Best Of 2016

2016 Arts & Nightlife Reader Picks: Cincinnati's best arts and nightlife as selected by CityBeat readers.

Japp's Nightlife Pig

New Bar/Club

(Since March 2015)

1 / 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
2 / Taft’s Ale House
3 / Northside Yacht Club
4 / Sundry and Vice
5 / Braxton Brewing Company
6 / The Overlook Lodge
7 / Urban Artifact
8 / Live! at the Ludlow Garage

9 / Pearl’s
10 / Bromwell’s HÄRTH Lounge

Overall 

Bar/Club

1 / 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
2 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
3 / Sundry and Vice
4 / Japp’s
5 / Neons
6 / MadTree Brewing Company
7 / MOTR Pub
8 / The Comet
9 / Northside Tavern
10 / Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Bar/Club (Downtown/OTR)

1 / 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
2 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
3 / Sundry and Vice

Bar/Club (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
2 / Braxton Brewing Company
3 / Molly Malone’s

Bar/Club (East Side)

1 / MadTree Brewing Company
2 / Fifty West Brewing Company
3 / Dutch’s

Bar/Club (West side)

1 / Knotty Pine
2 / Crow’s Nest
3 / Dean’s Hops and Vines

Bar/Club (Central)

1 / Northside Tavern
2 / Myrtle’s Punch House
3 / Northside Yacht Club

Bar/Club (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / Back Porch Saloon
2 / Fox & Hound
3 / Paxton’s Grill

Art Gallery

1 / 21c Museum Hotel
2 / Pendleton Art Center
3 / Art Academy of Cincinnati

Art Museum

1 / Cincinnati Art Museum
2 / Contemporary Arts Center
3 / Taft Museum of Art

Museum

1 / Cincinnati Museum Center
2 / Cincinnati Art Museum
3 / American Sign Museum

Opportunities for Local Artists

1 / ArtWorks
2 / The City Flea
3 / Pendleton Art Center

Bar/Club Staff

1 / Sundry and Vice
2 / 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
3 / Below Zero Lounge

Bar/Club for Live Music

1 / Bogart’s
2 / Southgate House Revival
3 / MOTR Pub

Bartender (Male)

1 / Jack Keane (Sundry and Vice)
2 / Matt Pappert (Below Zero Lounge)
3 / Kris Yock (MadTree Brewing Company)

Bartender (Female)

1 / Julia Petiprin (Sundry and Vice)
2 / Sara Tobias (16-Bit Bar+Arcade)
3 / Madison Pence (MadTree Brewing Company)

Beer Selection (Draft)

1 / Yard House
2 / Brass Tap
3 / MadTree Brewing Company

Beer Selection (Bottles & Cans)

1 / Dutch’s
2 / The Comet
3 / Neons

Bloody Mary

1 / Crazy Fox Saloon
2 / The Eagle OTR
3 / Keystone Bar & Grill

Bourbon Cocktail

1 / Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
2 / Sundry and Vice
3 / The Littlefield

Margarita

1 / Bakersfield OTR
2 / Nada
3 / El Rancho Grande

Martini

1 / Japp’s
2 / Below Zero Lounge
3 / Orchids at Palm Court

Cocktail Bar/Lounge

1 / Sundry and Vice
2 / 21c Cocktail Terrace
3 / Japp’s

Local Brewery/Tap Room

1 / MadTree Brewing Company
2 / Rhinegeist
3 / Braxton Brewing Company

Local Distillery

1 / New Riff Distilling
2 / Northside Distilling Company
3 / Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery

