 
  3. Bakersfield OTR 
Bar for Live Music (National Acts) 
  1. Bogart’s 
  2. The Soughtgate House Revival 
  3. MOTR Pub 
Bar for Live Music 
(Local Bands) 
  1. MOTR Pub 
  2. Southgate House Revival 
  3. Northside Tavern 
Bartender (Male) 
  1. Aaron Strasser (A Tavola) 
  2. Dusty (MadTree Brewing) 
  3. Ben Salzbrun (Rhinehaus) 
Bartender (Female) 
  1. Molly Wellmann (Japp’s Since 1879) 
  2. Pam Diebold (Arnold’s Bar and Grill) 
  3. Nonta Perkins (MOTR Pub) 
Bar to Hookup 
  1. Japp’s Since 1879 
  2. Mount Adams Pavilion 
  3. Below Zero Lounge
 
Beer Selection (Draft) 
  1. Yard House 
  2. MadTree Brewing 
  3. Brass Tap 
Beer Selection 
(Bottles & Cans) 
  1. Dutch’s 
  2. MadTree Brewing 
  3. Brass Tap 
Bloody Mary 
  1. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
  2. Keystone Bar & Grill 
  3. The Eagle 
Bourbon Cocktail 
  1. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar 
  2. Japp’s Since 1879 
  3. Wiseguy Lounge 
Bowling Alley 
  1. Madison Bowl 
  2. Western Bowl 
  3. Stones Lanes
 
Casino 
  1. Horseshoe Casino 
  2. Hollywood Casino 
  3. Belterra Casino 
Celtic/British Pub 
  1. Molly Malone’s (Covington) 
  2. Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub 
  3. Hap’s Irish Pub 
Club/Party DJ 
  1. DJ Mowgli 
  2. Jessica The Ripper 
  3. DJ Chinn Chilla 
Cocktail Bar/Lounge 
  1. Japp’s Since 1879 
  2. 21c Cocktail Terrace 
  3. The Blind Lemon 
College Bar 
  1. Murphy’s Pub 
  2. Mac’s Pizza Pub (Clifton Heights) 
  3. Uncle Woody’s 
Comedy Club 
  1. Funny Bone on the Levee 
  2. Go Bananas 
  3. Know Theatre 
Underground Concert in 2014 
  1. Jay Z and Beyonce 
  2. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at US Bank Arena 
  3. Luke Bryan at Riverbend 
Concert Venue 
  1. Riverbend Music Center 
  2. Bogart’s 
  3. The Southgate House Revival 
Charity Event 
  1. Zoofari 
  2. Rubber Duck Regatta 
  3. The Rusty Ball 
Dance Club 
  1. Japp’s Annex 
  2. Boogie Nights (Hollywood Casino) 
  3. Below Zero Lounge 
Opportunities for Local Artists 
  1. The City Flea 
  2. ArtWorks 
  3. Pendleton Art Center 
LGBTQ Bar 
  1. Below Zero Lounge 
  2. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
  3. Rosie’s Tavern 
Happy Hour (Drinks) 
  1. The Righteous Room 
  2. Arnold’s Bar & Grill 
  3. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
Happy Hour (Food) 
  1. Bakersfield OTR 
  2. Kaze 
  3. Palomino 
Hotel Bar 
  1. Metropole (21c Museum Hotel) 
  2. The Bar at Palm Court (Hilton) 
  3. Cricket Lounge (Cincinnatian) 
Jukebox 
  1. The Comet 
  2. Neons Unplugged 
  3. Anchor Grill 
Karaoke 
  1. Northside Tavern 
  2. Tostado’s Grill 
  3. Kaze 
Local Theater Company 
  1. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 
  2. Know Theatre of Cincinnati 
  3. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 
Local Actor/Actress 
  1. Annie Fitzpatrick 
  2. Erin Ward 
  3. Miranda McGee 
Local Artist 
  1. Jim Borgman 
  2. Jesse Fox 
  3. C.F.Payne 
Local Author 
  1. Phil Nuxhall 
  2. Molly Wellmann 
  3. Annette Januzzi Wick 
Local Band (Covers) 
  1. The Rusty Griswolds 
  2. The Naked Karate Girls 
  3. Comet Bluegrass All-Stars 
Local Band (Originals) 
  1. Walk the Moon 
  2. Over The Rhine 
  3. Wussy 
Local Brewery 
  1. Rhinegeist 
  2. MadTree Brewing 
  3. Christian Moerlein 
Local Classical Music Group 
  1. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 
  2. Cincinnati Pops Cincinnati 
  3. Chamber Orchestra 
Local Comedian 
  1. Josh Sneed 
  2. Drew Hastings 
  3. Steve Caminiti 
Local Improv/Sketch Comedy Group 
  1. OTRimprov 
  2. Future Science 
  3. Highly Improvable 
Local Dance Group 
  1. Cincinnati Ballet 
  2. Cin City Burlesque 
  3. Exhale Dance Tribe 
Local Music Promoter 
  1. Dan McCabe 
  2. Nederlander 
  3. JBM Promotions 
Local Musician 
  1. Bootsy Collins 
  2. Ricky Nye 
  3. Tracy Walker 
Local Vocal Arts Group 
  1. Cincinnati Children’s Choir 
  2. MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir 
  3. May Festival Chorus
Local Winery 
  1. Elk Creek 
  2. Vinoklet Wines 
  3. Valley Vineyards 
Margarita 
  1. Bakersfield OTR 
  2. Nada 
  3. Cancun Mexican Restaurante and Cantina 
Martini 
  1. Japp’s Since 1879 
  2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse 
  3. Orchids at Palm Court 
Movie Theater 
  1. Esquire Theatre 
  2. Cinemark Oakley Station 
  3. AMC Newport 
Museum 
  1. Cincinnati Museum Center 
  2. Cincinnati Art Museum 
  3. American Sign Museum 
No-Frills Watering Hole 
  1. Arnold’s Bar & Grill 
  2. Knockback Nat’s 
  3. The Comet 
Open Mic Night 
  1. MOTR Pub 
  2. Go Bananas 
  3. Funny Bone on the Levee 
Place to Throw Darts 
  1. Murphy’s Pub 
  2. Hap’s Irish Pub 
  3. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
Place to Shoot Pool 
  1. Animations 
  2. Northside Tavern 
  3. Crazy Fox Saloon 
Rooftop Bar 
  1. 21c Cocktail Terrace 
  2. Mount Adams Pavilion 
  3. The Phelps Bar at Residence Inn 
Trivia Night 
  1. Oakley Pub and Grill 
  2. The Crazy Fox Saloon 
  3. Neons Unplugged 
Wine Bar 
  1. 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab 
  2. Unwind Wine Bar 
  3. The Wine Guy