Local Winery

1 / Elk Creek Winery
2 / Vinoklet Winery
3 / Valley Vineyards

Bowling Alley

1 / Madison Bowl
2 / Western Bowl
3 / Stone Lanes

Casino

1 / Horseshoe Casino
2 / Hollywood Casino
3 / Belterra Park

Celtic/British Pub

1 / Molly Malone’s
2 / Nicholson’s
3 / Hap’s Irish Pub

Club/Party DJ

1 / DJ Mowgli
2 / DJ Jessica The Ripper
3 / DJ Chinn Chilla

College-Crowd Bar

1 / Mac’s Pizza (Clifton Heights)
2 / 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
3 / Murphy’s Pub

Comedy Club

1 / Go Bananas
2 / Funny Bone on the Levee
3 / MOTR Pub

Concert in 2015

1 / Bunbury Music Festival
2 / MidPoint Music Festival
3 / James Taylor at Riverbend

Concert Venue

1 / Riverbend Music Center
2 / Bogart’s
3 / Southgate House Revival

Dance Club

1 / Below Zero Lounge
2 / Japp’s
3 / Boogie Nights (Hollywood Casino)

LGBTQ Bar

1 / Below Zero Lounge
2 / Crazy Fox Saloon
3 / Rosie’s Tavern

Happy Hour (Drinks)

1 / Righteous Room
2 / Neons
3 / Sundry and Vice

Happy Hour (Food)

1 / Bakersfield
2 / Kaze
3 / Palomino

Hotel Bar

1 / Metropole (21c Museum Hotel)
2 / The Bar at Palm Court (Hilton)
3 / Phelps Bar (Residence Inn)

Jukebox

1 / The Comet
2 / Crazy Fox Saloon
3 / Northside Tavern

Karaoke

1 / Northside Tavern
2 / Below Zero Lounge
3 / Tostado’s

Local Theater Company

1 / Playhouse in the Park
2 / Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
3 / Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Local Actor/Actress

1 / Andrew Maloney

2 / Patrick E. Phillips
3 / Annie Fitzpatrick

Local Artist

1 / Pam Kravetz
2 / Jesse Fox
3 / C.F. Payne

Local Author

1 / Molly Wellmann
2 / Chad Lambert
3 / Phil Nuxhall

Local Band (Covers)

1 / The Rusty Griswolds
2 / Naked Karate Girls
3 / Comet Bluegrass All-Stars

Local Band (Originals)

1 / Walk the Moon
2 / Over the Rhine
3 / Wussy

Local Classical Music Group

1 / Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
2 / Cincinnati Pops
3 / Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

Local Comedian

1 / Drew Hastings
2 / Josh Sneed
3 / Geoff Tate

Local Improv/Sketch Comedy Group

1 / OTRimprov
2 / Future Science
3 / Bye Bye Liver

Local Dance Group

1 / Cincinnati Ballet
2 / Cin City Burlesque
3 / Exhale Dance Tribe

Local Music Promoter

1 / Dan McCabe
2 / Nederlander Entertainment
3 / SelfDiploma

Local Musician

1 / Bootsy Collins
2 / Ricky Nye
3 / Tracy Walker

Local Vocal Arts Group

1 / MUSE
2 / Cincinnati Children’s Choir
3 / May Festival Chorus

Movie Theater

1 / Esquire Theatre
2 / Cinemark Oakley
3 / AMC Newport on the Levee 20

No-Frills Watering Hole

1 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
2 / The Comet
3 / Knockback Nat’s

Open Mic Night

1 / MOTR Pub
2 / Go Bananas
3 / Club Trio Lounge

Place to Throw Darts

1 / Crazy Fox Saloon
2 / Murphy’s Pub
3 / Hap’s Irish Pub

Place to Shoot Pool

1 / Northside Tavern
2 / Crazy Fox Saloon
3 / Murphy’s Pub

Rooftop Bar

1 / 21c Cocktail Terrace
2 /

Top of the Park/The Phelps Bar

3 / Rhinegeist

Trivia Night

1 / Neons
2 / Oakley Pub & Grill
3 / Molly Malone’s

Wine Bar

1 / 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
2 / Unwind Wine Bar
3 / Marty’s Hops & Vines